Historic preservation building code conference set for December

For immediate release November 27, 2006


Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

(DES MOINES) –Building codes and their role in making historic preservation projects safe and feasible for economic development will be the topic of a conference presented next month by the State Historical Society of Iowa and American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter.

“Historic Building Codes: Rehabilitation & Reuse of Existing Buildings” will be 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. December 12, 2006 at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines’ Historic East Village. Fees are $90 for for-profit registrants and $60 for non-profit registrants. On-line registration is available at http://www.aiaiowa.org/asp/programs/prof_development.asp.

“Participants will learn about the recently adopted International Existing Building Code, the State’s Historic Building Code and their usefulness as tools for safety and preservation of historic features as well as the economic impact of rehabilitating and reusing existing buildings,” said Jack Porter, a preservation consultant for the State Historical Society’s Preservation Office.

After completing the conference, participants will be able to:

  • identify the types of projects and buildings that fall under the codes
  • discuss alternative methods for meeting code requirements related to fire safety
  • analyze fire ratings for archaic materials and assemblies permitted by code
  • analyze requirements for exiting and discuss variations allowed by code
  • determine alternatives available to preserve historic features and fabric while meeting building code requirements
  • identify the availability and impact of incentives for rehabilitating historic buildings

Participants will also tour three local historic preservation projects – Spaghetti Works, Rumely Building and C.C. Taft Building – to learn how building codes were administered to resolve fire safety issues and exiting requirements in relationship to the preservation of each building’s historical features.

Panelists include Iowa State Building Code Commissioner Stuart Crine, Community Housing Initiatives Vice President Sam Erickson, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Chief Architect Michael Jackson and nationally known expert Marilyn Kaplan. Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Anita Walker will offer welcoming remarks.

In addition to SHSI and AIA Iowa, the conference is sponsored by Iowa Finance Authority, Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance, Iowa League of Cities, Iowa State Fire Marshal and Main Street Iowa

The State Historical Society of Iowa is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and serves as a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy and as an advocate for understanding Iowa’s past. Its dual mission of preservation and education involves identifying, recording, collecting, preserving, managing and providing access to Iowa’s historical resources. As an advocate of understanding Iowa’s past, SHSI educates Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state.


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