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HVCC Workforce Development Institute Offering New Historic Window Restoration Program



The Workforce Development Institute, in cooperation with the New York State Historic Preservation Office and the Historic Albany Foundation, is pleased to offer a this program in historic building restoration. This course is the first in a series.

The course will provide you with hands-on training in the traditional trade of historic window rehabilitation, including the repair of historic sashes, glazing, frames and weights. You will gain an understanding of fenestration systems used on 19th and 20th century buildings, as well as the basics of the field of historic preservation, weatherization techniques, and where to market your skills.

Students will:

  • Plan and execute a window rehabilitation project
  • Understand the repair process through lectures, observation and hands-on repair of wood frame windows in a workshop setting
  • Gain a broad overview of the history and evolution of windows in America, the materials and construction methods used, and an understanding of typical failures, and the methods used in repairs

Prerequisites: Students must take an eight-hour EPA Lead Safe certification class before attending this course. The Lead Safe class will be offered free of charge to students enrolled in this Historic Wood Window Rehabilitation course. It is offered through the Cornell Cooperative Extension and the NY State Historic Preservation Office.

Textbook: The Window Sash Bible: a Guide to Maintaining and Restoring Old Wood Windows, by Steve Jordan, will be available for purchase at the Viking's Cove Bookstore.

Location: Peebles Island State Park, 1 Delaware Ave., Waterford, NY

Tuition: $775

Additional Fees: A materials fee will also be assessed. Please request a required materials to purchase list from WDI.

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