Recent and Upcoming Speaking Engagements

On April 19, 2012, Principal Christian J. Ladds, AIA was asked to present at an event hosted by the Providence Preservation Society on What Makes a Great Building? The presentation took a in-depth look at some of Providence's most historic buildings as well as buildings of recent history including the Robert Lippitt House of 1856, the Captain Joseph Tillinghast House of 1796, 121 South Main Street from 1984, and Brown University's English Department complex of 2002 which was expanded upon the 1850 Wheaton House.  Through intensive research and detailed analysis of these historic buildings, we can distill what makes a building great and what drives our opinions of these structures.

On April 21, the Rhode Island Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission held their 27th Annual Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference. In a presentation called Rehabilitating the Preservation Tax Credits, Christian Ladds discussed how tax credits assisted in the development of LLB Architects' own office complex. He presented within a panel alongside Joe Garlick, Executive Director of NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley; Val Talmage, Executive Director of Preserve Rhode Island; and Scott Wolf, Executive Director of Grow Smart Rhode Island. In the past ten years, $1.3 billion was invested in renovating 208 historic buildings in Rhode Island. Since the State stopped new applications for historic rehab tax credits, preservationists have been working to restart the program. Pressure is mounting on the General Assembly to pass a new rehab tax credit in 2012. Catch up on recent projects in Pawtucket and Burrillville and get the latest news about what’s in this year’s bills, who’s pushing for passage from Mayors to Labor, and what you can do.

In addition to this session on the restoration of Rhode Island's preservation tax credit program, the conference centered around the establishment of the Blackstone River Blackstone River Valley National Historic Park and the America's Great Outdoors Initiative. It also considered topics including recreational paths in historic places, green rehabilitation projects, and cemetery preservation.

On May 11, Principal Kathleen A. Bartels, AIA will contribute to a discussion at the Power of Place Summit hosted by Grow Smart Rhode Island, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating sustainable economic growth in Rhode Island. The presentation titled Public/Private Partnership in Urban Revitalization is a look at the last 10 years of urban development in Pawtucket. See how private sector investments and unique collaboration with the public sector have resulted in big successes in housing development, infrastructure investment and historic preservation/redevelopment projects. Get a glimpse at how non-profits, private businesses, developers and city government are working together to leverage $125M in ongoing transportation projects, $100M+ in private redevelopments, new affordable housing + more. Get an overview of the funding vehicles and partnerships that have contributed to Pawtucket’s growth in affordable housing, mill redevelopment and arts-related business growth.

Kathy Bartels will be joined by moderator Thomas Mann, Executive Director of The Pawtucket Foundation, Nancy Whit, Executive Director of Pawtucket Citizens Development Corporation, and Michael Davolio, Director of Department of Planning & Redevelopment for the City of Pawtucket.