Designing for an existing structure is not the same as for a new building. Heritage Standing Inc. provides conservation-based design solutions for historic and existing structures.  Working with our clients to understand their needs we often recommend approaches aimed to minimize the impact of any work on the structure’s existing integrity, and strive for designs to be reversible for future years.  Our experience is that good conservation, done right, results in more valuable and greener solutions at a lower cost.  We also understand long term durability. We aim to offer solutions that can outlast those of common practice, thus prolonging the structure’s lifespan and improving the dollar value of work.

Level 1 Design:

Conventional design based upon standard design practice. This level of design is intended for general situations that arise with existing structures without intent to maintain historic value.  

Level 2 Design:

Design solutions based upon the particularities of the structure’s circumstances. Level 2 design is recommended as a starting point for most historic building design work. Level 2 Design uses Conservation theory to clearly understand the building as it exists.  Situations are evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine alternative approaches to meeting performance mandates.

Level 3 Design:

For use in more unique situations. Level 3 Design involves the most advanced engineering design.  This includes procedures such as engaging a team of conservation experts to provide a performance-based analysis of wind loads on a structure, as well as material tests of structural members to minimize construction.  Level 3 design applies only for cases where Level 2 Design suggests that going into a greater depth of analysis is likely to provide greater value to the client overall.  Evaluation and design are based upon best practice as documented by the international conservation community and widely accepted at academic levels but not commonly applied in industry.