Becky Urbano Hosting a CPF Webinar

Garavaglia Architecture, Inc.’s Preservation Services Manager Becky Urbano will be presenting a webinar through California Preservation Foundation on Tuesday, April 12 from Noon to 1pm (PST).

This webinar will be an overview of The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. It will cover the four different treatment options and the 10 Standards with special emphasis on the standards for rehabilitation. The webinar will also include a Question & Answer Period.

Click here to register for the event.

Working with Historic Materials – A Case Study Recap

At the annual California Preservation Foundation’s conference, Garavaglia Architecture’s Preservation Services Manager, Becky Urbano, served as the workshop leader and moderator for the Working with Historic Materials: A Primer for Building Owners, Stewards and Craftspersons pre-conference workshop held before California Preservation Foundation’s 2010 Grass Valley-Nevada City conference.

Ms. Urbano not only heads up Garavaglia Architecture’s Preservation Services division but she is also a talented conservator and brought her expertise in material conservation to the workshop. Serving on the panel of presenters were Johanna Street, Architect; Bill Essert of Wooden Windows; Kelly Thomas of RKT Builders; and Dan Aldridge of Aldridge Plastering. The workshop was geared towards owners, building stewards and crafts people and took place in the historic Julia Morgan-designed North Star House.

The workshop was a combination of conservation methodology, manufacturing and material history. The morning session began with a primer on project processes, introduction to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and an overview of historic materials as they compare to new materials. After a lunch break, they group divided into small groups where attendees participated in hands-on sessions that focused on the practical aspects of working with historic materials. Each session involved a different historic material with emphasis on what to do, and what not to do. Sessions included restoration of historic windows, finishes, and plaster with the emphasis on gaining an understanding of these materials and how to work with them to foster better stewardship and responsible long-term maintenance.

2010 35th Annual CPF Conference

California Preservation Foundation is having their Annual Conference Preserving a Sense of Place in the Sierra Nevada this May. Garavaglia Architecture’s Principal, Mike Garavaglia will be speaking at the “Resource Stewardship for Non-Profit Organizations” workshop on preservation and stewardship of historic resources and necessary support. Our Preservation Services Manager, Becky Urbano, will be speaking at the “Working with Historic Material – A Case Study” workshop on practical hands-on techniques.

The tracks for this year’s conference include:

  • Sustainability
    Past is Prologue
    : Preservation as a Sustainability Solution
  • Local Government
    Bringing It all Back Home
    : Finding Preservation’s Place in Local Politics
  • Heritage Tourism
    : Discovering California Through Heritage Tourism
  • Economic Development
    “Thar’s Gold in Them Thar Hills:”
    Melding Economic Development and Preservation
  • Local Character
    Mining the Past:
    Local Character as Your Mother Lode

As in the past, the conference will also feature study tours, workshops, meetings and events. Awards presentations from the new Annual Youth Film Contest will also be presented during the Plenary Session. The Keynote address will feature Doug McConnell from Bay Area Backroads and Open Road with Doug McConnell.

Resource Stewardship for Non-Profit Organizations: Preparation, Planning and Partnering
May 12, 9:00a – 5:00p

Working with Historic Materials – A Case Study: A Primer for Building Owners, Stewards and Craftsman workshop at the same time
May 12, 9:00a – 5:00p

Preserving a Sense of Place The Sierra Nevada
2010 35th Annual California Preservation Conference
Grass Valley/Nevada City
May 12-15, 2010

For registration, visit the California Preservation Foundation registration page Early bird rates end April 9th.