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Historic Property Management: Materials to Systems

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Seminar Overview

Historic property management combines preservation maintenance with modern systems management. Learn how to read your building, search for solutions, and then care for the building envelope by maintaining its historic materials. Explore how to balance the environmental needs of the building with its users. Understand the impacts on historic properties of pest management practices and mechanical building systems—HVAC, plumbing, fire, security, and lighting. Discuss how to train in-house staff and when to hire a specialist to identify a problem or a contractor to handle a specific task.

This seminar is offered in conjunction with Planning Tools for Preservation: HSRs and Maintenance Plans.


Ernest A. Conrad, P.E., LEED AP, CEM, BEAP, professional environmental engineer specializing in environmental systems for museums, archives, and historic facilities; co-author of "Museums, Libraries and Archives Design" in the ASHRAE Handbook and of Archival and Special Collections Facilities Guidelines


Alfonso A. Narvaez, principal, Aeon Preservation Services LLC, with experience on technical preservation projects nationwide; formerly principal architectural conservator with John Milner Associates, Inc. and historical architect with the National Park Service

Evaluation Comments

“I do like the hands-on, pragmatic approach. This was terrific – thanks so much!”

“Exceeded my expectations in depth of materials, clarity of presentation, usefulness of information, and ‘interesting-ness’ of examples.”

“The seminar provided relevant and useful information in an interesting manner. The extensive use of case studies was very helpful.”

“I found this seminar extremely informative. It will definitely assist me in doing my job.”

“360° knowledge base of Mr. Narvaez was fantastic. One of the best seminars I have ever attended on any topic.”

“Great information and handouts—the experience of the instructors is invaluable and really made me think about my sites.”

“Great instructors. Very apparent that they both love their fields. Thanks for sharing.”


Managers of historic properties, facilities, and house museums; maintenance supervisors; preservation architects, engineers, and project managers.

Continuing Education Credits

Self-reporting often is an option for members of professional organizations that require continuing education credits.

Related Seminars

Historic Windows: Managing for Preservation, Maintenance, and Energy Conservation 
Planning Tools for Preservation: HSRs and Maintenance Plans
The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards: Treatment Considerations
Sustainable Preservation: Process and Practice

Locations and Dates

  • Seattle, WA
    March 16-18, 2016
    offered in conjunction with
    Planning Tools for Preservation: HSRs and Maintenance Plans
    in cooperation with the
    Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture,
    University of Washington,
    the General Services Administration,
    and the National Park Service, Pacific West Region

Seminar Location, Hours, and Hotels

Confirmation of registration is sent out to registered participants one month prior to the seminar date. The confirmation includes the seminar location, hours, and a list of conveniently located hotels. Seminars generally are held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is recommended at least 6 weeks prior to the seminar to secure a place and to avoid cancellations due to low enrollment.

Cost (see Register for more information)

$650 (6-week advance registration); $700 (regular registration)

Rate for 4 days including Planning Tools for Preservation: HSRs and Maintenance Plans
$800 (6-week advance registration); $850 (regular registration)

Customized/On-Site Training

NPI also offers this seminar as customized on-site training to meet specific organizational needs. Seminars can be tailored to create single- or multiple-day workshops at a location and time convenient to the sponsor. Contact NPI at 703.765.0100 or for further information.

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