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URM Symposium

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DAHP and APT Northwest are pleased to announce a URM Symposium in Seattle from May 27-28, 2020. See below for draft agenda. Full agenda, speaker, and registration information to follow. AIA credits will be offered.


























DRAFT Agenda - DAY 1 | May 27, 2020 | University Heights Center, Seattle

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.
  • 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.

12:00p:  Lunch (provided)

Afternoon Sessions:

  • 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.
  • Working with the Standards – Case Studies.  Learn from experienced practitioners about specific case studies of varying complexity, including use, scale, and seismic vulnerabilities.
  • 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.
  • Developing New Incentive Programs (Presentation + Panel Discussion).  Learn about innovative approaches for how to finance seismic retrofit projects beyond conventional financing and tax credits.

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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