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The Best Contracts for Construction and Design

ConsensusDocs addresses fundamental issues like payment, schedule, disputes, and termination in a manner that helps build a better contractual foundation.

 

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Making Insulated Metal Panels Safer and Healthier

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Silicone glazed, fire-rated steel curtain wall by TGP

Fireframes SG Curtainwall® Series allows for large, fire-resistive glazed walls with the smooth, monolithic appearance of a structural silicone glazed system.

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Innovative solutions from DOWSIL™ bring awe-inspiring visions to life

Stanley Yee of DOWSIL™ takes us through the company's recent rebranding. Take a look at the products featured at A'18 and learn how DOWSIL™ continues the tradition of providing products and solutions that address performance, productivity and more.

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Introducing optimum performance next-generation insulation from Kingspan

Andrew Wilson of Kingspan Insulation shares with us their new product, OPTIM-R, at A'18. Watch this video to learn more about these vacuum insulated panels and how this product provides outstanding R-values and an ultra-thin insulation solution.

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Chad Holmes of ROCKWOOL discusses their new product, ROCKWOOL MULTIFIX™, at A'18. Watch this video to learn more about this new product and the importance of roofing insulation.

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Discover innovative pavers and retaining walls from Unilock

Mike Zengen of Unilock shares what sets their company and products apart from their competitors at A'18. Learn how Unilock continues to provide new solutions for specifiers and create products that revolutionize the market.

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Hear how PEX piping solutions for plumbing, mechanical/HVAC and radiant systems support current trends in commercial construction.

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Elevate aesthetics without compromising performance with Vitro Architectural Glass

Robert Struble of Vitro Architectural Glass shares a new low-iron glass at A'18 that is set to be released later this year. Innovative products like this one benefit the architect, owner and occupants of a building by upgrading the building's look while maintaining functionality.

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Modern design made possible with Nichiha Architectural Wall Panels

Tim Seims of Nichiha takes us through the innovation process that leads to exciting new products, like Miraia, at A'18. Take a look at how Nichiha's products provide the power of possibilities and offer options that previously seemed inaccessible.

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DaVinci Roofscapes introduces the Nature Crafted Collection

Michael Cobb of DaVinci Roofscapes shares with us their new collection of colors at A'18. The new collection is designed to capture realistic, nature-inspired colors while maintaining the performance features of DaVinci's products. 

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How Does the Industry Find Clarity During Complex Transitions?

As the construction industry undergoes its digital transformation, it’s more critical than ever for teams from all parts the industry to come together, discover what’s working and what’s not, and build on each other’s successes. In this first installment of a four-part series of bonus content from Accelerate Live! 2018 sponsored by Bluebeam, Senior Director of Innovation at Mortenson Construction Rick Khan, Program Director of Construction Management at Milwaukee School of Engineering Jeong Woo, Ph.D.,  Director of Design Technology Innovation at HOK Greg Schleusner, AIA, and President and CEO at VIATechnik Danielle Dy Buncio discuss the importance of thought-leadership and collaboration as the industry looks for clarity during a complex transition.

 

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Transforming What Works Into What Works Better

As digital solutions are introduced on jobsites around the world, it's clear that some are better adapted to real-world workflows than others. But sometimes technology points the way forward, offering huge efficiencies and entirely new workflows that were previously impossible. Join Rick Khan, (Mortenson Construction), Jeong Woo, Ph.D., (Milwaukee School of Engineering), Greg Schleusner, AIA, (HOK) and Danielle Dy Buncio (VIATechnik) as they take a break from Accelerate Live! 2018 as they talk about the future of technology in AECin this second installment of a four-part series sponsored by Bluebeam.

 

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Should the Industry Invest in People or Technology?

Technology will not solve the AEC industry's productivity problem. People will. Of course, people will need technology to do it, but as an industry we can’t afford to forget that it is individuals, all working together, who will deliver the actual change. With the current job shortage facing our industry, how do we invest in building the workforce that can deliver on the promise technology offers? Rick Khan, (Mortenson Construction), Jeong Woo, Ph.D., (Milwaukee School of Engineering), Greg Schleusner, AIA, (HOK) and Danielle Dy Buncio (VIATechnik) offer their views and suggestions on enabling the future AEC workforce in this third installment of a four-part series of bonus content from Accelerate Live! 2018, sponsored by Bluebeam

 

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What’s Driving the Most Profitable AEC Innovations?

At the end of the day, progress is measured in profit. But what improvements and what efficiencies will deliver the most profit? Improved scheduling, risk reduction, collaborative project management, mapping and modeling can all deliver incredible boosts in productivity, but they all require totally different technologies and approaches. Learn what Rick Khan (Mortenson Construction), Jeong Woo, Ph.D., (Milwaukee School of Engineering), Greg Schleusner, AIA, (HOK) and Danielle Dy Buncio (VIATechnik) had to say when asked what the biggest driver is in the AEC tech revolution in this fourth and final installment of bonus content from Accelerate Live! 2018, sponsored by Bluebeam.

 

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Extreme weather events are inevitable. At tesa, increasing the chances of building survival is one of our most important concerns.

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Accelerate Live! talk: Regenerative design — When sustainability is not enough

 

SUMMARY
A fundamental shift is occurring from the old guard of sustainability to the new one of regenerative design. Whereas sustainable development attempts to meet the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations, regenerative development seeks to rejuvenate the environment and the people who live within its ecosystem. 

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), HMC’s Eric Carbonnier poses the question: What if buildings could actually rejuvenate ecosystems?

Carbonnier discusses how the goal of regenerative design is not simply to take less from nature, but to inspirit the environment around us. This starts by understanding our limitations and embracing the unknown. While the theory of regenerative design is—to some degree—may be unattainable, it is this "unknown" that inspires us to push the limits of what we know.

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Eric Carbonnier, PhD, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Vice President of Sustainability, Associate Principal
HMC Architects

Eric Carbonnier has 28 years of experience, and is an architect and vice president of sustainability, focused on energy conservation strategies that lead to zero-net energy architecture. He strives to develop the vision and integration of sustainable strategies into every project he takes on. This includes ground water recharge strategies, water conservation, thermal and electrical on-site renewable energy generation, downdraft cool towers, and local material reuse. Carbonnier has secured over $2 million in grants and certified the second-largest USGBC Campus in California, ranked 7th nationally, and 9th globally. He was a Graduate Teaching Fellow and Researcher at the University of Oregon's Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory, where he advanced high-performance windows using nano-fluid technology. Eric's sustainable design initiatives resonate throughout his career, and he has collaborated on numerous high-performance designs and award-winning projects. His dedication to sustainability, resilience, and energy independence resonates throughout his architectural practice and building science research. His approach brings the environment central to his regenerative development views and innovates solutions specific to every environment. Carbonnier's sustainable design initiatives resonate throughout his career, and has collaborated on numerous high-performance Pre-K–12 and community college projects designs. His career started at Montgomery Watson Harza (MWH) as an Environmental Engineer in 1989 focused on global water infrastructure projects. In 2000, Carbonnier joined HMC Architects' building partnerships with Pre-K–12 and community college clients throughout California.

 

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Sustainability is dead: Regenerative architecture is the new green

 

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Accelerate Live! talk: The smart jobsite — Predictive visual data analytics for proactive project controls

 

SUMMARY
The rise of reality capture technology, combined with enterprising software development, has opened the door to true real-time analysis of construction jobsites.

Firms are utilizing images and video from smartphones, drones, rovers, laser scanners, and 360 cameras to more effectively track progress and productivity on the jobsite, and identify risk for potential delays. 

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), a trio of experts in predictive visual data analytics presents how design-build giant Clayco has leveraged this technology to achieve production efficiency on several construction sites.   

They present how images and videos from drones and smartphone cameras are used within computer vision algorithms to automatically generate 3D reality models over project timeline. They also show how AI algorithms compare reality models with 4D BIM to track progress and productivity and identify risk for potential delays.

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Mani Golparvar, PhD 
Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
COO, Co-founder, Reconstruct Inc.

During his 15 years in the industry, Mani Golparvar designed and built commercial buildings, infrastructure systems, and port facilities in the U.S. and abroad. With a PhD in Civil Eng from Univ. of Illinois, his research has contributed to developing computer vision and BIM solutions to empower project teams better plan, coordinate, and communicate on their jobsites. Golparvar is now leveraging his amazing exposure to the most creative people in construction, technology, and academic worlds to improve productivity of the construction industry as a whole.

Burcin Kaplanoglu, PhD
Senior Director of Industry Strategy and Innovation
Oracle

Burcin Kaplanoglu, PhD, is a recognized industry technologist, thought leader, keynote speaker. He is leading Industry Strategy and Innovation at Oracle's Global Construction and Engineering business unit. He frequently speaks and publishes articles related to Internet of Things (IoT), disruption of CE, investments and construction technology in industry publications. He is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering since 2008. He has served as co-chair of semi-annual Technology for Construction Symposium for the Northwestern University since 2011.

Carlos Montiel
Director of Project Controls & Scheduling
Clayco Construction

Carlos Montiel is the Director of Project Controls & Scheduling with Clayco Construction. A bi-lingual professional with 16 years of construction management experience in industrial and commercial construction, Montiel has worked as a project manager, estimator, project engineer, and project controls lead in the U.S. and Mexico.

 

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Accelerate Live! talk: Design innovation at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

 

SUMMARY
From the world’s tallest tower to the globe’s first large-scale “pure” glass sphere, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture has pulled off its share of daunting design feats over the past decade.

But what exactly is the firm’s “secret sauce” for design innovation and next-level problem solving?

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), AS+GG’s Anthony Viola takes us behind the magic curtain to illuminate the firm’s methods for nurturing design innovation. 

The common thread is the concept that form follows performance. This method of design investigates complex architectural problems by exploring new solutions through an intense and iterative process, one where high- and low-tech methodologies are equally explored and implemented. 

Three current projects illustrate: how the teams at AS+GG innovate though “making”; how the teams use technology to engage in the design process; how they help generate discourse between interdisciplinary design teams that can form more salient questions; and how they discover alternative design solutions that lead to architectural breakthroughs.

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Anthony Viola, AIA, LEED AP
Senior Designer, Team Leader
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Anthony Viola, Senior Designer and Team Leader at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG), works on high-performance projects that focus on the design, development, and use of parametric computational tools that push the boundaries of integrated performance-based design. During his 12+ years of experience, Anthony has designed many structures through this integrated design process. He seeks to find new ways to realize a project using low-tech methods – such as 3D physical models – and high-tech processes like advanced computer simulations. By developing a clear idea of how each project fits into its site parameters and user conditions he is able to sculpt the building to its most efficient form. His methods have garnered attention in the architectural community, particularly in the younger generation, through dozens of workshops and other well-attended design events. He is a 2017 Dubin Young Architect Award winner as well as a 2018 National AIA Young Architect Award winner.

 

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Accelerate Live! talk: ‘AEC can has Blockchains?’

 

SUMMARY
Our industry loves to talk about a future that looks like manufacturing—an integrated supply chain, offsite fabrication, robots, and IoT. The advancements that enabled this within the automotive and aviation markets were partly based on technology, but also because of strong OEMs that could benefit from an integrated supply chain. 

AECO has no “owner.” We certainly have owners of buildings, but most aren't habitual builders, and thus expect the practitioners to know how to deliver a great product. So how do you make a supply chain that benefits all parties within the industry without an process owner? 

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago),  HOK’s Greg Schleusner talks about the need for a consortia-led technology company that would serve the role of industry advocate. Its mission would be to serve the industry, its members, and the users of buildings. 

It would steal the best ideas from manufacturing (think smart fabrication), banking (think Bitcoin), the Internet, and others, and help modernize our continuously under-performing industry.

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Greg Schleusner, AIA
Principal, Director of Design Technology Innovation
HOK

Greg Schleusner is a Principal and Director of Design Technology Innovation at HOK. In this role, he guides the firm in researching and adoption of new technologies ranging from data management to computational design. Schleusner is an advocate of open standards in AECO. He leads technical efforts within buildingSMART International as chair of the Technical Room. He is guiding the development of open source efforts around BSI standards and the development of a larger technical road-map for buildingSMART. Schleusner has an undergraduate degree in Architecture from Iowa State University and a Master's in Technology Management from Columbia.

 

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Accelerate Live! talk: How advanced digital fabrication techniques are driving design innovation

 

SUMMARY
New fabrication techniques are driving design innovation. They have the potential to inspire new materials, means, and methods in conventional building construction. 

At Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, we believe it is possible to discover new forms of architectural expression and unlock added layers of character and richness in design by working backwards from material and tool. Integrating data-rich workflows into our design process affords us the capability to embed large amounts of detail into our parametric models in a flexible and rigorous manner, making direct collaboration with fabricators possible.

The result is a continuum between design and fabrication that has the potential to realize a more integrated, sustainable, and expressive built environment through a more cooperative process. 

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), SOM’s Lucas Tryggestad and Kyle Vansice explore how advanced digital fabrication techniques can create unprecedented innovation and efficiency in the design and delivery process.

They kick off their talk with AMIE 1.0, a breakthrough 3D-printed building project led SOM.

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Lucas Tryggestad, AIA, LEED AP
Technical Director
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Lucas Tryggestad is Technical Director in the Chicago office of SOM, where he aligns project design concepts with technical solutions that are integral to the design process. With a portfolio that includes projects in the Chicago area and around the world, Tryggestad specializes in designing and realizing technically complex building systems. Interested in the craft of architecture, digital design, and quality project delivery, Tryggestad is involved in projects from conceptual development to execution. His hands-on, synergistic team approach leads to innovative projects that elevate design and technology standards and demonstrates his strong commitment to SOM's integrated approach to planning, architecture, and engineering. Tryggestad served as a lead technical designer on 401 North Wabash Avenue in Chicago, the city's second tallest building; OKO Tower in Moscow; The Broadgate Tower and 201 Bishopsgate in London; and the Bank of China Headquarters in Ningbo, among other projects.

Kyle Vansice
Architectural Professional
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Kyle Vansice is an Architectural Designer and Researcher at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and a Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he teaches parametric modeling and digital design. Vansice is a graduate of Iowa State University, with a MArch; MEng in Civil - Structural Engineering; Masters of Science, Human Computer Interaction; and a BS in Construction Engineering.

 

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AMIE 1.0 overview

 

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Accelerate Live! talk: AEC + Data + AI — Poison for some, elixir for others

 

SUMMARY
Many projects currently requiring an AE firm will convert in the near future to clients’ in-house, real-time continuous operations, eliminating AE involvement. Efforts that do remain “projects” will have greatly reduced staff, and much of the key work will be performed by nontraditional AE team members and automated systems. 

These changes are driven by four factors, including the boom in real-time data sources and the increasingly powerful and inexpensive computation power and storage. 

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), predictive analytics expert David Morgareidge tracks these trends through the lens of his own work and suggest steps that AE firms can take today if they want to survive AECO digital transformation.

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
David L. Morgareidge
Predictive Analytics Director, Associate Principal
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David Morgareidge has spent his 39-year, international design career focused on objective, quantitative facility performance optimization through the use of virtual, digital design environments. Early work included architectural energy analysis and IT leadership positions, including that of CIO. For the past nine years, he has applied predictive analytics to analyze and optimize clients' operational and financial performance, assuring that form actually does follow function. Utilizing discrete event simulation software, statistical analysis tools, lean techniques and Six Sigma methods, David models and optimizes the interdependent and synergistic relationships among facility spatial, technological, staff, customer, schedule, transport and work process elements. His projects' ROIs average between 10:1 and 20:1, with several engagements resulting in multi-million dollar construction and operational cost savings. In addition to work in the civilian sector, he has also performed simulation studies and developed standards for the Department of Defense's Military Health System and he is currently executing several projects for the US Army. David is pursuing foreign work in the UK, Germany, Australia, and Singapore and is a member of the Thought Leadership committee of the buildingSMART alliance.

 

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Accelerate Live! talk: AEC data hunter - How a Fortune 500 data guru is transforming a construction giant

 

SUMMARY
Data expert Catherine Rose spent 15 years in supply chain management, finance, and product management at Procter & Gamble, Duke Energy, and Philips Healthcare. 

Now she's applying her PhD in mechanical engineering—and her MBA in finance and data-driven decision making—in the construction field. 

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), Rose shares how data-driven decision making is transforming construction operations and business operations at Skanska USA. 

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Catherine Rose, PhD
MBA, Director of Staff Development 
Skanska USA
Catherine Rose, PhD, leads development efforts for technical skills, software tool adoption and innovation at Skanska USA Building. As the Director of VDC Staff Development, she facilitates the University of Washington-Skanska Professional BIM Certificate Program. She is also a community manager for our Autodesk technical expert groups nationally. Dr. Rose works closely with the Preconstruction and Planning department and BIM360 Field Implementation Managers to promote innovation and tool use across the country. Previously, Rose led all sales, marketing and research initiatives for Philips Healthcare Lighting. She has been awarded Edison Awards for her innovative inventions: LightAide and HealWell. She graduated from Stanford University with her Doctorate and Masters in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in Finance from University of Massachusetts Lowell. She graduated summa cum laude with degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Applied Mathematics and Spanish from North Carolina State University. Dr. Rose is a former adjunct faculty at Merrimack College in Operations Management.

 

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Accelerate Live! talk: Seven technologies that restore glory to the master builder

 

SUMMARY

Artificial intelligence, computer vision, real-time rendering, drones, robotics, augmented reality, virtual reality. If you feel like your head is spinning from trying to keep up with the advancements occurring in the AEC market, let Rohit Arora provide a little clarity.

Arora has spent more than 18 years on the tech side of the industry, working for a mix of software companies, design firms, startups, and construction firms.

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), he outlines emerging innovations that are poised to transform how we design and build structures in the near future. 

“What seemed like science fiction just a few years ago, is now coming together in a way that'll change how we build in the near future,” says Arora. “These have the potential to enable the designer/architect to (re)take on the role the master builder, as the one directly enabling constructing at the site.”

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Rohit Arora
Founder
Vin'R Technologies

Rohit Arora is an AEC technologist, educated as a design and construction architect. He "interned" as an architect for five years before embarking on an adventurous journey as a technology consultant, trainer, design technology manager, and quality engineer. A technology trend hunter who avidly tracks and applies innovation to the profession. He is an Autodesk Certified Professional in AutoCAD and Revit, with 20 years of industry experience. He holds an MBA in Technology & Entrepreneurship from the University of California, Davis, and has worked in leadership roles for multiple San Francisco Bay area startups.

 

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/accelerate-live-talk-why-aec-industry-must-adapt-internet-things-boom
Accelerate Live! talk: Why the AEC industry must adapt to the Internet of Things boom

 

SUMMARY
Smart buildings, connected cities, Internet of Things. The future of our offices, hospitals, schools, retail developments, government buildings, and entertainment districts is one of connectivity.

The time for mass adoption of Internet of Things devices and networks is upon us. And few technological breakthroughs are poised to be as disruptive to the AEC industry as the ever-expanding Internet of Things. 

As the national technology lead within one of the nation’s largest engineering firm, Jeff Carpenter gets paid to stay on top of breakthrough technologies and novel applications for the built environment. 

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), Jeff explores established and emerging IoT applications for commercial and institutional buildings, and offers a technology roadmap for navigating the IoT landscape. 

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Jeff Carpenter, PE, CNIDP, RCDD
Senior Principal, National Director of Technology
IMEG Corp.

Jeff Carpenter is a senior principal and National Director of Technology at IMEG Corp., where he leads many of the firm's largest, most complex projects. His work includes design for Fortune 500 corporate office complexes, mission critical data centers, greenfield hospitals, medical facilities, and higher education and government institutions. Jeff brings the latest technology advancements to assist in guiding project teams through analysis, conceptual design, design and construction phases. He is a frequent speaker at national and regional conferences on such topics as building technology convergence, Big Data, and the Internet of Buildings.

 

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Accelerate Live! talk: T3 mass timber office buildings

 

SUMMARY
When the nine-story, wood-framed Murray Grove multifamily project opened in London in 2009, it sparked both inspiration and debate over the use of mass timber technology for high-rise construction. 

Almost overnight, the design and construction community worldwide become fascinated with the high-tech modern-day application of one of the world’s oldest construction materials.  

And less than a decade later, this ultra-niche market has become a budding industry, with more than a dozen tall-wood buildings completed worldwide, and twice as many in the works. 

Steve Cavanaugh has an intimate knowledge of tall-wood construction. A Principal and Design Leader with DLR Group, Cavanaugh led the team that served as the architect-of-record for the nation’s newest—and largest—mass timber building: T3 in Minneapolis

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), Steve tells the story behind T3, including the social and market drivers that resulted in this unique solution, information about the sustainable aspects of the work, and insights into the thought behind the design.

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Steve Cavanaugh, AIA, LEED AP
Architect, Principal, Design Leader
DLR Group

Steve Cavanaugh, AIA, LEED AP, is an Architect, Principal, and Design Leader based out of DLR Group's Chicago studio. Steve has spent his 30-year career designing complex, technically-challenging building projects including office buildings, hotels, mixed-use developments, civic, educational, and transportation facilities. His projects share a common thread of planning clarity, functionality, materiality, and value. Steve's international experience has broadened his design perspective, elevated his approach to the art of construction, and furthered his passion for sustainable design solutions. As a design leader, Steve helps chart the course for the firm's sustainability goals, in particular DLR Group's adoption of the 2030 challenge. His hands-on approach and attention to detail has benefitted many clients and resulted in many award-winning projects, including two contemporary, ground-up, mass-timber office buildings for international developer Hines.

 

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Accelerate Live! talk: An AEC giant’s roadmap for integrating design, manufacturing, and construction

 

SUMMARY
For more than two decades, BD+C editors have written about innovations and advances in the use of factory-built assemblies and modular buildings on commercial construction projects. From bathroom pods to MEP trade racks to entire prefab rooms, offsite construction is starting to take hold as more Building Teams realize the benefits of improved quality, refined scheduling, and, in some cases, reduced costs.   

But while most GCs are taking small steps toward a manufacturing-driven future for construction, Chicago-based Skender is taking a giant leap. In March, the 300-person construction company announced plans to build a comprehensive modular manufacturing plant, acquire a boutique architecture firm, and hire several key tech and design professional. 

Skender’s goal: to crack the code on true integration of design, manufacturing, and construction. 

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), Skender CEO Mark Skender and Chief Design Officer Tim Swanson present the construction giant’s vision for creating a manufacturing-minded, vertically-integrated design-manufacturing-build business model.
 

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Mark Skender
CEO
Skender

Since joining the firm in 1989, Mark has played an integral role in the development of the organization's values, long-term vision and strategic direction. He leverages more than 30 years of construction experience in his active oversight of the firm's operations, innovations and strategic planning. Under Mark's executive leadership, Skender has grown into one of the nation's largest and most admired construction firms with annual revenues exceeding $400 million. As a pioneer in Chicago's Lean construction movement, Mark helped create and implement the vision for Skender's industry-leading approach to lean project delivery. He is a frequent speaker and writer on the subject and a founding member of the Lean Construction Institute's Chicago Community of Practice. Mark is active in many business and philanthropic organizations. He is a board member of the Illinois Housing Council and sits on the board of trustees, as well as served as chairman of the board for three years, for Frances Xavier Warde Schools in Chicago. He actively served in the Builders Association of Greater Chicago (BAGC), the local chapter of Associated General Contractors (AGC), holding various officer positions, including chairman in 2000. Mark served as board chair from 2010 to 2014 for Hosteling International USA, a nonprofit organization promoting youth travel and cross-cultural experiences. He has served on its national board of directors since 2003 and served on the Chicago board between 1994 and 2007, including serving as chair between 2000 and 2002. During his tenure on the national board, Mark led the transformation of the organization from 23 separate local 501(c)(3) entities into a single unified national organization. He also serves on the board of directors for Skender Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization focused on strengthening communities through funding, volunteering and partnering. Mark earned his undergraduate degree in environmental engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
 

Tim Swanson
Chief Design Officer
Skender

Designer, urban planner, innovator, teacher, leader and entrepreneur, Tim leads Skender's team of architects and designers—bringing his passion for integrating the design and construction process to the firm's clients. Tim joins Skender from his former position of Chicago office director at CannonDesign, where he was the youngest office leader in the history of the century-old firm. In his decade there, Tim quickly grew into one of the firm's most dynamic leaders, overseeing a team of more than 200 architecture, engineering and planning experts. He also led its City Design practice, a national group focused on helping cities around the world grow and prosper. Tim is known for encouraging teams to pursue breakthrough design solutions that enrich health, education, community, science and more. Tim is focused on leveraging design to elevate the human condition in remarkable ways. Having lived in Abu Dhabi, rural India and major American cities like New York and Chicago, Tim brings a unique, global perspective to his design work. He is an advocate for smart growth and sustainable development, working with leaders at the intersection of urban planning, public health and education. He has vast experience identifying new ways design and strategy can positively influence socioeconomic conditions. And he has delivered successful solutions for cities, universities, businesses and institutions that enrich their holistic environments. Tim earned a Master of Architecture, with a specialization in urban development and infill, from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and undergraduate degrees in fine arts and economics and design from Colgate University. He is a member of the School of the Art Institute Chicago Design Council, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Architecture Design Council and City Colleges of Chicago Architecture Advisory Board, as well as a board member of Archeworks. He was named to the NewCity "Design 50: Who Shapes Chicago" and the Building Design+Construction "40 Under 40" in 2017.

 

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Accelerate Live! talk: From micro schools to tiny houses: What’s driving the downsizing economy?

 

SUMMARY
In the budding micro-living movement that is occurring in cities across the U.S.—from Seattle to Austin to New York—Stantec Architects stands out as one of the pioneering design firms behind the idea of living with less.

As a growing number of cities struggle with adequate housing options, especially market rate and affordable housing, the micro unit offers a novel solution.

But this micro movement extends beyond housing. We’re seeing it with hotels, offices, student housing developments, even K-12 schools.

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), micro-buildings design expert Aeron Hodges, AIA, explores the key drivers of the micro-buildings movement, and how the trend is spreading into a wide variety of building typologies.

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Aeron Hodges, AIA
Senior Designer/Manager, Associate, Stantec Architecture

Aeron Hodges, AIA, is an Associate at Stantec Architecture. Her recent design projects include 100 Pier 4, Troy Boston, and Montaje at Assembly Row. She is also Co-founder of WHAT'S IN, a design research initiative aiming to find innovative urban housing solutions that are sustainable and affordable. Her work has been published by d3 Assemble, AIA Young Architects Forum, and Architecture Boston Magazine. She is the recipient of the ONEin3 Impact Award given by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to outstanding civic leaders under age 35.

 

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Accelerate Live! sponsor talk: Education is the single biggest driver in the AEC tech revolution

 

SUMMARY
Disruptive and innovative technologies including connected machines, intelligent networks, integrated platforms and collaborative systems are transforming the AEC industry. But what will it take to enable these "smart" technologies to actually make projects more successful? And how will we leverage the efficiencies they introduce to boost productivity and improve quality?

As the industry calls for smarter and more intelligent products, attention is now being refocused on the human aspect of this tech evolution.

In this 10-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), engineering school professor Jeong Woo, PhD, explores the data-driven education transformation required to deliver the next generation of construction technology professionals.

This talk was sponsored by Bluebeam, Inc. 

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Jeong Woo, PhD
Program Director of Construction Management, Associate Professor Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management
Milwaukee School of Engineering

Dr. Woo is an Associate Professor and Program Director of Construction Management at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where he has been since 2007. He is an active researcher and educator in the field of Architectural Engineering and Construction Management, especially in Building Information Modeling (BIM), building energy efficiency, and construction information technologies. His teaching area includes design-build studio, BIM, construction estimating, scheduling, project management, and construction methods. Much of his work has been on the development of integrated building information framework for facility management. He presented his research findings numerously at Autodesk University, ASCE Construction Research Congress, ISARC (International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction), ACADIA (Association of Computer Aided Design in Architecture), ASC (Associated Schools of Construction), and ASEE (American Society of Engineering Education).
 

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Accelerate Live! sponsor talk: Debunking daylight myths

 

In this 10-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), SageGlass CEO Alan McLenaghan, PhD, debunks four common myths related to daylighting in commercial and institutional buildings. 
•  Myth #1: Daylighting and net-zero energy performance are incompatible. 
•  Myth #2: People are already happy with the amount of daylight in buildings.
•  Myth #3: If you understand building orientation, you understand daylighting.
•  Myth #4: If it weren’t for those pesky occupants…
   
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Alan McLenaghan, PhD
CEO, SageGlass

Alan McLenaghan, CEO of SageGlass, is an 18-year veteran of the Saint-Gobain group, the parent company of SageGlass. Prior to becoming CEO, Alan served as SVP of Technology at Saint-Gobain's Containers Division (glass bottles), Global VP Manufacturing at Saint-Gobain Glass (flat glass) and Managing Director of Saint-Gobain Glass UK Ltd. He considers it the ultimate honor to have been asked by Saint-Gobain's executive leadership to bring dynamic SageGlass to the global market. Electronically tintable SageGlass is the most innovative product and technology to emerge in the glass and glazing industry since the advent of flat glass produced by the float process. Alan started his career in the late 1980s with the chemical companies, ICI and DuPont, working in several European countries, North America and China. He holds a B.S. in Applied Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Polymer Physics from universities in his native Scotland. Despite the executive titles, Alan considers himself a practical, straightforward Scot and was recently described by a well-known industry blogger as looking and sounding like a Scottish football (soccer) player.

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Accelerate Live! talk: The rise of multi-user virtual reality

 

SUMMARY
For all the talk about the benefits of virtual reality (VR) tools for the AEC marketplace, there’s been one glaring void for this industry that relies so heavily on cross-team and cross-discipline collaboration. That is the ability to “meet in the model”–which one VR pro referred to as the holy grail of VR.  

It looks like the grail has been found. Recent advancements in VR technology are expanding the applications to include multi-user collaboration sessions. If successfully leveraged, multi-user VR will allow multiple people from around the world to all enter the same virtual spaces together at the same time. In these multi-user environments, users will not be limited to just viewing models and asking questions. They won't have to take off the goggles, remember their thoughts, and then go sketch new ideas elsewhere. 

Multi-user VR environments enable true collaborative design; people can discuss, draw, scale, break sections apart, and advance the design project in real time. This can allow for enhanced communication and increased time for design exploration, ultimately leading to more successful built products.

CannonDesign is one of the early adopters of multi-user VR technology for AEC project coordination. In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), two of CannonDesign's tech leaders present their early findings from pilot testing multi-user VR technology for AEC project coordination. 

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
David Polzin, AIA, LEED AP
Executive Director of Design, CannonDesign

David Polzin is CannonDesign's Executive Director of Design, championing the firm's design voice by seeking new paths to spark curiosity and imagination. In this role, he leverages innovation and talent across all of CannonDesign's offices to evolve design excellence, advance the firm's brand, and deliver superior design solutions for its clients.

Jimmy Rotella
Digital Practice Director, CannonDesign

Jimmy Rotella is CannonDesign's Digital Practice Director, focused on helping designers and clients leverage cutting-edge technology to create the most valuable built projects every time.

 

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Accelerate Live! talk: The next frontier of post-occupancy evaluations

 

SUMMARY
“P-O-E.” No, we’re not talking about Edgar Allen Poe. We’re talking post occupancy evaluation, the process that seeks to quantify the extent to which buildings benefit the health, welfare, and productivity of building users.

From apps to SurveyMonkey reports from employees, post occupancy evaluation has become all the rage. But how do you conduct a meaningful, holistic evaluation from design to occupancy? 

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago),  ZGF Architects’ Chris Chatto discuss this next frontier of post-occupancy evaluation. 

Grounded in best practices and lessons learned from projects, including the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Innovation Center, this talk addresses how new initiatives must be combined with traditional measurement and verification methods to develop a more holistic POE—one that includes utility resource use, environmental conditions, occupant satisfaction, and the holy grail: occupant productivity.

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Chris Flint Chatto, Assoc. AIA
Principal, ZGF Architects
Chris Flint Chatto is a Principal and high-performance building specialist at ZGF. He focuses on integrating architectural design and building systems, working closely with project teams throughout all phases of a project to explore, identify and integrate sustainable design components, and optimize for building and occupant performance. His recent Rocky Mountain Institute Innovation Center project has been hailed as one of the highest performing buildings in the U.S., achieving Living Building Challenge petal certification with Net Zero Energy, and LEED Platinum certification, while operating "net positive."

 

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Accelerate Live! sponsor talk: The impact of new fire rated glazing technologies to design, performance, and the environment

 

SUMMARY
In the last decade, advances in fire rated glazing technology and manufacturing have introduced a special breed of fire resistive glazing systems that are capable of performing multiple functions in one assembly.  

Today, we see fire resistive glazing systems that simultaneously protect against bullets, attack, hurricane, blast, noise, UV, and more. New applications that were once treated as exceptions, such fire resistive curtain walls, floors, butt-glazed walls, decorative and more, are slowly becoming a norm.  

In this 10-minute sponsor talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), Tim Nass, VP of Sales with SAFTI FIRST Fire Rated Glazing Solutions, details emerging applications for fire rated glazing technology. 

He discusses how the impacts of these developments have opened new opportunities to bring transparency and light to any fire rated space, and pushed fire rated glazing system manufacturers to design products that appear and perform just like any other glazing system in the project.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Tim Nass is the Vice President of Sales with SAFTI FIRST Fire Rated Glazing Solutions
  

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Accelerate Live! talk: Security and the built environment: Insights from an embassy designer

 

SUMMARY
When we think about the “new reality” of commercial and institutional buildings, where security and safety threats come in so many heinous forms, a deeper level of integration is needed to safeguard the occupants of our nation’s schools, university campuses, hotels, workplaces, hospitals, and government buildings. 

Tom Jacobs, AIA, LEED AP, Principal with Krueck + Sexton Architects, has worked all over the globe designing, studying, and researching some of the world’s most hardened buildings, including embassies, consulates, and high-level government buildings.

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), Tom discusses how designers can safeguard at-risk buildings without turning them into fortresses or jails. He also explores ways that provide the needed protection while keeping intact the representational and inspirational qualities of a design.

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Tom Jacobs, AIA, LEED BD+C
Principal, Krueck + Sexton Architects

Tom Jacobs, AIA, LEED BD+C, Principal with Krueck + Sexton Architects, joined the firm in 1997 after receiving his Diploma of Architecture from the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich in 1995. From 1999 to 2002, he worked for Herzog and deMeuron in Basel and San Francisco on the New de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, returning to K+S in 2002. Jacobs has been recognized by the national AIA as 2012 Young Architect for his "tireless dedication and devotion to the practice of architecture, to his clients, team members, and students," noting that "his guidance and aspiration for the profession is infectious."

 

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