IPTW 2011 Lancaster, PA
International Trades Education Initiative

The 15th annual International Preservation Trades Workshop
Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, August 4-6, 2011

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The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission partnered with Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, the Preservation Trades Network, Inc. and other organizations to bring one of the largest gatherings of preservation and traditional trades people and enthusiasts in the world to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The 15th annual International Preservation Trades Workshop (IPTW) was held August 4-6, 2011 on the campus of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, 750 E. King Street in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. IPTW 2011 brought together hundreds of the best preservation and traditional trades crafts people, as well as preservation architects, preservation consultants, building trades contractors and others from the US, Canada, Europe and beyond, who are interested in learning more about preservation and traditional trades techniques, tools, materials and practices. For those who work in the preservation and traditional building trades, this was a gathering of the "tribe". For others, it offered a unique opportunity to see some of the finest crafts people at work and learn more about how historic building preservation is accomplished in construction. View the list of sessions and demonstrations <here>.

With the theme, Hands on Heritage: Trades, Knowledge, Community, IPTW 2011 included a keynote address by Donovan Rypkema, of PlaceEconomics an internationally known preservation consultant, writer and lecturer who addressed the important contribution to a local economy provided by the preservation trades, and also the role of historic preservation in comprehensive sustainable development. A copy of his presentation is available for download <here>. More than 30 presentations and in-depth hands-on demonstrations showcased the talents of some of the world's best preservation and traditional crafts people.

Special pre-conference tours will included a trip to the Mercer & Fonthill Museums and the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works. Another tour included a demonstration of a water powered vertical saw mill at the Daniel Boone Homestead, a behind the scene tour of the Ball and Ball Hardware workshops and a tour of the Wharton Escherick home and studio.

View the IPTW 2011 schedule <here>

Donovan Rypkema

Keynote: Donovan Rypkema - Historic Preservation and Economics – Recent Lessons
Pincipal, PlaceEconomics
Washington, DC

In these times of financial downtown, high unemployment, and partisan political paralysis on any solutions lessons are emerging on what actually works. Research on the economic impact of historic preservation continues to demonstrate its effective role in not only in job creation, but also in additional areas of importance to "sustainable development". This session will identify recent current findings in the historic preservation/economic development nexus and particularly note the important role of those working in the preservation trades.

Donovan D. Rypkema is principal of PlaceEconomics, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate and economic development-consulting firm. The firm specializes in services to public and non- profit sector clients who are dealing with downtown and neighborhood commercial district revitalization and the reuse of historic structures. In the US Rypkema has worked with such groups as the Urban Land Institute, the Mayors' Institute on City Design, the American Planning Association, Smart Growth America, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Federal Government clients have included the US State Department, the Departments of Interior and Defense, HUD, and the Advisory Council on Historic preservation. He has conducted a number of studies on the economic impact of historic preservation, most recently statewide analyses in Delaware, Georgia, and Connecticut.

In 2004 Rypkema established Heritage Strategies International, a firm created to provide similar services to world-wide clients. Rypkema has worked with communities in 49 States and 40 countries. International clients have included the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Council of Europe, the European Heads of Heritage Forum, and the United Nations Development Forum. He is a member of the UN Economic Commission for Europe Team of Specialists on Public-Private Partnerships and on the Board of Directors of Global Urban Development where he co-chairs the committee on Celebrating our Urban Heritage.

He is the author of numerous articles and publications as well as a book, The Economics of Historic Preservation: A Community Leader's Guide that has been translated in to Russian and Korean. Rypkema holds a Master of Science degree in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. He also teaches a course on the economics of historic preservation at the University of Pennsylvania where he received the 2008 G. Holmes Perkins Award for Distinguished Teaching.

IPTW 2011 Partners

PHMC logo The Pennsylvanial Museum and Historical Commission
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Created in 1945, PHMC is responsible for the collection, conservation, and interpretation of Pennsylvania's historic heritage, through the Pennsylvania State Archives, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Bureau of Historic Sites and Museums, the Pennsylvania Trails of History, the Bureau for Historic Preservation, and the Bureau of Management Services.



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Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology offers associate degrees and certificates in technical education programs to academically qualified residents of Pennsylvania. A residential college originally founded to benefit the State's indigent orphans, Stevens serves economically disadvantaged as well as tuition-paying students. The college prepares students for skilled employment in a diverse, ever-changing workforce and for full, effective participation as citizens of the community, the Commonwealth, and the nation. Committed for over a century to lifelong learning, inclusiveness, and community outreach, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology dedicates itself to the development of Pennsylvania's technical workforce.

The Preservation Trades Technology Program at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is directed toward those individuals entering or already employed in the building trades who seek the specialized skills in traditional and preservation trades needed to prepare them for this growing segment of the construction industry.  Industry surveys of the Lancaster area have indicated not only a demand for a workforce well trained in these preservation skills, but also that historic building owners recognize the value of proper training and experience in having a successful preservation project. 

IPTW 2011 Premier Sponsors
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PO Box 151, Milford Square, PA 18935
LimeWorks.us is a specialized supplier creating compatible lime mortars, plasters and paints used in repairing vintage structures and for building sustainable buildings.

IPTW 2011 Major Sponsors

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Mon-Ray, Inc.
801 Boone Ave N, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55427
Mon-Ray, Inc. is the manufacturer of Mon-Ray secondary glazing systems for both windows and doors. For over 60 years, Mon-Ray products have been industry leaders in high performance air, water, structural and acoustical standards. Mon-Ray products offer a wide variety of custom interior or exterior storm windows for historic preservation projects. Mon-Ray storm windows are the perfect solution for preserving the design, size, shape, color, character and integrity of the original window system.

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Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel
408 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219
Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel (PWWG) is a design firm practicing architecture, planning, and urban design for 35 years.  We have three main areas of specialization:  facilities for higher education, multi-family residential design, and the rehabilitation and preservation of historic architecture.   Our clients include public and private institutions, government and commercial entities, and individuals, primarily throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio.

PWWG has extensive experience in a variety of specialized areas related to preserving, rehabilitating , and repurposing historic buildings including partial and complete envelope assessment and restoration consistent with sound preservation philosophy. Our approach is informed by an understanding of the performance of a variety of exterior cladding systems , from masonry cavity wall construction, to terra-cotta and natural stone, including the common mechanisms of failure, and the protocols essential to produce lasting results in remedial repairs. Solutions are designed for the long term, and are sensitive to the building's architectural character. Other specialties include integrating systems upgrades sensitively in historic structures; complex window upgrades and historic replacements; and designing contextual additions that compliment historic structures.

IPTW 2011 Contributing Sponsors

Carson &  Son logo Christian & Son
15022 Gearhart Road, Burbank, Ohio 44214
Christian & Son has been in business for over 30 years providing both conservation services to owners of historic buildings as well as designing and building new timber framed structures based on historic patterns and principles. Our traditional tradespeople can help you care for your historic structure or build a new structure that you and future generations wil be proud to own and care for.
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Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust
Thomas Mansion 6245 Wissahickon Ave,Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19144
Since 1993, the Fairmount Park Historical Trust has provided innovative preservation services to organizations that manage historic resources held in the public trust throughout Fairmount Park and the Region. The Trust's award-winning staff offers expertise in wood and masonry conservation, project planning and management, maintenance planning and implementation, and research and documentation. Our clients include historic house museums, historic cemeteries, churches, public art stewardship agencies, and major institutions. As a non-profit organization, the Trust pursues projects that create innovative, sustainable preservation solutions and provide opportunities to engage student interns in hands-on field work. The Trust can also collaborate with you as a partner or lead organization on funding applications for innovative preservation projects.

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Heritage Restoration Inc.
122 Manton Ave, Box #7, Providence, RI 02909
Heritage Restoration, Inc. (HRI) principles and employees have been active in the historic preservation field for over twenty years. HRI has supervised and executed projects for such clients as: the National Park Service; Preserve Rhode Island; New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; Bristol Historical Society; Blithewold Mansion and Arboretum; United States Naval Station Newport; State of Rhode Island; as well as hundreds of private historic homes and buildings. In 2006 and 2009, HRI was awarded the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission Project Award. In 2009 & 2010, HRI was the recipient of three (3) Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards for projects in Newport, RI.

HRI provides general contracting services for historic buildings exclusively. Although despite HRI's exclusivity to historic buildings, the crew combines traditional trade skills and can practically and sympathetically incorporate modern technologies into sensitive historic resources. HRI and its employees are active in pursuing training and education in all techniques and trades involved with historic preservation.

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Donald E. Reisinger, Inc
717 East Washington Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania 19380
Donald E. Reisinger, Inc. is a family owned and operated company since 1959, specializing in historic renovations and restorations.

IPTW 2011 Supporting Sponsors

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Lefevre Community Preservation
PO Box 5497, 3120 N. 2nd St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110
Lefevre Community Preservation is a community development, planning and historic preservation consulting firm with thirty-four years of experience. We provide a spectrum of services which include preservation plans, ordinances, survey/inventory, National Register nomination applications, rehabilitation investment tax credits, Main Street and Downtown Improvement Development strategies and implementation. We provide technical expertise to local governments, historic preservation organizations, historical societies, land conservancies, law firms, and the public-at-large.

Quid Tum Historic Structures Consulting

Quid Tum Historic Structures Consulting
106 Horace Greeley Road, Amherst, New Hampshire 03031
Quid Tum, Historic Structures Consulting offers teaching and technical services for documentation, conservation, repair and maintenance of historic structures. Capabilities include; historic structures reports and cultural resource inventories, condition assessments and maintenance plans, preservation training, teaching and workshops, project planning and consultation on development of interdisciplinary teams, post-disaster assessment and recovery planning, website design and custom database applications.

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