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Historic Resources Committee

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One for the Code: A Road Map to Structural Alterations in the IEBC

In a climate of constantly evolving building technologies and codes, the historic preservation field faces the challenge of updating historic structures to meet modern standards for occupancy. As historic buildings are repurposed and upgraded to meet modern needs, practitioners must adapt existing structural systems. While such upgrades can be costly and can result in significant loss of historic fabric, developing a thorough understanding of the design and performance requirements of the building code early in the design process allows owners and professional consultants to make informed decisions that optimize cost, schedule and preservation considerations. For our July meeting, the HRC welcomes Lori Ferriss AIA, PE, LEED, Project Manager in Preservation Architecture at Goody Clancy's Boston office, to navigate for us the International Existing Building Code (IEBC), which has been adapted in whole or in part by forty-one U.S. states.

A faithful HRC member, Lori Ferriss trained in architecture and engineering, earned a B.S. in architecture and an M.Eng. in structural engineering from MIT, and completed preservation-related internships in Paris and Tel Aviv. Prior to joining Goody Clancy in 2016, she worked as an architectural conservator for BCA and as a structural engineer focusing on preservation and adaptive reuse with Silman. Ms. Ferriss is a 2018 recipient of the Paul and Niki Tsongas Award, which this year recognized the next generation of emerging leaders in historic preservation.

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