Architectural Iron & Steel Conference


Saturday, April 2-Sunday, April 3, 2016 conference



Design and Preservation of
Contemporary & Historic Architecture


Take advantage of the early registration rate.


The conference is organized by:

• Technology & Conservation

• MIT Dept. of Architecture’s Building Technology Program

• Boston Society of Architects’ Historic Resources Committee

This conference/training program will be held on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA. And, on Monday, April 4, there will be an optional facilities visit/tour program. Continuing education credits will be available (approx. 16 units for the April 2-3 program and 6 additional units for the optional program on April 4).

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    Old and New Methods of Preventing Corrosion of  Metals in Historic Structures – Dr. David Farrell, Managing Director, Rowan Technologies Ltd.
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: A Case Study in Repair  – 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 – tba, 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.

HOTEL: 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 – group booking code for website bookings is: tactaca

The direct link is:

For booking through Central Reservations at 1-888-236-2427, and give them the group booking code which 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:

If you have any questions on the conference, please contact me. I hope that you will be joining us for this informative and stimulating conference.


Susan E. Schur, Hon. AIA, FAPT
Conference Organizer/Chair
Tel: 617-623-4488; Fax: 617-623-2253; e-mail:


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