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Contracts, Pre-Fabrication, Case Studies, Trends, and Collaboration at Design on the Delaware Oct. 29-Nov.1

Design on the Delaware is a collaborative conference examining the issues and opportunities of the built environment for design and building professionals in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

Programs of particular interest to contractors, designers, developers and owners include:

Pre-Fabrication from Owner's Perspective: A. I. duPont Hospital for Children
Please join the AIA/GBCA Joint Committee and an expert panel of design and construction professionals as we explore the current state of pre-fabrication in our industry, as utilized on a complex hospital expansion at Nemours’ A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. Panelist will discuss the challenges and opportunities afforded by pre-fabrication from an owner’s point of view. This session is a collaborative session that will seek audience participation.

Residential Development Trends and Challenges
Members of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Philadelphia Chapter who are some of the top developers will speak to the trends and challenges of residential development in the region. Learn what's hot and what's not, new ways to work with architects and designers, what buyers want and how to get financing.

Contracts-The Architect's and Owner's Perspectives
In the negotiation of an agreement with an Owner, there will be points of disagreement about the appropriate balance of risk and reward … sometimes resulting in take it or leave it postures. This seminar will provide a point counterpoint to the perspectives of the Owner and the Architect on the more important subjects of disagreement in an effort to understand when you should “take it” or “leave it”.

Stewardship of the North Broad Corridor: Past, Present and Future
This program will explore the past, present and proposed development activities along North Broad Corridor (from Spring Garden to Girard) from a variety of perspectives to understand the goals and rationales of the developers, the public institutions, the designers, and the politicians.

Architects, Landscape Architects, LEED Professionals, Planners and other building and design professionals can earn up to 25 professional continuing education hours. Learn more at

Earn up to 25 CES at Design on the Delaware October 29 - November 1

The 11th Annual conference will feature 36 programs, 11 tours, two general sessions, two evening parties, design charette and trade show October 29-November 1 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel and the Center for Architecture.

Registration for 25 AIA credits is just $340 for AIA members if registered by midnight October 4. Registration options include one day, two day or individual programs at lower fees. Registration includes conference parties, general sessions, breakfast, lunch and trade show.  In addition to AIA credits, attendees can earn GBCI CM, AICP CM, LA CES and PDH continuing education credits. For more information and to register, visit

General Sessions Speakers are:

Thomas Christoffersen
Thomas Christoffersen, an architect and partner at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), has experience on every notable BIG project including the multi-award winning VM Houses, the Astana National Library and the 8 House, which was awarded the World Architecture Festival 2011 Award in the housing category and the 2012 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture. He most recently oversaw the detail design and construction of the 861,100 sf mixed-used West 57th building in Manhattan which aims for LEED Gold Certification.

Ken Greenberg

Ken Greenberg is an architect, urban designer, teacher, writer, former Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the City of Toronto. Founding partner of Urban Strategies Inc., and now Principal of Greenberg Consultants, he has  worked in cities as diverse as Toronto, Hartford, Amsterdam, New York, Boston, Montréal, Washington DC, Paris, Detroit and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Catheleen McGuigan
Cathleen McGuigan is editor-in-chief of Architectural Record, the nation’s leading architecture publication for more than a century. McGuigan, who is the second woman to serve as editor-in-chief, was named to the post in 2011. Under her leadership, Record won the 2012 Grand Neal award, the top American Business Media award for overall excellence. 

Stacy Levy
Stacy Levy works collaboratively with architect, engineers and landscape architects on projects that show the presence of urban nature and clarify the patterns of natural processes at work on the site. She works with water of all sorts, from acid mine drainage, to rainwater, to urban streams and rivers. Her work registers the changes in nature over the course of a day, a season, or a several years. Often using industrial materials from surveying and construction trades, she creates ways of understanding the dynamic processes of nature. Many of her recent projects utilize stormwater runoff to make rainwater an asset to the site.

Selected Conference Programs & Tours:

Contracts-The Architect's and Owner's Perspectives
In the negotiation of an agreement with an Owner, there will be points of disagreement about the appropriate balance of risk and reward … sometimes resulting in take it or leave it postures. This seminar will provide a point counterpoint to the perspectives of the Owner and the Architect on the more important subjects of disagreement through two speakers who regularly negotiate such agreements on behalf of their respective clients, architects and owners, in an effort to understand when you should “take it” or “leave it”.

Transforming the Reading Viaduct
Philadelphia's abandoned Reading Railroad viaduct is being transformed into a unique, elevated linear park. This presentation explores the design approach, which involved extensive public outreach, and how the project could ultimately spark future community development.  

Smart Design for a ‘SMART Working’ Environment
GlaxoSmithKline implemented a new design guide for facilities worldwide called SMART Working, with the goals of achieving a business that is sustainable, collaborative, and responsive. GSK employees in Philadelphia now have a LEED Platinum workplace environment which responds to their needs and supports them. This case study will emphasize the collaboration between the owner and the designers and the strategies involved to achieve the goals of the SMART Working System.

Penn's Krishna P. Singh Nanotechnology Center
Conceived as a seminal collaboration between two schools - The School of Engineering and Applied Science and The School of Arts and Sciences - The Singh Center for Nanotechnology creates a world class research facility bringing science and technology together in one place. This $91.5M project encompasses 80,000 GSF and is targeting LEED Silver Certification.

Re-imagining 8th and Berks - A Design Charrette
Asociación Puertorriquenos en Marcha (APM) Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) for Eastern North Philadelphia was created to implement a long-lasting, sustainable, and comprehensive strategy to meet the challenges facing this community. Charrette participants will develop solutions for the redevelopment of a 1.8-acre, city-owned parcel at 8th and Berks

Member discount registration pricing available to APA, ASLA, GBCA, Engineers Club, Building Information Association, ULI, Associated Builders & Contractors and other design and building professions. Design on the Delaware is sponsored by: Microsol Resources, Architectural Glass Institute, O'Donnell & Naccarato, Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Urban Engineers, Keast & Hood Co. and AKRF

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Member News

KidZooU: SMP Architects designs new cultural and educational attraction

On April 13 the Philadelphia Zoo—America’s first zoo—opened KidZooU: Hamilton Family Children’s Zoo & Faris Family Education Center. The Zoo’s largest construction project to date, KidZooU is a year-round destination with a multitude of indoor and outdoor experiences for animals and guests alike. Designed to LEED Silver standards and scheduled to complete certification this year, it occupies a 2.5-acre site and repurposes the former Pachyderm House with interactive exhibits, conservation stations and robust programming aimed at teaching toddlers to tweens how to become stewards of wildlife and the environment.

The design and construction team included Bruce E. Brooks & Associates Consulting Engineers, CVM Engineers, Arora Engineers, Viridian Landscape Studio, Meliora Environmental Design, David Nelson & Associates, Becker & Frondorf and W.S. Cumby. 

BLT Architects Announces the Hiring of Five Staff Members

BLT Architects announced today the hiring of four design staff members and an administrative assistant.

“BLT Architects has enjoyed plenty of growth this year, requiring us to increase our staff to meet demand,” said Michael L. Prifti, FAIA, Managing Principal at BLTa. “We look forward to the contributions our talented new staff members will make to our team.”

The new staff members include:

Lois S.K. Suh, a resident of Philadelphia, is a 2013 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Science degree in architecture and a 2005 graduate of Wellesley College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and architecture. She previously was a designer for Chan Mock Architects in Cambridge, Mass.

Ryan Sison is a 2013 graduate of Philadelphia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture and is a resident of Philadelphia

Andrea Polaski is a 2013 graduate of Philadelphia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in interior design and is a resident of Hillsborough, N.J.

Fay Leff, a resident of Philadelphia, is a 2013 graduate of Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science degree in interior design and a Master of Science degree in interior architecture and design.

Ann Margaret Durfee was hired an administrative assistant. A resident of Philadelphia, she completed an interior design professional certificate program at Moore College of Art and Design.

Affiliate News

Norwood’s Industrial Group Breaks Ground on 677,000SF Warehouse Distribution Center in the Lehigh Valley

The Norwood Company has recently commenced construction on a 677,000 square foot warehouse distribution center in Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VII, a 40 acre site that was previously part of Bethlehem Steel’s main manufacturing plant. Serving as Construction Manager, Norwood is working collaboratively with developer Trammell Crow Company, investor Clarion Partners and designer KSS Architects. The new building, situated in a Local Economic Revitalization Zone (LERTA), will feature 32’ clear height, 190’ deep truck courts, ESFR sprinkler systems, ample parking and an excellent logistical location near the I-78 / Rt 412 interchange. Norwood’s Industrial Group has completed more than 20 million square feet of comparable warehouse/distribution facilities. Project completion is scheduled for Spring 2014.

The Harman Group's Director of Parking Design to be Panelist for ADA Webinar on Parking

Bill Kavanagh, AIA, NCARB, The Harman Group's Director of Parking Planning and Design is lending his expertise to a webinar panel discussion, "ADA and Parking" hosted by the International Parking Institute (IPI).  The panel will discuss the parking regulations for the Americans with Disabilities Act, including political challenges in municipal parking, common mistakes that trigger non-compliance and recent changes that affect old and new spaces.

The webinar is moderated by Doug Holmes, the creator and editor of the CPARK-L parking listserv, a parking information source and clearinghouse for campus and municipal parking officials.  The panelists include Mr. Kavanagh, a licensed architect with more than fifteen years of experience in the design of parking garages and mixed use buildings; Linda Kauffman, former executive director of the Allentown Parking Authority and past chair of the IPI Board of Directors; and Teresa Trussell, Parking Operations Supervisor for Ohio University.

The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, August 21st at 2pm EDT.  For more registration information visit  Information is listed on the Professional Development tab under Webinars.

Wohlsen Construction Honored with Nine Awards

Wohlsen Construction Company received nine awards from the Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) at the association’s Annual Excellence in Construction Awards Gala.

The Ben Franklin Skilled Nursing renovation project at Masonic Village at Elizabethtown located in Elizabethtown, Pa., won the Project of the Year Award. The project was designed by RLPS Architects Ltd., Lancaster, Pa.

Wohlsen received Green Building recognition by winning the first place Excellence Award in the Green GC Sustainable category for the Hamilton Health Center project located in Harrisburg, Pa. Advanced Building Design located in Johnstown, Pa., served as the design professional.

Winning First Place Awards of Excellence in Construction were the following:
• Ben Franklin Skilled Nursing Renovations located on the campus of Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, located in Elizabethtown, Pa. The project was designed by RLPS Architects Ltd., Lancaster, Pa.
• Unionville High School Additions and Renovations, located in Kennett Square, Pa. The project was designed by MM Architects, Inc. located in Lancaster, Pa.
• Gettysburg Energy and Nutrient Recovery Facility, located in York Springs, Pa, and constructed for EnergyWorks BioPower, LLC. Lewis & Associates Architects of Lancaster, Pa., served as the design professional.
• Jennersville Regional Hospital Patient Rooms, located in West Grove, Pa. Hart Freeland Roberts Inc. of Brentwood, TN served as the design professional.

Earning Awards of Merit were the following:
• Garrett Community Center located on the campus of Tel Hai Retirement Community in Honey Brook, Pa. The project was designed by RLPS Architects Ltd., Lancaster, Pa.
• Health and Wellness Center at Pleasant View Retirement Community in Manheim, Pa. RLPS Architects Ltd., Lancaster, Pa. served as the design professional.
• Hamilton Health Center Medical and Dental Clinic located in Harrisburg, Pa. Advanced Building Design located in Johnstown, Pa., served as the design professional.

Upcoming Events

On the Boards - Call for Interested Firms
Thu, 01/01/2015 (All day) - Sun, 02/01/2015 (All day)
Various Firm Offices
AIA Philadelphia Design Committee
Yes, Registration is required
Joshua Otto

The AIA Philadelphia Design Committee is seeking Member Firms that are interested in participating in the "On the Boards" program.

"On the Boards" is a quarterly program allowing local firms to open their doors and present their work to peers, friends and the public. Ideally, these presentations are held in the firm's office, but may also be scheduled at the Center for Architecture.  Firms of all sizes and portfolio types to encouraged to participate.

Interested firms may contact Design Committee Co-Chair Joshua Otto, AIA (otto@ottoarchitects) for details..

Managing Uncertainty and Expectations in Building Design and Construction
Tue, 01/13/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Online Webinar
Microsol Resources
Yes, Registration is required

Is perfection possible? Uncertainties in the design and construction process often create quality, cost and schedule problems. But little data has been compiled about causes, remedies, and reasonable expectation levels for errors and costs resulting from uncertainty.

New research from Dodge Data & Analytics (formerly McGraw Hill Construction) entitled Managing Uncertainty and Expectations in Building Design and Construction addresses these issues by identifying:

- Key drivers of uncertainty that create unanticipated quality, cost and schedule problems, and how they can be mitigated

- Perspectives and expectations of owners, architects, and contractors for their own and each other’s levels of performance on projects

- The most impactful aspects of performance and how they should be measured, so all parties can align around reasonable expectations and improve outcomes throughout the industry.

Steve Jones from Dodge Data & Analytics will share highlights of this important research.

Finding Your Strategic Planning Angle
Wed, 01/14/2015 - 8:30am - 10:30am
SMPS Member, In Advance: $45.00; SMPS Member, At Door: $55.00; Non-SMPS Member, In Advance: $65.00; Non-SMPS Member, At Door $75.00
Hard Rock Café Philadelphia, 1113-31 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
SMPS Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required
1.5 CPSM Credits; AIA Credits Pending

In furtherance of our mission to advocate for, educate, and connect leaders in the design and building industry, SMPS Philadelphia is pleased to partner with the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) Delaware Valley Section to present Finding Your Strategic Planning Angle.

Strategic planning is the blueprint for the future of your firm -- defining the direction and making decisions for the allocation of resources in order to pursue a particular course of action or multiple angles. This interactive, hands-on session provides attendees with tools to guide, participate, or support a successful strategic planning initiative -- addressing the roles of research, internal collaboration, and implementation -- that sets direction, feeds growth, and provides flexibility to address market distractions.

If you are a firm principal or marketing professional involved in strategic planning, you will learn the elements needed to develop a successful, informed direction for your firm's growth.

If you are a marketing professional engaged in supporting implementation of your firm's strategic plan, you will learn what research is needed to shape informed decisions and gain tools to keep initiatives and actions moving forward.

If you are newer to A/E/C marketing, you will learn how to apply these planning techniques to improve your ability to plan daily proposal, marketing communications, and business development activities.

This program is eligible for 1.5 CPSM credits. AIA credits pending.

Cancelations made by 12:00 a.m. three business days prior to the event will be fully refunded. Due to SMPS Philadelphia's commitment with meeting facilities for food and beverage quantities, all cancelations after that time and no-shows will be ineligible for a refund.

AIA Philadelphia Board of Directors Induction and Reception
Thu, 01/15/2015 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 South 6th Street, Philadelphia
AIA Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required

Please join us for the Induction of the 2014 AIA Board of Directors and Officers and the presentation of Thomas U. Walter award to  a chapter member for his/her contributions to the architectural community through service to the American Institute of Architects and its initiatives.

5:30 pm Refreshments

6:00 pm Ceremony

7:00 pm Reception

This is a member only event open to AIA Philadelphia architects, associate and affiliate members only. 

Thank you to our legacy sponsor of the induction O'Donnell & Naccarato, Inc.

The Benefits of Air Barriers in a Building
Tue, 01/20/2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Center For Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia
AIA/BEC - Philadelphia Building Enclosure Council
Yes, Registration is required

All are invited to attend our first BEC Philly presentation in 2015; this will be another free lunch presentation.The presenter is Roy Schauffele, FCSI, CCPR, LEED Green Associate, and current president of ABAA (Air Barrier Association of America).

ABSTRACT: Air barriers are relatively new and now they are in the codes. The IECC 2012 and the ASHRAE 90.1 2010 require that an air barrier is installed in a building. Design professionals are now faced with designing an air barrier system but the system will only work if the installation is done properly. A poorly installed air barrier can cause problems in the building enclosure. Knowing what the issues are and what tools are available will assist the design professional.


1. Show how an air barrier helps building performance and resiliency.
2. Explain the difference between a material, an ancillary material, a component, an assembly and system.
3. Understand the process for confirming proper installation.
4. List the support available for design professionals on air barriers.

PRESENTER BIO: Roy Schauffele, born in Phila., is an internationally published author and speaker in the field of energy conservation and sustainable building envelopes including insulation, air barrier technology, roofing & waterproofing, vegetative & cool roofing, all with an eye towards improving building science and quality of life. He is President and founder of Division 7 Solutions, Inc, a multi-office, multi-state Architectural Rep firm which is now entering its 28th year of continuous operations in Texas. He was the first Technical Director of SPRI, a CSI Board of Director member and served for over 10 years on various Institute Level Committees. Roy is in the first class of CCPR’s (1993) and achieved Fellowship in 2004. He has been an elected and gubernatorial appointed official in the State of Texas. He currently serves as a Chairman of the Board for ABAA (Air Barrier Association of America), Technical Advisor to Build San Antonio Green (BSAG) and is an award winner for his Technical Contributions. His profile is on LinkedIn.

SPONSOR: The Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA)

January ARE Study Session
Tue, 01/20/2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
United States
No, Registration is not required

The January ARE Study Session will focus on the Site Planning (SP) Vignette and the multiple choice portion of the Construction Documents and Services (CDS) exam. Attendees studying the vignette are encouraged to send their practice attempts to the email below for review with the group. 

Schedule – Jan. 20th, 2015:

6:30-7:20 PM Site Planning (SP) vignette

7:30-8:30 PM Construction Documents and Services (CDS) multiple choice

If you would like to join us online, please RSVP to for the login info. RSVPs are encouraged if you are attending in person, but walk-ins are always welcome. If you have any questions, please use the email above. 

ARE Study Sessions are held the third Tuesday of the month. Each month the group focuses on a specific section or sections. The program is presented and led by AIA Philadelphia's Young Architects Forum. 

CSI Monthly Meeting and Ventilated Rainscreens Combined With Mineral Wool Insulation
Mon, 01/26/2015 - 5:30pm - 9:00pm
CSI Members Free, Guests $40
Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District
Architectural Glass Institute
Yes, Registration is required

There’s is an interesting case to be made for cladding systems that are open jointed, ventilated and constructed from fiber cement. As well with Mineral Wool you get the advantage of exterior insulation combined with air barrier construction to meet today’s stricter code requirements for R value and air infiltration and ex-filtration. Mineral Wool has taken the place in many designs from extruded foam insulation systems due to stricter NFPA285 fire test requirements.

As design professionals strive to maximize thermal resistance, yet reduce mass in the wall assembly, insulation is increasingly being positioned in both the stud wall and the exterior side of the building envelope. This split insulation concept has introduced a number of design issues and concerns; particularly as relates to fire resistance, moisture management, and wall drying rates. This program focuses on the unique properties of stone wool insulation, and suggests how it can improve thermal, fire, water and sound suppression performance in a well detailed wall assembly.

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