NIBS COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall: The Future of Design & Construction

Date: June 29, 2020, 3:30 pm ET

Location: Zoom Virtual Meeting

Sponsored By
Dell Technologies - Intel

Join the conversation as the National Institute of Building Sciences hosts a virtual town hall with leaders from across the built environment to address concerns regarding building safety around COVID-19. The pandemic is forcing businesses and organizations to reevaluate future plans. Your company will want to be ready for anything — learn about what you can do to keep your staff and employees safe as the nation reopens for business. In this town hall, industry experts will cover:

  • How will offices be redesigned moving forward
  • The importance of facility management
  • What will become of co-work spaces
  • Future of commercial buildings

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Brought to you by the NIBS Consultative Council


Darrell Rounds serves as the Operations Group Manager responsible for Facilities Management at the General Motors' headquarters in Detroit. Darrell has more than 22 years of facilities management and engineering experience. He has led operations and maintenance activities for facilities of more than 53 million square feet and $7.2 billion in asset replacement costs. He is a graduate of Michigan State University (B.S. Electrical Engineering) and Eastern Michigan University (M.S. Construction Management). Some of his certifications include the Facilities Management Administrator (FMA) designation from BOMI International and the Certified Energy Manager (CEM) from the Association of Energy Engineers. Darrell is a member of the Board of Directors with the National Institute of Building Sciences.

Mindy started her career in commercial real estate in 1986, working in an architecture firm designing office space for occupiers. Mindy joined Cresa's Washington, DC office as a Managing Principal in 2012. She specializes in working with nonprofit organizations and is Managing Principal of Cresa's Nonprofit Practice Group. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mindy led the Remote Work Task Force that resulted in the new service line, Cresa Remote Advisory Services. Mindy holds a lifetime accreditation from the US Green Building Council as a leader in energy and environmental design. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Textile Marketing from the University of Maryland, Mindy obtained a Masters of Science degree in Marketing from Johns Hopkins University.

Jennifer Kolstad is the Global Design Director at Ford Motor Company with design oversight focused on Ford's environmental assets. Her role seeks to unify Ford's brand language through architecture and design, investigating opportunities for cultural and behavioral change, elevating design impact internal and external to the global Ford ecosystem. Dedicated to the longevity of the interior design profession holistically, Jennifer is the 2020 Chair of the American Society of Interior Designers. Jennifer achieved a Master of Architecture degree from Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and was a recipient of the SOM Graduate Fellowship.

As Managing Director of the San Diego office, Kevin has been a pivotal force for client development, project leadership, and strategic vision. He successfully has diversified the San Diego practice, growing the team from 20 to 100, through collaboration with industry-leading clients, including private companies, public REITs, colleges and universities, and government entities. In addition to being an active member of organizations like the Urban Land Institute and the Downtown San Diego Partnership, Kevin serves on the Board of Directors for the NAIOP San Diego Chapter and is an Advisory Board Member to the NewSchool of Architecture and Design. Kevin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Lehigh University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Alisha Wilkins is an organizational psychologist, who has conducted extensive research on the challenges individuals experience developing psychological connections with each other when communicating using technology. She has over 17 years of public affairs and government relations experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sector. She served as owner and political consultant for the Empire Consulting Group. Prior to her work with the Empire Consulting Group, Dr. Wilkins led the public affairs department for Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest in Riverside County for ten years. She was appointed by the Governor of the State of California to the Commission on the Status of Women & Girls in 2014, and she currently serves as the Chair of the Commission. Dr. Wilkins has an amazing ability to build and connect individuals and communities. She also has a profound dedication to women issues, like pay equity and girls in STEM.


Katharine E. Morgan is president of ASTM International. With three decades of experience in increasingly strategic and managerial roles at ASTM, Katharine is a respected leader in the global standards community. After earning her bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Lafayette College, Katharine began her career at ASTM supervising the standards development work of several technical committees. In 2007, she was appointed vice president of Technical Committee Operations. In this position, she directed a 50-member team, leading efforts to create, track, evaluate, and adjust strategic business plans for each of the division's units. In addition, as part of ASTM's senior leadership team, Katharine helped guide ASTM's overall policies, finances, and partnerships. She assumed the presidency in 2017. Katharine holds a master's degree in business administration from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania.


Jennifer Hitzke,
Executive Assistant & Board Liaison
National Institute of Building Sciences

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