JUNE 16-17, 2016

We want to thank everyone who participated in our 2016 Approaching Water symposium.  This was a time of productive engagment and important dialogue surrounding issues related to flood mitigation for residential buildings, flood insurance policy, and adaptive strategies for flood mitation for historic houses.

Galveston Historical Foundation would also like to thank the Historic Preservation Education Foundation for providing a gift of $5,000 to make Approaching Water possible. This symposium would not have been possible without this generous gift.

ABOUT THE EVENT

Communities around the world are facing the impacts of flooding,” says Dwayne Jones, GHF Executive Director, “and Galveston Island presents an ideal setting to explore practical solutions to the challenges that flood waters pose to historic houses. We are excited to host this symposium for architects, contractors, engineers, planners, students, and homeowners to learn and share insights.”

Through lectures and hands-on workshops, the symposium covered the flood mitigation strategies of reinforcement, flood-proofing, structural elevation, and amphibious architecture and explored other flood-related issues affecting historic houses, including building codes and flood insurance reforms.

Approaching Water was organized through the Center for Coastal Heritage, a project of Galveston Historical Foundation. The Center for Coastal Heritage is a resource for practitioners working at the cross-section of the built environment and natural environment.  The CCH works in collaboration with a wide field of experts to examine cultural heritage within the context of our coastal geography. This project is in part funded by the Historic Preservation Education Foundation.

“Communities around the world are facing the impacts of flooding,” says Dwayne Jones, GHF Executive Director, “and Galveston Island presents an ideal setting to explore practical solutions to the challenges that flood waters pose to historic houses. We are excited to host this symposium for architects, contractors, engineers, planners, students, and homeowners to learn and share insights.”

Approaching Water is organized through the Center for Coastal Heritage, a project of Galveston Historical Foundation. The Center for Coastal Heritage is a resource for practitioners working at the cross-section of the built environment and natural environment.  The CCH works in collaboration with a wide field of experts to examine cultural heritage within the context of our coastal geography. This project is in part funded by the Historic Preservation Education Foundation.

AIA CE credit available upon completion of symposium

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday, June 16

8 – 10 AM : Lecture Block I:  Flood Proofing and Mitigation Strategies for Existing Buildings  (Light Breakfast provided)
10 – 10:45 AM : Tour of Coastal Cottage and Materials Visualization Lab in Sears Building
10:45 – 12 PM : Lecture Block II:  Flooding and Mitigation at the Community Level
12 – 1 PM : Lunch (Provided)
1 – 4 PM : Field Site Exercises in Adaptations, Part 1:  Flood proofing and Amphibious Architecture
5:00 – 6:30 : Evening Cocktail Social, located at the historic Garten Verein German dancehall.

Friday, June 17

8 – 8:30 AM :  Overview (Light Breakfast provided)
8:30 – 11:30 AM: Field Site Exercises in Adaptations, Part 2:  Structural Reinforcement and Elevation
11:30 – 1 PM : Lunch
1 PM :  Concluding Remarks

SPEAKERS

The symposium will feature experts from across the country. A detailed schedule will be available this spring.

Reinforcement – Patrick Sparks (visit web site) : Patrick Sparks is the principal and founder Sparks Engineering, Inc.  He has over 30 years of experience in a variety of engineering disciplines, including research, construction, and design.  Over the past two decades he has made the investigation, analysis, and rehabilitation of existing structures his career focus. He is a Professional Fellow of the Center for Heritage Conservation at Texas A&M University, and is an expert member of ISCARSAH, an international scientific committee for structural conservation. He has evaluated hundreds of historic buildings in the wake of major Hurricanes Ivan, Katrina, and Ike.  Working with the World Monuments Fund, he was part of an early assessment team evaluating damage to heritage buildings after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

Flood-proofing – Mary Delaney Krugman (visit web site) : Mary Delaney Krugman is founder and president of Mary Delaney Krugman Associates, based in Montclair, New Jersey, and serves as its Principal Preservation Specialist. She holds the degree of Master of Science in Historic Preservation as well as a Juris Doctor degree. Although not in current legal practice, she remains a member of the bar in the District of Columbia and the State of New Jersey, where she practiced law prior to founding MDKA.

Structural Elevation – Roderick Scott (visit web site) : Roderick specializes in historic resources and flood hazard mitigation. He consults with communities and property owners about flood hazard mitigation. Rod also has developed and implemented an award winning public education outreach program for flood hazard mitigation and is currently helping produce a new “how to elevate your building” video/print publication series for Louisiana State University. Rod also presents CEU programs for architects and structural engineers as well as land surveyors.

Amphibious Architecture – Dr. Elizabeth English (visit web site) : Dr. English has her PhD and Master of Science in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. She has a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from MIT. Her undergraduate degree is an A.B. from Princeton in Architecture and Urban Planning. She was formerly an Associate Professor – Research at the Hurricane Centre in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Louisiana State University. She has taught Structures, Construction and Design at the Schools of Architecture at Tulane, Minnesota and Michigan. At Tulane she was responsible for the complete and apparently very successful overhaul of the structures curriculum. Dr. English has a strong record of research in technical fields such as damage from wind-blown debris and wind loading in tall buildings. She also has a record of publication on Russian modernism.

LOCATIONS

The symposium will include site visits to four historic houses over the two days. The houses, all located in flood-prone areas, will be undergoing rehabilitation at the time of the symposium, allowing attendees a unique opportunity to explore the implementation of flood mitigation strategies. The sites will be within walking distance of one another. Specific location will be announced in the spring.

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