Traditional Building Trades

As sustainable building practices and historic preservation gain popularity, and as more and more Western New York homes are covered by significant preservation incentives, the number of older structures needing rehabilitation and restoration has skyrocketed. However, despite this clear upward trend, the number of skilled preservation trades craftspeople available for local projects has not kept pace with the market demand for these unique and highly technical services.

Preservation Buffalo Niagara’s (PBN) new Traditional Building Trades Program is designed to address this critical need and is suitable for contractors, students, and professionals, as well as anyone interested in enhancing their training in the rehabilitation of historic properties. The first class to be offered will be Repair and Rehabilitation of Historic Windows.

The course will be taught by Steve Swiat of Northwood Historic Restoration. With over twenty years of experience, Swiat has been one of the leaders of the historic window restoration community in Western New York. His restoration work ranges from individual homes to national historic landmarks both locally and throughout the northeast.

Participants should have basic construction skills and be looking to expand their knowledge in specific preservation-related trades and crafts. The cost of the windows course is $750 prior to February 15, and is $775 between February 15and March 1. All course materials will be included. Because these courses are designed to be extremely hands-on, enrollment is strictly limited. Early registration is highly recommended.