Belmont College Building Preservation/ Restoration Program Presents at Appalachia
Professor Dave Mertz
St. Clairsville, OH (October 1, 2013) - Belmont College’s Building
Preservation/Restoration (BPR) program was one of ten programs selected to present
at the 2nd Annual Appalachia Heritage Luncheon held at the Statehouse in Columbus,
Ohio on September 18.
The purpose of the luncheon was to introduce successful projects to Ohio legislators
and to illustrate to them how cultural programs are having a positive impact on
the Appalachia economy. Heritage Ohio co-hosted the event along with Ohio’s Hill
Country Heritage Area.
Mr. Dave Mertz, BPR Program Chair, presented on behalf of Belmont College. His presentation
focused on the BPR program’s efforts to help preserve the local communities that
Belmont College serves and drew rave reviews from the audience regarding the program’s
success and innovation.
The Appalachia Heritage Luncheon was conceived and developed by Senator Tim Schaffer
(District 31), Jason Wilson, Director of the Governor’s Office of Appalachia, and
Joyce Barrett of Heritage Ohio, the state-wide, preservation, non-profit organization.
Mertz has served as the Director of the BPR program since the program's inception
in 1989. He is a graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s
degree in architecture, as well as a certificate in Regional & Community Planning.
Mertz, who lectures frequently on technical aspects of historic preservation and
community revitalization, has served as Chair of the National Council for Preservation
Education and as a board member and vice-president of both Heritage Ohio and the
Ohio Preservation Alliance, Ohio’s two state-wide preservation non-profits. He has
also served on the advisory board of the Preservation Leadership Institute of the
National Trust for Historic Preservation and the editorial board of Preservation
Forum, the nation’s scholarly journal on Historic Preservation; he has also authored
numerous articles in national publications relating to trades education.
About the Building Preservation/Restoration Program (BPR)
The BPR program at Belmont College is seen as a national model for trades-based
technical education in historic preservation and has served as a national model
for traditional trades education. Classroom education provides a foundation in theory
and history that is supplemented by an in-depth technical analysis of why buildings
and materials fail, and explores traditional and newer approaches used to stabilize
them. Techniques learned in the classroom are then put to the test in the department’s
preservation workshops, at the College owned Field Lab house, and on community based
projects throughout the Ohio Valley.
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