University of Vermont

CEMS - The College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Heritage Preservation Engineering

Faculty and students involved in the Heritage Preservation Engineering application area work in close collaboration with the UVM Historic Preservation Program. Projects have afforded opportunities for publication and participation in conferences in the United States, India, Italy, Australia and Peru.


Example Projects



Shelburne Farms Breeding Barn

Structural engineers have called attention to potential overstresses in roof-frame members. A multidisciplinary design team was assembled to assess the current condition of the barn and recommend repairs. Find out more...
Contacts: Doug Porter

Principal truss of Shelburne Farms Breeding Barn

Adobe plaster
under repair

Las Flores Adobe National Historic Landmark

The stabilization and restoration effort at the site is a multi-year project conducted in cooperation with the United States Marine Corps (which has stewardship responsibility for the site) and the National Park Service. Find out more...
Contact: Doug Porter


2006 plaster crew

Fort Davis National Historic Site

The Fort Davis National Historic Site is one of the most authentic surviving examples of a frontier military post in the United States. Beginning in 2005, UVM has participated in summer programs of research, training, and implementation of the restoration of selected architectural fabric. Find out more...
Contact: Doug Porter


Agent Fate: Chemical Contaminants & High-Value Facilities

Beginning in 2003, UVM has participated with a team from Los Alamos National Laboratory in a research project designed to characterize interactions between chemical contaminants likely to be used in terrorist attacks and building materials commonly found in historic buildings and other high-value facilities. Find out more...
Contacts: Mandar Dewoolkar, Doug Porter

Pore size and pore size distribution in building stones (left) and cementitious materials (right)


Service-Learning Projects

Service-learning is a form of experiential education in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs together with structured opportunities intentionally designed to promote student learning and development. Groups of four to five students are assigned a different historic structure in Vermont for a semester-long service-learning project conducted in the foundation engineering course (Geotechnical Design CE281).

Students have worked on shallow foundations, retaining structures and slope stability issues related to heritage facilities. The projects have been with non-profits, such as the Preservation Trust of Vermont and Shelburne Farms. Representatives of community partners give the initial site visit, attend the mid-semester progress report and final presentations, and provide input.
Contact: Mandar Dewoolkar

Grand Isle Lake House

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