Building Innovation 2019 Conference & Expo Speakers

Building Innovation 2019 Conference & Expo

International Code Council

International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials

Keynote Speakers

Full Schedule | Day Two Sessions | Day Three Sessions | Day Four Workshop | Speakers

Opening Keynote Breakfast, Tuesday, January 8

Eric WilsonEric Wilson, Deputy Director, New York City Mayor's Office of Resiliency
As a Deputy Director with the Office of Resiliency, Wilson manages climate adaptation programs in land use and buildings. He oversees a team of architects, urban planners and policy experts working to identify fiscally responsible and socially equitable approaches to the climate challenges facing New York City's building stock and neighborhoods. Wilson and his team coordinate with individuals, households, communities and local, state and federal agencies to get ready for New York City's climate vulnerabilities, including sea level rise, extreme heat and powerful storms. Wilson joined the Mayor's Office of Resiliency from 100 Resilient Cities, a program of the Rockefeller Foundation, where he managed relationships with 11 cities and staffed special initiatives such as the ReImagine Puerto Rico Commission following Hurricane Maria. His 15+ year career spans several New York City agencies, including the Department of Housing Preservation & Development, the Economic Development Corporation and the Department of City Planning. Wilson also has worked in the United Arab Emirates and Detroit. Wilson holds a Master of City and Regional Planning from Cornell University and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Environmental Conservation and Plant Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Sponsored by EPDM Roofing Association

FEDCon Keynote Breakfast, Wednesday, January 9

Steve Geusic, PE; Sherri McMillion, PE, CEM, ASQ LSSBB; and Richard A. Hays
Supporting the U.S. Department of Defense Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office

Steve GeusicSteve Geusic, PE, Senior Professional Engineer, Liedos
Geusic is a Senior Professional Engineer for Leidos, providing technical, programmatic and policy support for customers in the area of corrosion prevention and control for facilities. He has 34 years of engineering design and construction experience with the DOD, serving 9 years as the Director of Facilities Criteria for the Navy at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic.

Sherri McMillionSherri McMillion, PE, CEM, ASQ LSSBB, Engineering Specifications Criteria Manager, NAVFAC
McMillion is the Engineering Specifications Criteria Manager for NAVFAC in Norfolk, Virginia, and chairs the WBDG Advisory Council. She has 29 years of experience in facility design and construction for NAVFAC, the Air Force and DOD. She serves as a liaison to the DOD Corrosion Control Facilities team to incorporate the results of demonstration projects into facilities criteria.

Richard A. HaysRichard A. Hays, Senior Corrosion Engineer, Excet, Inc.
Hays is a Senior Corrosion Engineer for Excet, Inc., providing technical, programmatic and policy support for customers in the area of corrosion prevention and control for military equipment and facilities. For seven years, he served as the Deputy Director of Corrosion Policy and Oversight in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. The first 27 years of his career were spent as a manager and corrosion engineer for the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division.

Sponsored by Master Painters Institute (MPI)

Plenary Keynote Luncheon, Wednesday, January 9

Janice LachanceJanice Lachance, Esq., FASAE, Executive Vice President, Strategic and Organizational Excellence, The American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Lachance brings an extensive record of executive leadership accomplishments and board service in professional membership societies and government organizations to AGU, where her portfolio includes: AGU's Centennial, International Programs, Finance, Human Resources, Information Services, the Executive Office, Governance and Leadership Development, the Project Management Office, and Affiliation and Engagement. In addition, she manages the building renovation. Prior to her work in the not-for-profit sector, Lachance was nominated by President William Clinton and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Cabinet-ranked Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the federal government's independent human resources agency responsible for all policy and programs affecting the 2.1 million members of the nation's civil service. A graduate of Tulane University School of Law, Lachance is a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives, Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, member of the Board of Directors of the Wise Giving Alliance and Past President of the American Society for Public Administration.

Session Speakers

Stuart Adams, Associate, Environmental Science, Stantec
Adams specializes in natural hazard mitigation and has expertise in post-disaster data collection methodologies, forensic assessments, building codes analyses and climate resilience. He is a technical resource for community resilience to other federal, state and local clients, including FEMA, housing authorities and transportations departments. Adams serves as the Building Science Program Area Manager for STARR II, the contractor lead for the Puerto Rico MAT and an active SME for the U.S. Virgin Islands MAT. He holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering, is currently a structural engineering doctorate candidate and a certified floodplain manager.


Lennart Andersson, Director of Virtual Design, Construction & Operation (VDCO), The LiRo Group
Andersson has degrees in both engineering and architecture, is a licensed architect and has 20 years of experience applying VDCO methodologies and BIM tools on a wide variety of projects. He teaches at the Pratt Institute in New York, leading a collaborative BIM studio between architects, construction managers and facilities managers. Andersson has published a book on cutting edge virtual design and construction methodologies for Routledge Publishing House and also authored VDCO standards, BIM guidelines, specifications and execution plans. He received the Autodesk AEC Excellence Award for a large-scale BIM project in 2017. He has been a speaker for events such as Autodesk University, CMAA yearly conference, ASCE summit, NY build and the Center for Architecture in NYC.


Kyle BarkerKyle Barker, AIA, Associate/Project Architect, MERGE Architects
Previously, Barker was a project manager at MASS Design Group and a designer at Kennedy & Violich Architecture. His project experience ranges from housing and university work in the U.S. to the design of prototypical schools and hospitals in East Africa. He has a Master of Architecture from MIT where he received the Alpha Rho Chi Medal, Rosemary D. Grimshaw Thesis Prep Award, Louis C. Rosenberg Travel Fellowship and three consecutive Departmental Merit Scholarships. Barker won the 2013 ZGF Architectural Scholarship and was a finalist for the 2017 Rotch Prize. Outside of architectural practice, he is passionate about teaching and design research. He has taught courses at the Boston Architectural College and MIT; served on juries for Architizer and the Boston Society of Architects; and coordinated research and edited publications for OfficeUS, the U.S. pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice.


Dan Bass, Mitigation Assessment Team Program Manager, FEMA
Bass works in the Building Science Branch at FEMA Headquarters. He has been with FEMA since June 2006 and worked extensively on the Gulf Coast in the Hurricane Katrina Recovery efforts, as well as numerous other flood and tornado disasters. He specializes in coastal construction, FEMA 361 safe rooms, mitigation measures for structures and is a Certified Floodplain Manager. Bass has worked on numerous FEMA Mitigation Assessment Teams and led the team that assessed the building damage following Hurricane Isaac. He is also the current Mitigation Assessment Team program manager. Bass is a licensed professional architect that practiced in the private sector for 22 years prior to joining FEMA. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


Ronnie BentRonnie Bent, Interior Designer, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
Located at GSA in Chicago, Bent, is currently working with clients to help them optimize their real estate portfolio. As technology has changed the way we work, she educates clients on the latest office design trends, tools and technology, mobility, workplace wellness, culture, collaboration, engagement and change management. Prior to joining GSA, Bent spent 18 years in the private sector as a space planner, project manager and principal at four different Chicago-area design firms. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Iowa State University.


Steven J. BohlenSteven J. Bohlen, PE, RRC, RWC, BECxP, Associate/Building Enclosure Specialist, Gale Associates, Inc.
Bohlen oversees building enclosure (roof, wall, window and waterproofing) evaluation and design services for the Mid-Atlantic Region. With over 25 years of experience, he is responsible for the quality control related to all deliverables to include technical specifications and drawings. Bohlen's expertise is in exterior enclosure performance, specifically roofing and waterproofing systems, wall and window systems and air barrier systems.


Trevor Brown, Senior Quality Control Manager, JE Dunn Construction
In JE Dunn's Central Texas office, Brown assists in the planning, implementation and supervision of construction quality assurance programs for compliance with contract documents. He mentors JE Dunn Quality team staff in their construction quality, professional and interpersonal skills as well. Brown's experience includes two decades of construction and quality assurance program implementation.


Shelly Button-KollpainterShelly Button-Kollpainter, MBA, BSN, CCRN-K, Director of Acute Care, Aspirus Wausau Hospital
Button-Kollpainter is responsible for 88 ICU/step-down beds within the hospital. She has 30 years of nursing experience with the majority as a Critical Care Nurse in leadership roles. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2006 and Master of Business Administration in 2014, both with honors, and obtained her Critical Care Nurse Certification (CCRN) in 2001. In addition, she was a contributing author to the Quick Reference to Critical Care (5th edition) in 2016.


Mariangelica Carrasquillo-Mangual, Researcher Civil Engineer, U.S Army Corps of Engineers, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL)
Carrasquillo-Mangual has served CERL since 2010. She is currently in charge of ensuring continuous enhancement of the ProjNetSM system used by over a dozen federal and non-federal agencies. Carrasquillo-Mangual, who served within the research team that developed the Construction Operation Building information exchange (COBie) standard, is leading and supporting projects focused on the development, testing and implementation of information exchange processes. Her work and expertise has significantly contributed to the development of the Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Facility Data Requirements outlined on USACE ECB 2018-6. She also co-authored a technical report containing test results and recommendations to Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management (ASCIM) regarding the information exchange process in three different military installations. Most recently, Carrasquillo-Mangual also completed two different assignments supporting USACE disaster recovery missions in Puerto Rico.


Gregory R. Collins, Director, Asset Management, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
With a responsibility to develop, engage and manage processes related to over 400,000 assets with a value nearing 40 billion dollars, Metro's Management team is developing the implementation of industry leading programs and practices. Collins is one member of that team and brings his experience in transportation and logistics, governance, consulting, construction and design to the effort.


Alexandra Connor, Senior Building Enclosure Commissioning Specialist, Burns & McDonnell
Connor leads building enclosure consulting and commissioning (BECx) to help clients design and build improved systems and structures. With more than 10 years of experience, she helps facilitate design, construction and commissioning for building enclosure systems with a focus on constructability, durability, serviceability and energy performance. Connor serves clients nationwide from her firm's office in Washington, D.C., offering recommendations on the enclosure, lab and field testing and scheduling of BECx-related activities to help mitigate delays during the construction phase.


Sean DeCrane, Manager, UL, LLC.
DeCrane retired as a 25+ year veteran of the Cleveland Division of Fire. He rose through the ranks and serves in various roles, including the Director of Training and Acting Chief of Operations. He retired as a Battalion Chief covering Cleveland's Westside and has been very involved in the research at Underwriters Laboratories and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. DeCrane also represented the International Association of Fire Fighters in the International Code Council process and has served on the Fire Code Developing Committee and as Chair. He served on the NFPA 1 Technical Advisory Panel, NFPA Research Foundation on Tall Wood Buildings and is serving as chair of the fire Test Work Group for the ICC Tall Wood Building Ad Hoc Committee. DeCrane has delivered a number of keynote addresses, including the 2015 Fire Department Instructor's Conference. Currently, he has been appointed as the UL Manager for industry groups and association and professional organizations.


Eric Dillinger, Vice President for Strategic Consulting Services, Woolpert           
Dillinger is a recognized expert in the areas of asset management, sustainable program development and life-cycle impact assessment for the built environment. He has helped author more than 15 publications and over 300 presentations and workshops. Dillinger's expertise in asset management includes subject matter leadership in condition assessment methodologies, life-cycle investment strategies, Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and Strategic Asset Management Programs. He has provided testimony multiple times before the House and Senate on issues pertaining to asset and facility management including testimony in 2000, 2002 and 2003 and for the General Accounting Office (GAO) in 2002 as part of the GAO's High Risk Series on Federal Real Property (GAO-03-122).


James EasterJames Easter, Principal, Easter Healthcare Consulting (Ehc)
Easter has extensive experience in healthcare planning, functional programming and hospital design. His 2,000 plus engagements cover all types of facilities nationwide along with projects internationally. He has spoken at 15 AIA/ASHE/PDC events and over 30 other organizations on topics ranging from ambulatory to tertiary care and the advancements in senior, long-term care and assisted living, as well as behavioral health and cancer. Easter is a recipient of the AIA/AHA Graduate Design Fellowship and has been active in numerous organizations involved with healthcare programs (NKF, AIA, ACHE, AAMA, etc). His past history includes; principal and founder of Ehc, founder and owner of EMhc, principal with HFR Design, Inc. and vice president of HCA/Quorum Health Resources. In each of these roles, Easter spoke routinely with hospital boards, leaders of healthcare programs and allied agencies and organizations involved in hospital planning, design and construction. Most recently he served as the interim director of the Community Health Network North and South Cancer Centers in Indianapolis, Indiana.


Mohammed EttouneyMohammed Ettouney, DSc, PE, Mohammed Ettouney LLC
Ettouney has been in the field of consulting engineering for over 49 years. He received his DSc from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He produced over 400-plus publications and 9 books. His experience covers several fields, including finite elements/boundary elements, multihazards considerations, risk management, “resilience management” (an expression he coined in 2013), seismic analysis and design, vibration of solids and fluids, structural health, blast and progressive collapse. Ettouney has numerous awards and honors, including AEI fellow, ACEC Project of the Year Award, National Institute of Building Sciences Honor Award, New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame, Anchin Innovation Award, Life Time Achievement (NY MET Section) and Distinguished ASCE member. His current activities include several civil infrastructure-related projects, including progressive collapse of steel bridges. He is currently writing three books: Objective Resilience Manual of Practice, Editor (ASCE Press), Progressive Collapse (CRC Press) and Climate Change (CRC Press).


Georgia Ewen-CampenGeorgia Ewen-Campen, RA, LEED AP, Senior Associate, Heintges Consulting Architects and Engineers
Ewen-Campen joined Heintges, a building envelope and curtain wall consulting firm, in 2008. Since joining, she has enjoyed collaborating with architects on technical facade designs responsive to increasingly challenging performance requirements. Her work includes highly customized facades across a range of scales and program types from flagship retail storefronts to cultural institutions. Ewen-Campen is a licensed architect in the state of New York and holds a master's degree in architecture from Columbia University.


Matthew EzoldMatthew Ezold, Principal, Cerami & Associates               
Ezold heads Cerami's Philadelphia office. He has over 18 years of experience as a technology consultant. An expert in workplace systems and building systems infrastructure, Ezold has provided design services for millions of square feet of corporate interiors for financial, media and legal clients, including the headquarters for Nomura in New York, Northwestern Mutual's new campus connection project in Milwaukee and the new Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia. He is a recognized thought leader in the areas of unified communications and converged low-voltage AV and IT systems with a focused understanding on how changing business needs are driving firms to leverage technology for competitive advantage. A recent whitepaper "How Technology Drives Transformation in the Workplace" provides best practices for technology design that provide flexible, collaborative environments.


Chris FennellChris Fennell, Chief Development and Marketing Officer, Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS)
Fennell has more than 30 years of domestic and international marketing, market research, engineering, construction and management consulting experience. He has a 25-year relationship with IBTS as an employee and consultant. He was the State Administrative Agency principal task leader and technical trainer for the In-Plant Primary Inspection Agency activities within the HUD Manufactured Housing Program. Fennell has been a senior advisor to IBTS in support of energy programs, strategic planning and business development. He established and led BuildingInsight LLC, now an IBTS subsidiary. At the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center, he was vice-president of marketing and division director for energy as well as economics and policy analysis programs. He owned a residential development company; led Ryland Homes European Operations; and was engineering manager at Winchester Homes. He has experience in Asia, South America and Europe. Fennell received an International Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Union College concurrent with the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in German.


Lee FinkLee Fink, Senior Project Architect, Thornton Tomasetti
Fink joined Thornton Tomasetti's Renewal practice in 2015 and is a leader of the Technical Issues Committee for AIA Chicago. At Thornton Tomasetti, Fink concentrates on the design and restoration of high-rise facades, with a focus on curtain wall, metal cladding and masonry wall systems. He has played a major role in the resolution of complex and technical issues throughout all phases of design and construction. Although most of his projects reside in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois, his facade experience ranges from Ohio, to Texas, to Dubai.


S.K. Ghosh, PhD, President, S.K. Ghosh Associates LLC
Ghosh heads a consulting practice in Palatine, Illinois and Aliso Viejo, California, now a subsidiary of the International Code Council. He was formerly director, engineering services, codes and standards for Portland Cement Association. Well known for his work in earthquake engineering, Ghosh has influenced seismic design provisions in the United States for many years. Ghosh is active on many national technical committees, is an Honorary Member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), and is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) and Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI). He is a member of ACI Committee 318, Standard Building Code and the ASCE 7 Standard Committee (Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures). He is a former member of the Boards of Direction of ACI, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC). He is a member of the Board of Governors of ASCE's Structural Engineering Institute. In addition to authoring many publications in the area of structural design, Ghosh has investigated and reported on structural performance in most recent earthquakes.


Jeff GravatteJeff Gravatte, CEO, CADD Microsystems              
Gravatte graduated from George Mason University's School of Information Technology and Engineering and holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronic and Computer Engineering. He began his career as a vertical transportation specialist where he was involved in the redesign and retrofit of elevator and escalator systems. In the early part of his career, he used CAD systems for architectural and engineering designs for government and commercial buildings. He eventually founded CADD Microsystems Inc. to help design firms become more profitable using CAD technology. Gravatte's expertise grew out of the design of early CAD systems hardware and software configurations. He studied the design and drafting processes focusing on which parts could be automated with CAD systems and used this understanding of design practices and technology to become a nationally recognized BIM expert. Today, Gravatte maintains a focus on the business aspects of applying design technology. He works with architects, engineers and contractors to provide technology planning.


John Ingargiola, EI, CBO, CFM, Lead Physical Scientist & PTS Building Science PM, FEMA
Ingargiola's work has included a broad range of mitigation activities including: managing pre- and post-disaster building performance studies, building science education, development and implementation of flood-resistant model codes and standards, technical hazard mitigation guides, mitigation policy and collaborating with public and private mitigation partners. Before coming to FEMA, he served as a building code official in Florida. Ingargiola holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.


Robert James, Global Inspection Director, Building, Fire, Life Safety and Security Industries, UL, LLC
James oversees the global building and security inspection program, which assists owners with building fire/life safety and site security concerns. He leads educational seminars, develops internet-based training programs, works with the model fire code committees and serves as a liaison between the UL fire service research staff and the regulatory community. He is active with the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute, currently chairs the NFPA 400, Hazardous Materials Code and the NFPA 1082 Building Fire and Life Safety Directors Committees, and is an alternate member on NFPA 101 Life Safety Code TCC, NFPA 3-4, NFPA 1030, and NFPA 1730. Prior to joining UL, James had more than 30 years of inspection experience, including serving as the fire marshal for the city of Bloomington, Minnesota.


Richard P. KadlubowskiRichard P. Kadlubowski, AIA, Senior Vice President and Director of Architecture, Hoffmann Architects
Kadlubowski manages the Washington D.C. area office of Hoffmann Architects, an architecture and engineering firm specializing in the rehabilitation of building exteriors. A recognized authority on building envelope thermal and moisture protection, he is proficient at diagnosing and resolving building distress. With experience in a variety of historic and contemporary materials and systems, Kadlubowski develops strategies for the building envelope that apply state-of-the-art technologies while respecting historic integrity. Since 1990, he has been instrumental in leading the restoration of the Dome of the U.S. Capitol, a project that spanned over 20 years and included comprehensive evaluation and documentation of deficiencies, exhaustive testing of materials and methods and master planning and oversight of the ambitious repair work. Kadlubowski has provided building envelope assessment and design services for other noteworthy institutions, including the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution and the Folger Shakespeare Library. He has been with Hoffmann Architects for more than 30 years.


Calvin KamCalvin Kam, PhD, AIA, PE, LEED AP, Adjunct Professor, Center for Integrated Facility Engineering, Stanford University
Kam specializes in strategic innovation such as management scorecards, building information modeling (BIM), virtual design and construction (VDC), sustainable developments and smart cities evaluation. He is the Founder of Strategic Building Innovation | bimSCORE—the "GPS Navigator" for any enterprise or project team charting a course for construction innovation. Kam is the senior program expert of the National 3D-4D-BIM Program with GSA Public Buildings Service; he is an appointed international BIM expert for the Singapore government's Building Construction Authority and the only international Honorary Director of the China National BIM Union. Kam serves on the Research Advisory Group of the American Institute of Architects, where he also served as the former national co-chairman of AIA Center for Integrated Practice and former National Chairman of the AIA-TAP Knowledge Community. Kam was a recipient of various AIA, ASCE, SOM and Stanford University Fellowships, as well as ENR's "20 under 40" awards.


Kevin KampschroerKevin Kampschroer, Director, Office of Federal High-Performance Buildings, and Chief Sustainability Officer, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) 
Kampschroer has created the framework for which GSA responds to the challenges of improving a diverse and aging portfolio of commercial buildings so that they can serve the mission needs of their occupants, support effective work and deliver solid financial performance. In 2010, he was the contributing author to the first medical study showing the link between building characteristics on office worker stress and heart function. Current work is showing more specific links between the building functions and kinds of office layout and stress, physical activity and health. Kampschroer's goal is to influence and accelerate industry capability and adoption of high-performance principles across all aspects of asset creation, operation, maintenance and disposal. He leads GSA's effort to manage incremental weather and climate-related risks in prudent federal investments for public safety, health and security. He has worked on developing new energy conservation legislation, in expanding the scope of integrated design and related training.


Manfred KehrerManfred Kehrer, Senior Associate, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE)               
Kehrer joined WJE in 2017 and has been involved in researching, testing and analysis of exterior envelope and concrete systems. He has helped develop WJE's hygrothermal laboratory and computational fluid dynamics initiative for analysis of building enclosures. Prior to joining WJE, Kehrer was involved in the research and investigation of building science issues and developed analytical methods to advance the industry. He worked for more than 20 years at Fraunhofer IBP, Germany, in the area of hygrothermal performance of building enclosures and has been group manager for software development where he was responsible for development, quality control and sales of WUFI®. Kehrer was a senior building scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), where he was in charge of a variety of types of research in building science. Since 2011, Kehrer has been the Official WUFI® Collaboration Partner for USA/Canada.


Robert Knoedler, PE, EMP, CxA, President, Energy Management Association
In addition to his role as President of Energy Management Association, Knoedler is vice president and principal of commissioning and energy-related services at Hanson Professional Services Inc., where he has recorded more than 40 years of service. He has provided commissioning and energy-related services for public- and private-sector clients, including Sandy Grove Middle School in Lumber Bridge, N.C., which is the first net-positive energy, LEED® Platinum designed, leased public school in the United States.; Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida; the new South Airport Complex and Terminal C at Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Florida; and diplomatic facilities projects worldwide for the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Overseas Building Operations. Knoedler received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1975 and a master's degree in mechanical engineering in 1978, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a licensed professional engineer in several states; an Energy Management Professional (EMP); and a Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA).


Elise LoveElise Love, Senior Associate, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.        
Love is a licensed professional engineer and a Registered Roof Consultant, with over 9 years of experience in investigation, evaluation and repair of existing buildings, as well as building enclosure consulting and commissioning for new construction. Though formally trained as a structural engineer, she has attained extensive work experience related to the building enclosure, where she routinely draws upon her engineering knowledge. This experience has involved various components of the building enclosure, but lies primarily in the areas of roofing and above-grade exterior walls and the convergence of components in these systems.


Nicolas Luco, PhD, Research Structural Engineer, U.S. Geological Survey
Dr. Luco is chief of the USGS Engineering & Risk Project in Golden, Colorado. In that role, he serves as a liaison between the U.S. earthquake science, design/retrofit and risk communities. For example, as a liaison with the USGS National Seismic Hazard Mapping Project, Luco serves on the Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) Provisions Update Committee and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Seismic Subcommittee for the ASCE 7 Standard, focusing primarily on the development of earthquake ground motion maps for U.S. building codes. Prior to joining the USGS in 2004, he was a senior analysis engineer with the catastrophe loss modeling company, AIR Worldwide Corporation. Luco earned his doctorate and Bachelor of Science in civil/structural engineering and a master's degree in statistics from Stanford University; his Master of Science in civil/structural engineering is from the University of California, Berkeley.


Kayla C. MainesKayla C. Maines, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Project Architect, Building Exterior Solutions, A Terracon Company
Located in Austin, Maines is a registered architect in the state of Texas and carries a GBCI certificate as a LEED AP BD+C. She has 11 years of experience that includes managing projects from schematic design through construction administration, multidiscipline coordination, reviewed submittals and shop drawings, and performed field observations. Maines also has coordinated efforts in a LEED Core and Shell submission. As a building exterior consultant for Terracon, her duties include performing design peer reviews, building envelope assessments, construction observations and repair and rehabilitation design. Maines also is involved in the BEC Austin Chapter as the chair elect for 2020 as well as the 2018-2019 secretary for the CSI Austin Chapter.


Joe ManganelliJoe Manganelli, Architect; Human Factors Consultant, xplr design, llc; Fluor Enterprises, Inc.; Kent State University School of Information
Manganelli's goal is improving the capacity of the built environment to enhance human health, well-being and cognition. His research engages architecture, cognitive science, human factors, systems science and evolutionary biology. Manganelli develops constructs, methods, measures and tools for placing and analyzing the performance of agents (people, buildings, other organisms, hardware, software) within a shared representational framework. He founded xplr design, a human factors consultancy. He is an architect, human factors consultant, innovation catalyst and sustainability consultant with Fluor in its Life Sciences and Advanced Manufacturing division. Manganelli teaches information architecture and user experience research and design for Kent State University's School of Information. He is a member of the National Institute of Building Sciences' buildingSMART alliance Thought Leadership and Information Standards Subcommittees, and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society's Systems Development, Environmental Design and Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making Technical Groups.


Casey Martin, CFM, AIA, AICP, Program Manager, Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.           
Martin is a subject matter expert delivering facility and asset management strategies. In this role, she consults with private and U.S. federal institutions, providing full life-cycle perspectives throughout project development stages. Her approach considers important long-term views such as total cost of ownership, reliability-centered maintenance practices, operation strategies, and processes and policies to align asset management with business and mission objectives. Martin currently is the chair for the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for ISO Technical Committee 267 (ISO TC 267) that is developing the Facility Management guidance and the anticipated ISO 41001 Facility Management standard, "Management systems – Requirements with guidance for use.”


David Meyers, AIA, PMP, CxA, National Commissioning Manager, Burns & McDonnell
Over the past 20 years, Meyers has contributed to multiple publications on how to successfully design and maintain energy efficient buildings. In 2017 he was asked to present at the SAME European Engineering Capabilities Workshop, Critical Power Summit and the National Conference on Building Commissioning. Meyers also serves as The American Institute of Architects representative for commissioning. During the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he was instrumental to the successful review of the energy performance of 398 General Services Administration buildings throughout the United States.


Renee MoeRenee Moe, Project Architect - Associate, Healthcare Design Studio, Plunkett Raysich Architects, LLP
With over 20 years of experience, Moe has been an integral team member on over 200 projects for both healthcare and long-term care clients, including over 70 for Aspirus Wausau Hospital in Wausau, Wisconsin. She understands how to effectively communicate with team members, staff, administration and users to create a space that is efficient, functional and comforting to aide in the healing process. Renee serves as a mentor within the firm and provides guidance to up-and-coming professionals.


Brian NeelyBrian H. Neely, AIA, CDT, BECxPSM, Associate, Gale Associates, Inc.
Neely is a senior project manager for Gale's Building Enclosure Design and Consulting Group. Gale is a 100-person consulting firm that specializes in the repair, renovation and adaptive reuse of existing buildings, sites and infrastructures. Neely performs building enclosure evaluations and designs focused on building repairs, restoration and energy conservation. He has experience in developing low-maintenance renovations and energy conservation upgrades to public and private facilities while retaining the historic building elements. Neely provides building code reviews, including ADA and Massachusetts Architectural Access Board Regulations. He also leads Gale's building enclosure commissioning group, most recently on new educational, research facilities and medical centers. An advocate for industry education and networking, Neely serves as co-chair of the Building Enclosure Council – Boston (2014 to present) and is past president of the CSI – Boston Chapter (2008-2012).


Alejandra NietoAlejandra Nieto, Building Science Project Manager, ROCKWOOL North America and a Certified Passive House Consultant
As a project manager and specialist in building science for ROCKWOOL Building Science, Nieto's role includes providing unbiased building enclosure solutions to the architectural community; advancing the research of enclosure system performance; and managing projects related to energy efficient, durable and resilient enclosure design. She holds a Master of Building Science from Ryerson University; with a background in construction science and management and architectural technology from George Brown College. Nieto is an active member in multiple ASHRAE technical committees; and is fluent in different modelling and simulation software, including AutoCAD, WUFI, Heat 3 and THERM.


Neil NorrisNeil Norris, MASc, P.Eng, CPHD, Building Science Engineer, Morrison Hershfield Ltd.
Norris has significant experience in the thermal analysis of building envelope systems and has analyzed the performance of a wide variety of building assemblies for construction projects, manufacturers and industry research. He is a Certified Passive House Designer and was a main contributor to the Building Envelope Thermal Bridging Guide and ASHRAE 1365-RP. Norris has presented extensively to architects, engineers, building officials and other designers on how to calculate building envelope performance.


Robert Otani, PE, LEED AP, Chief Technology Officer, Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.
At Thornton-Tomasetti, Inc., a 1200+ person multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm, Otani founded the CORE studio, an applications development, advanced computational modeling and R&D group. He serves on the Advisory Committee for the firm-wide Research and Development program and liaison with TTWiiN Inc., an independent entity created by the firm focused on driving innovation to commercialization of products. Otani has extensive structural design and project management experience involving commercial, infrastructure, institutional, cultural and residential structures. Over his 20-year career, he has worked on a wide variety of complex projects, including high-rise buildings, long-span roof structures, sports arenas, airport terminals, major building structural renovations and retrofits and complex art projects totaling over $2 billion USD of construction. His professional and academic interests focus on informed architecture relating to optimized structural typologies, high-performance structures and structural sustainability. Otani has served as president of the Structural Engineers Association of New York.

Alyin OzkanAlyin Ozkan, PhD, University of Toronto
Ozkan, who has an architectural background, recently completed her PhD in Building Science at Istanbul Technical University. She also holds a Master's degree in Environmental Building Design at the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, she works as a researcher and lecturer at the University of Toronto. Prior to that, she worked in a leading architectural firm as a Sustainable Building Advisor. Her research areas include energy efficiency, passive systems and early design stages in architectural practice, with a specialization in thermally autonomous and resilient building design.

Manny Perotin, Senior Project Manager, CDM Smith
Perotin has more than 15 years of experience in civil engineering, risk and vulnerability assessments, hazard mitigation, benefit-cost analysis, floodplain management, planning, disaster recovery and project management. He has worked on dozens of natural disasters as a FEMA Technical Assistance Contractor. Perotin served on post-disaster damage, mitigation assessment and hazard mitigation assistance grant technical review teams, in addition to serving as an instructor teaching benefit-cost analysis and building science courses throughout the country and contributing author to multiple FEMA publications. He is a U.S. Army veteran, a licensed professional engineer in Florida and a Certified Floodplain Manager.


Nicole PetersonNicole Peterson, Project Director, Thornton Tomasetti
Peterson brings an analytical perspective, integrating engineering and environmental design via cross-practice collaboration to Thornton Tomasetti's Sustainability and Renewal practices. She has expertise in building envelope analysis and façade optimization and supports a large range of projects from energy analysis, daylighting, hygrothermal, thermal and benchmarking work. Prior to her current position, she worked at the University of Washington Integrated Design Lab (UW IDL) while pursuing a Master of Science in Architecture-Design Computing with a focus in computational lighting design, daylight analysis and metrics. Peterson has bachelor's degrees from Penn State in Mechanical Engineering, Spanish, and International Studies.


Filip PonulakFilip Ponulak, PhD, Director of Data Science, Site 1001
Site 1001 develops software for smart buildings. Ponulak holds a PhD in machine learning and robotics and has over 15 years of experience in analytics, big data, robotics, IoT and business strategy development. He has worked with large corporations, small businesses and startups and holds 15 U.S. patents and authored over 15 publications. Ponulak regularly speaks at international events, including keynotes and expert panels at technology conferences.


John PoseneckerJohn Posenecker, PE, Department Manager II, Building Exterior Solutions, Inc. (BES)/Terracon
Posenecker is a registered engineer in the State of Texas. His experience includes the design, construction, testing and forensic investigation of building envelope systems. Previously, he was an estimating manager with Chamberlin Roofing and Waterproofing; project manager for AEC, a noise control contractor; an engineering team leader at Southern Company Services; and a senior engineer with Bechtel Power. Throughout his career, Posenecker has participated in a wide variety of projects associated with the building envelope that include containment systems for commercial nuclear power plants; noise control systems for commercial and institutional projects; waterproofing for commercial high-rise office and multi-family buildings, medical and educational institutional projects and large concrete structural projects. Posenecker specializes in waterproofing and cladding systems associated with the building envelope.


Elizabeth PughElizabeth Pugh, Associate III, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
Since joining WJE in 2014, Pugh has participated in a variety of building enclosure investigations and repair projects. She has performed investigations of moisture problems, including in-situ air pressurization and temperature measurements and water penetration testing, in buildings of all types. She has assisted in the development of repair designs, as well as design reviews of building enclosures in new construction. Pugh has particular expertise in moisture and condensation problems in building enclosures. She is an NFRC Certified Simulator, proficient in the use of THERM and WINDOW to analyze thermal performance and localized heat transfer effects in assemblies. Pugh also has studied the use of three-dimensional finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software packages for building enclosure applications.


Blake RatcliffBlake Ratcliff, Director, Economic Development and Disaster Recovery, Institute for Building Technology and Safety
Ratcliff oversees IBTS's Economic Development and Disaster Recovery (EDDR) group. He currently manages New York City's "Build it Back"(BiB) program to develop elevation plans for hundreds of homes affected by Superstorm Sandy. He also currently oversees natural disaster recovery activities in Texas and Oklahoma and is responsible for IBTS's economic development programs, including direct grant projects. He oversaw IBTS's disaster recovery tasks during Hurricane Ike recovery, and managed inspection services for the construction and renovation of military housing. Ratcliff has been the key to over 10 startup businesses, including: regional apartment rehabilitation and development projects, start-up businesses in Beijing, China, and others. Ratcliff is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a bachelor's degree in applied science. He has a Master of Business Administration from the Virginia Technical Institute.


Patrick ReicherPatrick Reicher, Associate Principal, Raths, Raths & Johnson
Reicher is a licensed structural engineer in the state of Illinois with over 13 years of experience in forensic investigation, evaluation and repair design of existing buildings; and building enclosure consulting and commissioning for new construction projects. He also is a Registered Exterior Wall Consultant (REWC), Registered Exterior Wall Observer (REWO), Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) and Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA). He currently serves on several committees and task forces for RCI Inc., and as the education chair and treasurer of the Chicago Area Chapter of RCI (CAC-RCI). He also serves on several committees and task forces as a professional member of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA).


Michael RimoldiMichael Rimoldi, Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc. (FLASH)              
Rimoldi is a state certified building contractor, state licensed building plans examiner and state licensed building official. He also is an International Code Council certified electrical plans examiner, fire inspector and disaster response inspector with over 30 years of experience in the construction industry and a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM). Rimoldi was most recently the building official for Hillsborough County, Florida, a community of 1.3 million residents and a geographical area of approximately 1,200 square miles. Rimoldi received a master's in public administration in 2011 from the University of South Florida (USF) and is a doctoral candidate from USF.


Tony RinellaTony Rinella, Senior Director, Strategic Building Innovation • bimSCORE
Rinella's leadership includes vision, strategy, education, marketing, systems development, targeting, analysis, evaluation and advisory to optimize project and enterprise outcomes for clients internationally.
His 35+year career includes architectural design, knowledge systems and digitalization supporting facilities design, delivery and management. As principal and CIO of a multinational architecture practice, he led IT efforts for 2+ decades. Rinella co-founded the tech company Allen&Rinella and advised companies including Canterbury, Dassault and Graphisoft. He pioneered collaborative virtual education programs for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and co-founded DESIGN[realized]. Rinella's pro bono contributions advancing Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) include spearheading awareness and education programs during 12+ years as a leader of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Technology in Architectural Practice Knowledge Community, assisting formation of AIA Center for Integrated Practice, numerous educational efforts for industry organizations around the world, original research for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) BIM case studies, work on the U.S. National Building Information Modeling Standard (NBIMS) and other efforts. Published contributions include the Computer Technology in Practice section of AIA's The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice (2008 and 2014), AIA Report on Integrated Practice, Folio 8. Technology, Process Improvement and Cultural Change (co-authored with Jim Bedrick), APEC BIM Startup Guide, and Guide to Performance Metrics and BIM to support Green Building Objectives, editor of SF_line issue: All Things BIM, other publications related to technology and Integrated Project Delivery. He has presented on VDC-related topics in Asia, Australia, Europe and the US.


Cory RobbinsCory Robbins, Business Development, EDA Contractors Inc.
Robbins is an established public speaker/presenter for over a decade and works for EDA Contractors, the innovators of the EDA Envelope. His single focus is to become the spearhead of a movement in the construction industry where installers and architects alike are responsible/liable for the work they create, therefore raising workmanship and motivation to perform work right the first time. Robbins has presented to over 60 architecture firms and at CSI CONSTRUCT, CSI Philadelphia & DC/Metro & Rhode Island Chapters, Buildings Enclosure Council (BEC) BEST5, Design on the Delaware ('16 & ‘18), CSI Regional Conference (Mid-Atlantic, Southwest and Midwest).  Cory also has moderated panels for Drexel University, ASPE, CSI Philadelphia, ReBuild Philadelphia (Mayor James Kenney) and AIA Philadelphia.


Anil Sawhney, PhD, FRICS, FEA, Director of the Infrastructure Sector, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Dr. Sawhney leads the emerging RICS initiative and strategy on placing and positioning the Institute within the field of excellent commercial management of project globally with a primary focus on the (economic) infrastructure sector, defined by the RICS as transport, utilities, energy and similar fields. He is involved in the production of an infrastructure sector body of knowledge, standards, guidance, information, education and training relating to professional development.


Rusty SmithRusty Smith, Associate Director, Rural Studio, Auburn University
Established in 1993, Rural Studio, Auburn University's internationally recognized design-build program, gives architecture students a hands-on educational experience while assisting the underserved communities of Alabama's rural Black Belt delta. To date, Rural Studio has educated more than 900 citizen architects. Educated first at Auburn University and then at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Smith is a nationally-recognized teacher and scholar. His honors related to teaching excellence include the receipt of both The American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Teaching Honor Award and AIA Students National Teaching Honor Award. Collectively, Rural Studio has garnered numerous recognitions for both teaching and design, including The American Institute of Architects Presidential Citation, The Whitney M. Young Jr. Award for Social Responsibility and the UNESCO Global Award for Sustainable Architecture.


Peter Spanos, PE, CFM, LEED® AP, Project Engineer, Civil Engineering Group, Gale Associates, Inc.        
Spanos is responsible for project engineering related to site design and permitting. Services include athletic track, field and event layout, synthetic turf design, site drainage analysis and design, utility relocation, road layout and design, design of water and wastewater treatment systems, parking lot layout and design and construction administration.


Mackenzie StaggMackenzie Stagg, Research Professor, Auburn University School of Architecture, and Manager, Rural Studio “20K House” initiative
Rural Studio gives architecture students a hands-on educational experience while assisting the underserved communities of Alabama's rural Black Belt delta. The students work in partnership with their neighbors in the local community to define solutions, fundraise, design and ultimately build remarkable projects. Over 15 years, Stagg has worked with Rural Studio in a variety of capacities: first as a student, then as outreach instructor and now as research faculty exploring the 20K House initiative. Through Rural Studio, she has worked on the design and construction of 10 houses, as well as on community-centered projects. Stagg's work at Rural Studio has been intertwined with design work at firms in Birmingham, Alabama; Christiansburg, Virginia; and, most recently, New Orleans, Louisiana.


Bryan SteversonBryan Steverson, Program Advisor, Office of Federal High-Performance Buildings, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
Over the past 5 years, Steverson has led the circadian lighting research program at GSA's Office of Federal High-Performance Buildings that has identified several connections between indoor lighting in office buildings and human health benefits. He is currently working to translate these findings into guidance, best practices and policies for use in federal buildings. He has over 16 years of experience in high-performance buildings and environmental policy. Steverson has co-authored several articles for the Journal of Sleep Health and the Journal of Lighting Research and Technology on circadian lighting in office buildings. He also has presented GSA's research findings at several national conferences, webinars and podcasts such as the U.S. Green Buildings Council podcast entitled Built for Health where he discussed the connections between lighting and health.


Nick ThornsburyNick Thornsbury, Construction Project Manager, Burns & McDonnell
Thornsbury has a proven record of executing design-build and design-bid-build projects for commercial clients with a focus on speed-to-market, quality and value. He provides turnkey solutions geared toward saving money and time for his clients. His 21 years of project experience spans roles as contractor, owner and consulting engineer, giving him perspective on all aspects of a project. Thornsbury is a trusted partner on all project phases, from planning through design and construction.


Mai “Mike” Tong, Senior Physical Scientist, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Tong serves as project officer for various FEMA National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) funded technical development projects. One of the major projects he oversees is the development of the 2020 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures, which is being carried out by the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC). Tong has been with FEMA since 2007. Prior to joining FEMA, he was a senior research scientist at Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER) at University at Buffalo. He received his master's and doctorate degrees from University at Buffalo.


Steve TyinkSteve Tyink, Vice President of Business Innovation, Miron Construction Co., Inc.            
Tyink is an energetic, dynamic speaker who engages clients in the development of experiential visioning. He leads innovation teams at the functional and departmental level, benchmarking future-state innovation solutions and best-practices. Tyink helps to break the current cultural paradigms while building a new vision for delivering consumer-driven services that informs the operational and architectural planning process. A keynote speaker for more than 70 national conferences, Tyink is most widely known for his work in experience-based design.


Stuart UlshStuart Ulsh, Senior Engineering Technical Specialist – Staff Vice President, FM Global
FM Global is a Fortune 1000 company which delivers engineering, risk analysis and insurance services to the company's multinational clients around the world. Ulsh reports to the Engineering Standard Group and focuses on developing and providing engineering, technical guidance and training for flood hazards. Over the last fifteen years, he developed FM Global's levee and flood evaluation standards, training materials and reporting procedures. Ulsh helped evaluate levees in England, the Netherlands, Germany, South Korea, China, Japan and the United States. He has worked for FM Global for over 32 years. Ulsh holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and is a member of the Association of State Floodplain Managers.  


José L. Valenzuela, Central Office of Recovery, Reconstruction & Resiliency (COR3)
Valenzuela was appointed in November 2017 by the Governors Authorized Representative (GAR) as the State Hazard Mitigation Officer (SHMO) after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico (PR). The SHMO is the official representative of state government who is the primary point of contact with FEMA, other federal agencies and local governments in mitigation planning and implementation of mitigation programs and activities. Valenzuela was appointed in January 2017 by the PR Governor, Hon. Ricardo Rosselló, and confirmed by the PR Senate, as an associate member and vice president of the Puerto Rico Planning Board, the lead agency that manages the land use regulations and planning of the Island. He was appointed by the Director of the PR Permits Management Office as an associate member of the Adjudicative Board, who's responsible of the evaluation and determination of all discretionary permits application. He was also appointed in January 2009, by former Governor Luis G. Fortuño, as the advisor on energy, environment, infrastructure and planning affairs, a position he held during the entire term of the administration.


Matthew VantureMatthew Vanture, VDC Manager, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. 
Vanture is an experienced 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. He enjoys finding ways to involve Dynamo, Power Shell and other automations in his workflows. Vanture has a strong operations focus and passion for moving what is learned by the 3D pre-construction process to the field. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science focused in Construction Management from the University of Florida.


Meghan WalshMeghan Walsh, Senior Architect, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development
Walsh is a licensed architect and a LEED AP. She holds a master's degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan, a master's degree in Real Estate Finance from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Massachusetts. As the principal architect for her own firm, prior to her career in federal government, she designed and managed the construction of a variety of projects and is a technical subject matter expert in architectural design, construction project delivery, as well as the environmental and financial sustainability of buildings.  While on detail to the Office of Management and Budget, she co-authored a paper entitled “Standards and Finance to Support Community Resilience” with a team of subject matter experts at the White House published in December 2016.

Joseph WeisbordJoseph Weisbord, Director, Credit and Housing Access, Fannie Mae
Weisbord is responsible for developing corporate-wide, strategic business initiatives to increase access to mortgage credit and affordable housing. He works with senior management, customers, regulators and a wide range of industry stakeholders to understand emerging market needs and develop responses aligned with the Company's historic mission, regulatory mandates and business objectives. Previously, he led efforts to prevent foreclosures and reduce credit losses through partnerships with lenders, housing and credit counseling organizations, and government in distressed markets across the country. He joined Fannie Mae in 2005 to lead the company's homelessness initiative, which invested in creation of over 7,800 units of supportive and affordable housing for homeless and at-risk individuals and families. Weisbord has extensive experience in affordable housing finance, development and policy. He began his career in the construction industry. He has taught in the graduate city and regional planning program at Pratt Institute. Weisbord serves on a number of nonprofit boards, including the New York Mortgage Coalition, the Center for New York City Neighborhoods and the Center for Urban Community Services.

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