Jeffrey K. Smith, AIA, participates in a Panel Discussion at Tulane University

Mr. Smith was invited to give a presentation and sit on a panel to discuss “Sustainability, Adaptive Reuse and Renovation in Local Architecture – an architect’s approach to sustainability within the existing urban context”. Participating with Mr. Smith were Brett Petry, AIA, and Marcel Wisznia, AIA. The panel discussion is a series sponsored by AIA New Orleans, Global Green and the local chapter of United States Green Building Council.

The topic of Mr. Smith’s presentation was “It takes a village to be sustainable”. Mr. Smith presented 8 projects that H/S had provided architectural services for in Historic Downtown Hammond. He discussed the particular client goals for each project and identified how the buildings were put back into commerce using the historic tax credits as an economic incentive. After the presentation, the panel discussed the significance of historic renovation with regards to sustainability. The premises of the concept is that historic renovation and adaptive reuse is sustainable not only cost wise and energy wise but also culturally by maintaining our historical heritage.