1978 to Present - - Leland Torrence Enterprises: Full service construction company. Owner's representation, analysis, specifications, design and construction management. Specializing in roofing, masonry and wood restorations of historic structures. Experts in ten year capital improvement plans and cost estimating for proposed projects, building envelopes and grounds including long term preventative maintenance programs and payback analysis.
1995 to Present - - THE GUILD of Fine Craftsmen and Artisans: Executive Director of a membership organization of skilled tradesmen and independent contractors. The mission is to preserve and continue the tradition of craftsmanship and durable, historic building techniques and methodologies.
1992 - 1994 - - The Schiavone Management Co.: Vice President of Construction and Maintenance. Reorganized maintenance department to provide skilled services and meet demands of new preventative maintenance plan. Developed a ten year capital improvements plan. Implemented first three years of plan and fourth year in 1995 as owner's representative and construction manager. The work included restoration projects for fourteen buildings in a designated National Historic District, numerous roof inspections and recommendations, assessments and cost estimating for properties owned by Yale University.
EDUCATION:Bachelor of Arts, Williams College, Williamstown, MA Pre-Architecture Program with a minor in Economics and Philosophy
Leland Torrence is a woodworker by trade and apprenticed in Vermont and California before starting his own wood shop and restoration company in the late seventies. In the eighties he and his craftsmen restored thirty-one turn of the century historic houses in the Fair Haven river section of New Haven. During this period his company designed and planned over 200,000 SF of new wood frame construction in the historic vernacular of the 1890's. In the nineties he has focused his attentions on consulting and construction management most often working in the capacity of owner's representative. In the last ten years the company has focused on long term planning, new construction and restorations of structures both new and old, adaptability and utility of existing structures. Prolonging the periods for replacement and extending the useful life cycle of building systems and maximizing their efficiency is a primary focus.
In 1995 Leland founded THE GUILD of Fine Craftsmen and Artisans for the purpose of developing and promoting good building techniques and the preservation of specialty skills in the building trades.
ORGANIZATIONS (Past & Current):
A.I.A., Affiliate Member and Education Committee, B.O.C.A., N.F.P.A., New Haven Preservation Trust, Board Member, New Haven Colony Historical Society, Board Member, Roof Consultants Institute, D.S.N.A., Connecticut Trust for Preservation, Building Committee, National Trust for Historic Preservation, International Brick Association, Friends of Terra Cotta, Painting and Decorating Contractors of America, Preservation Trades Network, Executive Committee, U.S. Heritage Masons, Consultant, Certified Kiemfarben GmBH for product application and specification, Restoration Trades Exchange, Advisory Board, Association of Preservation Technology, NE, Town of Woodbridge Planning and Zoning, DPW Building Committee, Thomas Darling Building Committee.
1996 Certificate of Recognition from The New Haven Preservation Trust for furthering the goals of historic preservation with the sensitive preservation of three neighboring nineteenth century buildings: 220 College Street (1880 Federal), 228 College St. (1870 Italianate) and 230 College St. (1876 High Victorian Gothic).
Co-sponsor Preservation Clinic 1997, New Haven, CT.
Co-sponsor International Preservation Trades Workshop, 1997, 1998 and 1999 - National Park Service, APT
Co-sponsor - Save Our Heritage with American Society of Home Inspectors for the First Church in Woodbridge. - 2001
Co-sponsor - Building Evaluation Day, with AIA-RI, and Roger Williams University, for the First Church of Bristol - 2010