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Community | BE at Traditional Buildings Conference Series

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The 2018 Traditional Buildings Conference Series is an interactive symposium centered around the importance of historic preservation. Held in historic venues, the conference series explores techniques, best practices and case studies through tours and presentations given by preservation leaders, such as Bailey Edward’s Robin Whitehurst and Susan Turner. The conference incorporates architectural tours of the hosting location, immersing the attendees into their historic surroundings and providing context for the symposium.

This year, the 19th Century Club was the venue of choice in Oak Park, Illinois. Oak Park boasts many Frank Lloyd Wright designed buildings as his home town and the neighborhood offers a look into the development of American residential architecture. Only a short field trip from BE’s Chicago office, Oak Park is a great example of the influential historic architecture surrounding us.

At BE, preservation is one of our concerns because we believe so strongly that preserving historic structures is just as important as creating new buildings. BE is active in the preservation community, speaking at events such as this, joining fellow preservationists in their endeavors, and leading innovative preservation efforts. In fact, Susan received her FAIA for her work recognizing historic buildings as renewable resources and Robin sits on the board of Partners for Sacred Places, a national nonprofit organization that preserves historic religious facilities so they can continue to support the communities and congregations that rely on them. By practicing preservation continuously and bringing awareness to its importance, BE serves the communities that cherish their historic buildings.

Robin and Susan presented their work on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s (UIUC) English Building. Built in 1905, the English Building is a staple on UIUC’s historic quad, but the slate roof had fallen into disrepair. Robin and Susan utilized WUFI energy modeling, laser scanning, and dew point analysis for improved scoping, detailing and costing. By using these advanced technologies, a much more accurate status of the roof’s deficiencies led Robin and Susan to develop a comprehensive plan.