Thursday, January 8, 2015

The School of Architecture Historic Preservation Program is partnering with the Historic Preservation Trades Program at Savannah Technical College to embark on an ecological-based new volunteer accommodations complex at the Fort Pulaski National Monument near Savannah, Georgia. The design/build project will combine preservation and sustainability ideas developed by Illinois architecture students with traditional-based fabrication work by Savannah Tech’s preservation trades students. The National Park Service will fund the joint design initiative for the Spring 2015 semester.

Fort Pulaski National Monument preserves the legacy of one of the most decisive moments in military history. It was here, in 1862, that the Union army used rifled cannons to pummel the brick masonry fort, making all masonry fortresses immediately obsolete. Along with the iconic fort on Cockspur Island, the National Park Service manages over 4500 acres of pristine salt marsh and associated wildlife within the boundaries of the Monument. Across the U.S., National Park Service archeologists, architects, curators, historians, and other cultural resources professionals work in America’s over 400 national parks to preserve, protect, and share the history of the U.S. and its people. Melissa Memory is superintendent of the Fort Pulaski National Monument.

Directed by Professor Stephen Hartley, Savannah Technical College’s Historic Preservation Trades Program is recognized as one of the nation’s leading training programs for historic preservation trades. STC has restored important elements on numerous landmarks across southeast Georgia and STC graduates work on numerous historically significant buildings across the U.S.