2020 CPF Online Conference

Join us at the California Preservation online conference from May 18-May 20, 2020!

Michael Garavaglia will be moderating two learning sessions on the following topics, based on the firm’s real life experience: 

Wednesday, 05/20/2020, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Where Form Based Code and Preservation Intersect

This dynamic interdisciplinary presentation introduces and applies form-based code methodologies and preservation planning principles (based on the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards) to several project scenarios as viewed from the perspective of professionals in preservation architecture, form-based code planning, and an economist. The speakers will include brief introductions to the Standards and Form Based Code concepts and then lead a discussion of sample projects including additions to historic buildings, constructing a tall building next to a historic resource, infill issues, and considerations of adapting form based code in respect to the existing character of a historic district or neighborhood.

Moderator and Speaker:  Michael Garavaglia, President, Garavaglia Architecture, Inc.; Speakers:  Matt Kowta, Principal, BAE Urban Economics; Tony Perez, Director of Form-Based Coding, Opticos

Wednesday05/20/202010:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Preston Castle, Ione, CA

Design From Prison to Possibility: The Preston School of Industry as Economic Driver

The adaptive reuse and preservation of the 300-acre Preston School of Industry has aided a small community’s effort to become a tourism destination. This session will highlight the non-profit Preston Castle’s Foundation’s stewardship of the property and the completion of a National Register nomination that addressed both the significance of the site and also acknowledged a complicated social history of the youth prison system. The potential of the property was revealed through economic feasibility studies and the identification of additional rehabilitation funding. The productive relationship between the community of Ione and tourism interests, paired with the identification of future economic and recognition opportunities, will be explored within this discussion.

Moderator:  Mike Garavaglia, Principal, Garavaglia Architecture; Speakers: Karl Knobelauch, President, Preston Castle Foundation; Jamie Armstrong, Executive Director, Amador County Chamber of Commerce

Three Bear Hut

The 3 Bear Hut was constructed in 1935-36 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) within what is the Natalie Coffin Greene Park in Ross, California. Designed in the so-called “Park Rustic” style, the picnic shelter was based on a standardized prototype called the “rock-type” shelter developed by the National Park Service for CCC projects.

Our firm conducted a Conditions Assessment and developed a Repair Plan for the historic 3 Bear Hut structure. The plan included treatment recommendations for the stone chimney and benches, the log elements of posts, plates, braces, ridge, and rafters as well for the roof assembly. A 3 Bear motif design was developed for a new steel grille to secure the existing fireplace from unauthorized use. Because the structure is a public facility within accessibility upgrades had to be integrated into scope of work. GA developed an Engineer’s cost estimate to establish the construction budget in preparation for the bidding process. We created full color renderings for the Town of Ross to use for fundraising. Using the Conditions Assessment and Repair Plan as a guide, the team developed a design for the rehabilitation, prepared construction documents for Permit, then assisted with Bidding, and Construction Administration. The official ribbon cutting was on 10 September 2019.

CPF Adaptive Reuse Workshop

President Michael Garavaglia will be speaking at this January 31, 2020 California Preservation Foundation Workshop in Fresno, California. https://californiapreservation.org/events/advanced-adaptive-reuse/

This advanced-level workshop will provide a 360-degree view of redeveloping historic properties for adaptive reuse and will focus on the incentives that help make such projects possible, including:

  • Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits (state and federal)
  • Mills Act tax incentives
  • New Markets Tax Credits
  • Low Income Housing Tax Credits
  • Economic Opportunity Zone funding
  • Adaptive reuse ordinances, and more…

Hope to see you there!