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Expanding Design Services

Building Performance focuses on systems integration, materials and methods, operations, and metrics of a viable building that contributes to a healthy work and living space.

Session 1
BP 1 9:30-10:30 a.m.
1 LU/HSW Hour

The Next Wave: The LEED V4 Rating System Family
Presenter: Marc Mondor, AIA, LEED Faculty, evolveEA

LEED has become the dominant global green building rating system since its introduction only 15 years ago. Currently, over 50,000 LEED projects comprise 9 billion square feet in 130 countries. LEED has evolved to provide sustainability metrics to buildings, interiors, sites, neighborhoods, and building operations. The forthcoming Version 4 of LEED (V4) will be released in 2013, and will supersede every current LEED rating system. This informative presentation will describe the logic behind the forthcoming changes to LEED adopted through the USGBC’s membership driven comments, and will describe the past, present, and future of the LEED rating system.

Session 2
BP2 11:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.
1 LU/HSW Hour

ENERGY STAR: An Alternative Brand and Value Proposition
Presenters: Joseph T. Nelson, Sota Construction Services, Inc., and Tom Valerio, PE, CEM, LEED AP, Tower Engineering

Did you know that a home or manufacturing plant can earn ENERGY STAR certification just like your refrigerator? An ENERGY STAR certified building meets strict energy performance standards set by the EPA and uses less energy, is less expensive to operate, and causes fewer greenhouse gas emissions than its peers. This course presents a framework for achieving superior energy efficiency using the EPA ENERGY STAR program and offers the unique practical perspective of a developer-builder using ENERGY STAR to enhance the value of housing in our region.

Sessions 3 & 4
BP3 and BP4 1:30-5:30 p.m.
4 LU/HSW Hours

The 2030 Challenge: Setting + Achieving Energy Goals with Integrated Design
Presenters: Vivian Loftness, FAIA, LEED AP, Carnegie Mellon University; Sean Luther, Green Building Alliance; and Marc Mondor, AIA, LEED Faculty, evolveEA

Success with advanced energy performance projects requires not only a detailed understanding of the individual strategies involved, but also a strategic understanding of the design professional’s role in the design and construction process and how to orchestrate an already dauntingly complex process. This session revisits the integrated design and target creating process, and then looks outward to the contextualize the design professional in the larger environment of the project and, equally important, the firm. Key to the success of the 2030 Challenge is movement from learning to action. This session will examine the movement from in-class exercise to on-site implementation. Additionally, the session will provide tools for helping your firm institutionalize the creation of high-performance buildings and becoming a change agent within your community.


Working Collectively for Artful Results

Design courses include project planning, either new building or existing, from concept design through design development and documentation.

Session 1
D1 9:30-10:30 a.m.
1 LU/HSW Hour

LED Light Sources for Energy Efficiency
Presenter: Kent A. Lewis, PE, LC LEED AP, CJL Engineering and John Sundy, LC, CJL Engineering

This course will provide an introduction to energy-efficient LED lighting and an update on the latest LED technology and design considerations. It will compare the advantages and disadvantages of LED lighting sources, review considerations for specifications and installations, and review new energy code requirements.

Session 2
D2 11:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.
1 LU/HSW Hour

Older Buildings, Newer Codes: Preserving and Strengthening the Urban Fabric without Compromising Life Safety
Presenters: Matthew Diersen, AIA, Rothschild Doyno Collaborative; Erik Harless, City of Pittsburgh, Bureau of Building Inspection; and Alan Weiskopf, AIA, Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel

Historic urban buildings are essential to preserving and strengthening our urban fabric. Developers tend to shy away from these complex building types due to the uncertainty of obtaining building permit variances through the Board of Appeals. This course will review obstacles, by discussing code issues associated with a few local projects, and identify strategies for permitting such projects.

Session 3
D3 1:45-3:15 p.m.
1.5 LU/HSW Hours

The PURIFLUME: Proof of Concept and Policy Change
Presenter: John Folan, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Carnegie Mellon University

This course will present a case study illustrating the complete design process for the PURIFLUME proof of concept project. The case study will chronicle the evolution of the project from community engagement through concept generation, onto construction, deployment, and performance monitoring. The PURIFLUME is a catalytic demonstration project employing a closed loop water filtration system. Featuring elements commonly found in a municipal spray park, the project provides an exciting experience for children of all ages while perfoming as an interactive educational tool, demonstrating water conservation and passive water management systems that can help eliminate non-point source pollution problems associated with combined sewer systems in post industrial cities. This case study will illustrate how developed data collected from a proof of concept project can be utilized to empower communities and inform broad scale policy change.

Session 4
D4: 3:45–5:15 p.m.
1.5 LU/HSW Hours

“Off-The-Grid” Sustainable Systems Design: Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus
Presenters: Walter Fowler, Chatham University, and Michael W. Takacs, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Chatham University’s Eden Hall Environmental Studies Campus is a unique development designed to demonstrate progressive and practical sustainable site and building design. Construction has begun on the initial phases of the campus, which are designed with the objective of treating storm and waste water systems “off-the-grid” as well as other sustainable initiatives. Along with rainwater harvesting and gray water reuse, the campus will collect rainwater and treat wastewater naturally using bio-filtration systems. In this case study representatives of the university and civil engineers will provide an overview of the current campus master plan, outline the sustainable design initiatives, review the water conservations objectives for the campus, discuss design strategies for addressing the collection and processing of water, and address the challenges of obtaining state and local regulatory approvals for these innovative systems.


Recognizing New Opportunities

Leadership is knowledge that inspires changes and transformations in thinking and practice, in regard to issues of society, firms, and organizational entities.

Session 1
L1 9:30-10:30 a.m.
1 LU Hour

Designer as Developer
Presenters: Timothy McDonald, Onion Flats, and Donald H. Montgomery, AIA, Montgomery & Rust, Inc.

Take charge of your work! Lead the direction of architecture and design; extend your role beyond the drawing board and into the building process; be in control of you own projects; and potentially enhance financial returns. Join architect Tim MacDonald of Onion Flats, a Philadelphia-based development company that is part of a development/design/build collective, and Don Montgomery, AIA, of Montgomery & Rust, Inc., a local design/build team, to discuss the ‘Designer as Developer’ business and practice model. Using examples of their work, attendees will be able to gain a better understanding of what it takes to get started as a developer, the advantages and risks associated with taking on the role of the developer, and how to achieve successful outcomes.

Session 2
L2 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1 LU Hour

Good Design, Real Value
Presenter: Dawn Danyo DiMedio, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

The value of good design is measurable; it has the potential to impact property and resale values, operational costs, profit margins, and tax revenues. The value of good design must be measured over the life of a structure, not isolated to initial design and construction expenditures. Participants of this course will gain an understanding of the long-term value of good design thought key examples, as well as strategies for conveying value in terms that are meaningful and beneficial to clients.

Session 3
L3 1:45-3:15 p.m.
1.5 LU Hours

Forecasting: An Outlook for Opportunity
Moderator: Jeffrey Burd, Tall Timber Group
Panelists: Jeremy Waldrup, President and CEO, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, and Jeffrey Ackerman, Executive Vice President, CBRE

Delve into the market conditions and economic projections for our region. This presentation will discuss current and future market trends for specific business sectors and new economic initiatives for our region. Attendees of this course will be equipped with insightful data, helping them identify how these trends could affect their design practice, and recognize new business opportunities.

Session 4
L4 3:45-5:15 p.m.
1.5 LU Hours

Beyond the Printed Word: Marketing In the Age of Social Media
Facilitators: Luke Havrilla, AIA, Stantec, and Sean Sheffler, AIA, WTW Architects
Panelists: Lori Miller, Perkins Eastman; Brian Skripac, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Astorino; and Patty Swisher, IKM Incorporated

From black and white advertisements in the local newspaper to the digital dominance of Facebook and Twitter, companies of all sizes, styles, and sorts have endeavored to reach their desired audiences with successful and innovative marketing techniques.  Communication efforts – verbally, visually, physically, and digitally – have transformed over decades of altering genres and milieus. In an age where counting the number of visitors to a company website can give a sense of effective outreach, the concept of developing and delivering a company “brand” to express a firm’s perceived identity is now commonplace in today’s contemporary culture.

Join local leaders in marketing, branding, and social networking for a panel discussion on using efficient and effective marketing techniques to promote architectural and design services. Digital media, brand enhancement, and successful message delivery will be discussed and debated in today’s rapidly changing and vastly competitive world.


Reinventing the Way We Do Business

Practice track courses address processes, procedures, and policies involved in running a firm and/or managing projects, and may include discussions regarding safe and sustainable built environments, project delivery systems, contracts and agreements, intellectual property, ethics, and risk management as they are practiced within firms, corporations, government agencies, and other organizations.

Session 1
P1 9:30-10:30 a.m.
1 LU Hour

Negotiating: Preserving Value and Integrity
Facilitator: Michael J. Cremonese, Esq., Burns White LLC
Panelists: Daniel Marcinko, University of Pittsburgh; Chris Lasky, Massaro Corporation; and Tony Molinaro, Allen & Shariff Engineering

Value is perceived. Without understanding the perceptions – and misconceptions – of a design professional’s roles, responsibilities, and value, design professionals struggle to negotiate fair contracts and corresponding fees. This course will prepare participants to successfully translate the value that they bring to a project, negotiate a fee that corresponds to the stated value of services provided, and use negotiation for better collaboration.

Session 2
P2 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1 LU Hour

Integrated Project Delivery: Manage the Process/Manage the Risk
Presenters: Michael J. Cremonese, Attorney at Law, Burns White LLC, and Kurt Karstens/Sally Krauss, Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc.

Collaborative construction has the ability to reduce claims; however, it presents a new paradigm with new risks. Understanding the new risks and how to manage the process is the key to project success. This course will discuss how standard contracts contemplate allocation risk for IPD projects and review the new risks associated with IPD projects. Attendees will also learn how to manage these risks and how collaborative construction can return the design professional to the role of master builder.

Session 3
P3 1:45-3:15 p.m.
1.5 LU Hours

Collaborative Design and Construction Case Studies: Using “IPD-Like” Behaviors to Improve Project Outcomes
Facilitator: Paula M. Selvaggio, RPLU, Selvaggio Teske + Associates, A Divison of Oswald Companies
Panelists: Michael C. Zambro, ACHA, EDAC, Bostwick Design Partnership; Brian Skripac, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Astorino; and a representative from Massaro Corporation.

The AEC industry is in the midst of unprecedented change. Many significant challenges are driving the industry to be more integrated and collaborative in its approach. Even though we are not seeing fully integrated project delivery (IPD) in the mainstream, in this area of the country through new relational contracting, we are seeing more “IPD-like” behaviors in our traditional delivery systems through closer collaboration. These emerging hybrid delivery systems represent many new challenges to the industry that require careful planning, clearly delineating responsibilities, and heightened communication between the entire project team.

This session will feature case studies to illustrate how design, construction firms, and owners are addressing the challenges of implementing tighter collaboration and the value they are recognizing as a result. It will also highlight a regional project that is using formal IPD contracts, signaling that new delivery systems may soon be imminent.

Session 4
P4 3:45-5:15 p.m.
1.5 LU Hours

Strategies for Increasing Profits: Oh Yes You Can!
Presenter: Suzan Lami, AIA, Lami Grubb Architects, LP

Profit margins in design firms seem to be getting slimmer and slimmer, and architects and designers can be their own worst enemy when it comes to firm profitability. However, many firms are succeeding by employing creative strategies and business sense. By examining how other types of businesses have become successful, and applying those same strategies to our businesses, this course will inspire you to create and implement your own unique business plan geared toward profitability.