Basic Preservation Engineering and Stabilization for Wood Structures

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Primary contact: Erin Gibbs
Where: Paicines, CA
Nov 1 - 3, 2022


Basic Preservation Engineering introduces students to beginning preservation engineering concepts as they relate to vernacular wood structures. Using the historic Bacon Barn and Bear Valley School in Pinnacles National Park as case studies and field sites, students will analyze real structural problems and design appropriate stabilization measures with the help of a preservation engineer, expert craftsperson, and park historian. For the first part of the workshop, students will learn how historic wood structures function as systems, carry and distribute load, and deteriorate over time. The second half will focus on the project planning process, including how to identify and test underlying causes of building failure, collaborate with park divisions and outside professional services, and choose sensitive stabilization measures.


  • Christine Britton, Project Engineer, JVA Engineering
  • Timothy Babalis, Cultural Resources Program Manager, Pinnacles National Park


  • $350 – General participant
  • $50 – Student (at least half time in an accredited institution)
  • $25 – Pinnacles National Park employees

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