Integrated Ceiling Solutions: Time, Material & Labor Study

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Integrated Ceiling Solutions: Time, Material & Labor Study

From one end of the building to the other. Watch Cliff's time, material & labor study that compares traditional vs. pre-engineered methods, solutions & benefits.

Download Detail Book here →

Integrated Ceiling Solutions: Time, Material & Labor Study
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Reduce energy loss in buildings

The right products for the building envelope can play a critical role in reducing energy costs and improving building performance.

Reduce energy loss in buildings
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Tornado resistant door hardware solutions

Keep your building secure and those within it safe from tornadoes and severe weather with certified tornado resistant solutions from ASSA ABLOY’s Corbin Russwin FE6600 Series and SARGENT FM7300 Series multi-point locks.

For more information, visit www.assaabloydss.com.

 

Tornado resistant door hardware solutions
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Fire-Resistive Aluminum Frames from TGP

Fireframes® Aluminum Series provides a barrier to radiant and conductive heat transfer. The narrow profiles allow unlimited areas of glazing in fire separations.

Fire-Resistive Aluminum Frames from TGP
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This is SageGlass

Electronically tintable SageGlass provides a beautiful way to control solar glare and heat gain without shades, blinds or external sunshades. At SageGlass, we are passionate about this technology, one that enables people to live and work in comfortable buildings filled with natural light.

This is SageGlass
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Edge-to-Edge & Deck-to-Sky™ Solutions

Duro-Last® is a leader in vertical integration. Since the beginning, our founder, John R. Burt, strived to produce as many parts of a Duro-Last assembly in-house while also embracing the Edge-to-Edge & Deck-to-Sky™ approach. All of this allows Duro-Last to control quality from top to bottom.

Edge-to-Edge & Deck-to-Sky™ Solutions
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Sustainability from the top down

Sustainability has been a part of the Duro-Last® culture for more than 20 years, and we have the products to back it up. Duro-Last’s flagship membrane achieved NSF/ANSI 347 Platinum Certification – the highest certification available – and the Duro-Tuff®,  Duro-Fleece®, and Duro-Last EV membranes each earned Gold Certification.

Sustainability from the top down
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Steel Curtain Wall Systems from TGP

SteelBuilt Curtainwall® Systems feature larger free spans, narrower sight lines and improved thermal performance than typical aluminum curtain wall. 

Steel Curtain Wall Systems from TGP
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See how laser scanner technology has changed the way this company approaches problem-solving

Robins & Morton is a general contractor and construction management firm that has been using laser scanners from FARO to identify and solve problems on the job. Take an inside look at how this innovative technology has saved time, money, and set this company apart in the market.

See how laser scanner technology has changed the way this company approaches problem-solving
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Pondering pre-fab? See a smart solution with PEX.

Pre-fab is becoming more popular in commercial construction. See how Uponor PEX systems offer a smarter solution.

Pondering pre-fab? See a smart solution with PEX.
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Build and design safer and stronger buildings

The performance of a NUDURA ICF wall system is designed to withstand some of Mother Nature’s worst. Be sure your new building will withstand high winds, fire, the elements and the test of time by using NUDURA ICFs.

 

Build and design safer and stronger buildings
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Proven silicone solutions from Dow Corning

Joy Govitz takes us through some of the rich history of silicone solutions from Dow Corning at AIA 2017. Watch this video to see some of the versatile product offerings featured at the show.

Proven silicone solutions from Dow Corning
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Introduction to ZIP System® R-Sheathing insulated sheathing

Whether building to new energy codes or advanced thermal envelope design, ZIP System® R-sheathing and tape is a streamlined way to incorporate exterior continuous insulation. With a built-in water-resistive barrier and taped panel seams, the next-gen wall system provides layers of protection in a simple two-step installation process.

Introduction to ZIP System® R-Sheathing insulated sheathing
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Accelerate Live! talk: Is the road to the future the path of least resistance? Sasha Reed, Bluebeam (sponsored)

 

The path of least resistance often leads you to the right destination, IF you focus on solving the right problems. But how can we be sure that today’s "solution" isn't just a set up for tomorrow's headache? It's the innovator's dilemma. 

Do we evolve bit by bit over time by sustaining the benefits of experience, or do we adopt entirely new models and practice responsible, disruptive innovation? 

With the industry's need to generate efficiencies stronger than ever, Sasha Reed, Bluebeam VP of Strategic Development, introduces the models and methods necessary to make the right changes to addresses the real challenges on your specific job site. 

Construction will not change unless we start responsibly breaking things. Interoperability is no longer a buzzword. Integrations are the new reality. 

Learn how to give your teams the permission to responsibly break things and create ecosystems of people, process, and technology to truly evolve our industry.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

As Vice President of Strategic Development at Bluebeam, Sasha Reed connects with design and construction industry leaders to promote collaborative, digital ecosystems using the open file format, PDF. Sasha is known industry-wide as a "conversation facilitator" for her work hosting roundtables, creating platforms and authoring content on StrXur and the BD+C Magazine Digital COM Blog to foster ideas that advance the industry. Sasha has been a featured presenter at numerous national and international conferences, including the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), Federal Project Delivery Symposium, and the NTI Danish BIM Conference. She was recently featured in the UK's Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) roundtable on BIM, as well as the BIM+ webinar on "Real Life Applications of BIM." Sasha is an advisor and founding member of the CPCoalition, a grassroots effort to provide a common industry framework from which to create and maintain construction PDF documents. She also served on the City College of San Francisco BIM Industry Council and is Secretary to the BOD for the buildingSMART alliance, council to the National Institute of Building Sciences.

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Accelerate Live! talk: Is the road to the future the path of least resistance? Sasha Reed, Bluebeam (sponsored)
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Accelerate Live! talk: Work in progress—How the office environment drives innovation, SageGlass (sponsored)

  

Workplaces that spur innovation challenge the conventions of the traditional office environment. They're designed to benefit the health and wellbeing of team members, above all us.

During this presentation, SageGlass CEO Dr. Alan McLenaghan reviews how biophilic design and new technologies, such as dynamic glass, create a greater connection between the built and natural environments in the office.

He details how this connection can enhance the creativity, cognitive thought, and productivity of team members—ultimately creating the foundation for innovation.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Dr. 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: Work in progress—How the office environment drives innovation, SageGlass (sponsored)
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Accelerate Live! talk: Driving value through process innovation, Jonathan O'Leary, NCI Building Systems (sponsored)

 

The old way of doing business is becoming increasingly burdensome and expensive for AEC firms.

In this talk, NCI Building Systems’ Jonathan O'Leary discusses why firms must rely on their partners to simplify the business process and minimize risk while serving as a trusted partner and thought leader.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Jonathan O'Leary is the Vice President of the Building Solutions Group at NCI Building Systems, leading a team of professionals passionate about bringing value-added building solutions to architects, engineers and owners. Jonathan and his team bring unique solutions to customers that drive value across the supply chain and help clients reduce their total cost of ownership, minimize complexity and increase their projects' speed of delivery.  Prior to his role at NCI, he held leadership positions with Commercial Metals Company and Owens Corning and has been recognized for developing strong relationships with customers, suppliers and distributors.  Jonathan holds a BSBA in Finance/Economics from Robert Morris University and an MBA from The University of Pittsburgh.

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Accelerate Live! talk: Driving value through process innovation, Jonathan O'Leary, NCI Building Systems (sponsored)
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Accelerate Live! talk: 3D laser scanning for the project lifecycle, FARO Technologies (sponsored)

   

The project lifecycle has become more complex and challenging over the last decade. Logistics planning, schedules, limited working space, coordination of BIM models, and so many other factors affect how our projects are completed. 

Since the introduction of laser scanning to the AEC industry, significant changes have come to the way we handle each stage of the project lifecycle. 

In this talk, Brent Slawnikowski, Account Manager, Construction BIM-CIM with FARO Technologies, Inc., and Jennifer Suerth, LEED AP, Vice President, Technical Services with Pepper Construction, discuss ways that 3D laser scanning can be applied throughout the project lifecycle and how implementation of laser scanning technology has helped Pepper Construction become more successful in the completion of their projects.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

Brent Slawnikowski brings over eight years of surveying, laser scanning and civil engineering practice to the industry. Brent graduated from Purdue University Calumet in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering. During his four-year tenure at Purdue Calumet, he worked as an intern for Great Lakes Engineering and two years later took the role of Project Engineer at FALK PLI Engineering & Surveying. Expanding his reach, a little further, Brent relocated to Florida in 2014 where he spent a year with CAPTEC Engineering as a Project Engineer. After his one-year tenure in Florida, he relocated back to Northwest Indiana, where he picked up where he left off at FALK PLI Engineering & Surveying. Seeing an opportunity to offer his knowledge and experience to the AEC market, he joined FARO in June 2016.

As Vice President of Technical Services at Pepper Construction, Jennifer Suerth provides strategic direction for the company with regard to BIM, laser scanning, virtual reality and other technical services specialties. She serves as a key advisor to project teams on constructability and implementation strategies throughout the early stages of project design and development, as well as providing leadership on construction, fabrication and facility management. Jen has more than 12 years of experience in architecture, engineering and construction. She is a leader in the Chicago virtual construction community, speaking frequently and running workshops educating others on BIM. She has been recognized among 2016 Women in Construction by Constructech Magazine, Chicago Building Congress Future Leaders and ENR Midwest's Top 20 Under 40. Jen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Studies and a Master of Architecture, Structures, both from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Accelerate Live! talk: 3D laser scanning for the project lifecycle, FARO Technologies (sponsored)
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Accelerate Live! talk: Next-gen materials for the built environment, Blaine Brownell, Transmaterial

    

Virtually every revolution in architecture has been preceded by a revolution in materials: think iron, glass, steel, concrete, plastics, and composites. 

What is the next revolutionary material that will reshape the very nature of architecture? A solid that's lighter than air? Metal latticework so delicate it rests on a dandelion? Self-generating microbial glue that repairs cracks in concrete? 

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 11, 2017, Chicago), Blaine Brownell, author of the Transmaterial series, reveals emerging trends and applications that are transforming the technological capacity, environmental performance, and design potential of architecture in Transmaterial Next.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Blaine Brownell is an architect and former Fulbright scholar with a focus on emergent materials and applications. He is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture and Principal of the design and research practice Transstudio. Brownell authored the Transmaterial series as well as the books Matter in the Floating World and Material Strategies with Princeton Architectural Press. Considered a leading scholar on advanced materials for architecture and design, Brownell has been published in over forty design, business, and science journals including The New York Times, The London Times, The Wall Street Journal, New Scientist, and Discover, and he has lectured widely in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Blaine's latest book with co-author Marc Swackhamer is entitled Hypernatural: Architecture's New Relationship with Nature.

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Accelerate Live! talk: Next-gen materials for the built environment, Blaine Brownell, Transmaterial
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Accelerate Live! talk: Incubating innovation through R&D and product development, Jonatan Schumacher, Thornton Tomasetti

 

Over the course of the past decade, Thornton Tomasetti has morphed from a firm based on traditional engineering practices, to one centered on innovation through R&D and product development. 

As Director of the firm’s virtual incubator, CORE Studio, Jonatan Schumacher has helped to spearhead this companywide movement toward innovation. 

The firm’s inventions range from novel scripts and design tools to its custom TTX database that provides real-time collaboration across a multitude of software tools. 

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 11, 2017, Chicago), Schumacher presents the firm’s business model for developing, incubating, and delivering cutting-edge tools and solutions for the firm, and the greater AEC market.  

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

As Director of CORE studio, Jonatan Schumacher oversees and implements strategic development related to integrated structural design, façade design and building information modeling. He works closely with the building structure, building skin, and building performance practices, assisting project teams firm wide. His experience encompasses architecture, engineering, product design, robotics, and computer science. His areas of expertise include digital fabrication, automatic and generative geometry, computational analysis, and building information modeling. He is fluent in more than five scripting languages and has expertise in various parametric modeling platforms, as well as data mining, problem modeling, and knowledge exchange through APIs of Revit, Tekla, CATIA/Digital Project, Rhino and Grasshopper. Schumacher lectures at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N.J., and at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. He holds a masters degree in architectural engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, and a bachelor's degree in Product Design and Engineering from Middlesex University, London.

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Accelerate Live! talk: Incubating innovation through R&D and product development, Jonatan Schumacher, Thornton Tomasetti
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Accelerate Live! talk: The future of computational design, Ben Juckes, Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign

 

Since joining the Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign three years ago, Ben Juckes has worked on a wide range of typologies, from an award-winning hybrid student "maker space" and housing building at the University of Utah to cultural projects in Los Angeles and Jerusalem.

He is instrumental in developing a variety of DIY tools and custom workflows that challenge conventional practice and change the way we think about architecture.

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 11, 2017, Chicago), Juckes discusses Yazdani’s tech-centric culture, where scripting has become an every-project occurrence and, as a consequence, each designer regularly works with computational tools as part of their basic toolset.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Ben Juckes is an Associate with the Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign, a Los Angeles based interdisciplinary architecture and design practice which is a laboratory for exploration and experimentation. Before relocating to California, Ben taught parametric modeling and design studios at the University of Western Australia where he also received his Master Degree from the School of Architecture. Whilst at UWA, Ben represented Australia at the Venice Biennale, collaborating with Felix on a retrospective pavilion that brought unbuilt projects to life through a series of augmentations and animations.  Since joining the Yazdani Studio he has worked on a wide range of typologies, from the award winning hybrid student "maker space" and housing building - Lassonde Studios at the University of Utah, to cultural projects in Los Angeles and Jerusalem, and significant high end residential developments in Dubai. Ben is embedded in and provides design leadership in both the studios research initiatives and active projects, and is instrumental in developing a variety of DIY tools and custom workflows that challenge conventional practice and change the way we think about architecture.

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Accelerate Live! talk: The future of computational design, Ben Juckes, Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign
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Accelerate Live! talk: A case for Big Data in construction, Graham Cranston, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

 

Our projects today are creating and using more data, from more sources, and across more disciplines, than ever before. From the Internet of Things, to swarms of sensors, to point clouds, to reality capture—we are drowning in data. 

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 11, 2017, Chicago), Graham Cranston, Senior Structural Engineer with Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, shares SGH’s efforts to take hold of its project data. 

This includes applying mathematical optimization techniques to leverage the Big Data generated by parametric analysis and presenting it all in an information-rich interactive visual graphics.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Graham Cranston is a Senior Structural Engineer with Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) specializing in design and analysis of non-standard structures. As a member of the Digital Design and Fabrication Group at SGH, Graham uses high-fidelity structural models, finite element analysis, and computational tools to solve diverse problems at the leading edge of structural design. He is currently developing multiobjective optimization approaches for a range of physics from structures to daylighting and energy use. He's also developing workflows for the efficient development of multiple unique and variable 3D printed structural components in buildings.

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Accelerate Live! talk: A case for Big Data in construction, Graham Cranston, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
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Accelerate Live! talk: Scaling change in a changing industry, Chris Mayer, Suffolk Construction

 

In the GC community, Suffolk Construction was one of the first to not only recognize the potential of emerging technologies, like drones and reality capture, but to establish a formal process for vetting these tools.

The firm established R&D teams across the organization to pilot technologies on actual projects. If the desired results were achieved, the team would then evaluate the scalability across the organization.

It all sounds so simple, right? Well it’s not.

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 11, 2017, Chicago), Chris Mayer, Suffolk’s Chief Innovation Officer, talks about the firm’s framework for vetting and implementing new technologies and processes.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Chris Mayer is the Executive Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer at Suffolk Construction. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the company's innovation initiatives, managing their execution, and measuring their results to achieve safer and more affordable building. In addition, Chris heads up Suffolk's Innovation Committee, which is focused on identifying new innovations and testing them for feasibility. Prior to joining Suffolk, Chris was a consultant in the digital media and online education industries where his focus was on developing strategic technology plans that align with, and enable, successful business growth. Chris also worked as the Publisher of the Boston Globe newspaper and websites for four years and worked at the news organization for nearly 30 years. He oversaw the Globe's two-brand online strategy, developed new technologies that allowed subscribers to access Globe content on smartphones and tablets, and launched RadioBDC which introduced the Globe to a new digital radio audience. Chris currently serves on the board of Community Servings, a not-for-profit food and nutrition program that provides services throughout Massachusetts to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. Chris received his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Yale University.

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Accelerate Live! talk: Scaling change in a changing industry, Chris Mayer, Suffolk Construction
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Accelerate Live! talk: Gaming tech in construction, Lucas Richmond, Gilbane

 

Based out of Gilbane’s Milwaukee office, Lucas Richmond has spent the better part of the past decade building the company’s fledgling media studio into a multimedia powerhouse—and a critical piece of the firm’s client-service offerings.

High-powered graphics, 3D gaming environments, virtual and augmented reality, video, photography—Richmond’s team utilizes all of these tools to help clients and building teams realize their architectural vision.

A key to his success is his unconventional hiring practices, which includes looking outside the AEC industry when recruiting his rockstar team. Richmond walks us through his hiring strategy during this 15-minute talk, from BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 11, 2017, Chicago).

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Lucas Richmond is the Senior Media Studio Manager for Gilbane Building Company. Richmond excels in this role because he is a problem solver and someone that can help people realize their architectural vision. He can take a simple, pencil sketch from a napkin and bring to life a vision in a 3D environment, where you can add materials, lighting, and finishes, and then view in a high-frame-rate virtual reality environment. Richmond is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where he studied graphic and multimedia design. His 10 years in the industry of 3D multimedia, combined with solid communication skills, and an architectural background, result in highly detailed animations and visuals for Gilbane's clients.

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Accelerate Live! talk: Gaming tech in construction, Lucas Richmond, Gilbane
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Accelerate Live! talk: From job site to factory, the future of commercial construction, Tyler Goss, Turner

 

From prefabrication to predictive visual-data analytics. From RFID tagging to the use of drones and rovers on job site. Turner Construction has been at the forefront of smart job site movement. And the construction giant is just getting started. 

Through these measures and others, like Lean management and advanced BIM/VDC coordination, Turner has set an ambitious goal to transform the complex and messy process of commercial construction into a predictable—and therefore improvable—industrial process.   

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 11, 2017, Chicago), Tyler Goss, Turner’s Global Innovation Development Manager, presents the company’s “job site as a factory” initiative.  

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

As Turner Construction's Global Innovation Development Manager, Tyler Goss oversees a broad portfolio of organizational transformation initiatives. Whether he is coaching internal entrepreneurs, advising senior leadership, developing external partnerships, or pioneering new revenue streams for the company, he is a passionate advocate for the broad technological and cultural changes necessary to meet the significant challenges facing current and future generations of the AEC industry.

Trained as an architect at UCLA, he has previously held positions at SHoP Architects, CASE Design, and WeWork. In total, he has nearly 20 years of experience in design, construction, and operations, giving him a unique understanding of the current state of the industry across all phases of project delivery. Combining this knowledge with both a strategic vision for organizational transformation and a rigorous understanding of future technological trends, his goal is to continuously raise the bar for the effective and efficient delivery of buildings at Turner and throughout the industry at large.

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Accelerate Live! talk: From job site to factory, the future of commercial construction, Tyler Goss, Turner
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Accelerate Live! talk: The world's smartest buildings, Derik Eckhardt, Miller Hull Partnership

 

In the burgeoning area of smart and connected buildings, you’d be hard pressed to find an AEC professional who knows more about the newest and most-advanced projects than architect Derik Eckhardt.

Last summer, Eckhardt traveled the globe to research and study the world’s smartest buildings, under a scholarship from AIA Seattle. Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dubai, London, and Stuttgart were among his destinations. Consider Eckhardt the Anthony Bourdain of smart buildings. 

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 11, 2017, Chicago), Eckhardt shares what he learned during his recent travels, and attempts to answer the question: What makes a building “smart”?

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Derik Eckhardt, AIA, is an Architect with The Miller Hull Partnership in Seattle, Washington. The breadth of his work has developed into an intentionally diverse portfolio. Most recently he has been working on civic infrastructure facilities as well as mixed-use commercial developments. Derik was the 2016 recipient of AIA Seattle's Emerging Professionals Travel Scholarship, which allowed him to travel extensively, exploring the role of emerging technologies within the practice of architecture.

In March of 2017, he curated the exhibition Smarter Buildings, which addressed overlapping themes of technology and architecture. Derik holds a Bachelor of Design and a Master of Architecture from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. During his studies he participated in the University of Cape Town BAS (Honours) program in South Africa and also spent time studying in Tianjin, China.

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Accelerate Live! talk: The world's smartest buildings, Derik Eckhardt, Miller Hull Partnership
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Accelerate Live! talk: Preparing for the AI revolution, Alan Robles, Gensler

 

Alan Robles is not an architect, yet he rose through the ranks to become a leader and trusted innovator within the world’s largest architecture firm. 

Maybe it’s his beatboxing skills, or his racing talents, or maybe his flair for songwriting. No, we have a feeling it’s because of his creative abilities, especially designing experiential environments for Gensler’s clients. 

And for his gifts of seeing into the future and exploring how technologies will impact design and the built environment.

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 11, 2017, Chicago), Robles shares how the AEC Giant firm is preparing its project teams and clients for the coming artificial intelligence revolution.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Over 24 years exploring the relationship between users and their surroundings, Alan Robles has been creating experience environments for clients and projects of every scale around the world. In his role at Gensler, he explores the opportunities found at the fringes of the design practice, searching for the edges of the play space of each design opportunity.

As augmented reality, virtual reality, and digital media have become a more significant part of the engagement and development of "place," Robles has focused his work on exploring the interplay between content and context. Developing the tools for creating stories in places with special attention to the value those stories help communicate within the experience environment.

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Accelerate Live! talk: Preparing for the AI revolution, Alan Robles, Gensler
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An energy-efficient innovation from Dryvit provides the look of brick

Discover the simplicity and flexibility of NewBrick™, featured at the Dryvit booth at AIA 2017. Watch this video and get an architect's perspective on the impact this solution will have on the industry.

An energy-efficient innovation from Dryvit provides the look of brick
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Discover whole wall solutions from CENTRIA

Jeff Peskowitz of CENTRIA discusses several of the innovative products featured at AIA 2017. Watch this video to learn about some of their unique options for metal wall and roof systems.

Discover whole wall solutions from CENTRIA
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Project-driven solutions from Deltek

We caught up with Zak Ruck at AIA 2017 to walk through some of the key solutions Deltek offers to AEC industries. Watch this video for a brief overview of the types of tools and systems available to architects to help improve efficiency.

Project-driven solutions from Deltek
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Improve indoor air quality with Nedlaw Living Walls

Join us as Randy Walden of Nedlaw explains the amazing technology behind their living wall biofilter at AIA 2017. Learn more about this innovative product and how it can pay for itself in just 3-5 years.

Improve indoor air quality with Nedlaw Living Walls
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ROXUL announces no-added formaldehyde product

Kim Friedrich of ROXUL announces their new no-added formaldehyde stone wool insulation product at AIA 2017. Watch this video to learn more about this new product and the benefits of their stone wool insulation.

ROXUL announces no-added formaldehyde product
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Discover the benefits of ICFs from NUDURA

Andy Horgan of NUDURA describes the structure and function of Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) at AIA 2017. Watch this video and learn how ICFs have become one of the most energy efficient and airtight wall systems available.

 

Discover the benefits of ICFs from NUDURA
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Bringing visions to life with Nichiha's Architectural Wall Panels

Carolina Albano shares some of the unique features of Nichiha's Integrated Rainscreen system at AIA 2017. Watch this video and see the variety of color and texture options available for this easy-to-install product. 

Bringing visions to life with Nichiha's Architectural Wall Panels
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High performance air and moisture barriers from Dörken

Todd Kimmel, technical consultant with Dörken, answers some of the most common questions about their air and water-resistive barrier solutions featured at AIA 2017. Watch this video and see how their DELTA® products can help manage moisture effectively.  

High performance air and moisture barriers from Dörken
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A multiple-in-one solution from Huber Engineered Woods

Join us as Mike Moriarty from Huber Engineered Woods takes us through some of the advantages of ZIP System® R-sheathing at AIA 2017. Watch this video and learn how installation convenience and long-term performance are just two of the benefits of this product.

A multiple-in-one solution from Huber Engineered Woods
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Accelerate Live! talk: How maker culture is transforming Sasaki’s design practice

 

Boston-based design and planning firm Sasaki has been at the forefront of the maker movement in the AEC market. We’re not referring to designing maker spaces for their clients, although Sasaki does that, too. 

We’re talking about applying the principles and practices of the maker movement to the traditional design firm; Using hands-on exercises, prototyping, and digital design to help extract the best solutions and ideas from everyone in the organization. 

Pablo Savid-Buteler, LEED AP, Managing Principal, and Brad Prestbo, AIA, Senior Associate, are leading Sasaki’s maker culture initiatives.

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 11, 2017, Chicago), Savid-Buteler and Prestbo talk about how this movement is changing the way Sasaki goes to market, and how it is helping the firm win new business.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Pablo Savid-Buteler, LEED AP, is a Managing Principal with Sasaki. As head of the architecture and interior design practice, Pablo is a member of the Executive Committee. He also leads the Campus Studio's international efforts, with a particular focus on work in Central and South America. His experience encompasses both urban and campus environments. Within an urban context, Pablo has expertise with mixed-use environments and on campuses he focuses on student life and learning environments. His commissions are characterized by sensitivity to materiality, attentiveness to the relationship between buildings and surrounding landscapes, and making places that respond to their unique culture and context. His approach involves close dialogue with clients, interactive working sessions, and hands-on, collaborative design and production. Pablo is certified as LEED AP. He holds a diploma of architecture from the Universidad Católica de Cordoba, Argentina, and a master of architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Brad Prestbo, AIA, Senior Associate with Sasaki, is an architect with over nineteen years of experience working on some of the nation's most prestigious campuses. A problem-solver with great technical skill, he has been part of several award-winning project teams. As chair of Sasaki's Technical Resource Group, Brad shares his knowledge of design and detailing with the rest of firm to promote better practices in architecture. Brad enjoys exploring what is possible. In his practice, he finds that researching "what if..." is more rewarding when collaborating with colleagues from various disciplines. He takes an active role in mentoring, sharing his knowledge of 100-year building design principles with colleagues inside and outside the office. A registered architect in Massachusetts, Brad attended Syracuse University School of Architecture where he received the Dean's Citation for Outstanding Thesis Super Jury Award. He currently serves as a design critic and thesis mentor at Suffolk University. Brad is actively involved in the the Construction Specifier's Institute. He frequently lectures on detailing and working drawings, and is currently writing a series of books on contract documents.

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Accelerate Live! talk: How maker culture is transforming Sasaki’s design practice
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Think Smarter with PEX for Hydronic Piping

Still piping with copper, steel and black-iron pipe for hydronic heating and cooling? See why more professionals are choosing PEX.

Think Smarter with PEX for Hydronic Piping
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Accelerate Live! talk: The ROI of innovation culture, Russ Sykes, SmithGroupJJR

 

Russ Sykes has seen it all. 

He’s hiked 19,000 feet above sea level, to the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. He launched his firm’s operations in China. And he rose to become a Managing Partner and Chairman of the Board of the nation’s oldest and largest AE firms. 

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 11, 2017, Chicago), Sykes takes us through SmithGroupJJR’s ongoing journey to create a firm culture that ignites innovation and propels change across all levels of the organization. He demonstrates how four mantras paved the way for new operational models, idea generation, and process improvements. They include creating a culture of engagement, nurturing "intrapreneurs," and building loyalty with unconventional rewards.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Russ Sykes, a licensed professional engineer in Michigan and a LEED Accredited Professional, is a Managing Partner and part of a three-person leadership team for SmithGroupJJR. Working from the firm's Detroit, Michigan location, he leads the company's 10 offices, with a focus on improving project delivery processes and operations. Previously, he managed the Science & Technology studio in Detroit and also served as director of China operations.

Russ graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Architectural Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1985, and went on to join SmithGroupJJR as an electrical engineer. Through the years he was promoted to management roles at the 280-employee Detroit office, including director of operations and office director. In 2013, he was integral in the establishment of a new office in Shanghai. In 2016, Mr. Sykes was honored as Pennsylvania State University's Outstanding Engineering Alumni, and in 2010 he was recognized by the school's Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society as a Centennial Fellow in the Department of Architectural Engineering.

In 2016 he also completed six consecutive years on the Industrial & Professional Advisory Council for the University's College of Engineering. Additionally, he is active in various professional affiliations, including the National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Construction Owner's Association of America, and is an associate member of the Michigan Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

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Accelerate Live! talk: The ROI of innovation culture, Russ Sykes, SmithGroupJJR
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Accelerate Live! talk: Finding the money for your clients' projects, Paul Westlake, Jr., DLR Group|WRL

 

As everyone in the AEC industry knows all too well, without money for a building project, there is no building project. 

During his decades-long career in architecture, Paul Westlake has become somewhat of a master for helping his clients—particularly in the cultural and performing arts sectors—find money for their projects, or find more money for their projects. 

In some cases, these projects would not have happened without Westlake’s expertise. In other cases, he helped his clients fully realize their vision, with added funding for optional programming.  

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 11, 2017, Chicago), Westlake shares some of his methods for adding value to projects on the financing end. These include tax credit equity financing, preservation tax incentives, and new markets tax credits.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Paul Westlake, Jr., FAIA, Global Culture+Performing Arts Leader and Senior Principal with DLR Group | Westlake Reed Leskosky, specializes in the planning and design for the performing and cultural arts.

His award-winning projects encompass theaters and performance venues of all types as well as other cultural facilities such as museums and fine arts buildings. Over the course of his career, Paul has been personally involved in the study, renovation, and design of approximately 200 cultural facilities nationally and internationally, including work in Shanghai, Beijing, Taiwan, and Gabon, Africa. His projects and clients range from large performing arts centers in major cities to facilities nurturing the diversity of the arts on college campuses and in smaller communities.

Paul has lectured on performing arts design at national conferences of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, the International Association of Assembly Managers, the League of Historic American Theatres, and other symposia.

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Accelerate Live! talk: Finding the money for your clients' projects, Paul Westlake, Jr., DLR Group|WRL
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Accelerate Live! talk: Health-generating buildings, Marcene Kinney, Angela Mazzi, GBBN Architects

 

During the past 20 years, we’ve witnessed an evolution in building design, from high-performance and energy-efficient buildings, to sustainable and green buildings, and now to spaces that enhance performance and promote wellness and health. 

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 11, 2017, Chicago), Marcene Kinney and Angela Mazzi from Cincinnati-based GBBN Architects talk about their work in behavior change and health-generating design.

Their predictive outcome modeling helps clients make strategic design investments that enhance user and building performance, while minimizing behaviors that can lead to more negative outcomes, such as injuries, poor health, or mistakes.

They also share design hacks pinpointing specific aspects of the built environment that affect behavior, well-being, and performance to help clients get more success out of their spaces.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

As Principal and Market Director at GBBN Architects, Marcene Kinney, AIA, LEED AP, leads her team's exploration and focus to do more than merely solve functional architectural problems for clients. Her applied research details fives types of space and their physical attributes that contribute to socialization and gathering patterns within spaces. She has dedicated 17 years exploring how space facilitates social interaction and builds community within the educational environment. Kinney has presented her research-based design work to American Institute of Architecture and Society of College and University Planning audiences and is the recent recipient of an AIA design award for work completed at Northern Kentucky University. Perhaps most important are the satisfaction survey reports by her clients who are reporting increased engagement and retention from their customers.

Angela Mazzi, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, is a Senior Associate and Medical Planner at GBBN Architects, where she focuses on enhancing quality of life through built environments—connecting great design with user needs. Her background in design, business management, and research on socio-cultural contexts provides a unique perspective on how culture is reflected in architecture and user experience. Mazzi serves on the Board of Regents for the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA), the Board of AIA Cincinnati, the Advisory Committee for the Institute for Patient-Centered Design, and was an Advisory Board member for Arizona State University's Healthcare Design Program in its initial years. Her research linking wellness to design has been published in many healthcare journals and been presented at both national and international conferences.

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Accelerate Live! talk: Health-generating buildings, Marcene Kinney, Angela Mazzi, GBBN Architects
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