[Heritage] Maximizing preservation and development opportunities topic of several Oregon Heritage Conference sessions

INFO Heritage * OPRD Heritage.Info at oregon.gov
Wed Apr 9 15:53:41 PDT 2014

People who live in historic homes, support heritage areas in their community, operate a business or own a historic building will find numerous sessions of interest at the Oregon Heritage Conference April 23-25 in Albany.

         Here is a sampling of those sessions:

         -- Redeveloping commercial spaces and upper floors in downtown buildings can be challenging, but not impossible. Meet with building officials from the City of Albany, the State of Oregon, and professional architects, historic preservation consultants, and urban planners during this day-long "Commercial Redevelopment: 2nd Floors, Feasibility and Financing" workshop on April 23 to learn what you need to know for commercial redevelopment. Through tours of several downtown Albany buildings, group discussions and talks from local developers and consultants, you'll learn about how to meet applicable building codes, preservation treatments for historic buildings, and the nuts and bolts of feasibility studies and financing for your next project.

         -- Three experienced panelists will describe how business, government and historic preservation tradespersons can work together to create businesses which embrace heritage. They will talk about how businesses have adopted heritage places, events or names, how old buildings have been fixed up for places of business, and how businesses have used their embrace of heritage successfully.

         -- John Goodenberger and Lucien Swerdloff of Clatsop Community College's historic preservation program will explore concepts and technologies for improving the energy efficiency of small commercial buildings through preservation. Participants will engage in a process to "upgrade" an existing building to improve its energy efficiency while preserving its historic character.

         Other sessions include the handling historic district regulation, historic barn re-use and preserving historic landscapes. In addition, the nonprofit Restore Oregon has organized a preservation pub around preserving the diminishing number of pre-1865 buildings in Oregon.

         For more information about the Oregon Heritage Conference and to register for these sessions, visit http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/Conference.aspx   The conference is organized by Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, along with the Albany Downtown Association, the Albany Visitors Association and the City of Albany.
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