Restore Jacksonville 2012

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The City of Jacksonville has an immense number of older buildings over 50 years old; Our locally designated historic districts and landmarks include over 8,000 properties. Additional historic neighborhoods such as Arlington, San Marco, Ortega, Murray Hill, Durkeeville, and East Jacksonville, increase the number of structures by an exponential amount. These buildings have unique features that give these areas special character, but also require an appreciation, understanding and skill set by contractors and other building professionals. While much of the costs associated with new construction work today go directly to materials and products produced outside the city, historic preservation and rehabilitation projects generally center on specialized repair work and the retention of historic fabric, which means more dollars going to hire local workers and less construction debris going to our landfills.


DATE: May 2-6, 2012

COSTS:  Registration fees are $25 for general public weekend with early, “bring-a-friend” and student discounts or $TBD for full 5-day access including contractor training on Wednesday and Thursday; Additional costs may apply for special events.

ESTIMATED ATTENDANCE:  25-50 for the building professional training; 300 general

WHERE: Main Library Downtown Conference Floor

Wednesday – Thursday (May 2 and 3) 7AM-4:30PM –Contractor/Building Professional training

• Wednesday: Historic Preservation Foundation and Fundamentals

o Core training to provide a better understand of the background, basic principals, review processes and recommended practices related to historic preservation.

o Speakers:  Lisa Sheppard, Senior Historic Preservation Planner; Joel McEachin, Historic Preservation Manager; Jason Teal, Office of General Counsel; Jim Schock, Acting Chief of Building Inspection; Mark Shelton, Planning Manager Development Services Division; Laura Lavernia, Preservation and Education Coordinator, Riverside Avondale Preservation; and Rob Irion, AAA Construction School, Inc

• Thursday: Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings

o Sessions to provide a better understand of how historic buildings were meant to function and to learn how best to weatherize and make them more energy efficient in a mostly hot and humid climate.

o Speakers include: Walter Sedovic and Jill Gotthelf, Walter Sedovic Architects

Wednesday (May 2) 5PM-8PM –Conference Promotion at Artwalk

• Registration table in Main Library promenade off Laura Street

• Author, Ennis Davis will be selling and signing his new book:  Reclaiming Jacksonville

• Book photographer, Nomeus will be displaying and selling his work

Thursday (May 3) 5PM-8PM -Annual Preservation Awards Ceremony & (Recipient Reception)

Friday (May 4) Times TBD -Downtown revitalization/planner day focus

• Friday 7:30AM-9:30AM – Donovan Rypkema, Principal of PlaceEconomics Presentation on “Downtown

Revitalization, Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation and Sustainability”

• Friday afternoon time TBD –Wayne Wood and Terry Lorince, Executive Director of DVI: Session on “The Role of the Arts and Innovation in Transforming Jacksonville’s Urban Core”

• Friday afternoon time TBD –Steve Mouzon, Author of “the Original Green” Session on “Repairing Sprawl”

Saturday (May 5) 8AM-5PM General Public Conference/Restoration Product Expo

• 9AM -Opening Session with Steve Thomas of This Old House, Renovation Nation and Save Our History Speaking on “A Home Built to Last is a Green Home”

• Noon –Luncheon with Steve Mouzon, Architect, Urbanist; blogger; Author of The Original Green speaking on “Why Preservation is Essential to Sustainability”

• 10AM-Noon/1PM-5PM –Educational Sessions for general public covering a variety of topics related to local history, historic preservation, older buildings, green technology, energy efficiency and sustainable practices

Sunday (May 6) 1PM-4PM –Tour and workshop

• Historic and Sustainability Tour highlighting buildings and sites located in our local historic districts and the downtown which balance historic character and green concepts

• Jane Jacob’s Walk, A ULI event offering an opportunity to experience downtown Jacksonville as a pedestrian.  This tour will celebrate the successful pedestrian aspects of our downtown and explore some of its challenges.

• Downtown Walking Tour, with tour guide Gary Sass of AdLib Tours

• Window Workshop with local window specialists.  Instructional and hands-on workshop covering repair techniques and energy efficiency methods.  (tentative location: Riverside Avondale Preservation’s Buckland House)

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