Tours - APTNE 2017 Annual Meeting and Symposium

  • Saturday, February 04, 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Albany NY


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APTNE 2017 

Annual Symposium 


Saturday February 4th

Note:  All tours are complimentary.
Tours are open to both Symposium registrants and non-registrants.  


Tour 1 (9:00am) - Edward Durell Stone's SUNY Albany Campus

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The tour of the University at Albany campus is a continuation of the discussion on the dichotomy between having an architectural and artistic showpiece and the practical, geographic and functional elements of the Edward Durell Stone-designed campus. The tour will focus on the buildings in and around the Academic Podium where attendees will experience the architecture first-hand and observe the challenges of aging materials, well-intentioned and sometimes misguided additions and repairs, and an active student population.

The tour will explore both the exterior and the interior public spaces of the Academic Podium. Walking distance is approximately 1 mile, with frequent starts and stops. Since the struggle between climate and architecture is one of the many challenges that the University at Albany campus faces, be prepared and dress warm! 

  • Availability: Tour is limited to 20 people 
  • Meeting point will be at the Dutch Faculty/Staff lot. Parking map and meeting point can be found on this map:  SUNY Tour
SUNY Tour Guide Bio:

Elisabeth Bakker Johnson is a Staff Project Manager for the Office of Campus Planning in the University at Albany’s Facilities office. She has a Masters of Architecture from SUNY Buffalo and a Masters of Science in Building Conservation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. With nearly 25 years of NY state service, Elisabeth has extensive experience within all phases of the design and construction industry, where she has worked alongside the Capitol Architect and in many other capacities on dozens of projects, most notably the 49-million-dollar Phase 4 New York State Capitol roof and skylight replacement project. She also has several years’ experience working at the New York State Historic Preservation Office and as an Historic Preservation Restoration Coordinator helping to facilitate restoration projects among the state-owned historic sites’ inventory in the Capital District. Elisabeth is very active in APT and APTNE, serving for 12 years on the Board of the latter.


For more information on Friday's Symposium, click here

Tour 2 (10:00 am) - Cathedral of Immaculate Conception

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The firm of Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker Architects has been working with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany since 1974 in the effort to maintain and restore the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.  Projects have been phased over many decades and have employed evolving technologies and solutions for repair and reconstruction of building elements including brownstone, stained glass windows, roofs, decorative plaster, decorative painting, woodwork, ADA compliance, thermal insulation, building systems, structure and liturgical alterations.   Owing to the long and sustained phasing of projects over decades, the building is in-effect a laboratory of restoration efforts that can be evaluated over time.  This tour will expound on these efforts with discussion of successes and failures in dealing with the many aspects of the Cathedral repair, reconstruction, adaptation, and restoration. 

  • Availability: Tour is limited to 25 people 
  • Tour runs from 10:00am - 11:00am

Cathedral Tour Bio:

Laurence Wilson has been a partner in the firm of Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker Architects since 1995 and is a registered Architect in New York, Connecticut, Virginia, Tennessee, and Massachusetts.  He has been responsible for many projects involving historic preservation, restoration, adaptive use as well as the design of new buildings and additions.  He has also studied and researched abroad in England, Scotland, Germany, Italy and Japan. 

During his tenure with the firm, Mr. Wilson has worked on a variety of prominent projects such as Blair House, Washington, D.C.;  Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Albany, NY;  New York State Capitol, Albany, NY; Davidson County Courthouse, Nashville, TN; and Tennessee State Capitol, Nashville, TN, as well as numerous churches, historic homes, universities, and municipal buildings. 

For more information on Friday's Symposium, click here

Tour 3 (10:00 am) - Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza Restoration Walking Tour

Photo credit:  Karl Wittman Photography

Introduction to the walking tour will begin with the presentation of three short videos produced for The Empire State Plaza at its 50th anniversary celebration.

  • A Far Reaching Vision (3:41)
  • The International Style (2:45)
  • The Blueprint (3:13)
Following the videos, the outside walking tour will be conducted by architects Elizabeth Martin and Jim Jamieson. Elizabeth and Jim will lead the group around the Empire State Plaza discussing the design and architecture of the Plaza, the challenges with the preservation and maintenance of 20th century materials and systems; and answer all of your questions.

  • Availability: Tour is limited to 25 people 
  • The tour will last approximately 1-1.5 hours. 
  • Please dress appropriately for the weather. 

GNARESP Tour Guide Bios:

As the Capitol Architect for the NYS Office of General Services Design & Construction Group, Jim Jamieson had the responsibility for all new construction, reconstruction, restoration, and preservation at the Capitol, the Empire State Plaza, and the Executive Mansion in Albany. He was also the agency's Historic Preservation Officer. Jim retired in April 2015 after more than 35 years of service. 

Jim attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA where he received a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1981. He is also a College Fellow of the State University of New York College of Arts and Sciences in Albany.

Elizabeth Martin picked up Jim Jamieson's responsibilities for the preservation at the Empire State Plaza upon his retirement in 2015. Prior to working with the NYS Office of General Service Design & Construction Group, Elizabeth worked at the NYS Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). At the SHPO, she guided many developers and property owners through the historic preservation tax credit process, focusing on best preservation practices learned at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) where she earned her Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Building Conservation. Elizabeth has served as an instructor in preservation programs at RPI and UMass/Amherst-Hancock Shaker Village. She is also involved in an effort to develop a traditional trades program with the SHPO, expected to launch in 2017.


For more information on Friday's Symposium, click here

An enormous THANK YOU to our 

2017 Sponsors!

*Special thanks to our Keynote, Pullman

Gladding, McBean
John Canning & Co.
Western Specialty Contractors
Deerpath Construction Corporation
Freedom Cement
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Facade MD
Vertical Access
Jablonski Building Conservation
Femenella and Associates
Robert Silman Associates
ICRI - Metro New York
Pilkington Glass
Walter P. Moore Engineering
Wiss, Janney & Elstner
Gale Associates
Jan Hird Pokorny Associates
Evergreene Studios
Norfast Consulting Group
Ryan Biggs Clark Davis
Landmark Facilities Group
D2 Biological Solution
Cultural Heritage Conservation
Atlas Preservation
Richbrook Conservation
PBDW Architects
Walter P. Moore
Atkinson-Noland and Associates
Kaese & Lynch Architecture and Engineering

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