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The Greenest Building


This three-part webinar focuses on the environmental benefits of preserving buildings and touch on ways that individuals, government, business, and society can be mindful when historic and vintage buildings and sites are proposed to be demolished. Examples include the waste, energy usage, and emissions created by demolition compared to preservation. When building preservation is not available, salvaging building materials can be an effective method to reduce waste.

Adaptive Reuse Across Arizona

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

View the recording on the Arizona Preservation YouTube channel

Part 1 of "The Greenest Building" highlights the environmental benefits of preservation through adaptive reuse projects across Arizona. There are many ways to make use of vacant buildings to best serve the community, incorporate sustainable design, and reduce waste. We welcome three subject matter experts in their fields: Jeremy Haines and the U.S. Forest Service's Rooms with a View program, restaurateur Craig DeMarco on his company's unique and popular dining establishments, and architect Corky Poster on his firm's work on numerous southern Arizona landmarks. There will also be a Q&A session and resource guide.

Welcome & Introductions

Jim McPherson, Arizona Preservation Foundation

Alesha Adolph, Arizona Preservation Foundation

U.S. Forest Service Rooms with a View: Adaptive Reuse and the Arizona Cabin Rental Program

Jeremy Haines, U.S. Forest Service

Jeremy grew up in the North Valley of Phoenix – where his childhood home is now under State Route 51 – and held a front row seat at the environmental change wrought by the ceaseless development at the city’s perimeter.  After leaving Phoenix in 1993, Jeremy received his BA at Northern Arizona University and his MA from California State University at Chico. Jeremy has worked in Cultural Resource Management for the past 25 years, principally for federal agencies in Arizona including Grand Canyon National Park, the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, the Coconino National Forest, and most recently the Kaibab National Forest. For the past 10 years he has served as Chairman for the US Forest Service’s ‘Rooms with a View’ Cabin Rental Program and remains an advocate for historic preservation and sustainability within the agency.

Sustainable Preservation Embedded in Community

Corky Poster, Poster Mirto McDonald

Corky is a Registered Architect in the State of Arizona (#10611) since 1976, and a Certified Planner (AICP #074511) since 1990. Mr. Poster's education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architectural Sciences (Magna cum laude) from Harvard College (1969) and a Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (1973). He has practiced architecture, planning and preservation in Tucson since 1973. He is one of three principals at Poster Mirto McDonald. After 28 years at The University of Arizona, Mr. Poster is now a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA) and the former Director of the Drachman Institute. He was Acting Dean of CAPLA in 2002 and 2003. Mr. Poster's professional work focuses on Historic Preservation, Community Planning, Urban Design, Housing, and Community Buildings.

A History of Upward Projects and our Commitment to Adaptive Reuse

Craig DeMarco, Upward Projects

Craig is the founder of DeMarco Unlimited, the Phoenix-based company behind innovative concepts such as Air Guitar convenience store in Gilbert, AZ, as well as a founding partner at Upward Projects, a portfolio of hospitality-focused restaurant brands including Postino Wine Café, Joyride Taco House, Federal Pizza, Windsor, and Churn, with 20 locations in Arizona, Colorado, and Texas. Partnering with the Los Angeles-based private equity firm Brentwood Associates to grow the Postino brand in new markets, DeMarco and Upward Projects also joined Brentwood’s board of directors. A founding partner of Phoenix institutions La Grande Orange Grocery, La Grande Orange Pizzeria, and Chelsea’s Kitchen, Craig is an active member of the Arizona YPO Chapter, founding member of Devour Phoenix, was inducted into the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame as Restaurateur of the Year, and was honored by the Arizona Restaurant Association as a “Food Pioneer.” Upward Projects has been consistently named to the Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing companies.

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Jeremy Haines

Corky Poster

Craig DeMarco

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