Building Innovation 2018 Conference Program Speakers
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - Opening Keynote Breakfast
Raymond P. Daddazio, EngScD, PE
President, Thornton Tomasetti
The president of Thornton Tomasetti, Raymond P. Daddazio, EngScD, PE, provides strategic and operational leadership for the international engineering design and analysis firm. During his nearly 40-year career, he has held various leadership roles, including that of president and CEO of Weidlinger Associates, which merged with Thornton Tomasetti in 2015. He was formerly director of Weidlinger’s Applied Science & Investigations practice, and oversaw all of the firm’s advanced analysis and R&D activity. In his presentation, Daddazio will build on the conference theme: Sustain. Strengthen. Secure. Focusing on resilience and how infrastructure plays a major role in securing our communities for the future, Daddazio will provide his insights; highlight case studies; share best practices, lessons learned and remaining challenges; as well as offer his thoughts on long-term planning, whole building design, sustainability and the interchange between buildings and supporting infrastructure from the engineering point of view. Find out more.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - Plenary Keynote Luncheon
James Timberlake, FAIA
James Timberlake, FAIA, partner from KieranTimberlake, the architecture firm that designed the new U.S. Embassy in London,will discuss the concepts and integration required to design an embassy that reflects the core values of democracy—transparency, openness and equality—while providing a welcoming, secure, highly sustainable environment. Mr. Timberlake explores some of today's most important topics, among them, efficient construction methods, resource conservation strategies and novel use of building materials. In addition to the U.S. Department of State, other current clients include the New York University and Washington University in St. Louis. Under his guidance, KieranTimberlake has received over 200 design citations, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Firm Award in 2008 and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in 2010. A recipient of the Rome Prize in 1982-1983, Mr. Timberlake was also an inaugural recipient of the Benjamin Latrobe Fellowship for architectural design research from the AIA College of Fellows in 2001. He has co-authored six books on architecture, including the influential book refabricating Architecture: How Manufacturing Methodologies are Poised to Transform Building Construction. Find out more.
Thursday, January 11, 2018 - FEDCon® Keynote Breakfast
Earle Kennett, Former Senior Vice President, National Institute of Building Sciences (retired)
Bernard Deneke, PE, Director, Engineering Criteria and Programs, Naval Facility Engineering Command
Sherri McMillion, PE, CEM, Specifications and Standards Criteria Manager, Naval Facilities Engineering Command and chair of the WBDG Advisory Council
During the 2018 FEDCon® event, Earle Kennett, Bernard Deneke, PE, and Sherri McMillion, PE, CEM, will present the history, successes and performance of the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide®. Find out how this internet-based portal has grown over the past 20 years from a resource for federal agencies to share their construction criteria into a comprehensive library of over 6,000 design criteria, other construction documents and executable programs from federal and private organizations that is visited by users from all around the world. Learn how users benefit from this vast collection of centralized and easily accessible information, available to anyone with access to the World Wide Web. Find out more.
Guilherme (Guil) Almeida, Associate, Hickok Cole Architects
Almeida is an Associate with Hickok Cole Architects, a 95-person commercial architecture and interior design firm located in Washington, D.C. Since joining the firm in 2009, he has established himself as a leader in the firm's sustainable design practice. As co-chair of Hickok Cole's sustainable design committee, Almeida was an integral member of the firm's submission to the D.C. Affordable Living Design Competition, which placed third nationally. He attended The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. where he earned a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture.
Bjorn Birgisson, PhD, Director and TEES Distinguished Research Professor, Center for Infrastructure Renewal, Texas A&M University, Department of Civil Engineering
Birgisson has published over 190 technical papers. Previously, he served as the Executive Dean for the School of Engineering and Applied Science and Professor of Transport Science at Aston University and as the Vice President for Research at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. His research interests are focused on material science and mechanics for infrastructure materials. Between 2006 and 2010, Birgisson led the development of the United States National Roadmap for Nanotechnology for Concrete-Based Materials. He also led the creation of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Task Force (AFN15T) for Nanotechnology-Based Concrete, the RILEM Technical Committee on Nanotechnology for Bituminous Materials.
James Bochat, President, Commissioning Concepts
Bochat has been involved in the engineering and construction industry for more than 40 years. His experience includes mechanical design, mechanical construction, controls, test and balance, commissioning, retro commissioning and on-going commissioning. He is a former president of National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) and has served as the standard development chair for the development of NEBB's American National Standards Institute (ANSI) technical commissioning standards. Bochat presently serves as one of NEBB's instructors for building commissioning. He has served ASHRAE as the chair of the Professional Development Committee (PDC), chaired the Performance Measurement Protocols (PMP) committee and served on the Guideline 0.2 and 1.2 commissioning of existing buildings committee.
Jeri Brittin, Director of Research, HDR
Brittin trained as a public health research scientist and also has a background in interior design and business strategy. She is passionate about leveraging design to achieve desirable human outcomes and about measuring these outcomes in order to document impacts. Her research portfolio focuses on health and behavioral outcomes and encompasses healthcare, education, workplace and community environments. At HDR, Brittin’s team generates high-quality research to inform ongoing practice improvement. Her areas of expertise include research design and intervention evaluation, methods and measurement, translation of evidence to practice, quantitative/statistical and qualitative analysis. Her work has also engaged methods from systems science. Brittin is compelled to bring science and design together, believing that each has much to offer the other.
Aimee Buccellato, Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame, School of Architecture
In addition to her critical practice, Buccellato conducts research focused on solving grand challenges like energy use and resource consumption related to the built environment. She has led multiple interdisciplinary efforts to advance sustainable building design, including the GreenScale Resilience Project leveraged in the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded study.
Cindy L. Davis, CBO, Deputy Director, Division of Building and Fire Regulations, VA Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)
The Division of Building and Fire is responsible for the promulgation of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code and related regulations and the VA Building Code Academy for the training and certification of code officials and technical assistants. The Division also administers the Industrialized Buildings Program, the Manufactured Housing Program and the State Technical Review Board. Davis currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Code Council as well as the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences in Washington D.C. where she serves as the Board Liaison to the National Council of Building Codes and Standards. In Virginia, Davis serves on the Board of Directors for Housing and Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) and Viridant (formerly EarthCraft Virginia).
Lisa Delplace, Principal/CEO, Oehme, van Sweden
Delplace has over 29 years of professional experience. Her extensive knowledge of ecological processes and her commitment to their artistic execution result in a strong, sculptural relationship between architecture and landscape that is evident in her body of work. Delplace is responsible for the planning, design and execution of many of the firm's commissions, which range from urban corridors, monumental civic spaces and public gardens to estates and urban residences. Her significant works include key revitalization efforts in Washington, D.C. in mixed-use developments, including innovative outdoor spaces at the new D.C. Water Headquarters, part of the development boom along the Anacostia Riverfront. At Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Ill., Delplace is responsible for the design of over 20 acres of display and evaluation gardens. Recent accomplishments include rooftop terraces, green roofs, green walls and green screens throughout the United States. She holds a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Park Planning and Design from Michigan State University.
Clark Denson, Sr. Building Performance Engineer, Smith Seckman Reid
Denson has over fifteen years of experience in energy modeling, energy audits and HVAC design. As a part of the Sustainable Solutions Group of Smith Seckman Reid, Denson is responsible for facilitating the design of high-performance facilities through decision-driving energy modeling and life-cycle cost analyses. He monitors building performance to help owners maintain peak efficiency and conducts energy assessments of existing buildings that propose cost-effective energy conservation measures to help achieve the Energy Star® Building Label. Through his efforts, Denson helps project teams and building owners achieve higher levels of energy savings, earn utility incentives and meet the requirements of the LEED rating system. Denson is a frequent speaker and author on the topic of high-performance design, is a 2012 recipient of Consulting Specifying Engineer Magazine's 40 Under 40 award and is a member of ASHRAE SPC 209 "Energy Simulation Aided Design for Buildings."
Stephen DeVito, Direct of Technology Services, Procon Consulting
DeVito has been a consultant to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) for the past eight years helping the agency to develop its National and Mid-Atlantic Regional building information modeling (BIM) policies, guides and specifications, including the Public Buildings Service (PBS) Facilities Standards (P100), the 3D-4D National BIM Program Guide Series and the PBS Construction Contracts Division One Templates. He has implemented the use of BIM in the design, construction and operations phases of GSA facilities in the Mid-Atlantic region. DeVito earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Sciences and Technology from Drexel University and a Certificate of Management in BIM from the Associated General Contractors of America.
Joe DiIenno, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Associate, Washington, D.C., Interface Engineering and Project Manager, American Geophysical Union Headquarters Project
As an associate with the Washington, D.C., office of Interface Engineering and project manager for the American Geophysical Union Headquarters project, DiIenno is responsible for all elements of mechanical design for this landmark building renovation. He brings innovative ideas, diverse experience and extensive knowledge of sustainable engineering to our team. A registered LEED accredited professional with more than ten years of professional experience, DiIenno has worked on a variety of project types, including the design of mechanical systems for commercial office buildings, high rise hotel and residential buildings, academic facilities, athletics facilities, electronics and pharmaceutical laboratories, and institutional and museum facilities. He is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University.
Eric T. Dillinger, Vice President for Strategic Consulting Services, Jacobs
Dillinger is responsible for a 450 person management consulting organization focused on improving the operational performance of the built environment. He is a subject matter expert in the areas of asset management, sustainable program development, and life-cycle impact assessment with more than 15 publications and over 300 presentations and workshops ranging from A Practical Guide to Neural Nets (1991) to the National Academy of Sciences works entitled Stewardship of Federal Facilities (1998) and Investments in Federal Facilities, Asset Management Strategies for the 21st Century (2004). Dillinger is the originator of the Strategic AIM asset investment model, Return on Perception (ROP) performance metric and Value Based Budgeting prioritization process for enhancing financial decision making processes. His experience ranges from the update of the National Parks Concessions law to commercial investment strategies and Public-Private-Partnerships (P3s) domestically and internationally.
Manish Dixit, PhD, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, College of Architecture, Department of Construction Science
Dixit’s research interests include life-cycle energy and environmental modeling, green building materials, embodied energy modeling, zero-energy buildings, building information modeling (BIM) and facility performance assessment. He also develops Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for BIM authoring tools. His research has been recognized globally through two best paper awards in international conferences and an increasing number of citations of his research papers. Dixit currently represents the United States as a National Participant in Annex 57 of the International Energy Agency (IEA). Annex 57 is an international research project focusing on the evaluation of embodied energy and carbon dioxide emissions for building construction.
David Fannon, Assistant Professor, Northeastern University
Fannon is an architect and building scientist whose work integrates research, analysis, and design to provide occupant comfort and wellbeing in long-lasting, low-resource consuming buildings. He is jointly appointed in the School of Architecture and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University. Fannon has practiced in engineering, architecture, A/E and specialty consulting firms, where he contributed to a range of new construction, renovation and historic restoration projects for government, higher-education and commercial clients. He has conducted research in academic and professional settings, consulted on strategic planning and change management and performed simulation and analysis for diverse high-performance buildings. Fannon earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a master’s degree from University of California Berkeley and is a registered architect in the State of New York. He is a member of ASHRAE and a LEED Accredited Professional with a Building Design and Construction specialty.
Thomas Fish, PhD, Co-Chair, Interagency Forum on Climate Risks, Impacts and Adaptation, National Park Service
The Forum's purpose is to provide an informal venue for sharing data, approaches, scenarios and expertise relative to forecasting and responding to climate risks and impacts. Participation in Forum meetings has a geographical range from Hawaii to Europe. Since 2008, the Forum has had over 200 presentations (archived at FedCenter.gov). Fish is National Coordinator for the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU) Network—a national consortium of federal agencies (15) and nonfederal partner institutions (400+) working together to support informed natural and cultural resource stewardship. Fish has worked in natural resource management, planning, research and education for over 25 years, specializing on topics related to the human dimensions of global change, marine and forest conservation and capacity development for protected area managers. He holds degrees in conservation biology, science education, biology, and German.
Jason Florek, PhD, Senior Engineer, Stone Security Engineering
Florek has studied blast loads and their effects on structures for 15 years. He has provided direct support for numerous commercial, government, military and industrial clients in evaluating new and existing construction to high pressure loads and hazardous fragments. Florek holds a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers University and is a licensed professional engineer in Virginia.
George Franco, CEO, TRIVA Inc.
Franco is passionate about empowering the construction industry through the development of advanced technologies. He has over 11 years of construction experience with projects in criminal justice, education, entertainment, government, healthcare/laboratory, hospitality, industrial/manufacturing, office building, public assembly, residential, retail and utilities-solar projects. Franco is a proud U.S. Navy veteran and Florida Gator. His areas of interest include building information modeling (BIM), augmented reality and artificial intelligence.
Brian Gilligan, PE, LEED-AP, National Program Manager, U.S. General Services Administration
Gilligan is the National Program Manager for Implementation of the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act (FBPTA) in GSA’s Office of High Performance Green Buildings. He came to GSA in 2009 serving as a Workplace Strategist helping federal agencies reduce costs and environmental impact and enhance the health and welfare of their workers through improved space planning. He is a former U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps officer having served nearly a decade in roles in Facility, Energy and Construction Management at bases in the United States and overseas. He is registered as a Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering and holds a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University.
Abram Goodrich, Architect/Designer, Gensler
Goodrich is an architect and designer with experience in interior design, building architecture and renovation. He combines design sense and sensitivity with technical knowledge borne from experience with challenging projects, including a (unbuilt) renovation design for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) that would move the national headquarters building in Washington, D.C. towards the goal of carbon neutrality by 2030. Complex project experience has given him deep respect and appreciation for the team effort required on the part of owners, design collaborators, product-makers and builders to make successful built realities. He lives and works in Washington, D.C.
Jeff Gravatte, CEO, CADD Microsystems
Gravatte is the founder and CEO of CADD Microsystems, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. He graduated from George Mason University's Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering and holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronic and Computer Engineering. Gravatte founded CADD Microsystems to help designers, constructions firms and facilities owners become more efficient using computer aided design (CAD) and building information modeling (BIM) technology. He used his understanding of design practices and technology to become a nationally recognized BIM expert. Gravatte maintains a focus on the business aspects of applying design technology working with architects, engineers, contractors and building owners to provide strategic technology planning.
Stephen Hagan, FAIA, CEO, Hagan Technologies
Hagan is recognized as an industry expert and technology evangelist, focusing on the real estate and construction marketplace. In August 2012, he retired from the federal government after 35 years and is now consulting about building information modeling (BIM) and online technologies. Hagan now is focusing on Strategy and Consulting for e-Industry Infrastructure and Online Technologies for the 21st Century. He has been program and project management lead for the PBS Project Information Portal (PIP) and a member of the GSA 3D/4D BIM team. He was 2006 Chair of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Community and co-chair of the Emerging Technologies Committee of the Federal Facilities Council and on the Executive Committee of the National BIM Standard Committee. The AIA BIM awards program, which Hagan founded in 2003, is now in its 9th year and now includes partnerships with Construction Owners Association of America (COAA), International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and the Associated General Contractors (AGC) BIM Forum.
Robert Heintges, FAIA, Senior Partner, Heintges & Associates
Heintges is an internationally recognized authority on the design and implementation of the curtain wall. Since founding the firm in 1989, he has guided projects all over the world, from small art installations to community colleges, universities and multi-building complexes. Headquartered in New York City, the firm has since opened a West Coast office in San Francisco. Heintges is a graduate of Rice University and an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). With more than 40 years of experience, Heintges has contributed his extensive knowledge of curtain wall theory and practice, as well as environmentally responsible design, to numerous publications and organizations, and has developed long-standing relationships with many of the world's greatest architects.
Sam Higuchi, Jr., Chair, Sub-Work Group of Federal Architects & Engineers, National Aeronautics & Space Administration
Higuchi overseas the Sub-Work Group's scope, which includes working on the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s adaptation science issues and networking with entities such as the National Institute of Building Sciences, National Academies of Science, Engineering & Medicine and National Academy of Public Administration. He has been a civil servant in the federal government since 1984. His experience spans working at remote Antarctic facilities and a U.S. Navy installation implementing environmental programs and headquarters experience managing agency-wide programs. Higuchi’s career also includes working for a consulting firm and a state regulatory agency. He has worked as a research scientist, regulatory engineer, facility environmental coordinator, civil engineer, environmental engineer, policy and program analyst and program manager. Higuchi holds academic degrees in engineering, science, law and public administration. He is currently working for the National Aeronautics & Space Administration.
Marcus Jablonka, Vice President, Dörken Systems Inc.
Jablonka has been Vice President of Dörken Systems for nearly 10 years. He is a voting member of the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) Technical Committee and the ASTM E06 Committee on Performance of Buildings. He is also a member of the National Institute of Building Sciences and its Building Enclosure Technology and Environmental Council. Until December 2016, Jablonka served as President of the Building Envelope Moisture Management Institute (BEMMI). He holds a mechanical engineer degree from the University of Paderborn, as well as a graduate degree in business administration from the University of Bochum, Germany. Jablonka has contributed to many industry publications; including The Structural Engineer, Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture, ASHRAE, Interface (Technical Journal of RCI), Journal of Building Enclosure Design and The Construction Specifier.
Negar Kalantar, PhD, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University Department of Architecture
Kalantar’s research and practice lies at the intersection of architecture, science and engineering. She has collaborated with firms in Dubai, Chicago and New York, including SOM and Gensler. By bringing together digital and analog fabrication work-flows across scales, Kalantar's interdisciplinary research practice broadly investigates the potency of transformable design principles, helping to create adaptive designs, building components and architecture that are adaptable and demonstrate real-time morphological changes into environment. Her current research focuses on applications of additive manufacturing technology (3-D printing), as a catalyst of innovation, in order to expand new ways of design in interactive and responsive environments. The outcome of a decade of experience in developing adaptive design was presented at Technical University of Vienna and Berlin, Maryland University, Tehran University, Virginia Tech and New York 3Dprint SHOW.
Saleh Kalantari, PhD, EDAC, Assistant Professor, University of Houston
Kalantari is an assistant professor in Washington State University's School of Design and Construction. He is an architect, interior designer, researcher and educator. Kalantari is the founding principal of Kalantari Studios, a design and research lab producing buildings, installations and speculative projects of various scales. He has consulted for a number of firms and organizations in the Middle East such as Naghsh Khiyal Pars and the Qatar Green Building Council. Kalantari's work brings together the expansive possibilities of cutting-edge computational design and fabrication with a concern for environmental psychology and the human qualities of built environments. His scholarly research has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals, including Health Environments Research & Design, the Journal of Engineering Technology, and Facilities. His installations and artworks have been exhibited widely in forums such as the Texas Wright Gallery and the WSU Fine Art Gallery. He has been an invited panelist, guest lecturer and keynote speaker at various conferences and institutions across the globe.
Tracy Kijewski-Correa, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame, Department of Civil Engineering
Kijewski-Correa is a renowned expert in engineering and international development whose research areas include the impact of wind effects on structures; the development of database-enabled design approaches; open-source platforms for design of civil infrastructure; validated finite element modeling assumptions used in design; and formulated rational frameworks for evaluating the sustainability and resilience of conceptual designs. She has recently been appointed co-director of the Integration Lab (i-Lab) of the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame to engage students and faculty across disciplines and partners around the world in addressing complex global challenges.
Ralph Kreider, PhD, Director of Digital Facilities, MBP
Kreider has more than nine years of experience in building information modeling (BIM) implementation and integration planning. While at Penn State, he contributed to the BIM Project Execution Planning Guide, BIM Planning Guide for Facility Owners and the National BIM Standard-United States. He continues to work closely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to enhance their BIM contract language; the CMAA Emerging Technology Committee; and the buildingSMART alliance. At MBP, Kreider is responsible for providing leadership and oversight of the integration of BIM and other digital technologies into MBP's and clients' processes. MBP is an ENR Top 40 PM/CM services firm with a wealth of experience in the federal, local, state, healthcare, K-12 and transportation sectors.
Sandeep Langar, PhD, Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at San Antonio, College of Architecture, Construction and Planning
Langar received his doctorate in Environmental Design and Planning from College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech. He has authored more than 20 research publications in the majorly in the fields of building resilience, building information modeling (BIM) and innovations towards sustainability (ITS).
Xiu Li, Senior Staff II, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Li has been involved in diverse applications of building technology for nine years. Her work includes design consultation for new construction projects, investigation and repair of existing buildings. She has experience in building envelope components including below-grade, exterior walls, windows, curtain walls and roofs, and in creating solutions with little to no compromise to finishes and aesthetics.
Iain Macdonald, Associate Director, TallWood Design Institute
The TallWood Design Institute is an interdisciplinary research and education center formed through a partnership between Oregon State University's College of Forestry and College of Engineering and the University of Oregon's School of Architecture and Allied Arts. As the nation's only research collaborative focusing exclusively on the advancement of structural wood products, TallWood Design Institute conducts research needed for widespread adoption of mass timber building technology in the United States and offers related training, education and technical assistance. Macdonald has worked in training and industry support roles in the forest industry for 18 years, prior to which he was involved in export marketing of forest products. Macdonald led the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP) at University of British Columbia, Canada (UBC) for nine years, during which time he was a key player in efforts by the Province of British Columbia to stimulate and support the use of mass timber products following the passing of the Wood First Act. He is a director and past chair of the Wood Manufacturing Council.
Kurt Maldovan, Director of Virtual Design and Construction, Jacobs
The Practice Technology group at Jacobs Buildings and Infrastructure is focused on interrogating the most forward thinking approaches in design and construction. Maldovan is actively developing and implementing technology-based strategies to continuously add value and reduce waste within the practice and with clients who Jacobs supports. He has been actively engaged with academic outreach and research, including the advisory board for Penn State's building information modeling (BIM) Project Execution Planning Guide (PxP) and the BIM Planning Guide for Facility Owners and the USACE Industry BIM Consortia. He is a graduate of Penn State University's Architectural Engineering Program and published seven industry articles as a member of the Computer Integrated Construction research team.
Joe Manganelli, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, PhD, Architect, Human Factors Consultant
Manganelli's goal is improving the capacity of the built environment to enhance human health, well-being and cognition. He is the founder of xplr design, llc, a human factors consultancy. He is an architect, Innovation Catalyst and sustainability consultant with Fluor Enterprises, Inc. in its Life Sciences and Advanced Manufacturing (LSA&M) division. Manganelli teaches courses on information architecture and user experience research for Kent State University's School of Information. He is a member of the National Institute of Building Sciences' buildingSMART Alliance Thought Leadership & Information Standards Subcommittees and a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society's Systems Development, Environmental Design, Macro ergonomics, and Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making Technical Groups. Manganelli contributes to the National Institute of Science and Technology's Internet-of-Things-Enabled Smart-City Framework project and is a past volunteer co-chair of the USGBC South Carolina MLAB.
Casey Martin, Program Manager, Jacobs Engineering Group
Martin has 20 years of experience in the design and planning arena. Her focus is facility and asset management including cultural resources and historic facilities. She works primarily with federal civilian agencies, providing consulting services that embrace creative solutions to maintaining assets, including adaptive reuse strategies, maintenance and operation strategies, life-cycle analyses, facility transition planning and sustainability performance planning. Martin is also engaged with ISO developing the new Facility Management System Standard that will enable organizations to certify to ISO 41001.
David McDermott, Architect, artificial - construct
McDermott is a licensed architect with international experience. He has 24 years of knowledge with design and construction. McDermott is a tertiary educated professional culminating with a Master of Architecture degree. His project range encompasses residential through high-rise hospitality to healthcare and airports. He resides in San Francisco, performing Senior QC Site Inspections. His career has also involved property condition assessments and forensic architecture.
Chris McEntee, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, American Geophysical Union
McEntee has experience in the healthcare industry, the design industry and science. She is bringing these perspectives to lead the vision for the renovation of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) headquarters. As CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), she initiated the 2030 program, facilitated architect input into the International Code Council (ICC) green code, and led AIA efforts to align public policy at local and national levels with AIA's 2030 carbon neutral building position statement. At AGU, in addition to leading the vision for the headquarters renovation, she has initiated the Thriving Earth Exchange, which matches scientists to local communities to solve problems such as urban heat exchange and disaster, hazards and climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Richard McLain, Technical Director, WoodWorks
McLain is a licensed structural engineer and professional engineer in the states of New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, and is a Technical Director of Architectural and Engineering Solutions for the WoodWorks program. He has extensive experience in lead engineer roles related to the structural design, project management and construction administration of new single-family, multi-family, municipal, industrial and mixed-used buildings. Before joining WoodWorks, McLain was a Senior Structural Engineer for a New England-based consultant, working on projects in the Northeast from Maine to Maryland. He is Executive Director of the Structural Engineers Association of Vermont and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Structural Wind Engineering Committee. McLain received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine and a Master of Science in Structural Engineering from Norwich University.
T.J. Meehan, AIA, LEED AP, Vice President of Technology Solutions, CADD Microsystems, Inc.
After receiving his architectural degree, Meehan began his career by working in several architectural firms across the United States where he gained experience on both commercial and residential projects. Transitioning from the design side of the industry, he has now become a recognized expert on the technology side, working for one of the nation's most successful Autodesk Partners as their Vice President of Technology Solutions. He is an Autodesk Implementation Certified Expert (ICE) and has presented at many industry events, including Autodesk University. A registered architect and LEED accredited professional, Meehan leverages his skills to help organizations successfully implement building information modeling (BIM) processes and workflows.
Kimon Onuma, FAIA, President, Onuma, Inc.
Onuma builds architecturally informed environments for the digital and physical world. In 1994 he demonstrated building information modeling (BIM) benefits on large-scale U.S. government projects. Kimon authored the 2006 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Report on Integrated Practice titled "The 21st Century Practitioner." Recent projects include the Department of Defense Military Health System and Department of Veterans Affairs for their healthcare strategic planning, programming and facility management.
Areta Pawlynsky, AIA, Partner, Heintges & Associates
Heintges & Associates is an international consulting firm with expertise in façade design. The firm’s contributions in Washington, D.C. can be seen in key cultural and institutional projects, including the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Arena Stage, Newseum, Women in Military Service for America Memorial and Museum of the Bible. Since joining the firm in 1991, Pawlynsky’s work has included the assessment and renovation of historically sensitive building envelopes, as well as the execution of new enclosure walls. She is interested in exploring the energy efficiency, technical capabilities and design potential of cladding materials and systems. She holds degrees from University of Illinois and Columbia University in architecture and historic preservation.
Darren Prum, J.D., Assistant Professor, Florida State University
Prum is an Assistant Professor at Florida State University. He has a wide range of experience in corporate, financial, legal and general business matters, including many facets of finance and related legal areas. Prum held financial management positions in all levels of the construction industry (from trade contractor to general contractor to owner's representative to architect/engineer). In addition, he served as a business manager for a major defense contractor's $100M division with numerous sites around the world. As a faculty member, his primary research interests include green/high-performance buildings/sustainable construction, sustainable transportation and gaming law. His articles appear in numerous general law reviews and specialty law journals in environmental, business, real estate, gaming and international law. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree and Master of Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; a graduate certificate in Accounting from the University of Southern California; and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of California, Riverside.
Maureen Roskoski, Corporate Sustainability Officer, Facility Engineering Associates, PC
Roskoski is the Corporate Sustainability Officer and a Senior Professional at FEA. She has worked with existing facilities on building certification, energy management and sustainable facility management during her 20 years of practice. She also brings experience with competency models, job task analyses and workforce development. Roskoski has worked with commercial and federal facilities on facility management technology, organizational assessments, energy audits, sustainability, continuity of operations and workforce development planning. Her experience includes working with the General Services Administration on the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act (FBPTA) implementation and developing a competency model and career map for the energy workforce for the Department of Energy. Roskoski was part of a team that worked on the Building Retuning program. She is an experienced presenter and instructor, teaching classes for the International Facility Management Association, Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA), Building Operator Certification and George Mason University.
James (Tim) T. Ryan, CBO, Code Administrator, City of Overland Park, Kansas
Ryan is the Code Administrator of the Building Safety Division for the City of Overland Park, Kansas. In this position, Ryan is the executive official in charge of the adoption and enforcement of all building regulatory codes, including building and fire codes. Ryan is a Presidential Appointee to the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences and Past Chairman of the Board for the Institute. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the International Code Council (2002-2009) and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Building Officials and Code Administrators, International (1993-2002). Ryan is an accomplished speaker and instructor of building codes, including a recognized expert on the International Existing Building Code.
Zofia K. Rybkowski, PhD, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, Department of Construction Science
Rybkowski joined Texas A&M University with degrees from Stanford, Brown, Harvard, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and University of California Berkeley, where she earned a doctorate. Her interdisciplinary background, which includes biology (Master and Bachelor of Science), architecture (Master of Architecture) and civil engineering (Doctorate, Master of Science, Master of Philosophy), facilitates communicating in the conceptual nomenclature of the fields with which she collaborates. Her goal—to improve the quality of the built environment at a cost that is economically feasible—drives research in topics as seemingly diverse as evidence-based design for healthcare facilities, life cycle cost analysis, sustainable construction, target value design, serious games for Lean-Integrated Project Delivery, and most recently, the development of self-regulated building envelopes, which she is investigating with her team under a recent award from the National Science Foundation.
Hessam Sadatsafavi, PhD, Postdoctoral Associate, Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures
Sadatsafavi is a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis and the Cornell Institute for Health Futures. Sadatsafavi earned a doctorate degree in construction engineering and management from Texas A&M University, Zahcry Department of Civil Engineering and an undergraduate degree in architectural engineering from University of Tehran. Sadatsafavi's main area of research and professional experience is management science applications in design, construction and operation of facilities and infrastructures for improving human health and safety and enhancing organizational efficiency.
Shahrokh Sayadi, Senior Principal Architect, Sutter Health
Sutter Health is a not-for-profit health system serving more than 100 Northern California cities and towns. Sayadi has 35 years of experience as an architect on a vast array of national and international projects and has lived and worked in the Middle East, Europe, and Southeast and Central Asia. At Sutter Health, Sayadi's responsibilities revolve around capital improvement projects, including new development, facility expansion, facility expansion, retrofitting and renovation. He also acts as liaison between the affiliate and corporate, as well as between the Sutter entities and external vendors, leading and monitoring design and construction activities as well as owner representative responsibilities. He is a key leader in Sutter Health's EPD program.
Neil Shah, Regional Managing Director, RICS
As Managing Director of Americas since 2012, Shah is responsible for managing RICS' presence in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. Shah has held senior leadership roles and led entrepreneurial initiatives at Fortune 500 companies and start-up ventures in a broad range of industries, such as IPT (now FM Maintenance), Cirqit, Partsearch Technologies and NorthMarq Real Estate Services. Shah started his career at Pratt & Whitney, a provider of aircraft engines and services, where he held positions in sales, customer services and program management. Over the course of his career, Shah has been a speaker at many industry events focusing on real estate services and facilities management. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Emory University, a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering and Bachelor of Arts in economics from Boston University and a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Lonny Simonian, Professor, Califonia Polytechnic State University, College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Simonian has over 25 years of experience in the design and construction industry and has participated on several multibillion-dollar federally funded domestic projects, as well as numerous public and privately funded projects around the world. His research has included grants from the Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF) on a Guide to Applying Reliability Based Decision Making to Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance for Fire Protection Systems and Equipment and from the National Institute of Standards and Technology via the FPRF to study Smart Grids and National Fire Protection Association electrical safety codes and standards. The researcher recently completed an ELECTRI International (EI) grant on Customer Side Smart Grid Installations-Preparing for the Future. Previous EI grants include: Combining Charging Station Installation with Energy Efficiency Upgrades—an Emerging Market, and a Building Information Modeling Training and Implementation Course for Electrical Contractors.
Nancy Somerville, CEO, American Society of Landscape Architects
Somerville is a frequent spokesperson on active transportation, green infrastructure and other environmental and land use issues critical to the creation of healthy and resilient communities. Under Somerville's guidance, ASLA has been a leader in employee wellness, garnering awards from Washington Business Journal and SmartCEO Magazine. She has been integrally involved in the adoption of the WELL Building Standard along with LEED for the renovation of ASLA's D.C. headquarters. Somerville was elected to membership in Lambda Alpha International, the honorary land economics fraternity, in 2004; received the Civic Award of Excellence from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities in 2008; won the Washington Business Journal's Healthiest CEO competition in 2013; is an honorary member of ASLA and the American Institute of Architects; and this spring was among the first class of individuals to earn the SITES AP designation.
Peter Spafford, Director of Quality Assurance for Building Professionals, Air Barrier Association of America
Spafford has been involved in the energy conservation and building performance industry for 26 years. He has been an instructor in building science and building envelope performance for the past 25 years and has taught hundreds of installers, building officials and contractors across the country. Spafford became the national training manager for Building Professionals and oversaw the delivery and facilitation of upwards of 50 training programs a year and coordinated upward of 50-70 project managers and instructors in delivering 6-week to 6-month term training programs in energy efficiency and building envelope performance. He has also spent a tremendous amount of time in the field performing third-party inspections on behalf of government, quality assurance providers, utilities and warranty programs. Spafford has been involved in both the development and compliance aspects of the program for a number of initiatives in both the residential and commercial building markets.
Alexandros Taflanidis, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame, Department of Civil Engineering
Taflanidis has extensive expertise in risk assessment for hazards, focusing on advanced simulation-driven methods and integration of soft computing tools to establish versatile, efficient approaches. He specializes in evaluation of life-cycle performance and integrated sensitivity analysis.
Matthew Vanture, VDC Manager, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.
Vanture is an experienced virtual design and construction (VDC) manager with a demonstrated history of working in the construction industry. He is a manager and skilled power user in Revit, Navisworks, Synchro, BIM 360 products and SketchUp. Vanture enjoys finding ways to involve Dynamo, Power Shell and other automations in his workflows. He has a strong operations focus and passion for moving what is learned by the 3D pre-construction process to the field. Vanture graduated with a Bachelor of Science focused in Construction Management from University of Florida.
Charles F. Vardeman, III, PhD, University of Notre Dame, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Vardeman spent his graduate career building computational models to understand properties of nano-materials. Since joining Notre Dame’s Center for Research Computing and Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Vardeman’s research interests have included developing methodologies for building Knowledge Graphs and enabling Linked Open Data (LOD) principles for sharing of data utilizing an Ontology Design Pattern (ODP) approach for enriching and connecting data to computational models through explicit semantics. He is a collaborator on the Green Scale and Green Resilience Projects that have developed tools connecting architects and building community professionals to knowledge about sustainability and resilience during the design process. He has also collaborated with high energy physicists in the DASPOS project for preservation of computational analysis at CERN and CyberEye for building situational awareness frameworks for hurricane response.
Richard Wright, PhD, Past Chair, Committee on Adaptation to a Changing Climate, American Society of Civil Engineers
Wright is a Distinguished Member of ASCE and member of the National Academy of Engineering. He retired as director of the Building and Fire Research Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and as Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Wright has been chairman of the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment of the National Academies; founding co-chairman of the Subcommittee on Construction and Building of the National Science and Technology Council; president of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB); and president of the Liaison Committee of International Civil Engineering Organizations. He has registered as a professional engineer in New York and a structural engineer in Illinois.
Sara C. Yerkes, Senior Vice President of Government Relations, International Code Council
Yerkes’ duties include managing public policy and government relations functions of the organization; developing and implementing a pro-active program of effective lobbying and persuasive advocacy; representing and speaking for ICC on policy matters and program activities; coordinating the strategies to implement policies at the federal, state and local levels; supervising the accomplishment of the developed action plans; working closely with Members of Congress, state legislators and their staff to draft and endorse legislation that will support and benefit the ICC’s mission and related goals; seek opportunities to showcase ICC and to expand ICC’s circle of influence. Yerkes oversees the state and local activities that have successfully gained the adoption and use of the International Codes in all fifty states, as well as overseeing programs like the Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas Program (PMG) and Fire Service Activities.
Terri Zborowsky, PhD, Design Researcher, HGA Architects and Engineers
A registered nurse by background, Zborowsky earned her doctorate in interior design and also teaches in the Healthcare Design & Innovation Certificate program, an interdisciplinary program that she helped launch at the University of Minnesota. Zborowsky spent over 20 years in design, equipment planning and space planning for inpatient and outpatient settings. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, is an active member of the Nursing Institute of Healthcare Design and serves on the Editorial Board of the Health Environments Research and Design Journal. Zborowsky specializes in practice based research specifically focused on inpatient settings, residential care environments for people with dementia and care environment for people with mental health issues.