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24CE - Protecting Heritage Elements during Demo/Construction

08 May 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

This session will also be offered Wednesday, May 7, 2014 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM and Thursday, May 8, 2014 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM 

Course outline

Case study of measures undertaken to identify the risks to heritage building elements and provide appropriate protection procedures during major demolition and rehabilitation efforts at 180 Wellington, Ottawa.

  • Description of the overall abatement, demolition and seismic reinforcement scope
  • Description of heritage-defining components of the building
  • Discussion of various heritage materials, their defining characteristics and their vulnerabilities.
  • Discussion of particular challenges related to fine arts conservation
  • Establishing and implementing protective measures and procedures for architectural bronze and steel items, exterior stone cladding, interior marble finishes and ornamental glass tile ceiling mosaics
  • Monitoring and adapting demolition and construction methods while work is ongoing.

Learning objectives:

  1. Identifying risks to heritage building elements during a major demolition/rehabilitation project.
  2. Establishing the appropriate measures to mitigate the risks for each material and configuration.
  3. Understanding the challenges in documenting and implementing protective measures
  4. Establishing protocols for monitoring, maintaining, and adapting heritage protection materials and procedures during demolition/construction activities


Eric Stein, OAQ, APT Senior Associate

Eric Stein received his Bachelor of Architecture from McGill University in Montreal. He joined FGMDA in 2001 and was appointed one of its associates in 2009. He has over 22 years of experience in his field. 

Mr. Stein has worked as Project Architect on medium to large scale commercial and institutional projects, many of which are heritage conservation projects. He is well-versed in conceptual work and in all areas of project management, including costing, scheduling, quality assurance/control and contract administration. He is also proficient in the integration and automation of the production of computerized drawings. 

Heritage conservation projects have included rehabilitation of the Wellington building in Ottawa and of the St. Thomas Consolidated Courthouse in  Ontario; restoration and interior design of Montreal’s FACE school auditorium; restoration of the Mappin Wing façade at Rideau Hall in Ottawa; elaboration of protective scaffolding measures in view of important restoration works on Parliament Hill’s West Block in Ottawa; masonry and roof restoration of the Beaconsfield Yacht Club; and restoration of the façade of the Montreal Herald.

Mr. Stein has also collaborated in the design of the Dorshei Emet Congregation Synagogue in Hampstead, Quebec, and of two private residences in the Quebec Laurentians; as well as in the roof restoration of Le Château Apartments in downtown Montreal. 

Prior to FGMDA, Eric participated in a wide range of projects in the Greater Montreal area : design and construction of the UQAM’s President Kennedy Wing and rehabilitation of their Sherbrooke Wing; design of the La Petite Bourgogne Sports Centre; design and construction of the Notre-Dame Street viaduct;  a major addition tothe Palais des Congrès de Montreal; restoration of historic Saint-Stanislas-de-Kotska bell towers; and several other modifications brought to the St-Laurent and Ahuntsic CEGEPs.

Eric is a valued member of FGMDA’s Information Technologies Committee that plans and manages the company’s  IT needs in view of keeping FGMDA professionals—and their work—at the edge of new technologies.