Continuing Education Credits

AIA Credits

If you would like to receive AIA continuing education Learning Units, please track your sessions on the paper form provided at the conference. Forms can be found in your registration packet, as well as at the registration table. Return all completed forms to the Registration Table or mail to Colorado Preservation, Inc. at the following address:

Colorado Preservation, Inc.
Attention: Conference Manager
1420 Ogden Street, Suite 104
Denver, CO 80218

The following sessions have been approved for AIA credit during the 2015 Saving Places Conference:


W1. 3D Digital Documentation 3.0 AIA Continuing Education Credits

The methods in which we can now measure and record our world including objects, structures and landscapes has changed a great deal over the last decade. With the introduction of highly sensitive survey hardware and software we can now collect data at an incredible volume and detail quickly. One technology in particular has moved to the forefront of 3D digital data collection in the world of remote sensing – Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR). This workshop is designed to provide hands-on training using this technology. Attendees will explore and understand this technology through the processes of data capture planning, data acquisition, data processing, data storage/archiving and data deliverable creation. Speaker: Michael Nulty, Documentation Coordinator, University of Colorado-Denver

W4. Understanding Steel Windows  3.0 AIA HSW Continuing Education Credits

During this workshop, participants will learn how to remove the steel window units from openings in brick, tile, stone and wood buildings to facilitate restoration of all components. Jim will show how to repair rusted and bent sections of windows; replace missing components, adjust frames, remove and reapply glazing, remove and reapply paint, how to repair window hardware and all other aspects of steel window restoration. Included in the workshop will be sessions on work safety practices. The Steel Window Repair Workshop is geared toward people of all skills levels and would be beneficial for homeowners, contractors, and managers of historic properties. Speakers: Jim Turner, Turner Restoration

T2. Evaluation, Restoration and Preservation of Stained Glass Windows 3.0 AIA HSW Continuing Education Credits

A field session designed to inform, provide in depth knowledge, and advance the preservation of stained glass windows for many future generations. This workshop held at Trinity Methodist Church will display a large variety of stained glass designs, complexities and conditions. The participants will be exposed to relevant information, with an emphasis on EVALUATION of century old stained glass windows. Windows requiring RESTORATION will have explanations on proper repairs and restoration procedures. The goal is to provide practical, relevant and critical PRESERVATION information that can be used by those attending the session, thereby exposing and enlightening preservationists on the proper methods of evaluation and restoration. Trained in the Old English methods of stained glass master craftsmanship passed down through the family for over 250 years, there will be demonstrations on methods of traditional fabrication, restoration and preservation utilizing some antique tools. Providing in depth education enables future awareness to ensure that proper preservation advancement will continue with commitment, stewardship and new ‘take home’ knowledge to carry it forward regarding, identifying, protecting and saving Stained Glass Treasures. Session will include demonstrations, hands on experience, discussions, questions and a tour including hundreds of exquisite stained glass windows in Trinity Methodist Church. Speakers: Phillip R. Watkins, Jr., Owner/Artist, Watkins Stained Glass Studio; Jane Watkins, Business Manager, Watkins Stained Glass Studio. $10.00 additional fee to attend this session


Session Block A – 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

A2. From Schoolhouse to Community Center: The Transformation of Breckenridge’s Historic School  1.25 AIA HSW Continuing Ed. Credits

Come see how this former “remuddled” 1909 schoolhouse has been transformed to a state of the art Community Center for the Town of Breckenridge. The team seamlessly integrated best preservation and sustainability practices in this $9 million project which includes a branch library, first run movie theater, non-profit offices and community meeting spaces. Come learn about how the Town and Summit County formed a strategic partnership and leveraged their funding with a wildly successful capitol campaign to supplement the public funding on this high profile project. Speakers: Elizabeth Hallas, Principal, Anderson Hallas Architects; Ben Heppe, Project Architect, Anderson Hallas Architects; Graham Johnson, Assistant Project Manager, Spectrum General Contractors

Session Block B – 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

B2. Life Lessons from Final Resting Places: Using Historic Cemeteries as Community Teaching Tools  1.25 AIA Continuing Education Credits

From connecting with others working to preserve historic cemeteries to engaging community involvement to developing means to document ethnic history and diversity to protecting and conserving these significant resources, those working to preserve and maintain historic cemeteries face a variety of constraints, challenges, and opportunities. This session will discuss ways to document historic cemeteries and what the results can tell a community about their shared past.

In Durango, involvement of community volunteers and local history students helps to provide education and training about cemetery documentation to increase interest in and preservation of these special places. As more cemeteries benefit from on-going professional and volunteer efforts, the treatment of markers – often made of granite, sandstone, marble and even wood and cement – must encompass a knowledge of geology and the proper techniques to reset and level, potentially clean, and then photographically document them. Historic cemeteries are also historic landscapes as well as cultural landscapes; the significant educational and environmental opportunities will be presented as well as the diverse preservation challenges using Fairmount and Riverside Cemeteries as case studies. This session will discuss the satisfaction that results from working with this distinctive type of historic resource and the connections to a broader preservation network that are developed as a result. Speakers: Estella Cole, Historic Preservation Specialist, History Colorado State Historical Fund; Mary Reilly-McNellan, Preservation Projects Manager, Columbia Cemetery in Boulder; Ruth E. Lambert, Ph.D., Cultural Program Director, San Juan Mountains Association; Patricia Carmody, Executive Director, Fairmont Heritage Foundation

B5. Insulating Historic Mass Masonry Walls 1.25 AIA HSW Continuing Education Credits

Interior insulation retrofits of historic mass masonry wall assemblies are becoming more common as we seek to improve the energy performance of our older masonry building stock and improve occupant comfort within these structures. This presentation will identify the durability and performance concerns related to the installation of interior thermal insulation in mass masonry wall assemblies. The presentation will provide a brief background on relevant building science principles and fundamental guidelines for the installation of interior insulation. The presentation will also discuss tools available to assess post-retrofit performance of the wall assembly. Work performed for the interior insulation retrofit of a historic landmark structure will be presented as a case study. Speaker: David S. Young, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.; Gary Petri, Principal, SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht

Session Block C – 2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

C2. Differing Perspectives, Common Goals: Successful Preservation Projects with Multiple Funding Sources 1.25 AIA Continuing Education Credits

This session will focus on projects with multiple funding sources which bring different perspectives to preservation projects. Case studies will be presented which feature projects that have been awarded State Historical Fund grants in conjunction with other grants, including BEST grants and CDOT grants. The challenges of working on projects where there are conflicting interests and priorities within the stakeholder group will be examined. Project intricacies such as scheduling and budgeting will be presented with challenges and solutions identified.

Recent projects utilizing non-preservation funding sources will be presented, exemplifying how the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards were maintained within the context of various funding sources. Grant sources for work such as energy efficiency and ADA upgrades will be explored in the context of historic buildings. Speakers: Jessica Reske, AIA, LEED AP, Architect / Associate, SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht; Christopher Skulley, LEED AP, Architect, SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht

C5. Log Rafter/Purlin Tail Restoration Using a Half –lap Joint, With Hand Tools 1.25 AIA HSW Continuing Education Credits

Most of the historic buildings in Yellowstone National Park were built with rafter and purlin tails that extended beyond the roof. While a common element of “rustic architecture”, these tails are susceptible to deterioration due to exposure to the weather. In the past, the common way of repairing deteriorated rafter/purlin tails was to cut them off flush, or just under the eave line. I feel that this repair eliminates a key architectural element of these buildings and try to restore this detail whenever possible.

In this demonstration, I will show the steps of making a no glue repair that can be easily replaced the next time it is required, hopefully 20-30+ years. Using a half lap joint, screws or lag bolts, and wood plugs allows for the initially repaired tail to simply be removed from the original rafter or purlin and a new piece shaped to fit and reinstalled for another 20-30 year life. The key to making this repair almost invisible is starting with a section of log that matches the diameter and shape of the historic rafter/purlin and a nice tight joint. Speaker: Darren Kisor, Historic Preservation Crew Manager, Xanterra Parks and Resorts

Session Block D – 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

D1. Yey or Nay! Design Review 101 1.25 AIA HSW Continuing Education Credits

In this exciting and provocative session, the audience will participate by voting anonymously on whether or not additions and infill projects follow the Secretary’s Guidelines. A panel, including many of the state’s best known preservation architects and several of our esteemed SHF Preservation Specialists, will then discuss the merits (or not!) of the particular projects presented and whether the audience vote was on target. Come learn about the nuances of interpreting the Standards in this lively session! Moderator: Elizabeth Hallas, Principal, Anderson Hallas Architects; Panel of Experts: Nan Anderson, FAIA, Anderson Hallas Architects; Estella Cole, Preservation Specialist, History Colorado; Gheda Gayou, Preservation Specialist, History Colorado; Dennis Humphries, AIA, Humphries Poli Architects; Anne McCleave, Preservation Specialist; History Colorado; Gary Petri, AIA, SlaterPaull Architects; Doug Walter, AIA, Godden Sudik Architects

D5. Hands-on with Historic Windows 1.25 AIA HSW Continuing Education Credits

Join Phil of Barlow Preservation Services as he and his crew discuss the ever-popular topic of historic windows and demonstrate common restoration techniques! The presentation will include a discussion on the anatomy of a double-hung window system, explore how deterioration occurs, and provide details on improving energy efficiency. Videos and speech are supplemented by a workshop where glazing, glass cutting, epoxy repairs, and sash repairs are first demonstrated and then opened to the audience for a hands-on experience. Time will be made available for questions, so please bring your stubborn window issues in for a discussion with the group! Speakers: Phil Barlow, Barlow Preservation Services


Session Block E – 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

E4. Traditional Plasters and Renders: A Primer for the Tradesman 1.25 AIA HSW Continuing Education Credits

Lime and clay plasters & renders continue to perform and be the solution for many of today’s structures. This is presented as an overview for the tradesman and specifier to prep for, formulate, and apply traditional lime and adobe plaster. As a technical consultant, distributor, and having formulated and applied thousands of tons, we will explore the critical details. This is a continuation of last year’s presentation, and is hands on. Speakers: Andrew Phillips, Owner, Natural Dwelling, LLC

 Session Block F – 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

F2. Energy Code Changes: How will they effect historic buildings? 1.25 AIA HSW Continuing Education Credits

In this informative session, come learn about the new changes to the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and how they will impact historic buildings. Some of the previous exceptions are being eliminated. Learn how this may effect your future projects. Speakers: Elizabeth Hallas, Principal, Anderson Hallas Architects; Shauna Mozingo, Plans Analyst and Code Consultant, Colorado Code Consultants; Jim Lindberg, Senior Director, Preservation Green Lab

Session Block G – 2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

G2. Colorado State Capitol Dome Restoration 1.25 AIA HSW Continuing Education Credits

This high-profile, historically sensitive project was the first major renovation of the Colorado State Capitol dome since the building opened in 1894. Modern technology and materials made the preservation and repair of the gold-gilded sheet metal roofing, cast-iron façade, and deteriorated wood and steel windows possible, all while the Capitol remained fully occupied. We will discuss the historic construction and the techniques used to preserve and enhance it. Speaker: Dave Wittman, Associate, Investigative Engineer, Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers Inc.

G4. Traditional Timber Repair Using Today’s Tools – Part 1 1.25 AIA HSW Continuing Education Credits

Part one of this two-part series will include an introduction to the various types of traditional timber repairs and the process of selecting the appropriate repair for the situation. Repairs such as infill repairs and free tenons will be described and depicted in digital photographs. An example of a free tenon repair will be demonstrated showing how modern tools can be used to “rough out” the repair, followed by traditional joinery tools being used to complete the actual repair. Speakers: Rudy Christian, President, Christian & Son, Inc.

Session Block H – 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

H2. The History of Architectural Terra Cotta in Denver and its Conservation 1.25 AIA HSW Continuing Education Credits

Denver is home to an amazing variety of historic buildings, many of which were built using architectural terra cotta. This session will examine the history of terra cotta manufacture in Denver and will compare local fabrication to developments in the terra cotta industry in the United States as a whole. We will review the main components of architectural terra cotta and how glaze technology evolved from the late-nineteenth century to the first decades of the twentieth century. We will also look at the different construction methodologies historically used to erect terra-cotta buildings. Using examples of Denver’s architecture, we will look at the changes in terra-cotta ornament from the 1880s through the 1930s – the golden age of architectural terra cotta. Finally, the session will examine best practices for the conservation of historic terra cotta. We will cover methods for cleaning different types of glazed terra cotta, appropriate mortars, patching materials, and techniques for crack repair. Speaker: Jennifer Cappeto, Architectural Conservator and Principal, Cappeto Conservation LLC

H4. Traditional Timber Repair Using Today’s Tools – Part 2 1.25 AIA HSW Continuing Education Credits

Part two of this two-part series will include a brief introduction to the various types of traditional timber repairs and the process of selecting, laying out and cutting the appropriate repair for the situation. Repairs such as infill repairs and free tenons will be described and depicted in digital photographs. An example of an infill repair will be demonstrated showing how modern tools can be used to “rough out” the repair, followed by traditional joinery tools being used to complete the actual repair. Speakers: Rudy Christian, President, Christian & Son, Inc.

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