Cleveland Chapter Awards Night

Monday May 14, 2012

Technical Chair: Alan Vormelker

5:30 Social, Facility Tours, Science Fair Winner Projects
6:30 Dinner
7:15 Awards Presentation
7:30 Presentation: "Old Buildings in America and why the ASM Renovation is a National Icon"

Old Buildings in America and why the ASM Renovation is a National Icon--

Michael Chesles, President, The Chesler Group, Inc.

For most of the 20th century, cities throughout the United States have demolished and neglected our structures in the name of progress. Only in the last 25 years has the average American become aware of the terms, "historic restoration, rehabilitation and adaptive reuse." America is a land of progress and business. Some say the business of America is business. So what happens when history gets in the way? Mr. Chesler will discuss the evolution of American Sensibility to our historic buildings. Mr. Chesler will focus on the ASM project, how it came to be and why it will become an icon for Mid-Century Modern historic restoration in America.





With an open latticework geodesic dome arching over a semi-circular office building, ASM International World Headquarters at Materials Park symbolizes humanity’s technological mastery of materials. Hailed 50 years ago for its futuristic design, Materials Park is renowned today for its timelessness. In 2009, Materials Park was named to the National Register of Historic Places, and an exciting renovation was just completed in July, 2011. Originally completed in 1959, the ASM International headquarters building 20 miles east of Cleveland in Novelty, Ohio is the result of the vision of three men, William Hunt Eisenman, one of ASM’s founders and its National Secretary and first Managing Director, Cleveland modern architect John Terence Kelly, and architect, mathematician and futurist R. Buckminster Fuller.

The Chesler Group replaced the building's mechanical systems, cleaned and refurbished the sun screens, installed new gaskets and seals for the plate-glass windows, added better insulation and repaired corrosion. The garden level of the building, which is below grade, has a “green” roof with soil and grass over the reinforced, and newly water-proofed, concrete. Because of the Historic Landmark designation, the building had to be returned as closely as possible to its original design. Although computers and high-tech lab equipment are allowed, the open spaces of the original design had to be returned.

The geodesic dome, made of 7075 tubular aluminum, is in perfect shape and needed no renovation. The dome’s purpose is aesthetic and symbolic. It is the largest open-work geodesic dome in the world.

Michael Chesler, born and raised in Cleveland, spent much of his early career working as an analyst for Time Magazine in Tokyo. He moved back to Cleveland in 1988 to found The Chesler Group, Inc. (TCG). Since that time, Mr. Chesler has renovated over 30 historic buildings. Of these, six were historic nineteenth century mansions that TCG converted into commercial office/institutional buildings. TCG brings to each historic restoration project its unique, holistic approach, The Chesler Continuum – covering acquisition, development, design and engineering, historic register qualification and consulting, financing, restoration construction, historic tax credit capitalization, leasing and property management. The restoration construction side of the business operates through Chesler Construction (CCL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of TCG. Mr. Chesler was awarded the Individual Merit Award in 2009 from the Ohio Historic Preservation Office for 20 years of service. His buildings have received local, state, federal and global recognition:

  • Best Architectural Renovation – Wallpaper* Magazine:
    2012 – ASM International Headquarters
  • Award of Excellence – The Cleveland Engineering Society:
    2012 – ASM International Headquarters
  • AIA Award of Merit – Cleveland Restoration Society and AIA Cleveland Honor:
    2012 - ASM International Headquarters
    2011 - Andrew Jackson House
    2008 - Southworth Mansion
    2002 - McBride House
    1996 - Gaensslen Place


Mr. Chesler is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Case Western Reserve University and earned both B.A./B.S. degrees. He serves on several boards, including the Visiting Committee of the College of Arts and Sciences for Case Western Reserve University, Heritage Ohio, and The Preservation Trust.


Meeting Location

ASM World Headquartes
9639  Kinsman Road
Materials Park, OH


Please register using the form below through noon on May 10th

You may pay online using PayPal or pay at the door. The PayPal and pay-at-door costs are the same as long as you pre-register. Non-registered walk-ins will be accommodated at the higher cost on a space-available basis. Registration questions can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are an awardee, please register on-line but do not pre-pay.

Registration costs are:

Members & Guests:


  • $25 Pre-registered
  • $30 walk-in/not registered

Retired members:


  • $15 Pre-registered


  • $20 walk-in/not registered

Students (excluding Sci Fair winners) pay $10