Calling All Architects: Get AIA CES Credits by Joining our Tours

June 24, 2015 • Post by

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Turnstile Tours is pleased to announce that we are now a part of the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System and a certified provider of CES credits to AIA members. By earning this certification, we can now offer architects the opportunity to join our public tours or organize private tours to fulfill their professional development needs.

Our entertaining and engaging tours of the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Brooklyn Army Terminal are a great way to earn credits while also gaining access to sites normally closed to the public. Our knowledgable guides will not only delve into the architectural, engineering, and redevelopment details of these sites, but also bring to life their history and contemporary uses.

AIA_CES_LogoThis program is led by our Head of Sustainability Programming Doug Chapman, a LEED-certified professional and lead developer of our sustainability-related tours at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The Brooklyn Navy Yard offers a fantastic landscape to explore a range of architectural themes. The 300-acre closed campus has more than 40 buildings, many of them former shipbuilding facilities that have been or are being repurposed for modern industrial uses, as well as a number of new LEED-certified structures, including the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92. At the Yard, we explore themes including the adaptive reuse of historic structures, the LEED rating system, green rooftops, waterfront infrastructure, and various historic designations and their associated restrictions and incentives.

In addition, our programming at Sunset Park’s Brooklyn Army Terminal has also received accreditation. Another former military site that is now a city-owned industrial park, the Cass Gilbert-designed Terminal is a true architectural milestone. Not only will we explore the architectural and engineering achievements of constructing what was the world’s largest concrete building in just 16 months in 1918-19, but we will also place the Terminal in the wider historical and geographical context of the workings of New York Harbor and industrial development on Brooklyn’s waterfront today.

The LEED-Platinum certified Broklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92. Credit Andrew Gustafson
The LEED-Platinum certified Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92. Credit Andrew Gustafson

 

Currently we offer three certified programs for the AIA:

Brooklyn Navy Yard Sustainable Architecture & Industry Tour: This 2-hour tour is offered monthly April-October by bicycle as a public tour. It will also be offered as a public bus and walking tour on November 15, 2015. Private group tours can also be arranged by bicycle or bus, based on availability. See full tour description.

  • Participants on a public or private tour receive 2 learning units (LU) and Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) credits.
  • Includes visits to the 1851 Dry Dock No. 1, BLDG 92, the Duggal Green House, and the Paymaster Building.
  • The learning objectives for the tour are (1) identify internal and external features that contribute to LEED certification through exploring multiple LEED-Certified structures and their features, (2) describe the relationship between urban sewer infrastructure and stormwater management strategies through examining site planning and architectural design solutions for buildings and infrastructure, (3) differentiate federal, state, and local incentives and designations for historic structures by comparing on-site examples of adaptive reuse and architectural restoration, and (4) articulate the benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies by viewing on-site infrastructure and building design features.
Doug Chapman leading the Urban Ecology Tour at the Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm.
Doug Chapman leading the Urban Ecology Tour at the Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm.

Brooklyn Navy Yard Urban Ecology Tour: This 2-hour tour is offered monthly April-October by bicycle as a public tour, and includes a visit to the Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm. It will also be offered as a public bus and walking tour for Archtober on Sunday, October 25, 2015. Private group tours can also be arranged by bicycle or bus, based on availability. See full tour description.

  • Participants on a public or private tour receive 2 learning units (LU) and Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) credits.
  • Includes visits to the Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm and New York Harbor School oyster restoration area, and plant identification of wild and landscaped spaces in the Yard.
  • The learning objectives for the tour are (1) describe general characteristics of green roof design through viewing intensive and extensive systems, (2) describe the relationship between urban sewer infrastructure and stormwater management strategies through examining site planning and architectural design solutions for buildings and infrastructure, (3) discuss the intersection of the built and natural environment at the shoreline through exploring habitat restoration projects, resiliency strategies, and urban and industrial impacts on marine ecology, and (4) identify native and nonnative plant species through multi-sensory experiences of planned and unplanned landscapes.

Brooklyn Army Terminal Tour: This 2-hour walking tour is offered twice per month year round as a public tour. Private group tours can also be arranged 7 days a week. See full tour description.

  • Participants on a public or private tour receive 2 learning units (LU).
  • Includes visits to the Building B railroad atrium and unrestored areas of Building A.
  • The learning objectives for the tour are (1) explain the role of architectural design in intermodal transportation and harbor operations by viewing historical rail and marine cargo handling facilities, (2) describe how the innovative use of concrete technology facilitated rapid construction of this wartime project by observing unique concrete building forms and features, (3) compare the Brooklyn Army Terminal with other buildings from throughout renowned architect Cass Gilbert’s career and understand his impact on industrial building design and construction, and (4) illustrate the ongoing adaptive reuse of this historic complex as a modern industrial park housing a wide diversity of tenants by viewing both renovated and unrenovated spaces.
Turnstile Tours, Brooklyn Army Terminal
Guided tour of the Brooklyn Army Terminal led by Andrew Gustafson.

 

If you are interested in organizing a private tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, you can submit our professional group tour inquiry form, or your can send us an email or call us at 347-903-8687 for Brooklyn Army Terminal or any other inquiries.

UPDATE [4/27/16]: We now offer AIA CES credits on select tours in our Brooklyn Navy Yard: Inside Industry series.

  • Participants on a public or private tour receive 1.5 learning units (LU).
  • The learning objectives for the tour are (1) compare the contemporary and historical industrial/manufacturing sectors in New York City through examination of exhibits exploring industry in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and throughout the city, (2) examine the intersection between traditional metalworking and woodworking crafts and digital design and fabrication technologies through observing the workflow and meeting principals in fabrication shops, (3) describe different types of computer-numerical-controlled (CNC) machinery and techniques for fabricating interior and exterior architectural elements from different media, including metals, plastics, wood, and composite materials, and (4) illustrate the ongoing adaptive reuse of facilities in the Brooklyn Navy Yard industrial park by viewing renovated workshop spaces and the exteriors of other redevelopment projects throughout the Yard.

Tours with site visits to the following companies are currently eligible for credit:

Turnstile Tours offers several tours that highlight New York’s waterfront, past and present. We offer our Past, Present & Future Tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard every Saturday and Sunday afternoon, and other special themed tours of the Yard on select weekends. All tours are offered in partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at Building 92, which offers free admission to three floors of exhibitions on the Yard’s history, the Ted & Honey rooftop café, and a host of great special events and programs. We also give tours of the Brooklyn Army Terminal, offered in partnership with the New York Economic Development Corporation, two weekends per month.