Art and Architecture Restoration Featured Article in APT Bulletin

The current issue of APT Bulletin, the Journal of Preservation Technology, focuses on the restoration of modern architecture and features an article authored by Kelsey Shipton and Scott Utter of AltusWorks.  The article outlines the analysis and restoration of Walter Netsch’s Art and Architecture Building located on University of Illinois’ Chicago campus. The article summarizes their presentation made at the Association of Preservation Technology International’s conference last fall and provides insight into the restoration approaches available for late modern architecture.  The preservation of buildings from the late modern and brutalist era (1950’s – mid 1970’s) is an emerging discussion as building owners strive to meet energy performance goals, address failures of experimental design detailing and learn to cherish the  underappreciated aesthetic. Read full entry »

Ellen Stoner posted this on 10/11/17 in Historic Preservation, Restoration.

Historic Preservation Architect Retainer Contract Awarded to AltusWorks

Recognized for our unique combination of analytical skills, depth of technical knowledge and flexibility to take on a wide variety of concurrent assignments, AltusWorks has been selected by the University of Illinois to act as their on-call Historic Preservation Architect.

We look forward to assisting the university from which many of us received our professional education with meeting their commitment to protecting and enhancing their cultural and architectural historic resources. Read full entry »

Ellen Stoner posted this on 6/20/17 in Historic Preservation, Restoration.

Welcome Madame Secretary!

Congratulations to AltusWorks’ team member, Kelsey Shipton, on her election to the board of the Western Great Lake Chapter (WGLC) of the Association for Preservation Technology (APT)! Beginning at the end of January, Kelsey will serve as the chapter’s secretary for a two-year term. APT “is a cross – disciplinary membership organization dedicated to promoting the best technology for conserving historic structures and their settings.” AltusWorks has been a corporate member of APTI for many years and was instrumental in getting the local chapter established in 2009. Read full entry »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 1/27/16 in Community Work, Historic Preservation, Restoration.

And the Award Goes to…

AltusWorks’ Associate, Scott Utter, spent a snowy Saturday November 21st evaluating renovated farmhouses, Prairie School homes, and greenhouses as a Jury member (for the second time) for the Oak Park Preservation Awards. The annual awards for eligible properties are divided into categories for Restoration, Rehabilitation, Adaptive Reuse, and Additions. Oak Park’s historic properties are considered to be an exceptional resource and the submitted projects demonstrated exactly that. Scott noted that the lively discussion between the Jurors on the depth of research and exceptional effort in the execution of each project was particularly absorbing and ensured that the best candidates were ultimately selected. Read full entry »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 12/1/15 in Community Work, Historic Preservation, Restoration.

2015 Design Evanston Award for Rehabilitation

Recognized for sensitive integration of sustainable energy at the Evanston History Center

AltusWorks is committed to the practical and innovative preservation of places and making historic buildings more efficient. Recently, Scott Utter, Preservation Architect, attended the Design Evanston Award night where the Evanston History Center received a Rehabilitation Award for the integration of a ground source heating and cooling system into the 1897 historic mansion.

AltusWorks is honored to have led the project team; with the collaboration of the History Centers’ staff,  Eden Juron Pearlman and Kris Hartzell; and the support of Mark Nussbaum of ACE, and Phil Robertson of Bulley & Andrews who all contributed to the project success.   Read full entry »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 6/25/15 in Press, Renovation, Restoration.

Fulton Market District- Preserving History While Sparking Reinvestment

To a full room at Foley and Lardner, Eleanor Gorski of the City’s Department of Planning, Chris Oakley of Convexity Properties and Ellen Stoner of AltusWorks, had a lively discussion about the preliminary historic district proposed at Fulton Market.  Moderated by Donna Pugh, the topic focused on the complexity of the layered regulations and city plans, challenges of developing within these parameters, and how architects focused on Historic Preservation can be a valued resource to achieving a balanced, successful process. Read full entry »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 2/25/15 in Historic Preservation, Restoration.

Evanston History Center

Evanston History Center breaks ground on geothermal project

AltusWorks is pleased to announce that construction has begun on the Charles Gates Dawes House restoration including the installation of 16 geothermal wells in the buildings east yard. The Evanston History Center is taking a major initiative to conserve natural resources while protecting many of Evanston’s cultural resources. Read full entry »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 8/9/13 in Green Projects, Restoration.