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contact Anna Margaret Barris by phone or email (see below).
Universal accessibility has become an integral part of the planning and
development of the built environment. Both federal and state laws regulate
this issue and affect the way we build. Frank Heitzman,
AIA, is an Oak Park architect who has been a leading advocate for accessibility
design and historic preservation. Frank was directly involved in the development
of the historic-preservation chapters of the Illinois Accessibility Code.
His presentation covered the regulatory basis for accessibility as well
as some of the creative technical alternates for building renovation.
Frank can be contacted at Heitzman Architects 708-848-8844
or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
and Building Assessment
Historic preservation is a method of changing and improving buildings
while keeping their history and character intact. Mike Jackson,
FAIA, is the Chief Architect of the Preservation Services Division of
the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (view
building assesment powerpoint) / (view
introduction powerpoint). Using his years of experience in historic
preservation, he highlighted how both preservation and development goals
are being successfully integrated into upper- story building projects
across the state. Mike can be contacted at 217-785-5031
or by email email@example.com.
Here are Mike’s most recent building assessment presentation (view
powerpoint) and handouts (view
Building Codes & Life Safety
Building renovation is the regulatory trigger mechanism for making changes
“to bring the building up to code.” A new generation of building
codes makes it easier to balance the relative merits of alterations with
regard to safety, construction efficiency, and historic preservation.
Marilyn Kaplan, a practicing architect in Albany, New
York, has been at the forefront of the development of state, national
and international rehabilitation-based building codes (view
powerpoint). She brought her experience and insight into this critical
area of the architectural development process, with a focus on the buildings
of Main Street. Marilyn can be contacted at Preservation Architecture
518-459-6460 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Energy-efficiency improvements are an integral part of any building renovation.
Dr. Brian Deal is a Professor of Architecture and Urban
Planning at the University of Illinois and the Director of the Smart Energy
Design Assistance Center, which is a part of the School of Architecture-Building
Research Council at the University of Illinois. He illustrated how energy
efficiency can be integrated into building renovation, with a special
emphasis on small commercial buildings (view
powerpoint). Brian can be contacted at The Smart Energy Design Assistance
Center at the University of Illinois 1-800-214-7954 or
by email email@example.com.
Feasibility Studies & Pro-Formas
Downtown revitalization in Rock Island has been especially successful
in filling previously vacant upper-floors with housing units – for
all income levels. New condos and workforce housing constitute equal parts
of the mix, requiring a variety of different financial tools to “make
the numbers work.” Dan Carmody, President of Renaissance
Rock Island, has been instrumental in this effort (view
powerpoint). In addition to his local work, he is active with Illinois
Main Street and is a national board member of the International Downtown
Association. Currently, Dan is the president of the Eastern Market Corporation
in Detroit Michigan and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are Dan’s most recent presentation (view
powerpoint) and handouts (view
There is a lot of misinformation about insuring historic commercial buildings.
Tom Grojean, a realtor and independent insurance agent
from Jacksonville, IL, addressed any questions about insuring Main Street
buildings. Tom can be contacted at Grojean Realty and Insurance Agency,
INC. 1-888-GROJEAN or by email email@example.com.
The City of Rock Island has a downtown Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district
to assist in community revitalization. Alan Carmen is
the Planning and Redevelopment Administrator for the City of Rock Island,
which has created special incentives to encourage the redevelopment of
vacant upper stories (view
powerpoint). Details of Rock Island’s program were presented,
as well as those of similar programs in other Illinois communities. Alan
can be contacted at 309-732-2900 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rick Daley, the Construction Officer for the City of Rock Island, discussed
case studies that utilized the city’s incentives . Rick can be contacted
at 309-732-2900 or by email email@example.com.
Tax-related incentives can play an important role in financing building
rehabilitations. Carol J. Dyson, AIA, an architect with
the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, has worked with both the federal
income-tax and the state property-tax incentive programs (view
powerpoint). She discussed the benefits and requirements of both historic
preservation and accessibility incentives and how they have been successfully
used in upper-story rehabilitations. Carol can be contacted at 217-524-0276
or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steve Arbuthnot, Executive Director and Vice President
of National City Bank’s Community Development Corporation, has worked
with historic tax-credit projects large and small (view
powerpoint). He discussed the financial aspects of tax credits and
their integration into a sound financing plan. Steve can be contacted
at 217-753-7130 or by email email@example.com.
With challenging code issues and varied building conditions, redeveloping
the upper floors of Main Street buildings into housing can sometimes seem
like an impossible task. Yet countless buildings in Illinois have been
successfully rehabilitated. Anna Margaret Barris, of
Illinois Main Street and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, specializes
in upper-floor redevelopment (view
powerpoint). She examined how some of these successful projects transpired
and will include a variety of uses, budgets and programs. Anna Margaret
can be contacted at 217-782-7534 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is Anna Margaret’s most recent presentation on Codes, Cost
and Case studies (view
powerpoint), the building specific The Case for Reuse (view
powerpoint), a general code issue outline (view
handout), and the latest Case Study for 112-114 North Walnut (view
click on the links below for more information on the subjects
Preservation Services Links