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    Taming the Brut: Education, Conservation and Advocacy
    (2023-06-09) Pavlova-Gillham, Ludmilla D.; McCoy, Chandler; Carroon, Jean; Corey Freed, Eric
    Is Brutalism part of your architectural biography? Midcentury public concrete buildings are easy to dislike, are demolished at an increasing rate, and comprise hundreds of millions of GSF . Join a panel of experts to discover how the conservation and adaptation of these “Bruts” is a principal strategy for climate action. Explore innovative solutions for Brutalist building reuse and conservation as part of a carbon zero initiative, learn how to develop an effective marketing and advocacy campaign for historic preservation, and learn why such advocacy matters for a circular economy and for the next generation of architects in practice. LEARNING OBJECTIVES 1. Discuss the historical context and current perceptions (both positive and negative) of midcentury modern and Brutalist public architecture, and articulate methods for determining architectural significance to owners and the public. 2. Make the case for existing building renovation and historic preservation in the context of climate change and the circular economy. 3. Explore new methods for designing, justifying, and implementing net-zero energy and zero carbon approaches in existing buildings. 4. Identify key elements of a successful marketing, sustainability, and conservation education campaign that engages design and construction consultants, owners, public architects and administrators, community stakeholders, and the public.
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    Brutalist Structures – Polychlorinated Biphenyls
    (2021-10-23) Wolejko, Theresa
    Until they were banned by the Federal Government in 1978, Polychlorinated Biphenyls or PCBs, were used extensively as sealants in Brutalist structures across the United States. As a result, these hazardous chemical compounds still reside in concrete buildings and present a danger to those looking to clean or renovate Brutalist structures. This talk explains the problems the University of Massachusetts Amherst has faced in dealing with PCBs over the last couple of decades and recommends some best practices for owners, designers, builders working on midcentury buildings which are suspected to contain these dangerous chemicals.
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    Concrete Conservation Strategies and Repair
    (2021-10-23) Gaudette, Paul
    Drawing on the speaker's many years in the field, this talk gives a comprehensive overview of concrete conservation. Beginning with the goals and approaches to conserving concrete, the talk then covers common protection systems, petrographic and chemical studies, and the design of mixes used in repairs. In order to demonstrate these techniques, two case studies are examined, including a Brutalist building and building with architectural precast. The talk ends with some recommendations on how to best approach cleaning and conservation of historic concrete buildings.
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    Concrete Diagnostics & Assessment
    (2021-10-23) Schuller, Michael
    The process of repairing Brutalist architecture begins with diagnosis and assessment of the material conditions of these buildings. This talk focuses on the processes that engineers undertake in order to document and access historic concrete before conservators and designers can form a plan to save such buildings. The speaker gives insight into the diagnostic techniques, such a visual assessment, nondestructive evaluation, sounding, moisture and metal detection, and chemical analysis.
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    UMass Dartmouth Science and Engineering (SENG) Building Systems Upgrades Project
    (2021-10-23) Cornelius, Jillian
    Although UMass Dartmouth's Science and Engineering Building has long been viewed as an architectural treasure, its aging interior and structure have presented some challenges to users nearly 50 years after it opened. This talk examines Ellenzweig's extensive retrofitting of the UMass Dartmouth SENG building for accessibility, a new envelope, updated MEP, and fire-safety measures. After looking at the design phase and interactions with the Mass Historic Commission, the talk ends with an examination of the replacement of windows in the building.