Basic Preservation Engineering & Stabilization for Wood Structures



Canceled: Due to COVID-19, this course has been canceled, but will likely be offered in 2021.

This workshop introduces students to beginning preservation engineering concepts for historic wood structures. Using the historic Bacon Barn and Bear Valley School in Pinnacles National Park as case studies and field sites, students will have the opportunity to 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 cases of building failure, collaborate with park divisions and outside professional services, and choose sensitive stabilization measures. Students can expect half of the workshop to be spent in the classroom, with the other half in the field.




  • $250 General participant
  • $50 Student (at least half time in an accredited institution)
  • $25 Pinnacles National Park employees

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