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New Publication Available on Polymeric Materials in Design, Conservation/Restoration, and Careof Architecture & ArtisticWorks

  • 1.  New Publication Available on Polymeric Materials in Design, Conservation/Restoration, and Careof Architecture & ArtisticWorks

    Posted 01-25-2022 04:51 AM
    Learn about the suitability of plastics and their advantages
    in the design, conservation/preservation/treatment
    of buildings, bridges, and other structures and of art and historic objects.
    The new two-volume publication
    provides a valuable compendium of data on plastics . . .
    with useful information on properties and performance aspects, including
    • energy efficiency • sustainability • construction savings • durability and service life

    This Proceedings Plus package also details a wide variety of case histories dealing with historic and contemporary projects. In addition, material selection and current research are discussed, as are preservation/restoration treatments, care procedures, and health implications. Yet another feature of the package is a digital file of the full contents of over 40 relevent books, articles, and other literature dating from 1917 to 2020.

    The papers and supplemental material in the book are authored by leading authorities in the architecture, architectural and art conservation/preservation, engineeering, polymer science, and building technology fields. The authors include (partial listing): • Glenn R. Bell, PE, SE, F.SEI, Senior Principal (ret.), Simpson Gumpertz & Heger • Justin DeMarco, CSI, CDT, Business Development - North America, Neopor, BASF Corporation • Dr. Michael D. Dimitriou, Senior Manager, Exponent. Inc. • John A. Fidler, RIBA, IHBC, Intl.Assoc. AIA, FRICS, FIIC, FAPT, John Fidler Preservation Technology, Inc. • David Fixler, FAIA, FAPT, LEED, Principal, David Fixler Architect • Eric Goetz, Chief Technology Officer, Goetz Composites • Roger Goldstein, FAIA, Principal, Goody Clancy • Prof. Mark Goulthorpe, MIT Department of Architecture • Andrew Groarke, Founding Director, Carmody Groarke • Craig Hatto, FRSA, Founder and CEO, Hatto + Partners (former Project Leader, Historic Royal Palaces) • Dr. Mark Hobbs, Ceng., MRINA, Head of Structural Engineering, Premier Composites Technology • Justin Jin, CEO, Axia Materials Co., Ltd. • Dr. Thomas J.S. Learner, Head of Science, Getty Conservation Institute • Benjamin J. Leslie, CPEng., IntPE, APEC Engineer, Associate - Tall Buildings, BuroHappold Engineering • Robert Loader, RIBA, Principal, Robert Loader Architect • Dr. Odile Madden, Senior Scientist, Getty Conservation Institute • Edmund P. Meade, PE, FAPT, Principal/Director of Historic Preservation, Silman • Dr. Jericho Moll, Manager, Polymer Science & Materials Chemistry, Exponent • Dr. Alexander B. Morgan, Distinguished Research Scientist, Center for Flame Retardant Materials Science, University of Dayton Research Institute • Dr. Maureen T. F. Reitman, FSPE, PE, Group Vice- President & Principal Engineer, Exponent, Inc. • Stephen Selkowitz, Affiliate – Building Technology and UrbanSystems, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, & University of California, Berkley • Charles Sullivan, Executive Director, Cambridge [Massachusetts] Historical Commission • Andrew Whalley, RIBA, FAIA, FRSA, Chairman, Grimshaw • Dr. Christopher C. White, Senior Manager, Exponent, Inc.

    The Table of Contents for Volume I and Volume II, as well as additional information on this publication package (including an order form) can be seen by going to the BSA Historic Resources Committee's website: resources-committee

    The book can be ordered directly from the publisher, The Technology Organization, Inc.
    Questions? Contact the book's editor – Susan E. Schur, Hon. AIA, FAPT – at:

    Susan E. Schur, Hon. AIA, FAPT
    The Technology Organization, Inc.'
    Technology & Conservation
    76 Highland Avenue
    Somerville, MA 02143
    Tel: 1-617-623-4488

    Susan E. Schur, Hon. AIA, FAPT
    Technology & Conservation
    Somerville, MA


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