At a three day conference entitled “1988-2018: What have we all achieved?” Principal Charles Hazell presented THA’s multi-year conservation and restoration of the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant. The architecturally acclaimed historic building provided an engaging case study highlighting THA’s service expertise in R&D, conservation techniques and logistics, while highlighting the significance of water in the public imagination and in city building. The talk included commentary on the positive impact of urgent social and environmental challenges on conservation practice and the increasing role of activism in addressing these challenges.
Other topics by the AEC and heritage community along the theme of what’s been done in one generation included the adaptive reuse of historic properties, strategic tips (e.g. best practices for the post Bill 139 world) and practical tips (e.g. facade stabilization systems). This conference, held in Sault Ste Marie, marked the 30th anniversary of the Annual Ontario Heritage Conference.
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