Building and Life Safety Codes Meet Preservation! Creative Solutions to Tricky Code

Learning Approach: Best Practices

| Sheraton New Orleans, Napoleon D | Posted: Monday, 1:30-2:45 p.m.

Preservationists, building officials, and code Main Street consultants must work together to figure out how to successfully reuse historic buildings while meeting building and life safety code requirements. Learn more about the origins of modern codes and the various international, national, and local codes that officials use to determine “acceptable risk.” We will explain how all these codes treat historic buildings separately, then provide case studies showing creative solutions to historic buildings and related code deficiencies. We’ll then tie it up with a road map to a successful collaboration that identifies the stakeholders and explains how to ensure that all requirements are met without compromising the project or the budget!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the importance of modern codes as they relate to today's construction/renovation requirements.
  2. Understand what codes apply and how historic buildings are addressed by specific code clauses.
  3. How to work with local code officials when navigating the renovation/reuse of a historic Main Street building.
  4. Indentify stakeholders are and create a successful collaboration to ensure the building is preserved, code is met, and the budget is intact


For more information contact:

Regina Brewer, City of Decatur
Regina has been practicing preservation for twelve years and received her Masters in Heritage Preservation in 2007. She currently serves as the Preservation Planner for the City of Decatur in Georgia where has overseen a city-side historic resource survey, update of the design guidelines, created 4 new National Register districts, and provides staff review for a the Decatur Preservation Commission which reviews applications in four local historic districts. She is also the creator of the Decatur Old House Fair, which is in its 4th successful year. Regina serves on the boards of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, Easements Atlanta (President), the Georgia Alliance of Preservation Commissions, and the Metropolitan Public

Joe Castellano, PE, Rolf Jensen and Associates, Inc
Joe Castellano, PE, is a Senior Vice President for Rolf Jensen and Associates, Inc. (RJA) and is based in the firm's Atlanta office. Mr. Castellano is a registered Fire Protection Engineer. With over 24 years of experience, 16 of which with RJA, he has demonstrated expertise in life safety; code consulting and fire protection systems design. Mr. Castellano has been involved in a number of projects including projects that have a historic preservation based focus. He has worked diligently with these clients providing cost effective solutions while protecting the historical features of the facility. Mr. Castellano is also proficient in the application of the International Building and Fire Codes which are adopted throughout most major cities in the U.S. A native of Maryland and a 1987 graduate of The University of Maryland, Joe and his family reside in Atlanta, GA.

Rick Logan, City of Decatur
Rick Logan, Building Official, City of Decatur Rick has been with the City since 1996. With over 40 years of construction and building code experience, he is the city authority on Code interpretation, construction issues permits and inspections. It is his responsibility to meet with owners, architects, engineers and contractors with construction plans to make sure they are compliant with city ordinances and all building and life safety codes. He is a member of the International Code Council, Building Officials Conference of Georgia and Metro Atlanta Inspectors Association. He graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in mechanical engineering.