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70CE - Risk Assessment and Mitigation in a Heritage Context

09 May 2014 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

This session will also be offered Thursday, May 8, 2014 2:00 PM- 3:30 PM

Course Outline

Heritage projects can present inherent risks that should be identified and addressed right from the initial planning phases. This session provides an overview of these potential risks – both internal and external – that exist at each stage of a project, as well as various mitigation strategies. We will analyze how different organizational structures can influence project objectives, decision-making principles, quality assurance/control, integration and effective communication. We will address the role of archival research and investigations: exploratory investigations, non-destructive analysis, materials’ testing and material procurement.  We will review when prequalification and unit price contracts are recommended. We will look at various protection methods and precautions that should be implemented during the construction. Finally, we ask ourselves, does the proposed works pose a risk to the very heritage fabric of the building?

Learning Objectives

  1. To identify potential risks on heritage projects
  2. To analyze and categorize these risks
  3. To evaluate the potential mitigation measures
  4. To track the identified risks and mitigation measures as the project evolves  


DIMA COOK, Senior Associate at Fournier Gersovitz Moss Drolet et associés architectes, OAA, OAQ, LEED AP BD+C, RAIC, APT

Dima Cook joined Fournier Gersovitz Moss Drolet (FGMDA) in 1998, has been serving as Senior Associate since 2008 and was appointed manager of the Toronto branch office in 2012. For over 18 years, Dima has been honing her skills as Heritage Conservation architect, working on institutional projects, namely a Cultural Heritage Resource Assessment of the University of Toronto St. George campus; a Historic Structure Report of Old City Hall of Toronto; a Building Condition Assessment of Union Station Toronto which includes a 20-year State of Good Repair projection; accessibility upgrades of 11 armories, 7 of which are heritage buildings, for the Department of National Defense; and the restoration/rehabilitation of the historic Harbour Commissioners’ Building into a private club, the 357c, for Terra Incognito.  Since 2009, Dima is the Heritage Project Architect of the $450M Union Station Revitalization project for NORR/City of Toronto, managing concept design, heritage approvals, contract document production and contract administration.  She is a member of the Sustainability sub-committee on climate change for APT (Association for Preservation Technology) and LEED AP BD+C-accredited. Ms. Cook’s knowledge of conservation and construction is well paired with her organizational skills to ensure efficient management of the projects under her supervision.