Sustainability and Historic Preservation, Part II: Case Studies in Balancing Competing Demands


Sustainability and Historic Preservation, Part II: Case Studies in Balancing Competing Demands

3 HSW hours

Sponsored by the Committee on the Environment

This program follows last year’s “Sustainable and Historic Preservation” (Part I), which provided an overview of process, resources and tools, tax credits, and code issues. The program includes a panel of Laura Boyer, AIA of Nelson Edwards Company Architects, Branford; Ernest Conrad, PE, Conrad Engineering, Shelton; Stephen Tilly, AIA, Stephen Tilly, Architect, Dobbs Ferry, NY; Paul Kreitler, Landmark Facilities Group, Inc. Norwalk; and Kurt Yeghian, Existing Conditions Surveys, Inc., Boston.

For the Part II program, our panel will present case studies that illustrate the choices made by owners, architects, engineers, and contractors seeking to balance the sometimes competing demands of sustainability and historic preservation. The emphasis will be on small to mid-sized institutional projects with a tight budget. We will focus on building envelope and HVAC interventions. Topics covered will include performance monitoring techniques with before and after performance data. We will cover specific solutions to conditions which may in some cases be idiosyncratic, but the intent will be to illuminate the decision-making process so the illustrative case studies can be helpful at a more general level.

Ernest Conrad, PE is Principal in Charge at Conrad Engineers. The firm was established in 2010 by Ernest Conrad who is the past founder and president of Landmark Facilities Group from its 1988 inception until 2010. Ernest continues on in the same tradition of providing engineering design and consulting services to significant architectural facilities including museums, libraries, commercial, high rise residential, and sacred sites throughout New York State as well as 12 other States in which he is professionally licensed as a mechanical engineer.

Laura Boyer, AIA, is an architect with Nelson Edwards Company Architects with a focus on historic preservation and building envelope issues.  Her work has included condition surveys, documentation, historic research,  feasibility studies, restoration and adaptive reuse, development of documents and specifications, and construction administration.

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