Cathedral model

Cathedral tour group

Final day gathering for the Members Meeting

Christopher Marston and Ben Hays

Scott Lewis presents at AGC Event

Audience

Benjamin Ibarra – Sevilla and Jeffrey Beard

Cathedral tour

gargoyles

AGC Panel

Presentation

Cathedral tour

Jeff Beard, Peter Hilger, Carl Lounsbury, Zach Rice and Scott Lewis

Darth Vader gargoyle- Washington National Cathedral

Cathedral Tour

Brian Bowen, William Reifsteck, Marvin Levine

AGC Reception

AGC Reception

AGC Reception

Union Station

Sara Wermiel / AGC Centennial Event

AGC Panel

Vishal Joshi, alum of University of Texas / Austin

Tour to Washington National Cathedral

Peter Hilger and Cynthia Brubaker

AGC Centennial – 100 Years: Building on Experience

Brian Bowen, Chair Emeritus and Peter Hilger, incoming Chair of CHSA

2018 CHSA Biennial Meeting

May 24-26, 2018 

University of Maryland

Just Approved for Health, Safety & Welfare 

AIA/CES learning units through AIA / Potomac Valley! 

10 multi-speaker sessions featuring state-of-the-art research in the Americas 

Construction Education and Theory (2 AIA CES LU/HSW)

Materials and Methods: 20thC (2 AIA CES LU/HSW)

Management of Institutional Construction (2 AIA CES LU/HSW)

Vernacular Construction Techniques in America (2 AIA CES LU/HSW)

Prefabrication in mid-20thC America (2 AIA CES LU/HSW)

Houses and Housing in the United States (1.5 AIA CES LU/HSW) 

Fabrication and Use of Materials (1.5 AIA CES LU/HSW)

Materials and Methods in the US: 19thC (1.5 AIA CES LU/HSW)

Bridge and Vault Construction (1.5 AIA CES LU/HSW)

Landscape Environments and Infrastructure (1.5 AIA CES LU/HSW) 

(not eligible for AIA Learning Units:  Keynotes, Tours, AGC 100 Year Centennial program)

 

 

The 6th Biennial meeting of the Construction History Society of America will feature research and scholarship from a diverse range of academics and practitioners, focusing generally on the history of building design, fabrication, and construction throughout the Americas over the last five hundred years.  Presenters will include scholars, engineers, architects, preservationists, and contractors, who will present on topics ranging from historic building materials to postwar engineering and building science.

The meeting will be hosted by the Construction History Society of America and the School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation at the University of Maryland from May 24-26, 2018 and follows successful biennial meetings of the CHSA held in Austin, TX (2016), Minneapolis MN (2014), Cambridge MA (2012), Philadelphia PA (2010), and Atlanta GA (2008) and the 10th Anniversary Members Meeting in Seattle, WA (2017).

ABSTRACT DEADLINE CLOSED

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Tom Leslie (chair) (Iowa State University)

Ahmed Ali (Texas A&M)

Robert Dermody (Roger Williams University)

Christopher Domin (University of Arizona)

Clifton Fordham (Temple University)

Matthew Hall (Auburn University)

Liane Hancock (Louisiana Tech)

Benjamin Ibarra-Sevilla (University of Texas)

Scott Murray (University of Illinois)

Joseph Siry (Wesleyan)

Tyler Sprague (University of Washington)

Marci Uihlein (University of Illinois)

 

SCHEDULE 

All events held at the Architecture Building – 3835 Campus Drive, College Park MD

(at the intersection of Campus Drive and Mowatt Lane)

 

Thursday, May 24

10:30                     Lobby 204                    Registration Open

11:30 – 12:30       Lobby 204                    Welcome Coffee

12:30 – 1:00         ARC 204                       Welcome / Introduction

1:00 –2:00           ARC 204                       Keynote #1:

Carl Lounsbury;   Adjunct Associate Professor, William and Mary College

2:00 – 4:00          ARC 1101                      Track 1:  Construction Education and Theory

2:00 – 4:00          ARC 1103                      Track 2:  Fabrication and Use of Materials

4:00 – 4:30          Lobby 204                    Coffee Break with light snacks

4:30 – 6:30          ARC 204                       100 Years:  Building on Experience

One hundred years ago, in 1918, ninety-six general contracting companies from around the country met at the old LaSalle Hotel in Chicago to form the Associated General Contractors Association of America. The Construction History Society of America, with support from the AGC of America, celebrates this occasion with a special session that is free and open to the public. Introduction by AGC, Keynote by Kenneth D. Durr, author of 100 Years: Building on Experience and Vice President, History Services at History Associates; with panelists Scott Lewis, Projects Editor at Engineering News-Record, William E. Reifsteck II, Director of Preconstruction Services at ProWest, and Sara E. Wermiel, Construction History Scholar and author of The Rise of General Contracting in 19th Century America.

Introduction:  Brian Turmail, Vice President of Public Affairs and Strategic Initiatives, AGC

Keynote #2:  Kenneth D. Durr, Vice President, History Services, History Associates

Panel:

Sara E. Wermiel, Independent Scholar, Boston University

Scott Lewis, Associate Editor, Engineering News Record

William E. Reifsteck II, Director of Preconstruction Services, Prowest Constructors

6:30 – 7:30          ARC 1111                      RECEPTION / Sponsored by AGC         

 

Friday, May 25

8:00 – 10:00         ARC 1101                      Track 3:  Materials and Methods in the United States 19th C

8:00 – 10:00         ARC 1103                      Track 4:  Bridge and Vault Construction

8:00 – 10:00         ARC 1105                      Track 5:  Construction of American Landscape Environments and Infrastructure

10:00 – 10:30       Lobby 204                   Coffee Break

10:30 – 12:30       ARC 1101                      Track 6:  Materials and Methods in the United States:  20thC 

10:30 – 12:30       ARC 1103                      Track 7:  Management of Institutional Construction

10:30 – 12:30       ARC 1105                      Track 8:  Vernacular Construction Techniques in America

1:30 – 7:00                                                   TOURS

 

SIGN UP FOR TOURS HERE

 

Washington National Cathedral Behind-the-Scenes

 See our Nation’s Cathedral and a view of Washington, DC like you’ve never seen before on a two hour behind the scenes private tour of the Washington National Cathedral. The tour will be led by James W. Shepherd, AIA, LEED, Director of Preservation and Facilities at the Cathedral and Joe Alonso, the Head Stone Mason. They will give you special access to the highest heights of the towers to the balcony of the Rose window and everything in between. The tour will include information about the history of the Cathedral, stories of the construction, the 2011 earthquake damage and the repairs that are underway. 

James W. Shepherd AIA, LEED, Director of Preservation and Facilities, Washington National Cathedral

Joe Alonso, Head Stone Mason, Washington National Cathedral 

Historic Lighting Design at Union Station

 In 1907, D.H. Burnham & Co.’s Beaux-Arts Washington Union Station opened to immense fanfare and praise in response to nearly every aspect of the building’s design, including the innovative lighting design. Throughout the public spaces of the station, lead architect Peirce Anderson maximized the amount of natural light in the station during the day through the strategic use of skylights and replicated the effects of natural light at night using concealed and ornamental lighting elements. This tour will give attendees an inside look at D.H. Burnham & Co.’s creative and architecturally impressive solutions to the challenges of lighting the monumental spaces at Washington Union Station. The historic lighting design will be discussed within the context of the original design and construction of Union Station and attendees will be taken through the Main Hall (including at the mezzanine level behind the Legionnaires), the West Hall, the East Hall, the Presidential Suite, and the Retail Concourse.

ATTEND THE ABSTRACT PRESENTATION / SESSION 6 / MATERIALS AND METHODS IN THE US 20th C

Friday May 25th from 10:30a – 12:30p / ARC 1101

Kevin Wohlgemuth, Architectural Conservator, Building Conservation Associates, Inc.

Michele Boyd, Director of Preservation Services, Building Conservation Associates, Inc.

Sarah Mayersohn, Document/Archive Manager, Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC)

Rich History of General Montgomery C. Meigs Work at Arlington National Cemetery

 This tour to Arlington National Cemetery highlights the rich history of General Montgomery C. Meigs’ work. Arlington National Cemetery Tours, Inc. provides the transportation with site access and expertise well beyond the standard tour. Stopping at the Ord & Weitzel gate to see the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, and how the original sandstone columns and entablature from the portico of the 1818-1820 War Department Building were reused, deconstructed, and are being conserved in preparation for their reassembly to serve once again as gateways. Near Arlington House, in what was once part of its famous rose garden, stands a monument dedicated to the unknown soldiers who died in the Civil War. The monument, dedicated in September 1866, was the first memorial at Arlington to be dedicated to unidentified soldiers who had died in battle. Other sites visited are the 1873 Tanner Amphitheater, USS Maine Memorial, gravesite of General Meigs and his son, Lieutenant John R. Meigs, President John F. Kennedy gravesite, and the Arlington House (The Robert E. Lee Memorial). 

Christopher H. Marston, HAER Architect, Heritage Documentation Programs, National Park Service 

Rebecca L. Stevens, AIA, Cultural Resources Manager, Arlington National Cemetery

 

Saturday, May 26

7:00 – 8:00 am CHSA Management Committee Meeting (location TBA)

8:00 – 9:00          ARC 204                       CHSA Members Meeting  (all are invited!)

9:00 – 10:00         ARC 204                       Keynote #3:

Thomas E. Boothby; Professor, Architectural Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

10:00 – 10:30       Lobby 204                   Coffee Break

10:30 – 12:30       ARC 1101                      Track 9:  Prefabrication in Mid-Twentieth Century America

10:30 – 12:30       ARC 1103                      Track 10:  Houses and Housing in the United States

12:30 – 1:00         ARC 1105                      Closing Comment

Abstract presentations: 20 minutes in length with 10 minutes Q&A following

 

Abstracts for Presentation

Abstract and Presentation tutorials found here.

Abstracts will be compiled in a hard-copy catalogue to be distributed at the meeting. Abstracts for presentation imply that the author(s) intent is to present the subject within a 20-minute slideshow.

CHSA encourages authors to also submit full papers to Construction History according to their publication schedules. The submission of an abstract for the CHSA Meeting does not exempt papers from the Journal’s review process

 

KEYNOTE ADDRESSES

Carl Lounsbury

Adjunct Associate Professor of History

College of William and Mary

Innovation and Tradition:  The Transformation of the Building Process in the Early Chesapeake

Traditional English construction technology changed dramatically in the early Chesapeake due to the confluence of social, economic, environmental, and logistical circumstances that forced settlers to modify familiar building practices. By the 1640s English- born and trained craftsmen in the new world had adapted construction methods and plan types that best suited the needs of an emerging plantation culture that was spread thinly along the banks of the James River.  Colonists were acutely aware that these new forms had diverged so far from common English practices that they referred to these buildings as “Virginia houses.” This short-hand reference described clapboarded buildings fabricated with a simplified structural system that reduced much of the labor-intensive and complicated joinery associated with well-framed “English houses” with their stout posts, beams, and braces fastened with mortise and tenon joints.

The story of colonial building exemplifies the broader theme of early European settlement of America, which traces the adaptation of inherited forms to a new world society. This paper focuses on how building practices responded to the emergence of a tobacco-growing, slave-labor society in the Chesapeake in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Although native born craftsmen used English tools to shape their buildings and imported hardware, glass, stone, and other items from England, their buildings reflected the needs of a plantation culture that encouraged rudimentary building practices for many decades before the social, economic, and cultural maturation of the colonies of Virginia and Maryland in the early eighteenth century called for more permanent building.

Even then, new English ideas about design and style were shaped by that earlier legacy. The authority of metropolitan ideas devised from architectural books and the drawing board, did not overwhelm nor trump practical experience garnered over many decades from the building site. Craftsmen and their clients controlled that reception to create an architecture that reflected the aspirations of this provincial society. From the development of a local standards for brick production and ornamentation to the refinement of framing methods, Chesapeake builders developed a distinctive building technology that flourished through the middle of the nineteenth century.

Carl Lounsbury retired as the Senior Architectural Historian in the Architectural and Archaeological Research Department at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in December 2016. Over a 35-year career at Colonial Williamsburg, he researched English and colonial American public buildings, churches, meetinghouses, and theatres; and the terminology, practice, and technology of preindustrial building. He was involved in the restoration of many buildings in Williamsburg’s Historic Area.

Lounsbury is an Adjunct Associate Professor of History at the College of William and Mary, where he teaches courses in architectural history and a summer field school. He is also engaged in a three-year study of the architecture, objects, and garden at Eyre Hall, an eighteenth-century plantation on the Eastern Shore of Virginia that has remained in the same family for ten generations. In addition, Lounsbury remains an active consultant in architectural research and preservation. He has been involved in the study of slavery at the University of Mississippi and is investigating slave quarters in north Mississippi including William Faulkner’s house Rowan Oak in Oxford. He is the co-editor of Buildings and Landscapes, the journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum.

Lounsbury earned his undergraduate degree in history and English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his MA and PhD from George Washington University. In addition to William and Mary, he has taught at the University of Mary Washington, VCU, and the University of Virginia.

His extensive publications include Architects and Builders in North Carolina: A History of the Practice of Buildings (1990); An Illustrated Glossary of Early Southern Architecture and Landscape (1994);and The Courthouses of Early Virginia(2005), all three of which won the Abbott Lowell Cummings Award from the Vernacular Architecture Forum. Other books include From Statehouse to Courthouse: An Architectural History of South Carolina’s Colonial Capitol and the Charleston County Courthouse(2001); An Architectural History of Bruton Parish Church (2011), and Essays in Early American Architectural History: A View from the Chesapeake(2011). Most recently, he is the co-author and a contributor to The Chesapeake House: Architectural Investigation by Colonial Williamsburg, (2013). His revision of Before and After, the popular history of the restoration of Williamsburg will be published in 2018. He is at work on a history of early American ecclesiastical architecture.

 

 

Thomas E. Boothby

Professor of Architectural Engineering

The Pennsylvania State University

‘Ars sine scientia nihil est’ and other Delusions of the Second Millennium

The contemporary understanding of engineering in general, and structural engineering in particular, embraces the application of a rational, scientific world-view and scientific reasoning to the determination of appropriate sizes, materials, and configurations for structures. This outlook is a relatively recent development.  The architects and engineers who worked through the nineteenth century primarily applied the rules from their craft tradition to the construction of buildings.  The success of these methods is apparent in examining any building or built work from this time period.  The understanding applied through their craft tradition to these built works will be called empirical design.  We will be an investigate the specific methods used by empirical designers  in specific time periods including ancient Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages, the nineteenth century, and the present day. We will further recognize a very gradual shift from empirical design to scientific design from the middle ages through the present day.

Following this discussion, we will also investigate the epistemological basis of empirical design, which has its roots in empiricism, as opposed to rational or ‘scientific’ design, which is justified by the doctrine of rationalism.  The engineering success of these two foundational ideas in philosophy will be compared, and their application to contemporary engineering will be noted. Finally, we will establish empirical design as a valid method for engineering in any age.

 

Thomas E. Boothby is Professor of Architectural Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, a post he has occupied for the past 26 years.  His research interests are focused on history of construction.  He has examined masonry bridges in the US, iron bridges in the US, and medieval and Early Christian churches in Europe. His current interests include the understanding of empirical design in ancient through modern engineering.  Dr. Boothby has authored two books, Engineering Iron and Stone(2015),  a summary of the engineering design methods used in the late nineteenth century, and Empirical Design for Architects, Engineers, and Builders(to appear, June 2018), a textbook of empirical design.  

 

 

SESSION TOPICS

Prefabrication in Mid-Twentieth Century America

Materials and Methods in the United States: 19th Century

Materials and Methods in the United States:  20th Century

Fabrication and Use of Materials

Management of Institutional Construction

Vernacular Construction Techniques in the Americas

Bridge and Vault Construction

Construction Education and Theory

Construction of American Landscape Environments and Infrastructure

Houses and Housing in the United States

 

Important Dates:

  • November 16, 2017 – Abstract Deadline  (CLOSED)
  • January 1, 2018 – Online Registration Open
  • January 15, 2018 – Author Notification
  • May 24-26, 2018 – Biennial Meeting

 

Registration Fees: (Early Registration ends April 1, 2018)

Standard CHSA member – $155 (early), $185 (late)

Non-CHSA member – $210 (early), $240 (late)

Non-CHSA – includes $20 discounted one-year individual membership, valued at $75

Student – $35 (early, late)

 

ARRIVING BY PLANE

The University of Maryland is served by three major airports–Reagan Washington National (DCA), Baltimore-Washington International (BWI), and Washington Dulles (IAD). Following are suggestions for travel to campus from these airport locations.

 

Reagan Washington National (DCA) 

  • Located in Arlington, Virginia, this airport is located about 15 miles south of College Park. Travel can be slow through downtown Washington, DC during rush hours; approximate driving time is 40 minutes.
  • You can take the Metrorailfrom the airport.
      • Take the Yellow Line (toward Mt. Vernon Square/Ft. Totten), transferring to the Green Line (toward Greenbelt), and get off at College Park/U of MD station.
      • The university’s Shuttle-UM buses pick up university-bound passengers on the EAST side of the metrorail station.
      • Get off the Shuttle-UM at the Stamp Student Union, the last stop
      • Walk up the hill and follow the street as it curves left follow the street past the turtle planter.
      • The next “split”  in the road, is Campus Drive which takes a nearly right hand turn, as you walk up this  stretch of Campus Drive, you will see the School on your left and the pedestrian bridge across to our 2nd floor entrance.
      • Once inside walk straight ahead through the Great Space, through the double doors to the main office at the end of the corridor.
  • Super Shuttleis also a convenient option. The cost for one way trip is $26 for the first passenger and $8 for each additional guest.
  • Taxi service from the airport to campus will cost approximately $30.00.

 

Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall (BWI)

  • Located just outside Baltimore, this airport is approximately 25 miles north of College Park. Driving time is approximately 35 minutes.
  • MARCTrain service is available from the BWI Rail Station to College Park.
      • The university’s Shuttle-UM buses pick up university-bound passengers on the EAST side of the metrorail station.
      • Get off the Shuttle-UM at the “M” (or second) stop for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Cross street and walk south toward Mitchell Building.
  • You can also take the Metrobus B30to Greenbelt, transfer to Metrorail’s Green Line (toward Branch Ave.), and get off at College Park/U of MD.  See above for information on the free shuttle to campus from the College Park/U of MD metrorail station.
      • Get off the Shuttle-UM at the Stamp Student Union, the last stop
      • Walk up the hill and follow the street as it curves left follow the street past the turtle planter.
      • The next “split”  in the road, is Campus Drive which takes a nearly right hand turn, as you walk up this  stretch of Campus Drive, you will see the School on your left and the pedestrian bridge across to our 2nd floor entrance.
      • Once inside walk straight ahead through the Great Space, through the double doors to the main office at the end of the corridor.
  • Super Shuttleis also a convenient option. The cost of a one way journey is $29 for the first passenger and $12 for each additional guest.
  • Taxi service from the airport to campus will cost approximately $50.00.

 

Washington Dulles International (IAD)

Located near Herndon, Virginia, this airport is about 35 miles southwest of College Park. Driving time is approximately one hour.

      • Bus service is available to take you to the L’Enfant Plaza Metrorail station where you will take the Green Line (toward Greenbelt) and get off at College Park/U of MD station.
      • The university’s Shuttle-UM buses pick up university-bound passengers on the EAST side of the metrorail station.
      • Get off the Shuttle-UM at the Stamp Student Union, the last stop
      • Walk up the hill and follow the street as it curves left follow the street past the turtle planter.
      • The next “split”  in the road, is Campus Drive which takes a nearly right hand turn, as you walk up this  stretch of Campus Drive, you will see the School on your left and the pedestrian bridge across to our 2nd floor entrance.
      • Once inside walk straight ahead through the Great Space, through the double doors to the main office at the end of the corridor.
  • Super Shuttleis also a convenient option. The cost for a one way trip is $36 for the first passenger and $8 for each additional guest.
  • Taxi service from the airport to campus will cost approximately $60.00.

 

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

 

The School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

3835 Campus Drive, College Park MD

corner of Campus Dr. and Mowatt Dr.

 

DRIVING from Maryland and Northern Virginia

  • From the DC Beltway (I-495), take exit 28B/Route 650 South (New Hampshire Avenue) toward Takoma Park.
  • At the second traffic light on New Hampshire Avenue (comes up quickly) turn left onto Adelphi Road.
  • Stay on Adelphi Road to University Boulevard (MD 193).
  • Immediately after going through the MD-193 intersection, get into the left turning lane.
  • Turn left at the light onto Campus Drive (UMUC/Marriott is on your left).
  • Stay on Campus Drive until you reach the traffic circle.
  • Before 4 p.m.: Turn right at the circle for hourly paid parking in Mowatt Garage. After 4 p.m.: Turn left at the circle for free parking in Lot 1. (Note: Read signs carefully to avoid being ticketed.)
  • The School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation is at the corner of Campus and Mowatt Drives. There are three 30-minute metered spaces in the school’s lot for short-term visitors.

 

DRIVING from DC

  • Go north on North Capitol Street (from the Capitol or the 3rd Street Tunnel).
  • Take the access side street off North Capitol immediately before the intersection with Rhode Island Avenue (Route 1).
  • Take Rhode Island Avenue north through DC to the Maryland line (about 5 miles).
  • Just before you reach downtown College Park, turn left onto Guilford Road.
  • Guilford Road takes a right-hand jog before becoming Mowatt Lane (no street sign).
  • Continue on Mowatt Lane onto the campus.
  • Before 4 p.m.: The Mowatt Garage is the first large building on the right side of Mowatt Lane. Enter the garage for paid parking. After 4 p.m.: Stay on Mowatt Lane until the traffic circle. Proceed straight through the circle and enter Lot 1 for free parking. (Note: Read signs carefully to avoid being ticketed.)

 

 

UMD provided this link to help you make hotel reservations

http://www.campustravel.com/university/umdconf/index.html

 

RECOMMENDED HOTELS (on campus)

College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center

1-301-985-7300

3501 University Blvd E, Hyattsville, MD 20783.

(on campus / within walking distance of Arch Building)

$239 first night, $169 second night plus tax (standard king)

 

The Hotel at the University of Maryland

1-301-277-7777

7777 Baltimore Ave, College Park MD 20740

(on campus)

$244 per night plus tax (standard)

 

OTHER HOTELS NEAR UMD

 

Clarion Inn and Varsity Lounge

8601 Baltimore Ave.

College Park, MD 20740

1.800.442.1644

301.474.2800

$199 per night

 

Days Inn

9113 Baltimore Ave. (I95 and Route 1 South)

College Park, MD 20740

1.800.328.7466

301.345.5000

$106 per night

 

Econo Lodge

9624 Baltimore Ave.

College Park, MD 20740

1.877.424.6423

301.474.0003

$75 per night

 

Hampton Inn

9670 Baltimore Ave.

College Park, MD 20740

1.800.426.7866

301.345.2200

$130 per night

 

Holiday Inn

10000 Baltimore Ave.

College Park, MD 20740

1.800.465.4329

301.345.6700

$160 per night

 

Howard Johnson Express

9113 Baltimore Ave.

College Park, MD 20740

1.800.446.4656

301.513.0002

$86 per night

 

Quality Inn and Suites

7200 Baltimore Ave.

College Park, MD 20740

1.800.228.5151

301.276.1000

$77 per night