Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Architectural Engineering Program to Participate in Effort to Document Historic Buildings

KINGSVILLE - March 23, 2010

Contact: Adriana Garza
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361.593.4979

Architectural engineering program will offer lectures focusing on historic documentation, continuing education credit for professionals available

Architectural engineering students from Texas A&M University-Kingsville will soon play a role in documenting the condition of historic South Texas buildings  and architecture thanks to research and development funds from the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering.

The funds will be used to help students work on historic architectural documentation projects that will then be submitted to the federal Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER). Both programs are sponsored by the National Park Service and the United States Library of Congress, and are dedicated to the documentation of the current condition of American buildings. The program received $7,700 in research and development funding from the College of Engineering and nearly $3,000 in private and community donations.

“The purpose of this project is to record the life of the building,” said James Glusing, lecturer in the department of civil and architectural engineering at A&M-Kingsville. “These will all be buildings of historical significance, examples of the historic fabric of a community.”

South Texas buildings will be considered for the HABS projects, while roads, jetties and industrial works will be considered for HAER projects. The projects will be designated Level 1 documentation, which means undergraduate students will be the primary researchers. Students will be charged with documenting each building through photos and other reporting. Glusing said he hopes the students will complete 2-3 studies a semester.

Once completed, each study will be submitted for consideration for publication through the U.S. Library of Congress. Glusing said the opportunity will be particularly meaningful since it provides students with the opportunity to be published researchers at the undergraduate level.

“This will teach them appreciation of architectural history and will prepare them for work and for graduate school,” Glusing said.

In preparation of the HABS/HAER project kick-off, the A&M-Kingsville architectural engineering program is hosting an evening of lectures about the HABS/HAER projects and the documentation of historic architecture from 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 9 at the Henrietta Memorial Center, 405 N. 6th St. in Kingsville.

The lectures are open to area engineers and architects as a continuing education opportunity.

Lecturers for the event include James Rosenthal, National Park Service photographer, and Professor Robert Warden from the Center for Historic Conservation at Texas A&M University.

Tickets for the evening of lectures are $75 for the general public and free for students. Professionals will receive a certificate of continuing education. For more information or to RSVP, contact James Glusing at historicdoc@tamuk.edu or jim@jglusing.com.

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