The Center for Coastal Heritage is a resource for practitioners working at the cross-section of the built environment and natural environment.  We advance this compatibility through a commitment to coastal resilience, sustainable building, and environmental health.  CCH works in collaboration with a wide field of experts to produce meaningful research, working resources, and applicable education for examining cultural heritage within the context of our coastal geography.

CURRENT PROJECTS

LIVING ON
THE EDGE

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The 3rd Annual Living on the Edge Conference will be held Oct 20-21, 2016. The theme this year is “Taking Action,” and will feature experts who have implemented projects to improve coastal resiliency. The speaker lineup for this year is excellent, as participants for this conference include architects, environmental scientists, oceanographers, engineers, activists, public health professionals, science writers, disaster management professionals and hospital/ facility managers.

APPROACHING
WATER

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Approaching Water, a symposium on strategies for mitigating flood damage in historic houses, will be held in Galveston on June 16-17. This hands-on symposium will visit multiple sites in Galveston to explore ways in which different building strategies minimize flood vulnerability. The two-day event will focus on four flood mitigation strategies: reinforcement, flood-proofing, structural elevation and amphibious architecture.

MATERIALS VISUALIZATION
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The Materials Visualization Lab is testing the durability of building materials after exposure to flooding. The Lab began testing fasteners, such as coated screws, as well as stainless steel and galvanized nails. These fasteners are observed after immersion in fresh and salt water. During the first test, materials were inundated from as little as 30 seconds to as long as two days. Such tests provide important observations related to the performance of building materials in coastal environments.

CENTER OBJECTIVES

  • Produce applicable research and education toward establishing an immediate relationship between the natural and built environment;
  • Restore and preserve our historic built environment as a strategy toward sustainable community;
  • Develop and maintaining a regional alliance for building coastal resilience through the exchange of best practices; and
  • Increase education on the climate of the Gulf Coast and its impact on our historic, architectural, and maritime resources.

Program Contact: Dr. Hal Needham, 409-765-3455