From the International Masonry Institute
Historic Buildings – Archaic Structural Systems from the 1880s through the 1950s
This seminar describes structural evaluation and renovation/repair/adaptive reuse strategies for existing buildings that employ archaic building systems (1870s-1960s). These systems include iron and early steel framing, brick and stone mass-masonry wall systems, flat-tile floor systems, and historic wood-framed buildings (heavy timber and dimensional lumber). This seminar will present several existing building renovation projects as the backdrop to describe these archaic systems and materials, and issues that come up when repairing and modifying them.
– Attendees will be able to identify and analyze historic floor systems within commercial buildings built between the 1880s and the 1920s, based on visual characteristics of the floor.
– Attendees will be able to list a number of references (historic and modern) that describe archaic building systems and analysis techniques.
– Attendees will be able to distinguish steel from wrought iron from cast iron metal pieces, based on a simple on-site test.
– Attendees will be able to estimate the capacity of historic wood through a process of grading and species identification.
– Attendees will be able to state the requirements of new mortar when repointing an historic brick-clad building.
Chris Hartnett, PE, LEED
American Engineering Testing
*This program has been submitted for AIA accreditation. Certificates will be issued within two (2) weeks of the presentation date.