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Architectural Iron & Steel in the 21st Century

Design and Preservation of Contemporary & Historic Architecture

April 2 - April 3, 2016

Cambridge, MA

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Upward perspective of steel structure

Upward perspective of steel structure. (Photo credit: Farrokh Bulsara @pixabay)

This two day conference (with an optional third day to tour the facilities and visit the program) will be held on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The conference is organized by Technology & Conservation, the MIT Department of Architecture’s Building Technology program, and the Boston Society of Architects’ Historic Resources Committee.


SATURDAY, April 2, 2016

7:30-8:15am    Check-in

8:15-8:20    Welcome – Susan E. Schur, Hon.AIA, FAPT, Technology & Conservation, and Prof. John Ochsendorf, MIT

8:20-9:05    Architectural Perspectives – Wrought & Cast Iron – Historical Uses and Styles –  Chris Topp, Director, Topp & Co. Ltd.

9:05-9:45    Architectural Perspectives – Structural Steel – Jonathan Clarke, Building Historian

9:45-10:15    Mechanical/Structural Properties – Prof. John Speer, Colorado School of Mines, Steel Metallurgy Center

10:15-10:35    Posters + Coffee Break

10:35-11:00    Corrosion & Weathering – Dr. Ronald Latanision, Vice-President/Senior Fellow, Exponent

11:00-11:30    Selecting Steel Wisely: Site Assessment to Ensure Long Life – Catherine Houska, Sr. Development Manager, TMR Consulting

11:30-12:00    Forms & Connections – Akbar R. Tamboli, PE, FASCE, Consultant and Principal Emeritus, Thornton Tomasetti

12:00-12:10    Q&A

12:10-1:50    Luncheon

1:50-2:15    Restoration of the Ditherington Historic Mill Complex – Geoff Rich, Managing Partner, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

2:15-2:35    Steel Life Cycle, Sustainability, and Recycling – Mark A. Thimons, PE, LEED AP-BD&C, Vice-President, Sustainability, Steel Market Development Institute

2:35-2:50    Seismic Upgrading – Ronald O. Hamburger, SE, Senior Principal/Director, Western Region SE Head, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

2:50-3:15    Cathodic Protection for Heritage & Modern Buildings, Prof. Paul Lambert, CEng, FIMMM, FICorr, Sheffield Hallam University

3:15-3:30    Posters + Coffee Break

3:30-3:45    Cast Iron Storefronts – Edward A. Gerns, Principal,WJE

3:45-4:05    Windows – MIT?Building 2 – Gary Torndorf-Dick, Program Manager, MIT Facilities Department

4:05-4:15    Efficient Access and Documentation Strategies for Tall Buildings. – Kelly Streeter, PE, Partner, Vertical Access LLC

4:20-4:35    The Iron Pillar of Delhi – Prof. C.(Ravi) Ravindran, FCAE, FASM, PEng, Ryerson University

4:35-4:50    Cast Iron Lighthouses – John M. Wathne, PE, President, Structures-North Consulting Engineers Inc.

4:50-5:15    St. Martin-in-the-Fields-Historic & Reconfiguration/New Entrance Structure – Henry Moss, AIA, LEED, Principal,Bruner/Cott, and Eric Parry, RA, Founder and Principal, Eric Parry Architects

5:15-5:40    Restoration of the Newport Mansions Gates/Railings –William C. S. Remsen, RA, Chief Preservation Architect, International Preservation Associates, Inc.

5:40-6:20    Longfellow Bridge – A Five-Part Presentation:

  • Historical Background of the Bridge and 106 Compliance Process – Stacey Donahoe,  Senior Historic Resource Specialist, MassDOT Highway Division
  • Structural Engineering Considerations: Repairing and Strengthening the Steel and Iron Components & Upgrading to 21st Century Requirement – Mark Ennis, PE, Chief  Structural Engineer, STV Inc.
  •  Cast Iron Repair and Replication – Harry Dodakian, Owner/ Project Executive, DeAngelis Iron Work, Inc.
  • A Design/Build Project Approach: Turning Ideas and Requirements into Reality – Robert J. Collari, Project Manager, White-Skanska-Consigli Joint Venture
  • Historic Preservation of Steel and Iron on America’s Oldest Mass-Transit and Vehicular Bridge – Wendall Kalsow, AIA LEED Green Associate, President/Principal, McGinley Kalsow & Associates, Inc.

6:20-6:30     Q&A

6:30-8:00    Reception – Marriott Hotel

SUNDAY, April 3, 2016

7:30-8:00 am    Videos – Steel /Manufacturing/Fabrication

8:00-8:30    Steel Used with Other Materials – David Fixler, FAIA, LEED?AP?BD&C, Principal, Design and Preservation, EYP

8:30-8:55    Color/Finishes – L.William Zahner, CEO/President, A. Zahner Company

8:55-9:25    Galvanizing – Dr. Thomas Langill, Technical Director, American Galvanizers Association

9:25-9:40    Contemporary Fire Protection Procedures – Prof. Maria Garlock, Princeton University

9:40-10:10    The Building Envelope: Curved Steel Forms and Castings – Prof. Terri Meyer Boake, University of  Waterloo

10:10-10:30    Posters + Coffee Break

10:30-10:45    Iron Market in Haiti – John McAslan, CBE, RIBA, Executive Chairman, John McAslan & Partners

10:45-11:15    Learning from Mistakes – Edmund P. Meade, PE, Director of Historic Preservation, Principal, Silman

11:15-11:45    Supersize Contemporary Buildings, Gordon Gill, FAIA, Partner, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill

11:45-12:00    Q&A

12:00-2:00    Luncheon

2:00-2:20    King’s Cross Station – John McAslan, CBE, RIBA, Executive Chairman, John McAslan & Partners

2:20-2:40    New Structure in King’s Cross Major Redevelopment Zone – Eric Parry, RA, Founder and Principal, Eric Parry Architects

2:40-3:00    Canadian Museum for Human Rights – Neb Erakovic, PEng., Principal, Global Buildings Group, CH2M HILL

3:00-3:15    Tensile Systems – Cabling, Cross Bracing, and Suspension Case Histories – Prof. Terri Meyer Boake, University of Waterloo

3:15-3:35    Posters + Coffee Break

3:35-4:00    Public Art Works/Conservation Aspects of Steel Sculpture – Rosa Lowinger, President/Chief Conservator,  Rosa Lowinger & Associates

4:00-4:30    July 11 Memorial, Regents Place Pavilion, and Windermere Steamboat Museum – Andrew Groarke, Principal Carmody Groarke

4:30-4:45    Broadcast Place Student Housing: Use of CorTen – Geoff Rich, Managing Partner, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

4:45-5:00    Construction Challenges: The Gateshead Millennium Bridge, and Construction Innovations: Biological Inspired Developments/Robotics – Paul Kassabian, PE, PEng, CEng, Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger, and Lecturer, MIT Department of Civil Engineering

5:00-5:25    Similarities and Differences in Treating/Restoring Historic vs. Contemporary Structures – Robert Silman, PE, President Emeritus, Silman

5:25-5:40    Q&A

5:40-6:00    Summation – John A. Fidler, RIBA, FAPT, FRICS, Principal, John Fidler Preservation Technology Inc.

MONDAY, April 4, 2016 (optional program)
Tour 8:30-1:30- Chelsea foundry, Duncan Galvanizing, with bus route going past several downtown Boston’s cast iron buildings, MBTA entrance at Copley Square+BPL lanterns, Longfellow Bridge, and Biogen IDEC as an example of use of BIM system in construction.


For those who require a hotel room, a block of rooms have been reserved at the Cambridge Marriott Hotel at the special rate of $179 (plus tax) per night.  For booking through Central Reservations at 1-888-236-2427. The group booking code is tactaca.

Call for Posters

Poster presentations on a project or research involving architectural iron or steel fabrication, performance, detailing, specification, use, care, or repair are welcomed. A poster presentation is one 30” x 40” board or two 20” x 30” boards showing project and/or research information relevant to the conference subject matter. An area will be set aside during the conference for the display of posters and discussion. Poster proposals should be submitted, by e-mail, by January 2, 2016 to: ses_tec_con@msn.com.

Registration Form

Click here to download the registration form. Early registration is through January 25, 2016. Poster proposals are due by January 2nd, 2016.

Return this form, with check (made payable to The Technology Organization, Inc.), to:

Technology & Conservation
76 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02143

Refund policy: Prior to January 25, 2016 – 100% of the registration fee less $50 service charge; January 25-February 28, 2016 – 50% of registration fee; after February 28, 2016– no refund.

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Susan E. Schur


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
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