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The Preservation Education Institute/Historic Windsor,
For Release: March 3, 2003
Contact: Judy L. Hayward, The Preservation Education Institute, 802-674-6752,
"Clem Labine's Traditional Building" Announces Palladio
Competition for Covered Bridge Restoration Projects Deadline Extended
Windsor, VT - "Clem Labine's Traditional Building" has announced that the deadline for
submissions to a special Palladio Award Competition has been extended to March 21, 2003. The
awards ceremony will be held in conjunction with the First National Covered Bridge Conference:
Best Practices, Care, and Repair in June, 2003 on the campus of the University of Vermont in
While some nominations have been received, Publisher Clem Labine thought it was reasonable
to extend the deadline a bit to accommodate possible nominees who only learned about the
"Traditional Building Magazine" and "Period Homes Magazine" launched the Palladio
Awards program in 2000. The program is designed to honor outstanding achievements in
traditional design. The program recognizes individual designers or design teams whose work
enhances the beauty and humane qualities of the built environment. Nominations may be made
until March 21, 2003 with notification by April 30th. Eligible
projects include covered
bridge repair, preservation, restoration, or reconstruction completed between 1997-2003. The
award will be presented at the reception for the June 5-7, 2003 conference. Winners will receive
two complimentary admissions to the Covered Bridge Conference ($420 value). Winner
information will be posted on the conference website (www.uvm.edu/coveredbridges) and
featured in an upcoming issue of "Traditional Building."
To access the Palladio Award competition rules and application form, visit the conference
website and click on the Conference Listing under Events, go to cosponsors and click on the
"Traditional Building" Covered Bridge Restoration Award or go directly to www.traditional-
building.com/palladio/palladio.htm. If there are additional questions about the award or
submission requirements, fax queries to (718) 636-0750 or call (718) 636-0788.
Publisher Clem Labine in announcing the awards, said, "It has been so exciting to see the
revival of interest in traditional heavy-timber bridge technology. And it's equally exciting to
sponsor this Special Award to honor application of that technology in Covered Bridge
Conference cosponsor, H. Thomas McGrath, Jr., Superintendent of the National Park Service
Historic Preservation Training Center, Frederick, MD, said, "We are pleased to learn that
"Traditional Building" has joined the Preservation Education Institute to expand the 2003 Palladio
Awards to include a competitive category for Covered Bridges. A 2003 Palladio Award for
Covered Bridge excellence will offer a tremendous opportunity to showcase many of the
preservation projects across this nation that have been recently completed. Bringing the
recognition associated with the Palladio Award to the planned National Conference: Best
Practices, Care, and Repair of Covered Bridges will serve to enhance this exciting event and will
expand the scope of traditional structures eligible for Palladio Awards."
Judy L. Hayward, Executive Director of the Preservation Education Institute and a
conference cosponsor, said, "We are delighted to have the support of "Traditional Building
Magazine" for this conference. The Conference is designed to bring technical information to light
about the best practices in the care and repair of covered bridges. We are honored that the
winning project will be featured in "Traditional Building" because it is an unparalleled opportunity
to convey information about the National Covered Bridge Preservation Project to the professional
preservation community throughout the United States."
Why a national conference?
Less than 900 wooden covered bridges remain in a nation once linked by tens of thousands.
The bridges convey an important chapter in the evolution of engineering practice in the United
States and are popular with tourists and residents alike for their aesthetic contributions to rural
landscapes from Vermont to Oregon. Many continue in service today as vital vehicular or
"With the breadth of these contributions to modern life in mind, a conference about the best
practices in Covered Bridge Repair will take place at the historic Billings Center on the University
of Vermont campus in Burlington, Vermont, June 5-7, 2003," said Historic Preservation Training
Center (HPTC) Superintendent Thomas McGrath.
The HPTC is working with The Preservation Education Institute in Windsor, Vermont and
the graduate program in historic preservation at the University of Vermont to present the
conference. The conference is presented as part of The National Historic Covered Bridge
Program funded under Section 1224(b) of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in partnership with the National Park Service,
Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), is undertaking a project to document significant
covered bridges in the United States.
More than 40 abstracts were received in response to a recent call for papers on the following
range of topics: case studies in covered bridge repair, documenting covered bridges, engineering
analysis of wooden bridges, issues of species specificity, applying the Secretary of the Interior's
Standards to wooden covered bridges, fire detection and suppression systems, disaster mitigation,
fund-raising strategies, maintenance programming, lost bridges, the case for building new wooden
bridges, applying the timber frame craft to bridges, engineering insights into truss systems, and
The National Historic Covered Bridge Best Practices Conference is being planned for state
and local highway engineers, state and county covered bridge maintenance personnel, volunteers
charged with raising funds for the preservation of covered bridges, local and national covered
bridge preservation organizations, historic preservationists, general contractors, structural
engineers, covered bridge historians, the traveling public and community members. The
conference organizers anticipate offering two conference tracks on subjects as diverse as bridge
preservation case studies, best practices in maintaining covered bridges, and cultural tourism
strategies for municipalities and states. Proceedings will be published in print and in on-line
The National Historic Covered Bridge Best Practices Conference will also be the first of its
kind to collect and benchmark the vast array of information that exists on covered bridges by
inviting all those concerned with covered bridge preservation to participate. A goal of the
conference will be to develop a national reference base for evaluating various treatments of
historic covered bridges in ways that will maintain their historic integrity as National Register
properties. The conference will promote a dialogue of the diverse ideas, experience, techniques
and practices for historic covered bridge preservation.
Early registration for the conference is $210 if postmarked no later than April 5, 2003.
Registrations postmarked between April 5 and May 15, 2003 will cost $250.
Registrations after May 1 will cost $315. Single day registrations will be available up to May 1 for
a cost of $140. After May 1, single day registrations will be $175. The conference registration fee
includes all educational sessions, continental breakfast and lunch for two days, a bound volume of
conference presentations, and the opening reception. The third day of the conference will feature
a selection of tours of Vermont and New Hampshire covered bridges for an additional fee.
The Historic Preservation Training Center is dedicated to the preservation and maintenance of
historic structures of the National Park Service and its partners by demonstrating outstanding
leadership in preservation education and skills and crafts development. The Center produces an
on-going cadre of trained individuals who are placed in National Parks upon completion of a
three-year training program. The Training Center's preservation construction services provided to
parks and other Federal, state and local organizations use these projects as the training venue for
its program participants. The Historic Preservation Training Center also provides preservation
technical consultants to other units of the Service, Federal Agencies, and International
The University of Vermont Historic Preservation Program offers a master's degree in historic
preservation for highly motivated students seeking broad-based professional careers in historic
preservation. Its intensive community-oriented approach integrates academic studies and research
with professional skills development.
The Preservation Education Institute provides continuing education for building professionals,
property owners and adults and children interested in American architectural heritage. Founded in
1983 as a division of Historic Windsor, Inc., a nonprofit historic preservation organization that
had been established in 1971, the Preservation Education Institute is now the name by which its
corporate parent conducts business. The Institute offers a series of workshops annually, a
certificate program in cooperation with the Department of Architecture and Art at Norwich
University, and conducts on site training at historic properties throughout the United States.
"Clem Labine's Traditional Building," "Clem Labine's Period Homes," "The Old-House
Journal," and Restoration and Renovation Exhibition and Conference are part of Restore Media,
LLC, an integrated media company dedicated to the restoration and renovation market.
The growing list of conference cosponsors includes Association for Preservation Technology,
International; The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training; and The
Preservation Trust of Vermont.
The conference web site URL is www.uvm.edu/coveredbridges; it will be
updated regularly. Registration may be made by writing to The Preservation Education Institute
at PO Box 1777 Windsor, VT 05089 or via phone and fax, 802-674-6752 and 674-6179
respectively. Major credit cards, purchase orders, and checks are accepted.
Email may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com.
Historic Windsor, Inc., is a nonprofit 501-c3 organization.
Calendar Listing or Public Service Announcement for Special Palladio
Award "Clem Labine's Traditional Building" has announced a special Palladio Award competition
for Covered Bridge restoration projects. Nominations are due by March
21, 2003. Applications are available on-line through the National Covered Bridge
Preservation Conference Website, www.uvm.edu/coveredbridges or by contacting
Traditional Building on the web at www.traditional-building.com/palladio/palladio.htm,
by fax (718) 636-0750, or by phone at (718) 636-0788. For more information about the
conference online visit
www.uvm.edu/coveredbridges, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call The
Preservation Education Institute at (802) 674-6752. The Preservation Education Institute is a
division of Historic Windsor, Inc., a non-profit 501 C3 educational institution.