Building Innovation 2018 Conference & Expo Wednesday Sessions

Building Innovation 2018 Conference & Expo

Conference Program Schedule

Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Day Three Sessions: Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The following presentations are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs.

Session WE1A: Advanced Technology and the Future of Buildings, Cities & Infrastructure

Wednesday, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
AIA CEUs: 2 LUnbsp; ICC CEUs: .2

Infrastructure Management: Current Practices and Future Trends
Neil Shah, Regional Managing Director, RICS

The speaker will discuss the launch of an RICS research paper on infrastructure management, the outcome of a collaborative research effort that examines and promotes best practices across the infrastructure community. It aims to establish a dialogue that can inform policy makers, public sector leaders and private sector companies seeking solutions to improve the overall state of infrastructure across North America. The research will explore a wide range of topics across infrastructure asset management to include financing, design and construction and long term asset management. The paper and related panel discussion serve as a timely knowledge resource for both public and private sector leaders to further professionalize and optimize their infrastructure portfolios while maintaining a high level of public service and commitment to creating a better world.

BIM+Blockchain in the Smart City: Concepts, Early Work and Potential Usefulness
Joe Manganelli, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, PhD F, Architect, Designer, Researcher, Educator, Fluor Enterprises, Kent State University, xplr design, llc

The data captured in building information models (BIM) are useful throughout a facility's life cycle (from design to decommissioning). But when BIM data reside primarily within the geometric models of a facility's design, it can be difficult to use and maintain throughout the life cycle of the facility, especially when the data are aggregated from and used by very large, diverse teams. As a result, a current architecture, engineering, construction, owners and operators (AECOO) innovation trend is to decentralize the storage and organization of BIM data, housing it on any number or type of databases or spreadsheets, and then populating it into BIM authoring tools and other design/analysis/simulation tools as needed. This existing AECOO trend of BIM data decentralization is discussed within the context of the following emerging trends from outside of the AECOO domain: blockchain technology, the dynamics of the Internet of Things and the IES-Smart City Framework. The speaker will present a summary of each of these emerging domains, as well as how they all inter-relate; can enhance the current AECOO industry trend toward decentralized BIM data storage, organization and usage; and how they can reframe the potential value of BIM data as part of creating smart cities. Attendees will learn about emerging technological trends in the AECOO industries and how they relate to and can be enhanced by emerging trends from complementary domains external to our industry. Attendees will participate in a brief survey/discussion about perceived benefits, questions and concerns of integrating these technologies into design/construction/operations workflows.

Construction Technology Adoption and the Future
George Franco, CEO, TRIVA Inc.

Technology in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry has greatly advanced in the past 10 years. Advances in computing, mobile, network and software technologies have created major opportunities for the industry and they have greatly benefited those who have managed to overcome adoption complexities. The inefficiencies in the design and construction process have been built-in for decades and the driver for change has not been clearly defined. The speaker will present a compelling vision for change, along with strategies for overcoming resistance to change, what to expect in the next 10 years and the rate of innovation.

Session WE1B: Putting Your Best Facade Forward

Wednesday, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
AIA CEUs: 2 LU/HSWnbsp; ICC CEUs: .2

Considerations for Selecting a Glazed Wall System
Xiu Li, Senior Staff II, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Most building have a variety of facade cladding systems. Selection of the glazed wall system should be performed in conjunction with the facade cladding system for a complete approach to the exterior skin. The speaker will review facade cladding and glazed system transition and integration from an air, water, vapor and thermal perspective. In this presentation, the speaker will give an overview of typical details for windows, storefronts, window wall and curtain wall assemblies; show representative transition details for each glazed system to various exterior facade systems to illustrate the potential challenges, advantages and disadvantages of each glazed wall system as it relates to these different details; and present case studies that follow the design details through shop drawings, mock-ups and construction.

Case Study: Balancing Aesthetics and Performance – How to Protect Buildings with Open-Joint Cladding from the Elements without Creating a Thermal Bridge or Compromising Design
Marcus Jablonka, Vice President, Dörken Systems Inc.

The Science Pyramid in the Denver Botanic Gardens had a very specific design requirement: elemental biomimicry. The science of the building needed to be as innovative as the science found within it. Offsets were created vertically, horizontally and laterally, and presented no distinction between wall and roof – a hybrid. The faceted sides meet at the spine, where a glazed ribbon of skylights cuts diagonally through the building's footprint. These elements created structural and enclosure-related challenges; the largest being the transitions. The exterior panels left one-inch gaps throughout, increasing the UV exposure. The products used had to balance many variables to achieve the aesthetic form the architect had intended, while avoiding thermal bridging, which would pose energy loss and condensation problems. This case study will illustrate how the challenges brought on by both the design of the building and the surrounding environment were mitigated with consulting, testing and the science of advanced technology products. Learn how to protect a building with open-joint cladding from the elements such as intense heat, high UV index, rain, snow and wind; how to protect your warranties by working with a consultant on product details; and about the benefits/necessity of having a redundant system in your water-resistive barrier.

Challenges of Replacing Historic Glass Facades at the United Nations Headquarters
Robert Heintges, Senior Partner, Heintges & Associates

The United Nations Headquarters has long been admired as the physical embodiment of global diplomacy and collaboration. Born from the ashes of World War II, the United Nations Headquarters was designed in 1947 by an international team of esteemed architects including Le Corbusier, Wallace K. Harrison and Oscar Niemeyer. The campus' resulting architectural achievements have endured as one of the most widely-recognized examples of 20th century International Style architecture, including the first glass curtain wall skyscraper in the United States. After decades of use, the buildings' envelopes were performing poorly, and the iconic green glass of the Secretariat Tower had lost its transparency. In 2001, the United Nations initiated a master plan to renovate the campus for the next century. The team was tasked with restoring the integrity of the facades for all six of the campus buildings. Preserving the iconic character of the project, the team developed criteria that guided whether to restore, remediate or replace the facades – because the United Nations Headquarters Campus is sovereign territory, it cannot be protected by landmark status. By choosing to renovate the historic structures rather than demolish and replace them, the client demonstrated a moral commitment to voluntary preservation. The goals of the project were to upgrade and modernize the campus to meet or exceed current building safety and energy codes, while maintaining and restoring the structures' original character. Sustainability, security, performance and history were considered with each step.

The Importance of Facades in Revitalizing Historic Performing Arts Centers
Areta Pawlynsky, Partner, Heintges & Associates

Bold facades can help create a new, cutting-edge identity while living up to today’s building performance standards. Through two case studies, learn how urban Performing Arts Centers can protect their historic fabric while re-inventing themselves. The Arena Stage expansion in Washington, D.C. renovated two historic theaters, added a third and expanded the interior space. The visionary design by Bing Thom Architects envelopes the historic and new structures in an undulating building with a dramatic cantilevered roof. The transparent facade reaches out into the neighborhood, allowing the theaters and their audiences to be seen. In New York City, Lincoln Center’s renovation humanized brutalist architecture. Through Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s sensitive design, the Juilliard School and Alice Tully Hall became more inviting to the public by displaying some of the activity inside. In both cases, the facade consultant was pivotal in realizing the innovative design goals. They established design loads and engineered each wall’s structure to allow movement within each system, while keeping air and water out. Transparency was balanced with appropriate solar protection and thermal insulation. The design and implementation of these complex facade systems infused these two historic performing arts centers with continued vibrancy.

Session WE2A: Using Technology to Move the Industry Forward

Wednesday, 10:15 am – 11:45 am
AIA CEUs: 1.5 LUnbsp; ICC CEUs: .15

Are You an AEC Game Changer?
Kimon Onuma, President, Onuma, Inc.
Stephen Hagan, FAIA, CEO, Hagan Technologies

Within our lifetime, we have seen amazing advancements in technology that dramatically change how we work and live. Much of this has even occurred within the last 5 to 10 years. One of the most exciting aspects of this trend is when radical, new, disruptive approaches are invented to tackle problems and tasks that have been otherwise addressed by entrenched, traditional methodologies for decades. This presentation will explore how this trend is impacting the design and building industry and how National Institute of Building Sciences standards and projects are enabled by game changing innovations. The speakers will present case studies of how the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry is using these innovations to improve project outcomes by using standards-driven technologies for design, construction and operations. These lessons learned come from a variety of owners, architects and equipment manufacturers. The success stories come from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Defense Health Agency; Sherlock, Smith & Adams Architects; Tri W-G Medical Equipment; and many more. New methods of collaborating across the industry are emerging. Sharing these game changing solutions between government agencies and the private sector is accelerating ways to solve complex problems today.

Innovative Technologies that Are Evolving Design and Construction
Jeff Gravatte, CEO, CADD Microsystems

The design and construction of buildings is on the brink of major improvements in productivity. This is being driven by the growing use of building model data and the advent of low-cost robots, drones and lasers. A growing proportion of building parts are becoming commercially available as prefabricated units and custom-designed components. The speaker will present the research and real-world application of technology that will decrease cost, improve quality and collapse the schedule of designing and construction.

Session WE2B: Delivering on the Promise: The Important Roles of Air Barriers and Commissioning

Wednesday, 10:15 am – 11:45 am
AIA CEUs: 1.5 LU/HSWnbsp; ICC CEUs: .15

Achieving a High-Performance Air Barrier System: Proper Design, Installation and Field Quality Control
Peter Spafford, Director of Quality Assurance, Air Barrier Association of America

Air barriers are an extremely important component of a high-performance building enclosure system. For the most part, these systems are non-maintainable components and repairs can typically only be made with the removal of the exterior cladding system. To ensure a performing system, proper design, detailing and, ultimately, the proper installation of these systems is extremely important. You have one chance to get it right. IN this presentation, you’ll learn about important design considerations, how to properly detail critical interfaces, key items to include in your specifications and the proper installation techniques, quality control and testing parameters for a variety of air barrier systems in use today.

Guaranteed Performance Construction
James Bochat, President, Commissioning Concepts

Today's sustainability movement has done a good job of delivering green buildings in all but the area of performance; most buildings do not perform at the level predicted by the design. Performance is defined as how well the building's indoor environmental quality meets the owner's requirements and the level of energy and water usage. Existing construction contracts do not specify the level of anticipated performance so delivering performance is actually not contractual. The reason for this is a building's performance requires the following activities be done correctly and in a coordinated manner: 1. Design 2. Modeling of the Design; 3. Construction; 4. Test and Balance; 5. Commissioning; 6. Facility Operations. These activities are done by different organizations and may be done under separate contracts, making no one responsible for the delivery of performance. These existing processes make it very difficult to hold anyone responsible for the delivery of performance. The answer is to utilize a Guaranteed Performance Contract where the entities are held accountable to deliver the performance goals and demonstrate its delivery. This contract requires the general contractor to provide and manage all of these activities until the performance is demonstrated. The speaker will describe the required components of the Guaranteed Performance Contract and how it can be successfully implemented.

Session WE3A: Focusing on Facility Management from the Start

Wednesday, 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
AIA CEUs: 1.5 LUnbsp; ICC CEUs: .15

Demystifying Facility Transition Planning: Moving from Construction to Operational Readiness
Eric Dillinger, VP Consultancy, Buildings & Infrastructure, Jacobs
Casey Martin, AIA, AICP, LEED AP, Program Manager, Jacobs

For the long-term operational success and viability of a new facility, operational efficiencies require attention and development during the design and construction phase, which are heavily influenced by the high pressures imposed for schedule and budget compliance. If not planned well in advance, the transition from construction to operation can be chaotic. Owners can be faced with a newly constructed facility that under performs, requires unplanned downtime, additional rework or provides a lesser customer experience. Understanding the potential risks and cost overruns associated with transitioning can enable organizations to effectively and predictably plan for smooth transitions from construction to operational readiness and long-term asset management that contribute to lower operations & maintenance (O&M) costs, increased facility longevity and lower total costs of ownership. Among the benefits of facility transition planning: bridges the gap between commissioning and operational readiness; cost and risk avoidances for opening day/facility startup; plans/determines critical information and formats for transfer from the construction phase into the integrated work management system (IWMS) and mitigate excess "information noise" prior to construction handoff; and realizes cost savings associated with involving the facility owners in the determination of critical assets, maintenance planning and training needs during the design and construction phase.

Designing for Operational Efficiency: How to Better Integrate Facility Management Perspectives in Design
Saleh Kalantari, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Houston

There is a growing agreement among researchers and practitioners that the input of facility management professionals (FMs) can be a vital resource during the architectural design process. FMs are responsible for the everyday operations of buildings, and are therefore aware of many practical details of maintenance and efficiency that designers may overlook. However, despite the recognized benefits of collaboration between designers and FMs, there are significant obstacles that have so far prevented the widespread implementation of this partnership. The speaker will present a current study that used interviews and surveys of FMs in three international regions to identify some of the obstacles that prevent collaboration with designers, and to develop specific recommendations for better incorporating the knowledge of FMs into the design process. Difficulties in communication and cultural barriers between the two fields were found to be the most pervasive obstacles, closely followed by a lack of awareness about the contributions that FMs can offer and a perceived lack of interest on the part of designers. Educational initiatives, technology training and structural incentives were among the proposed solutions. The study resulted in a simple visual model of best practices for promoting collaboration, as well as a separate model for organizing the contributions of FMs during design.

Session WE3B: Zero-Energy Geophysicists: Revolutionary Renovation of AGU Headquarters

Wednesday, 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
AIA CEUs: 1.5 LU/HSWnbsp; ICC CEUs: .15

The Power of Science: A Revolutionary Net-Zero Renovation
Joe DiIenno, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Associate, Interface Engineering
Chris McEntee, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, American Geophysical Union
Guilherme Almeida, Associate, Hickok Cole Architects

The American Geophysical Union's (AGU) mission is "to promote discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity." In 2015, recognizing their headquarters needed a major renovation, AGU decided to lead by example: they developed a scientific approach to evolve their facility into an influential net-zero building within a tight urban footprint. The panel will discuss several revolutionary designs essential to the building's transformation: solar rooftop photovoltaic array for on-site renewable energy; municipal sewer heat exchange system to recover thermal energy; green wall to improve indoor air quality; water cistern to collect rainwater, as well as condensate water from outdoor air system, for low-flow toilets and on-site irrigation; Direct Current (DC) electrified grid with DC LED lighting; radiant cooling system that uses less energy than a traditional forced-air system; enhanced building envelope insulation, dynamic glass shading and triple-pane glazing; and other performance strategies AGU believes their project will communicate its message of scientific advancement to a larger audience. By elevating their workplace to a net-zero environment, and developing a renovation strategy that can be replicated, AGU continues to draw the public's focus to scientific advancement and the critical role it plays in the world around us.

Session WE4A: Technology as a Tool: Facilitating Coordination across a Building's Life Cycle

Wednesday, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
AIA CEUs: 1.5 LUnbsp; ICC CEUs: .15

Implementing BIM for Owners
T.J. Meehan, Vice President of Technology Solutions, CADD Microsystems, Inc.

Are you a building owner or a designer working with them? Are you interested in the building information modeling (BIM) movement and how it may positively affect the design, construction and operations of your facilities? This presentation will help bring clarity and provide you with some practical next steps. The speaker will spend time discussing BIM requirements and Project Execution Plans, including valuable tips to creating your own. He will also review other components of a successful implementation and discuss what a timeline may look like — short, medium and long term.

Re-Thinking Coordination
Matthew Vanture, VDC Manager, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.

Coordination of system designs and constructible sets is an effort that punishes too many engineers at Whiting-Turner. Many of the practices for working with this data can consume well over half a week, if not more, and can devoid our projects of the true optimization of our talented engineers. After identifying what the southeast virtual design and construction (VDC) effort considers laborious and wasteful tasks, we drove towards a program that would automate the tasks and reduce the engineers’ time by 90%. It also creates new outputs of data the team never had traditional access to for more powerful decision making both on the active project and projecting for future projects. With the freeing of our engineers’ time and providing them a stronger, recipe based data set to review the system designs and constructible sets, we can begin to have more people involved in the model and reviewing areas that make the largest impact to the project.

Session WE4B: Liability and Risks in the Pursuit of High-Performance Buildings

Wednesday, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
AIA CEUs: 1.5 LU/HSWnbsp; ICC CEUs: .15

Green Building Liability: Considering the Applicable Standard of Care & Strategies for Establishing a Different Level by Agreement
Darren Prum, Assistant Professor, Florida State University

Recently, many in the construction industry appear to be adopting the standards and practices of green buildings on new and existing projects. With this shift to more-sustainable approaches by the various participants and with the corresponding need for parties that specialize in these practices to fulfill an owner's goals, the applicable standard of care for a given relationship when a problem occurs also may become an undetermined and overlooked risk for those involved in these types of projects. As such, the applicable standard of care for liability situations concerning green building construction will inevitably become an issue the courts will need to address upon the filing of a dispute from one of these projects. Much of the research concerning an applicable standard of care for construction focuses on traditional methods. With this in mind, the meaningful and unique differences for an applicable standard of care for those involved in a green building project requires an understanding of the most likely court treatment based on existing common law and approved strategies for creating a different level through the contractual relationship. Therefore, anyone involved in a green building development needs to take an active role to make sure their written agreement will call for the correct and appropriate standard of care so that the risks associated with the currently undefined common law outcome do not become an emergent risk from a project gone wrong.

Financial Risk of Building Design and Operation Interventions to Improve Patient Safety
Hessam Sadatsafavi, PhD, Postdoctoral Associate, Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures

This presentation will highlight the work of a research team and its use of a case study approach to demonstrate how uncertainties associated with costs and benefits of facility design interventions can be quantified and factored in financial evaluation of such investments. The case study covered design of single-family NICU rooms for controlling nosocomial infections, lowering length of stay and reducing direct costs of care. The analysis included deterministic and probabilistic return-on-investment evaluation of converting the space occupied by open-bay rooms to larger and more expensive single-family rooms. The deterministic approach explained analysis parameters for comparing cost savings from improving patient outcomes with the additional construction and operation costs of single-family rooms. The probabilistic approach explained how uncertainties associated with analysis parameters should be quantified. Additionally, the probabilistic approach demonstrated how these uncertainties should be factored in the financial evaluation of single-family rooms to quantify the overall risk of the investments (the probability that present value of future benefits are lower than the present value of future costs). The research team for this study included design researchers and professionals, as well as medial scholars with expertise in hospital design and operation, internal medicine and health economics.

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