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.


Friday Speakers for Contractor Training and Saturday Educational Session:

Walter Sedovic, FAIA, LEED
, Principal & CEO Walter Sedovic Architects PLLC; previously a Historical Architect for the National Park Service.  

Walter is dedicated to historic preservation and sustainable design. His work and firm are recognized as representing the vanguard of infusing preservation projects with green building approaches and  ideologies, resulting in enriched educational and cultural opportunities, and strong community ties. Walter is an internationally sought-after speaker and is the Guest Editor of the Association for Preservation Technology International’s special edition Bulletin on Sustainable Preservation. He received training in historic preservation from the University of Kansas and the International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property in Rome, Italy

Jill Gotthelf, AIA FAPT, Principal at Walter Sedovic Architects; Chair of APTI’s Technical Committee on Sustainability.  

Jill sets a prodigious standard for the open exchange of ideas among peers, clients & constituents, resulting in projects, workshops, presentations & publications that embody the essence of sustainable  preservation. Ms Gotthelf embraces a holistic view of sustainability, pushing beyond the limits of the traditional definition to establish a balance between economics, environment, social and cultural equity, authenticity, and education. Ms Gotthelf has lectured and published widely on the subject of preservation and sustainability

Friday Speaker for ULI breakfast, Melissa Ross show and opening reception
Donovan Rypkema
, principal of PlaceEconomics, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate and economic development-consulting firm; author of “The Economics of Historic Preservation: A Community Leader’s Guide, published by the National Trust for Historic preservation”

His firm specializes in services to public and non-profit sector clients who are dealing with downtown and neighborhood commercial district revitalization and the reuse of historic structures. In 2004 Rypkema established Heritage Strategies International, a new firm created to provide similar services to world-wide clients.   Today Mr. Rypkema is recognized as an industry leader in the economics of preserving historic structures. Since 1983 he has provided ongoing consulting services to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and its National Main Street Center.

Saturday Opening Session Speaker choices:

(1st choice) Steve Thomas
–Host of This Old House for 14 years and Renovation Nation for 2 years; hosted and co produced the Save Our History series on The History Channel. He has also authored the best-selling books: This Old House Kitchens and This Old House Bathrooms. His column for This Old House magazine, "House Calls with Steve" was tremendously popular with readers.  Steve received his bachelor's degree in philosophy from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

Currently, Steve advocates for green renovation techniques while educating and entertaining his audiences nationally. Steve imparts his unique viewpoint in each keynote address or personal appearance. With very practical advice, he inspires homeowners to spend their green dollars wisely.  Steve has crafted several unique PowerPoint presentations for business, professional, trade, consumer audiences, and students to bring them up to date on green building trends.

Saturday Luncheon Speaker:

Steve Mouzon
– Architect, Urbanist; blogger; Author of The Original Green – a book about the inherent passive energy features of historic buildings.  

He founded the New Urban Guild, which helped foster the Katrina Cottages movement. The Guild hosts Project:SmartDwelling, which works to redefine the house to be much smaller and more sustainable. Steve founded and is a board member of the Guild Foundation; it hosts the Original Green initiative. Steve speaks regularly across the US and abroad on sustainability issues.  The Original Green – “Originally, before the Thermostat Age, the buildings we built had no choice but to be green, otherwise people would freeze to death in the winter, die of heat strokes by summer, starve to death, or other really bad things would happen to them. Today, as we are working to re-learn how to live sustainably, much of the focus is on the gadgetry of green: Gizmo Green. This notion that we can simply invent more efficient mechanisms, and throw in some bamboo to boot, is only a small part of real sustainability.”

Steve’s blog:

Sponsorship Opportunities

Multiple sponsorship opportunities are available.  Sponsorships can be in association with any of the conference’s training days, special events, speakers, sessions, session breaks or tours.  Sponsors will be listed on the conference website and program.  Placement in other print media may be limited due to printing date.  

For more information, please call Lisa Sheppard at 255-7843.

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