Tomorrow’s structures depend on today’s actions. Create + Construct explores how to build a stronger and more profitable New York City through adaptive reuse and rehabilitation.




8:00 am

Registration & Breakfast


8:30 am

Welcome & Opening Remarks


8:35 am



9:10 am

Session 1: Forensic Investigations of Materials and Structures


10:25 am

Session 2: Predesign for Building Repositioning and Enclosure


11:55 am



12:35 pm

Session 3: Fire Engineering Considerations for Forensic Investigation & Repair


1:45 pm

Session 4a: Extreme Preservation: Innovative, Collaborative, and Transformative
Session 4b: Sustainable Recladding: Bringing New Life to Aging Buildings


3:30 pm

Session 5: Panel Discussion: Trends in Existing Building Use in the New York Metropolitan Area

5:00 pm Cocktail Reception





Welcome & Opening Remarks

Master of Ceremonies:
Nathaniel Smith, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger



Keynote Speaker:
Annabelle Selldorf, Selldorf Architects





Session 1:

Forensic Investigations of Materials and Structures
Filippo Masetti, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Garry Naughton, Structural Group


No matter their cause, most building restoration and improvement projects begin with some sort of investigation. While each project features unique issues, structures, and materials, investigations should always follow a similar path. This should combine detective work, materials science, and contractor and engineering expertise to help project partners understand symptoms and provide recommendations that address underlying root causes.  

This session will outline how to conduct an investigation, discuss distinctions to consider when investigating different construction materials, and explore several project examples.




Session 2:

Predesign for Building Repositioning and Enclosure
Matthew Normandeau, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Amarantha Quintana-Morales, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
David Must, AIA, LEED AP, STUDIOS architecture


New York City buildings evolve in response to different needs in every decade. Changes in workplace design, neighborhoods, infrastructure, codes, and zoning all affect the best use for existing structures at a given time. The challenge is to recognize and develop older buildings' potential value within the constraints of a prescribed structure and enclosure. 
This session will discuss the common drivers of building repositioning, as well as points of intervention, current trends, and technical problem-solving techniques.




Session 3:

Fire Engineering Considerations for Forensic Investigation & Repair
David Jacoby, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger


Repurposing existing buildings can be a cost-effective and sustainable way of maximizing space in cities and campuses. However, these projects require careful consideration of the building’s vintage, the extent of alterations, the availability of records, and the governing provisions of the building code to ensure life safety. 

In this session, we will explore how New York City addresses existing buildings, present concepts from relevant building codes, and review construction methods related to fire and performance-based design.



Building Repair, Renovation, and Reuse


Session 4a: 

Extreme Preservation: Innovative, Collaborative, and Transformative
Page Ayres Cowley, Page Ayres Cowley Architecture, LLC
Kevin Poulin, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger


Session 4b:
Sustainable Recladding: Bringing New Life to Aging Buildings
Sean O'Brien, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Michael C. Radigan, Western Construction Group

Historic neighborhoods are our cultural anchors and visual markers of our past. Wherever possible, architecturally significant and unique buildings should be preserved and celebrated in New York City. However, many of these structures are underutilized or have outlived their original use. To extend and give new life to these buildings, architects and engineers must creatively transform the interiors, and sometimes the exterior, while preserving the original architectural style and historic fabric. 

In these sessions, we discuss the overall approach and process of adapting existing buildings to new uses, including code considerations, structural interventions, and recladding design. 



Panel Discussion on Repositioning in New York City

Session 5:



Trends in Existing Building Use in the New York Metropolitan Area

Guy Geier, FXFOWLE

David Burns, STUDIOS architecture

John Langdon, Skanska USA Building Inc.

Carlo A. Scissura, NY Building Congress

Matthew Doherty, Zubatkin

Vince Cammalleri, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Panel MC - Opening & Closing


Planners, developers, and designers face many challenges in modernizing New York City’s existing infrastructure. As our population and economy grow, our buildings continue to age, putting new and greater stresses on local officials and neighborhoods. However, with a focus on safety, sustainability, and profitability, the architectural, engineering, and construction industry can breathe new life into our city by maximizing these assets and repositioning their use. 

This panel of industry leaders will consider the projected growth of adaptive reuse in New York City and share perspectives on the current and future state of this critical market sector.