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URM Symposium Postponed

Regretfully, we must postpone the URM Symposium.  We will provide information regarding a new rescheduled date as we continue to monitor the guidance regarding large public gatherings.  As of now, we intend to continue with the same programming as originally planned, though there could be some adjustments to speakers and content. 

DAHP and APT Northwest are pleased to announce a URM Symposium in Seattle at a time yet to be determined. See below for draft agenda. Full agenda, speaker, and registration information to follow. AIA credits will be offered.

DRAFT Agenda - DAY 1

7:30a:   Registration

8:00a:   Welcome and Speaker Introductions

Morning Sessions:

  • Seismicity in the Pacific Northwest. Learn about the geological forces that shape our land, and the impacts they have on structures.
  • Disaster Planning. Learn about what the City of Seattle, City of Portland, and other government agencies are doing to prepare the general population for the next big one with proactive outreach and community input.
    • โ€‹Nancy Devine, PE, SE, Engineering and Technical Codes Manager | Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections
    • Erin Doherty, Coordinator, Historic Preservation | Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
    • Erika Lund, Recovery and Mitigation Coordinator | Seattle Office of Emergency Management
    • Jonna Papaefthimiou, AICP, Planning, Policy, and Community Programs Manager | Portland Bureau of Emergency Management
  • Equity and Inclusion in URMs and Historic Neighborhoods (Panel Discussion).  Learn about avoiding unintended consequences of seismic retrofit projects and their impacts on residential and business tenants, neighborhoods, and community.
    • Manish Chalana | University of Washington Center for Preservation and Adaptive Reuse (moderator)
    • Karen True, Director of Business & Community Development | Alliance for Pioneer Square
    • Maiko Winkler-Chin, Executive Director | Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation & Development Authority
    • Eugenia Woo, Director of Preservation Services | Historic Seattle
  • Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and Preservation Brief 41. Hear those who contributed to the publication of a leading document regarding preservation-minded approaches to seismic retrofit of historic buildings.
    • โ€‹Antonio Aguilar | Historical Architect, National Park Service Technical Preservation Services

12:00p:  Lunch (provided)

Afternoon Sessions:

  • Unreinforced Masonry (URM) Construction, Assessment, Restoration. Focus on rationale and methodology for condition assessment and the repair and restoration of historic unreinforced masonry buildings incluidng specific short-term and long-term maintenance goals.
    • Wayne Belcher, President | United Professionals Caulking & Restoration, Inc
    • Amy Lamb Woods, PE, Director of Technical Education | International Masonry Institute
    • Tonia Sorrell-Neal, LEEP AP, Executive Director | Masonry Institute of Washington
  • Seismic Upgrade Basics – Perspectives from structural engineer and a preservation architect.  Learn from experienced practitioners about the challenges and successes of retrofitting historic buildings from a holistic design approach.
    • Maya Foty, AIA, Principal | Architectural Resources Group
    • Dan Say, PE, SE, Principal | Swenson Say Faget Structural Engineering
    • Michael Schuller, PE, President | Atkinson-Noland & Associates
  • Working with the Standards – Case Studies.  Learn from experienced practitioners about specific case studies of varying complexity, including use, scale, and seismic vulnerabilities.
    • Matt Aalfs, AIA, Principal | Building Work
    • Dean Kralios, AIA, Principal | SMR Architects
  • Developing New Incentive Programs (Presentation + Panel Discussion).  Learn about innovative approaches for how to finance seismic retrofit projects beyond conventional financing and tax credits.
    • Chuck Depew, West Team Leader | National Development Council
    • Peter Nitze, CEO | Nitze-Stagen
    • Michael Sullivan, Principal | Artifacts, Inc

4:45p:    Closing Remarks

5:00p:   Adjourn formal program. Stay for informal discussion and no-host happy hour.

7:00p:   Dinner on your own


(AIA HSW 7.0 Total for Day 1)


DRAFT Agenda - DAY 2 | Tour Location TBD and Seattle Public Library

Walking Tour of URM Buildings in Seattle, Locations and Time TBD (Organized by Historic Seattle)


6:00 – 7:30p:      Brace Yourself: Responding to Earthquake Risk in Seattle’s Built Environment

Public Lecture @ Seattle Public Library. Free and open to the public.

What is a “URM” and why should you care? Learn about how buildings respond to earthquakes, what the risks are for their occupants, and methods for proactively retrofitting them.

Presented in partnership with the Seattle Public Library, Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, Association for Preservation Technology Northwest, and the University of Washington Center for Preservation and Adaptive Reuse.



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