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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).
 

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

Accelerate Live! sponsor talk: Debunking daylight myths
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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! talk: The next frontier of post-occupancy evaluations
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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
  

Accelerate Live! sponsor talk: The impact of new fire rated glazing technologies to design, performance, and the environment
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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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Accelerate Live! talk: Using artificial intelligence for the future state of construction scheduling

 

SUMMARY
Artificial intelligence—like so many of the topics featured at Accelerate Live!—was nothing more than a pipe dream five years ago.

Yet, in just a few short years, AI has shifted from R&D and academia into the marketplace, thanks to several enterprising startups. These firms offer custom and off-the-self solutions for optimizing many of the complex and convoluted processes in commercial design and construction.

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), we hear from two of the earliest adopters of AI-driven processes in commercial construction.  

Rick Khan is the Senior Director of Innovation with Mortenson Construction.

Rene Morkos is the CEO of ALICE Technologies, a Stanford University startup that uses AI to optimize construction scheduling.

Rick and Rene speak about Mortensen’s recent pilot of the ALICE platform on construction projects, as well as the construction giant’s ongoing plans for AI.

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Ricardo Khan
Senior Director of Innovation, Mortenson Construction

As the Senior Director of Innovation, Rick leads the Mortenson Innovators Program with a goal to inspire, engage and partner with all internal team members in the process of idea incubation, solution validation, and then to commitment and launch of new ways of working. Rick's focus is on Big 'I' Innovation that targets a 10x value creation. Prior to his current role, Rick Led Mortenson's Project Solutions department, focused on operations excellence. Project Solutions supports project teams from concept through closeout by providing expertise in project management, planning & scheduling, virtual design & construction, and innovation services. We have two key areas of focus, enhancing today's processes while creating the future state of construction through research and development.

Rene Morkos
CEO, ALICE Technologies

Rene Morkos' professional experience includes working as a project manager in Afghanistan, underwater construction in Lebanon, automation engineering on a $350 million gas refinery expansion in Abu Dhabi, and Virtual Design and Construction consulting around the world. He completed his PhD in Artificial Intelligence applications for construction as a Charles H. Leavell fellow at Stanford University.

 

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Water treatment facility renovation benefits from laser scanning technology

When JRA Architects were contracted to modernize a water treatment facility from the late 1800s, they reached out to Ayoroa Simmons for help with assessing the current structures. Learn how the data captured by FARO® laser scanners helped create a clear, comprehensive view of the renovation in much less time than traditional field measuring methods.

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Butt-Glazed Fire-Resistive System from Technical Glass Products

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An Inside Look at SAFTI FIRST

Go behind-the-scenes to discover the advantages of partnering with the only single-source, vertically-integrated, fire-rated glazing systems manufacturer in the USA.

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Architect educational support from ZIP System® sheathing and tape

Don Simon, Manager Education and Training, discusses how Huber Engineered Woods is dedicated to providing education and support to multifamily teams from specification details to jobsite mock-walls and beyond at Greenbuild 2017.

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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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SageGlass continues to provide dynamic and innovative products

In this video, we check in with SageGlass at Greenbuild 2017 in Boston. Learn about some of the ways they are using electrochromic dynamic glass to promote comfort and productivity for the occupant in a variety of settings, while also providing architects with more design freedom.

 

SageGlass continues to provide dynamic and innovative products
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Hotel & resort planning solutions

Smart design means simplifying the lodging experience. dormakaba is unmatched in quality and service among global companies that supply the full range of hospitality solutions. For more information visit dormakaba.us.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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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