Historic Preservation=Community Preservation

By: Scott D. Butcher,Hon. Affiliate Member, FSMPS, CPSM, vice president of JDB Engineering, Inc.


For many years, it seemed like historic preservation and sustainable design were on separate paths, occasionally intersecting with one-another.  In recent years, however, professionals from the preservation, design, and construction fields have realized the direct correlation between sustainable design and building reuse.  Credit people like Donovan Rypkema of Place Economics, who frequently lectures about sustainable preservation, and Carl Elefante of Quinn Evans Architects, who coined the phrase "The greenest building is the one already built."


In 2004, the Brookings Institute sounded an alarm when they projected that between 2005 and 2030, a total of 82 billion square feet of buildings would be demolished - at least at the current rate of demolition.  That figure represents between a quarter and a third of the total national building stock.  


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Fall Lecture Preview

By: Chris Dawson, AIA



Our 2013 AIA Central Pennsylvania Lecture Series concludes on Thursday, November 21st at the Armstrong World Industries Corporate Campus in Lancaster. Florian Idenburg will make a presentation titled "To Be Determined" at 7pm. Florian is a principal at Solid Objectives - Idenburg Liu (SO-IL) based in Brooklyn, NY.  Read more...


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Come early for an extra AIA, GBCI, or IDCEC credit:

Armstrong Building Products AIA CES Program - "Acoustical Basics for Design Professionals" will begin at 6pm with the lecture and annual meeting following at 7pm.



We are still seeking support for the 2013 Lecture Series. 

Thank you to our sponsors who have already contributed:


Armstrong World Industries                    Centria

Chris Dawson Architect                         Conestoga Tile

The Engineering Society of York             LSC Design

Keith Bush Associates                          RLPS Architects      

Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects             Tippetts/Weaver architects

Modernfold of Reading                           Fessenden Hall of PA

Whitney Baily Cox & Magnani                Paragon Engineering Services 

Pennsylvania Concrete Masonry Assoc.  Cooper Lighting/Lighting Solutions

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Helpful Links


Advisory Council on Historic Preservation: http://www.achp.gov/


National Trust for Historic Preservation:



Preservation Green Lab:




The Greenest Building - Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse: http://www.preservationnation.org/information-center/sustainable-communities/green-lab/lca/The_Greenest_Building_lowres.pdf


Realizing the Energy Efficiency Potential of Small Buildings:




Department of the Interior's Illustrated Guidelines on Sustainability for 

Rehabilitating Historic Buildings: http://www.nps.gov/tps/standards/r



Practice Management

How Buyers Buy Architecture/Engineering/Construction Services: http://www.hingemarketing.com/library/article/how_buyers_buy_architecture_



AIA Foresight Report: The Changing Context, Business, and Practice of 

Architecture 2013: http://www.aia.org/aiaucmp/groups/aia/documents/pdf/aiab099163.pdf 


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Conference & Expo and Design Awards

By: Tammie Fitzpatrick, AIA


We had a very successful Conference and Expo event this year at Harrisburg University on October 3rd.  First, we want to thank Harrisburg University for 

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offering the beautiful space to us free of charge.  We also want give a big thank you to all of our vendors, CEU presenters, special speakers and sponsors.  With their help, our event was a huge success.


The day began with a tour of the building led by Alex Wing, Principal at Stantec.   A Principal and education sector leader, Alex plans and designs academic facilities.  He enjoys working with institutions because their long views and ambitious, essential missions result in thought-provoking project assignments.  Read more...  


Thanks again to our vendors and sponsors!



Derr Flooring                                       Pella

Hardware Specialty Group                    Horst Construction

Interface FLOR                                    Print-O-Stat

Sun Works                                         Mid Atlantic BX

Baker, Ingram Associates                    Assa Abloy

GR Mitchell (Marvin Windows/Doors)    CapriCork

Modernfold of Reading                         John H Myers & Son

Armstrong World Industries                 NRB (USA), Inc.



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VELUX America, Inc.

Shaw Contract Group

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Lessons Learned by the

Yeoman Architect

By: James Mehaffey, AIA


Everything I learned about architectural preservation I learned from the Penn State Lacrosse coach.  If that isn't a lead in that grabs your attention, I don't know what will.  I promise that I will get to the point before the end of the column.


I found my professional niche in design for retirement living.  Ordinarily, the occupants of my projects are older than any of the buildings I am dealing with.  There are exceptions, for instance: there may be an original farm house or manor that was part of an original bequeathal from a retirement community's inception, but for the most part, typical renovations I come across are from the 1960's or 1970's and they often are not historic registry stuff.  Read more...

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