The Future of Unreinforced Masonry Buildings

Unreinforced Masonry Buildings

Join us for our upcoming Beer & Culture on September 17th, 6 PM – Historic Panama Hotel. The fate of Seattle’s Unreinforced Masonry Buildings will be discussed. Seattle’s character and spirit connect us to one another. As our civic landscape changes and improves, how do we preserve and protect our greatest assets? Much discussion has already been under way regarding proposed seismic retrofitting policies which could impact hundreds of these brick buildings across the city, including those that do not qualify for historic designation.  Many of these buildings can be seen in Pioneer Square, Columbia City, Chinatown / International District, Capitol Hill and Ballard and are the most likely to be damaged during an earthquake.

As of August, Seattle’s Department of Planning & Development is in the process of validating the list of buildings previously identified, prior to making policy recommendations, to confirm buildings on the list and add others that may have been missed.

Be one of FIVE to win a Tour of the Panama Hotel Bathhouse in the raffle that evening…

Event Topics Include:
  • Balancing the risk of losing neighborhood anchors, the soul of Seattle’s rich history, with the need to retrofit and protect public safety
  • Ensuring Seattle retains its uniqueness
  • URM retrofit funding mechanisms
  • Updates from Seattle’s Department of Planning & Development
We will talk about next steps and also consider urban design improvements that retain the character of Seattle neighborhoods. Michael Powe of Preservation Green Lab, will share insights from their report Older, Smaller, Better  measuring how the character of buildings influences urban vitality.
Panel Members:
  • Michael Powe, Senior Research Manager – Preservation Green Lab
  • Sandy Howard, Project Manager – Seattle Department of Planning & Development
  • Jon Siu, Principal Engineer, Building Official – Seattle Department of Planning & Development
  • Aaron Pambianco, Structural Engineer, AJP Properties
  • Paul Mar, Director of Real Estate Development, SCIDpda

Location:  Historic Panama Hotel, 605 1/2 S. Main Street, Doors Open 6 PM, Program 7 PM

Allied Arts Beer and Culture Nights

Allied Arts was founded in 1954 under the name of “The Beer and Culture Society.” As we celebrate our 60th Anniversary in 2014, we still like that name so we’re honoring it with our “Beer and Culture Nights.” By convening groups of smart, energetic and public-spirited community members in an informal setting and by providing snack food, beer and a hot topic, we hope to inspire free-ranging and uninhibited discussion that will be enormously fun which may lead to civic action.

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