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Steel Window Workshop

  • Tuesday, October 25, 2016
  • 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Pittsburg, PA

Tuesday, October 25 1:30-5:00 pm

Steel Windows:  A Master Class on Repair and Replication

3 AIA HSW Learning Units

Speakers:    Natalie Lord, LEED AP, BD + C, Architect, Humphries Poli Architects, Denver, CO and James Turner,  Craftsman and Educator, Turner Restoration, Detroit, MI and Gary Tondorf-Dick, AIA, LEED AP; Program Manager, Facilities Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Improvements in the manufacturing technology of rolled steel windows around 1890 made steel windows a dominant product of choice for institutional, commercial, and some residential applications through 1950.  Like their wooden counterparts, there is a spectrum of treatment options from repair through replacement available for preservation projects today.  Steel is still a desirable material for new windows in new construction today.  The instructors will share insights on repairing and replacing steel windows from selected historic preservation projects. Repair process will be demonstrated or viewed on video.

Learning Objectives

List key historical moments in the use of steel windows.

List the steps in preparing baseline documentation for historic steel window repair and replacement projects including research, documentation, paint analysis, and hazard materials testing.

Apply safe work procedures for steel windows with lead and asbestos present by implementing work plans developed in concert with third party testing firms. 

Design repair and replacement work with the goals of smooth operation, energy efficiency and compatible matching of details.

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