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05CE - Minimizing Risk in Heritage Conservation Projects

07 May 2014 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

3 ConEd learning hours

This session is being offered again Thursday, May 8, 2:00 PM –5:30 PM

Course Outline

The Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP) strives for and promotes excellence in heritage conservation.  Members ‘ fields of heritage expertise include but are not limited to archaeology, engineering, architecture, conservation, crafts and contracting, environmental assessment, planning, historians, landscape architecture, museology,  material testing  and recording. 

The Workshop will begin by identifying specialized heritage trades and exploring how to find them. There will be an overview of the breath of roles heritage contractors and craftsmen can play in your conservation projects 

The intent of the workshop is for architects to learn about the unique contribution that contractors and craftsmen specializing in heritage conservation make to the preservation of our built environment and how their expertise can contribute to the architect’s success. The workshops will include case studies that describe a number of projects where difficulties that arose could have been alleviated by involving the heritage contractor and craftsman in either the planning stages or in risk avoidance when as-found conditions were not as anticipated in the contract documents. 

The workshop will end with ‘lessons learned’. Here you will learn how integrating the heritage contractor and tradesman as part of the team averts cost overruns, schedule delays and high risk contract implementation. 


Jane Burgess, OAA, CAHP, APTI
Partner Stevens Burgess Architects Inc.

Jane is a founding partner of Stevens Burgess Architects (SBA and has over thirty years’ experience in the heritage industry. She is presently on the CAHP Board. and  has served on the OAA Board and the Toronto Preservation Board. Jane has undertaken conservation projects for all three levels of government and is presently a Vendor of Record for heritage project for Infrastructure Ontario, the City of Toronto and the City of Hamilton. Jane’s experience in the conservation industry runs the entire gamut from formulating heritage policy to artifact conservation. High profile sites on which she has worked include, Dundurn Castle, Fort York Armoury, George Brown House, Old Stone Church, Old Don Jail, Old Fort York, Old Whitby Psychiatric Site, Sir James Whitney School, Ste. Marie Amongst the Huron, and the Whitney Block and Tower. SBA is the recipient of conservation awards from Heritage Toronto, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Building of Excellence, and CAHP.

David Edgar B.A (Hons.), HND Arch. Cons, ICON, SPAB, CAC
Foreman Site Carver for RJW GEM Campbell Inc

David is the Conservator & Foreman Site Carver responsible for the stonemasons for the restoration of the West Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa.  David is a graduate of the renowned Weymouth College stone conservation programme and has worked as a conservator, carver and mason alongside other heritage professionals & conservation organisations (including English Heritage, the Churches Conservation Trust & The National Trust) to ensure the sympathetic maintenance and repair of Listed Buildings across England.

Completed projects include:  The Cathedrals of Salisbury, Winchester, Manchester & Sheffield; The Garrick Club, London; Central Library & Stanley Park, Liverpool; St Mary's Church, Thorton-Le-Moors; Brownsea Castle & Thomas Hardy's Cottage, Dorset and Cartmel Priory.  David has worked in Canada since mid-2012.

Philip V. Hoad, BA (Hons), CAHP
President, Empire Restoration Inc.
Principal, Applied Roof Technology Ltd.

Philip has worked on multiple National Historic Sites and major heritage building projects across Eastern Canada as a contractor, project manager and site supervisor for the past 20 years. He spent a significant time with Parks Canada and has held a number of other key positions in both the institutional and public sectors, most recently as, Manager of Heritage Facilities & Capital Planning at the City of Hamilton.

He has presented seminars and served on professional committees and advisory boards for Construct Canada, APTI and ASTM and was responsible for modifications to the Canadian National Master Specifications for Slate Roofing. He is a Faculty Associate at Willowbank School of Restoration Arts in Queenston and is currently serving his second term as an Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals. He is also the Canadian representative for Shaws of Darwen, a UK architectural terra cotta and faience manufacturer.

Don Hutchinson, GSC, CAHP
President of J. D. Strachan Construction Limited

Don started his career as an apprentice carpenter in 1974 with Fairwin Construction Limited where he worked for 10 years.  Working on projects such as #1 Kings College Circle at U of T, Canada’s Wonderland, Jack Diamond’s Office on the Esplanade and Kortright Centre  for Conservation.  He gradually worked his way up from Apprentice Carpenter to Superintendent, Project Coordinator and now Owner and President of J. D. Strachan Construction Limited.  Don has been involved with projects such as Osgoode Hall, over 50 projects for U of T, over 50 projects at Queens Park, Fort York, George Brown House, the Law Society of Upper Canada and  as Construction Managers of St. Paul’s Bloor Anglican Church in Toronto.  Don is a member of Ontario General Contractors Association, Toronto Construction Association, APT, ACO, CAHP and Don has his Gold Seal Certificate in Construction Management.  After 40 years Don is familiar with most of the Heritage Architects in Toronto and surrounding areas.