CPI Technical Training Workshops – 2019

Colorado Preservation, Inc. is partnering with Humphries Poli Architects to present three technical workshops in 2019.

The two half-day workshops (Assessments and Masonry) have a standard, flat tuition rate of $60 ($50 for CPI members). The full-day workshop (Timber) has a flat tuition rate of $125 ($100 for CPI members).

CPI staff will cross-check your membership status to ensure dues are current and may follow-up if they are not. You can become a member on the CPI website here:  http://coloradopreservation.org/get-involved/membership/

Trainees are responsible for securing and paying for travel, lodging, and meals while attending.

Refunds will be available for up to one week before the workshop, after which point, no refunds will be given.

Masonry Workshop

Friday, July 26, 1-5pm
Building Restoration Specialties
3060 Walnut St, 80205

$65/$50 for CPI Members
Capped at 25 individuals

American Institute of Architects
AIA CES Provider G404
Approved for 4.0 LU

American Planning Association
APA CM | 4 credit hours

Masonry was used in many historic structures. Understanding the original construction materials is the first step in the selection and specifications of appropriate repairs. A suitable repair for marble is not the right choice for granite. This session will present typical Colorado building stones and brick masonry types that you are likely to run into as you restore buildings throughout Colorado. A walking tour of a historic neighborhood will provide an opportunity to identify the materials in a real environment.  Following the tour, participants will gather at a masonry salvage yard. A brief discussion of the history of quarries and where these stones were sourced will be included. Example stones will be found throughout the yard so participants can handle the various materials. The other essential component of a masonry structure is the mortar. An example of mortar analysis will be presented and participants will have the opportunity to work on replicating the sample using different materials including mortar pigments and different sands. Mortar joints can be finished in many different ways, the essential concepts of repointing will be discussed along with an opportunity to practice joint profiles such as beaded and vee. Dress in work clothes!


Melanie Short

Melanie Short has over 20 years of professional experience as an architect and project manager. With her extensive expertise in design and construction as well as a passion for historic preservation, Melanie has been on the Colorado Historic Preservation Review Board, the Lakewood Historic Landmark Commission, and the board of APT Rocky Mountain Chapter. She has written multiple articles and delivered numerous presentations on the junction of historic preservation, architecture, and sustainability. Having earned LEED certification for several historic buildings, her experience extends from single-family housing to civic buildings.

Rhonda Maas

Rhonda Maas is the Operations Manager at Building Restoration Speciaties, Inc. in Denver. She has extensive experience in the restoration and preservation of historic structures with a demonstrated track record of managing and operating a successful masonry restoration company over the past 33 years. BRS was founded in 1986 with Rhonda as co-owner. Rhonda has been the operations manager of the company, and in 2007 obtained sole ownership of the corporation. Rhonda has overseen the successful completion of approximately 2550 restoration projects and is well experienced in the means and methods of Historic Preservation. Rhonda’s drive for perfection and attention to detail lend her the ability to achieve results unmatched by her peers. Her years of experience and knowledge of the masonry restoration field give her the ability to lead the team to successful project completion. BRS has completed over 2800 projects.

Natalie Feinberg Lopez

Natalie Feinberg Lopez has been a technical consultant in the field of preservation, conservation, and historic resource planning for the past 18 years. Her firm, Built Environment Evolution (BEE), specializes in Architectural Conservation, with paint analysis, mortar and XRF analysis laboratories on site. Her firm’s clients include Architecture and Engineering firms from around North America, the National Park Service (NPS), the General Service Administration (GSA), various State Historic Funds, universities, and museums, in addition to municipalities and local historical societies located throughout the US. Ms. Feinberg Lopez has been an advocate of preservation in her local community, serving for seven years on the Boulder County Historic Preservation Advisory Board, and is the Chair of the Boulder County Planning Commission. Ms. Feinberg Lopez has had the honor of being part of the Association of Preservation Technology International (APTi) as an elected member of the Board of Directors for the past seven years and is currently serving as the Vice President.

Gary Petri

Gary Petri’s career spans more than 45 years. For the past 40 years, Gary has been an architect and principal in the Denver office of Hord Coplan Macht, previously known as Slaterpaull Architects. He retired from Hord Coplan Macht (HCM) in September 2017. He is currently engaged in private practice as a consulting architect in the field of historic preservation and planning. Before retiring, Gary was the principal director of historic preservation in HCM’s Denver office. His 45 years of professional experience includes historic preservation, as well as design and planning for college campuses, “Main Street” communities, municipalities, State and County governments, and nonprofit organizations. His preservation experience includes over 150 historic preservation projects, involving more than 400 buildings in six states.

Gary supervised or authored more than 100 historic structure assessments and preservation master plans including the Brush Central School, Emily Griffith Opportunity School and Technical College in downtown Denver, St. John in the Wilderness Cathedral, and the Emerson School for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He was the principal architect for the award-winning Tivoli Student Union Revitalization project, the University Center for the Arts for Colorado State University in Fort Collins, and the exterior restoration of the City and County Building in Denver.

His most recent projects include the exterior rehabilitation of the Pearce McAllister House, restoration of Denver Tramway Company Streetcar .04, and the historic structure assessment of Bear Mountain at the Denver Zoo.

Timber Workshop

Tuesday, September 10
9am-5pm (lunch included)
Argo Mill, Idaho Springs, CO

$125/$100 for CPI Members
Capped at 25 individuals

American Institute of Architects
AIA CES Provider G404
Approved for 7.0 LU HSW

American Planning Association
APA CM | 7 credit hours

This workshop will be held on location at the Argo Mill in Idaho Springs.  The Argo Mill was a state-of-the-art mill when it was constructed in the early 1910s.  The mill was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.  The Argo Mine and Mill have generously made the mill available for this workshop on Timber and Timber grading.  The mill will be the host to an exploration of the grading protocol for structural lumber and timer in historic structures as developed by Ron Anthony of Anthony & Associates for the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training. This document will be the basis for our hands-on grading of the structure of the mill.  The workshop will include a tour of the mill and an explanation of the history of the property.  A discussion regarding the need for a way to grade historical wood structures and typical timber materials found in Colorado structures will be held before the group turns to the job at hand.  Tools needed for non-destructive testing will be provided to the teams as small groups tackle various portions of the building.  In addition to determining the grade of the historic timbers, an assessment of the condition of the timber being graded will also be conducted by the teams.  Various timber deterioration mechanisms will be explained.  The group will come together at the end of the assessment period to discuss the overall condition of the structure and explore any recommendations for repairs.


Ron Anthony

Ron Anthony received an M.S. in Wood Science and Technology from Colorado State University.  His wood consulting activities have focused on the application of inspection technologies for assessment of wood in historic structures.  Typical projects in Colorado include the Hanging Flume, Reiling Dredge, Paris Mill, Evans School, Elitch Theater, Foxton Post Office, and the McElmo Flume.  He also conducts workshops and lectures on wood properties and the use of wood in construction applications.  Mr. Anthony is the 2002 recipient of the James Marston Fitch Foundation Grant for his approach to evaluating wood in historic buildings; he is a Fellow in the Association for Preservation Technology International (APTI), and a recipient of APTI’s Harley J. McKee Award. 

Brian Malone

Brian Malone is a licensed structural engineer with KL&A Structural Engineers and Builders.  He received a dual M.S. in Civil (Structural) Engineering and Wood Science from Oregon State University.  With a focus on wood structures and the application of wood science to structural design, Brian’s projects include heavy timber, mass timber, existing and historic structural assessment and renovation, civic buildings, and custom residences.  Prior to his career as an engineer Brian was a professional carpenter and built and restored traditional timber frame structures throughout the country.  He serves on the Executive Committee of the Timber Frame Engineering Council.

Past 2019 Workshop:

Assessments Workshop

Friday, May 17, 1-5pm
Emerson School, 1420 Ogden St, Denver 80218

$65/$50 for CPI Members
Capped at 35 individuals

Historic Structure Assessments are critical first steps in the preservation of historic sites.  We are fortunate in Colorado that History Colorado is very supportive of these efforts.  A thorough assessment requires a variety of tools and team members working together for a preservation plan to guide further work.  A systematic approach is key to understanding the building.  This workshop will explore strategies for the development of Historic Structure Assessments following the Section 3 Scope of Work outline used by the State Historical Fund.  Where to start, what to look for, what methods to use, and how to pull it all together will be explored.  The workshop will be held in a host historic structure.  We will start altogether with a discussion of what a Historic Structure Assessment is, an overview of tools that can be used for non-destructive testing, and a brief description of the host building.  Participants will then break into small groups and tackle major building components as follows: site work, foundations, structural systems, exterior walls, roofing and drainage, exterior doors and windows, interior finishes, mechanical and electrical systems.  Experts will work with each group to develop descriptions, condition assessments, and recommendations. Emphasis will be put on proper identification of materials and systems and the determination of the actual causation of identified deficiencies.  At the end of the day, we will come back together to prioritize our recommendations and create the preservation plan for our host building.  Come join us to learn how to put together one of these important reports.

American Institute of Architects
AIA CES Provider G404
Approved for 4.0 LU HSW

American Planning Association
APA CM | 4 credit hours


Melanie Short

Melanie Short has over 20 years of professional experience as an architect and project manager. With her extensive expertise in design and construction as well as a passion for historic preservation, Melanie has been on the Colorado Historic Preservation Review Board, the Lakewood Historic Landmark Commission, and the board of APT Rocky Mountain Chapter. She has written multiple articles and delivered numerous presentations on the junction of historic preservation, architecture, and sustainability. Having earned LEED certification for several historic buildings, her experience extends from single-family housing to civic buildings.

Kelly Wemple

Kelly Wemple is a licensed architect at Davis Partnership Architects. She earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree with an emphasis in Architecture from the University of Colorado Boulder and holds Master degrees in both Architecture and Historic Preservation from the University of Colorado Denver, where she was the first to receive the Historic Preservation Exemplary Student Award. Kelly has nine years of experience working on historic buildings. She also has experience working on new construction and existing building renovations, primarily in the public sector including libraries, schools, and civic buildings. Her experience includes the rehabilitation of the McNichols Building in Civic Center Park, the General Assembly Rooms at the Colorado State Capitol, the restoration of the Historic Elitch Gardens Theatre, and numerous Historic Structure Assessments throughout Colorado. Kelly is a member of the American Institute of Architects, on the board of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology, and serves as Chair of the Denver Landmark Preservation Commission.

Ashley Russell

Ashley Russell is a passionate designer focused on the importance of historic preservation, sustainable design, and cultural heritage. Ashley holds a bachelors degree of Interior Architecture at East Tennessee State University as well as an MSc in Architectural Conservation at the University of Edinburgh. These programs established her voice as a designer and technical skills. She has become adept in international design principals by thinking broadly and considering the impact that architecture and design have on many cultures and world heritage. Ashley spent a summer in Rome to conduct an analysis and research for her dissertation, “Refashioning the Palazzo della Civilta Italiana: A Study of Contentious Architecture within EUR, Rome,” which honed in on critical approaches to post-war urban development of a modern city and the preservation of its intangible heritage. Ashley has always been very passionate about engaging with the community and learning from cultural experiences – many of which have occurred in Europe. She is applying her previous experiences connecting cultures through captivating architectural experiences while respecting the surrounding natural and built environment at Humphries Poli Architects.

Jessica Reske

Jessica Reske is a preservation architect and founding partner at Form+Works Design Group. She has worked throughout Colorado for the last 12 years on a wide variety of preservation projects from historic structure assessments to large construction projects. These projects have ranged in size from small one-room schoolhouses to large scale adaptive use projects. Her passion for preservation is rooted in a desire to keep historic sites and buildings relevant for future generations while acknowledging and embracing their history and importance in their communities.

Natalie Lord

Natalie Lord is a founding partner of Form+Works Design Group, a small women-owned business focusing on historic preservation projects in and around the western United States. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from the NewSchool of Architecture and Design and her Master of Arts in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University. As a third generation Coloradoan and the great-granddaughter of a homesteader, Natalie was eager to return to work on projects that contribute to the exciting progress occurring in the West. A licensed architect in Colorado and Wyoming, Natalie has more than 15 years of experience working with many building types including civic, residential, commercial, fire stations, healthcare, aviation, government, and education. Her real passion lies in historic preservation and adaptive-use projects. Her desired legacy is to bring new and long-lasting life to communities with her work.

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