To celebrate National Historic Preservation Month, Philadelphia’s Preservation Alliance asked 31 historic preservation leaders to describe a building that inspires them. Ballinger’s Director of Historic Preservation, Fon S. Wang, AIA, LEED AP, wrote about her enduring affection for the Fleisher Art Memorial.
Ballinger Director of Historic Preservation Fon Wang, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C will be presenting tomorrow morning on Sustainability and Historic Preservation from 7:30-9:30 am at Diversified Lighting Associates, an event hosted by the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. The Alliance is dedicated to protecting historic places in the Philadelphia region and building programs and opportunities that instill the values of historic preservation throughout the community.
The panel, to include colleagues from Marvin/Super Enterprise, Jefferson University School of Architecture, and the Navy Yard Planning & Development Division of PIDC, will focus on how historic preservation and sustainability are natural partners and how the effective practice of one leads to the other. These experts will also share the benefits, challenges and opportunities inherent to historic preservation and sustainable building practices.
This past Wednesday Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed into law three bills that would add incentives to protect the city’s historic buildings, as part of his effort to improve and expand preservation efforts across the city. Ballinger’s Director of Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse, Fon S. Wang, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a part of the Mayor’s Task Force on Historic Preservation, the group responsible for developing and executing this legislation.
Historic preservation and adaptive reuse are not only financially and environmentally friendly practices to Philadelphia communities, but they help to maintain the historic culture of the city. Legislation like this encourages reuse for historically designated structures ensuring that their beauty, history, culture, and stories can be carried on as part of the city for years to come.
As a Philadelphia-based firm that does a variety of historic preservation and adaptive reuse work, as well as advocating for effective and proper preservation of historic properties in the region, we are proud to see Philadelphia’s mayor prioritize these processes in law.