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Building Innovation 2018 Conference & Expo Thursday Sessions

Building Innovation 2018 Conference Program Schedule

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Day Four Sessions: Thursday, January 11, 2018

Session TH2A: Climate Resilience: Adaptive Design and Risk Management

Thursday, 10:15 am – 11:45 am
AIA CEUs: 1.5 LU/HSW         ICC CEUs: .15

 

Climate Resilience: Adaptive Design and Risk Management

Richard Wright, PhD, Past Chair, Committee on Adaptation to a Changing Climate, American Society of Civil Engineers

Sam Higuchi, Jr., Chair, Sub-Work Group of Federal Architects & Engineers, National Aeronautics & Space Administration

Thomas Fish, PhD, Co-Chair, Interagency Forum on Climate Risks, Impacts and Adaptation, National Park Service

 

Climate change presents new challenges for the functionality, durability and safety of buildings and infrastructure—the historical bases of current codes and standards are no longer valid. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Committee on Adaptation to a Changing Climate (CACC) was established to identify and communicate the technical requirements and civil engineering challenges for adaptation to climate change. The CACC white paper, Adapting Infrastructure and Civil Engineering Practice to a Changing Climate, calls for developing methods appropriate for incorporation in engineering practice, standards and codes for dealing with the non-stationarity and uncertainties of future climate/weather extremes. In this presentation, the speakers will describe the challenges climate change provides for buildings and infrastructure design, standards and codes; the progress of CACC in developing these methods and incorporating them in Climate Resilience of Infrastructure: Manual of Practice for Adaptive Design and Risk Management; how the U.S. Global Change Research Program can provide the knowledge base for climate-resilient buildings and infrastructure; and the collaborative efforts of federal agencies to address climate risks, impacts and adaptation in their facilities programs.

Session TH2B: 3D-Printing in the Built Environment: Today and Tomorrow

Thursday, 10:15 am – 11:45 am
AIA CEUs: 1.5 LU         ICC CEUs: .15

 

3D-Printing in the Built Environment: Current and Future States

Bjorn Birgisson, PhD, Director/TEES Distinguished Research Professor, Center for Infrastructure Renewal, Department of Civil Engineering

Zofia K. Rybkowski, PhD, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, College of Architecture, Department of Construction Science

Negar Kalantar, PhD, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, Department of Architecture

Manish Dixit, PhD, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, College of Architecture, Department of Construction Science

 

3D-printing facilitates construction of intricate and previously unexplored building forms. It also enables mass customization of design, low waste, reduced cost, increased precision, reduced time to construction, remote control of the building process, and is potentially ideal for tackling the repair and replacement of aging infrastructure, especially in times of skilled labor shortages, as has been observed in the United States. Recent milestones in additive construction (3D printing) are gaining global attention. In 2015, China unveiled the first multistory 3D-printed apartment building and mansion, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced intentions to print a 2,700 SF museum in Dubai. In 2016, Amsterdam claimed creating a prototype of the world's first 3D-printed steel bridge with robots. In 2016, Spain became the first to complete construction of a 3D-printed pedestrian bridge. In 2017, the UAE revealed plans to print the first 3D-printed skyscraper, and in an article in the same year, The Economist discussed the first large 3D-printed commercial building, in progress in northern England. The four-member research team will speak on the current state of 3D-printing in the building industry in the U.S. and abroad, and the challenges and opportunities associated with this exciting and potentially disruptive form of innovative technology.

Session TH3A: Can the Workforce Deliver? Meeting Today's Challenges of Climate Change Risk and Operational Performance

Thursday, 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
AIA CEUs: 1.5 LU/HSW         ICC CEUs: .15

 

Climate Change Risk Management for a Robust Relevant Practice

Ann Kosmal, Architect, U.S. General Services Administration

 

Why would anyone want to "pay for stupid"? Why would anyone knowingly incorporate vulnerabilities by not considering plausible climate projections to inform capital investment? For assets serving into the mid and late century, a changing climate will have far-reaching effects. Incremental climate change in temperature and precipitation patterns, as well as the change of the intensity, frequency and duration of extreme weather incidents, is already affecting building durability. How can licensed design professionals use climate projections to inform robust decision making? Can robust decision making help enclosure design to avoid costs in the future? The session will address the development of climate protection levels for incremental climate change in the building enclosure to make buildings fit for purpose over time. Using the U.S. General Services Administration practices and processes for its customer agencies, the session will also address the evolving nature of professional judgment and competencies in design. These processes address methods embracing uncertainty, accuracy in lieu of precision, adaptive management, support tools and interdisciplinary work outside of existing building codes. Given what we know, what we over-design for today will be under-designed for tomorrow.

 

How the FBPTA Tools Can Strengthen Your Workforce and Achieve Organizational Goals

Maureen Roskoski, Corporate Sustainability Officer, Facility Engineering Associates, PC

Brian Gilligan, National Program Manager, U.S. General Services Administration

 

High-performance buildings require the care of a workforce with advanced competencies in operations, maintenance and energy. The right training can achieve operational savings in buildings. The speakers will introduce the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act (FBPTA) and the free online tools (available to all) that support implementation of the Act. The speakers will provide insight on the proposed legislative changes and the qualifications aligned to the FBPTA. They will highlight how the FBPTA competency model is evolving to address growing worker needs, such as cyber security. They will show how the FBPTA relates to the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines (BBWG), voluntary national guidelines to improve the quality and consistency of commercial building workforce credentials, and how federal resources such as the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) integrate with the BBWG and the FBPTA. The speakers will use real professional stories to guide you through the tools and leave you with the knowledge of how to present a supportable business case for training. Whether you are a federal employee or not, you will walk away from this session with a much better understanding of how to create a professional development plan with free online resources that will allow you to build a high-performance team.

Session TH3B: Improving Healthcare Quality, Affordability and Access through Integrated Post-Occupancy Evaluation

Thursday, 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
AIA CEUs: 1.5 LU/HSW        ICC CEUs: .15

 

POE in Action: Integrated Application to Support Quality, Affordability and Access at Sutter Health

Jeri Brittin, PhD, Director of Research, HDR

Shahrokh Sayadi, Senior Principal Architect, Sutter Health

Terri Zborowsky, PhD, Design Researcher, HGA Architects and Engineers

 

Post-occupancy evaluation (POE) is frequently used to determine the success of healthcare architecture projects. Yet, definition and application of healthcare facility POEs has been very inconsistent across the industry, with varied content, such as technical and mechanical assessments, sustainability measures and/or evaluation of occupant satisfaction with an environment. Sutter Health, a leading health system based in Northern California, has engaged two architecture firms, HDR and HGA, to define and leverage facility POE purposefully and proactively to drive ongoing improvement in its Expedited Project Delivery (EPD) program. The objective of the EPD program is to validate and deliver clinics twice as fast, for 20% less, with a 20% reduction in post-project non-clinical operational costs, and an increase in occupant satisfaction. Achievement of this objective supports Sutter Health's agility in an evolving healthcare market, while ensuring fidelity to its paramount goals of quality, affordability and access. The presentation will consist of three parts: (1) Sutter Health's vision and goals, and why and how facility evaluation is essential to success; (2) the multi-disciplinary process of developing an evaluation framework, validated measures and an ongoing implementation and feedback plan; and (3) results from the first 1½ years of the EPD program.

Session TH4A: Aligning Sustainability and Health in Renovating the ASLA Headquarters

Thursday, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
AIA CEUs: 1.5 LU/HSW         ICC CEUs: .15

 

Aligning LEED and WELL for High Performance: The ASLA Headquarters Renovation

Nancy Somerville, CEO, American Society of Landscape Architects

Abram Goodrich, Architect/Designer, Gensler

Lisa E. Delplace, Principal/CEO, Oehme, van Sweden

 

When the time came to renovate the headquarters of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), ASLA chose to pursue both LEED Platinum and WELL Building Standard certification. The building design maximizes daylight within the space; increases occupant comfort and wellness; provides flexible, collaborative work spaces; and models energy conservation and environmental values. The project also integrates and represents landscape architecture throughout the building, from the green roof to the courtyard to the planned green street, and includes capture and reuse of stormwater runoff, as well as exterior green walls. Lead designers from Gensler and Oehme van Sweden will discuss key elements of the architecture and landscape architecture; how sustainability and client goals guided design decisions; and the particular challenges posed by the dense urban environment and existing building structure and systems. ASLA's CEO will discuss how LEED and WELL fit into organizational culture and values, as well as operational changes required to achieve WELL certification.

Session TH4B: Designing for Disasters: Minimizing Explosion and Earthquake Exposure

Thursday, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
AIA CEUs: 1.5 LU/HSW         ICC CEUs: .15

 

Design and Protection of High-Rise Building ER&R Systems for Explosive Events

Jason Florek, PhD, Senior Engineer, Stone Security Engineering

 

This presentation will cover measures to protect the emergency, response and rescue (ER&R) systems due to an explosive event within or immediately outside of a high-rise building. In the case of such an event, it is important that ER&R systems are maintained for enough time to allow building occupants to safely evacuate the building and for first responders to perform their duties. While the location and size of an explosive charge will highly depend on an aggressor's motivations and the security measures provided, general strategies can be developed to ensure that ER&R systems have adequate redundancy or are otherwise protected to keep all critical systems sufficiently operational. The speaker will present basic introductions to blast loads and ER&R systems; explore best practices for locating critical equipment and power feeds throughout the building; and discuss, for cases where location recommendations cannot be totally satisfied, potential hardening measures of key structural and non-structural components.

 

Earthquake-Proof Structural Column

David McDermott, Architect, artificial-construct

 

The columnic actuated spring loader (CASL) is intended to provide life safety to inhabitants of structures in earthquake active zones. The design is meant to provide a new paradigm for the architectural and structural professions. New ways of building have always provided a progressive and exciting future. As new technology and aesthetics become available, form changes and the vision of society with it. The understanding of organic evolution and how things grow is important in the understanding of this presentation.

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