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Codes: Emergence of General Contracting in 19th Century America

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    Free for BSA members, $10 General admission. Learn more about membership options here.

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    2 LU AIA credits available

8:00 AM to 8:30 AM Advocacy News
Featured speaker:
John Nunnari
, Executive Director of AIA/MA

Each Month John Nunnari provides a brief report on codes and regulatory activities including the status of pending legislation and Building Code / regulatory changes of interest to Owners, Developers, Architects, and Engineers. Topics include the status of Codes by Boards that oversee areas of building construction and coordination of codes (BCCC).

8:30 AM to 10:00 AM Presentation
Guest speaker:
Sara Wermiel, PhD, BSA Professional Affiliate

We are pleased to welcome the return of Sara Wermiel. She is an independent scholar, historic preservation consultant, and teacher.
Writing in 1917 about the changes he had witnessed since beginning his career in 1874, Boston architect Robert D. Andrews noted, “the emergence of the general contractor constitutes the most significant change in professional practice.” My presentation will discuss this emergence: how were buildings produced before general contractors, and when and why did general contracting come into existence? How did architects react to this emergence, and how did architectural practice change? I will cover several early general contractors who exemplify this rise, including Norcross Brothers of Worcester and George A. Fuller Co. of Chicago and New York.