Meghan Elliott Presenting at APT Charleston 2012

Minneapolis, MN - Meghan Elliott has been selected to present a paper at The Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) annual Conference in Charleston, South Carolina, taking place September 30–October 4, 2012. With 100 years of experience in developing the tools of practice and civic engagement to sustain urban vitality through preservation, the city of Charleston is a living laboratory and tangible embodiment of the Conference theme, "Cornerstones: Collaborative Approaches to Preservation."

Meghan is presenting "Square Buildings and Round Bars: Reinforced Concrete Innovations in the Minneapolis Warehouse District (1904-1920)." Following a unanimous vote, the local Warehouse Historic District was merged with the Minneapolis Warehouse National Historic District in 2009. The district was designated for its illustration of three out of seven local criteria: patterns of economic history, distinctive building styles or construction, and exemplification of the works of master architects and builders. The commercial growth of the area, especially between 1904 and 1920, coupled with the local engineering and architectural knowledge, fostered a shift in construction type from masonry and wood framing to building structures of reinforced concrete and structural steel. In particular, innovative reinforced concrete systems were used to satisfy the demand for bigger and taller buildings capable of supporting higher floor loads. This presentation provides an overview and timeline of the early reinforced concrete systems used in the district.

APT Charleston 2012 is the 44th annual convention hosted by APT, a cross-disciplinary, membership organization dedicated to promoting the best technology for conserving historic structures and their settings. APT members, who hail from more than 30 countries, include preservationists, architects, engineers, conservators, consultants, contractors, crafts persons, curators, developers, educators, historians, landscape architects, students, technicians, and other persons directly involved in the application of methods and materials to maintain, conserve, and protect historic structures and sites for future use and appreciation.

This year's APT Conference will run in parallel with the International Preservation Trades Workshop (IPTW) hosted by the Preservation Trades Network (PTN). "By meshing APT paper sessions and PTN demonstrations, our two organizations can fully explore the concept of collaboration while providing Conference participants with a complete picture for each topic, from conservation problem to preservation solution," said Simeon Warren, Conference Co-Chair.

Attendees can register at www.aptconference.org. Best rates are available prior to August 6.