Asphalt Green's Fresh Face
presented by Elizabeth Moss, Swanke Hayden Connell
Wednesday, May 21, 3:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Session: Assuring the Performance of Restoration Materials and Techniques

Located at 91st Street at East River Drive, Asphalt Green is a designated New York City and National Landmark. Currently used as a sports and recreation center, this former asphalt mixing plant was built between 1941-1944. Built of reinforced concrete, four evenly spaced parabolic arches rise 84'-6" with a clear span of 90-feet. What began as a routine re-coating project quickly ran into complications that needed to be resolved while satisfying strict project budget and schedule requirements, as well as conforming to the requirements of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and Department of Parks and Recreation. The Design Team collaborated with the Contractors and coating manufacturers to develop appropriate repair solutions that did not impede with the programmatic operations of the facility.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand compatibility and material performance.
  • Understand the importance of testing and mockups.
  • Recognize the importance of collaborative problem-solving with all team members, including Design Team, Contractors, Owners and Manufacturer Reps.
  • Keep an open mind to consider unanticipated solutions.

  • Speaker Bio:

    Elizabeth Moss, LEED AP is an architectural conservator, specializing in historic materials investigation and evaluation.

    Her 17 years of experience have been solely in restoration, preservation, rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of existing commercial, civic, religious and residential buildings. She is experienced in all phases of the design and construction process and is an expert in the evaluation and conservation of historically significant structures.

    Since 1996, she has used her technical abilities on historic buildings primarily in the Eastern United States. Ms. Moss is experienced in historic archaic materials investigation and the subsequent preparation of conservation studies, historic structure reports, specifications, construction documents, and construction administration. Her technical training and research abilities enable her to perform detailed hands-on field surveys and investigations as well as in-house laboratory research.

    Her projects have been honored with numerous awards such as the New York Landmarks Conservancy Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award for 256 Broadway, 14 Penn Plaza, 31 Chambers Street, PS 157, the Society of American Registered Architects awards for 256 Broadway, Liberty Theater, 31 Chambers Street, PS157 and the NY State AIA Award of Merit for the West Virginia State Capitol Dome Restoration. She is currently leading Swanke’s Historic Preservation Team on the restoration of the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport CT as well as the iconic Tavern on the Green Rehabilitation project in New York among others.

    Ms. Moss holds a Master of Science, Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College. As Director of Historic Preservation at Swanke, she leads the design and technical development of work on historically significant structures of all building types.