Creative Solutions for Affordable Placemaking: From the Historical Building Code to Accessible Design

This workshop will review the California State Historical Building Code and its application in the preservation, rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse of historic buildings. Review recent updates and proposed updates to the Code. Examine how the CHBC can help make a project move forward when it otherwise wouldn’t be financially or technically feasible. See the historical building code from the perspective of a Building Official and examine how the appeals process works. The latter half the day will address Accessibility in historic sites in detail, from landscapes and State Park sites to individual historic buildings. Case examples will examine how designers creatively integrated accessibility into historic sites without impacting the historic integrity of the site.


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Learning Objectives

  1. When and how the code can be applied to a qualified historic structure
  2. Who enforces the code, and how it is interpreted by local building officials
  3. Mandatory upgrades to buildings under the CHBC
  4. Life safety, accessibility, and structural CHBC requirements


Dawn Anderson, AIA, CASp, is the principal of As It Stands, a full‐service Architectural firm specializing in universal and accessible design in the built environment. The firm serves public entities and private clientele throughout California and the United States. Ms. Anderson performs accessibility scoping studies, design reviews and inspections of new and existing institutional, commercial, and residential properties as well as improved outdoor spaces. As It Stands offers a variety of reporting tools, including transition plans, risk analysis, and legal opinions. Dawn serves as a subject matter expert in accessibility‐related litigation providing advisement and testimony.With over 30 years of professional mangagement experience, Dawn’s insights on construction law, regulatory development, and emerging technologies in construction, combine to form an integrated approach to remediate complicated environmental conditions.Dawn participates nationally in the development of the ICC/ANSI A117.1 Standard and is the technical lead for the ASTM Standards for Accessible Property Condition Assessments. She has served on California’s Division of State Architect Advisory Code Task Forces, the Commission on Disabled Access, and the Building Standards Commission Access Subcommittee.Dawn is a registered Accessibility Specialist in California (CASp), Texas (RAS), and Minnesota Accessibility Building Official. She is an ICC Accessibility Plan Reviewer and Inspector, Combination Inspector, and Inspector of Record for healthcare facilities. She speaks regularly at national conventions and in the local professional designcommunity on the application of accessibility law and regulations and best practices to incorporate equal access and reduce risk.  
Alan R. Dreyfuss joined WJE in 2007 with twenty-five years of experience in architectural design and historic preservation. Specializing in rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of historic structures, his projects have included commercial, institutional, and private clients and have ranged in scale from a oneroom, 0wood-frame school house to a brickand terra cotta-clad high-rise.Mr. Dreyfuss has experience in Historic Resource Conditions Assessments, Evaluation for CEQA and Section 106 compliance, Historic Structure Reports, National Register applications, and the application of Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits.Mr. Dreyfuss is recognized as an expert in building codes for historic buildings. He was instrumental in the development of the 2001 and 2007 California Historical Building Code and is currently chair of the State Historical Building Safety Board.Mr. Dreyfuss’ preservation and design projects have been recognized by the Rudy Brunner Award for Urban Excellence and the Central Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Seven of those projects have received Design Awards from the California Preservation Foundation.  
Cindy Heitzman is the Executive Director of the California Preservation. She has held this position since 2004 and was previously the Building Official and Fire Marshal for the City of St. Helena in the Napa Valley. She was the first female president of the Redwood Empire Chapter of Code Officials (2000) and served as the Chair of the California Building Officials’ Historic Codes Committee. She has coordinate courses on the use and application of the California Historical Building Code and taught the use of California Historical Building Code to building department staff. She served as a commissioner on the California Building Officials Training Institute from 2002 – 2005.  
Jerri Holan has served on the Board for the Fulbright Alumni Association, the Berkeley Town & Gown Club, the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association and chaired the American Institute of Architects’ Historical Resources Committee (SF Chapter) for over 10 years. Currently, she is the Chair for the Alameda Architectural Preservation Society's Awards Committee. With a minor in Environmental Studies, Ms. Holan completed her Masters degree at UC, Berkeley. As a Fulbright Scholar, she conducted postgraduate work at the Arkitekturhøgskolen in Oslo, Norway, which culminated in her book, Norwegian Wood, A Tradition of Building. In 1989, she was inaugurated into the “Who’s Who in American Women” and “Who’s Who in Professional Women.” Her projects are frequently exhibited in “Small Firms, Great Projects,” sponsored by the American Institute of Architects.  
Laurie Matthews is an award-winning cultural landscape preservation planner and designer with a diverse range of research, analysis, planning, design and consensus-building experience. She has applied Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties to dozens of historic landscapes throughout the U.S. including such iconic places as Yosemite National Park, Mendocino Woodlands, Dorris Ranch in Oregon, San Francisco's Civic Center Historic District, and Hearst Castle. Her practice includes development of master plans, cultural landscape reports, and cultural landscape inventories that preserve historic character and enhance the contemporary functionality and sustainability of historic properties. Prior to joining MIG, Ms. Matthews coordinated the Cultural Landscape Inventory Program for the National Park Service’s Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation. She is President Elect of the Oregon ASLA. Laurie holds a BFA from Lewis and Clark College, and BLA and MLA degrees from the University of Oregon.  
Mr. Terrence Paret is a Senior Principal at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. Since joining WJE in 1986, Mr. Paret has performed hundreds of engineering investigations in the U.S. and abroad, focusing on the evaluation of structures after earthquakes; on the prediction of the probable performance of new and existing buildings in future earthquakes; and in the design of repairs and rehabilitation to mitigate damage and improve earthquake resistance. He has investigated structures that have been damaged or have collapsed due to natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods, and has evaluated a multitude of fire-damaged structures, defective or deteriorated structural elements, systems, construction materials and installations. Prior to joining WJE, Mr. Paret was a Designer of high-rise reinforced concrete buildings in New York City. His Practice Areas are Structural Performance Evaluation, Earthquake Engineering, Failure Investigation, Repair and Rehabilitation Design, Seismic Risk Assessment, Seismic Repair and Retrofit Design, Structural Analysis / Computer Modeling and Peer Review. Mr. Paret’s projects have involved high-and low-rise buildings; modern and historic buildings; commercial, residential, industrial, parking, medical, and institutional buildings; and structural systems consisting of steel, concrete, wood, and masonry. He is a Member of American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), Seismological Society of America (SSA), Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) and Structural Stability Research Council (SSRC). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Vermont in 1981 and an Master of Science in Structural Engineering from University of California, Berkeley in 1985.