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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

Construction Tour: UPenn’s New College House - SOLD OUT
Wed, 09/02/2015 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
FREE for AIA Associate / YAF members | $10 for other attendees
Construction trailer at 33rd and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA
AIA Associate Committee / YAF
Yes, Registration is required

Work is well underway at the New College House - a 198,000 SF, LEED Silver, BCJ-designed structure that will frame the gateway to the University of Pennsylvania campus.

Design and construction team members will lead the tour and answer questions about this exciting project – registration is limited to 12 attendees! Tour participants are required to bring their own hard hat and wear close-toed shoes. Please contact with any questions.


The New College House will accommodate 350 students in single- and multiple-bedroom suites arranged around a central courtyard. Community spaces will include a large multipurpose “living room”, dining hall, media center, seminar rooms, common kitchens, and lounge areas. A series of green roofs and a below-grade cistern will manage the site’s storm water.

Design Awards Entries Due
Thu, 09/03/2015 (All day)
$175 per project. $75 Divine Detail entry only.
AIA Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required

AIA Philadelphia is now accepting submissions for the Design Awards, Young Architect Award and Philadelphia Emerging Architecture Prize (PEAPrize). Entries for all these awards must be submitted online.

Submissions for the Design Awards, including exhibit only entries, are due Thursday, September 3 at 11:59 pm.

Submissions for the Young Architect Award and the PEAPrize are due Thursday, September 10 at 11:59 pm. 

Click here to submit your entry/entries. 

Submission requirements for the design awards are on the submission website and at

Submission requirements for the Young Architect Award are on the submission website and at

Submission requirements for PEAPrize are on the submission website and at

Headshots Happy Hour with SMPS Philadelphia
Wed, 09/09/2015 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm
In Advance: $45 members, $65 non-members. At Door: $55 members; $75 non-members
Haworth 1700 Market Street, Suite 600 Philadelphia, PA 19103
SMPS Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required

Join us as we kick off the 2015-2016 program year with our first event, Headshots Happy Hour! Come out and learn about our upcoming programs while you ease your way back into the business development groove after a long, relaxing summer.

As an added bonus, the first 30 people to register will be offered the opportunity to have a FREE headshot taken. Don’t hesitate to get your headshot from 10 years ago updated. Register now!

Young Architect Award Entries Due
Thu, 09/10/2015 (All day)
AIA Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required


In the tradition of the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows, AIA Philadelphia’s Steering Committee of Fellows seeks to identify and recognize a young architect of exceptional achievement for past accomplishment and future promise.

A successful candidate must, through the materials presented to the Committee, display excellence and promise of future merit in one, two or all three of the following categories:
Design Excellence: through the aesthetic or scientific application for the built environment;
Practice: through leadership, management and/or specialized technical expertise;
Education: through teaching, publications and/or research;
Service: through exemplary service and contributions to the profession and/or society.
A candidate may choose to focus on a depth or breadth of contribution(s).

Nominees must be registered architect members of AIA Philadelphia between the ages of 25 and 39 as of the date of the application. Letters of recommendation will be accepted from any AIA Philadelphia member who has knowledge of the Nominee’s accomplishments.  For more details on eligibility and submission requirements go to

Philadelphia Emerging Architecture Prize Entries Due
Thu, 09/10/2015 - 12:15am - 11:45pm
$50 AIA Philadelphia member firms/$100 non-member firms
AIA Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required

AIA Philadelphia is accepting entries for The 2015 Philadelphia Emerging Architecture Prize (PEAPrize).

The PEAPrize is awarded annually to recognize an emerging architecture firm producing high-quality design and thinking within the Philadelphia region. Awarded through a juried portfolio submission, the winning firm will present their design processes and philosophies through a lecture and exhibition at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture.

The PEAPrize is awarded to an Architecture Firm. Eligible Firms must have been established & licensed in their respective state within the past 10 years (2005-Present). A copy of the firm’s license is required to accompany all entries. Applicants that have previously submitted but were not the prize winner are encouraged to re-submit each year. This includes entrants that have had individual projects selected for inclusion in the PEAPrize exhibit. AIA membership is not a requirement for entry, though to be eligible, firms must be located within the service area of AIA Philadelphia and be able to meet the organization’s Member Firm criteria. 

Submission requirements are on the submission website and at

Advanced Diaphragm Analysis: A Technical Presentation of Complex Diaphragms
Thu, 09/10/2015 - 9:30am - 2:00pm
Del Frisco’s Steakhouse, 1426-28 Chestnut St, Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required

The structural configurations of many modern buildings require complex lateral load paths that incorporate diaphragms at different elevations, multiple re-entrant corners, multiple irregularities and fewer vertical lateral force-resisting elements. It’s important to address these design issues and irregularities to ensure complete load paths throughout the structure. This workshop provides discussions on how to analyze offset diaphragms, in-plane and out-of-plane offset shear walls, and diaphragms with large openings. Code sections and irregularities associated with these types of lateral-resisting elements will also be discussed

High Performance Wall Assemblies – Designs that Minimize Thermal Bridging & Maximize Performance
Tue, 09/15/2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Center For Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia
AIA/BEC - Philadelphia Building Enclosure Council
Yes, Registration is required

This 1 hour educational session will cover the latest in building enclosure technology for high performance wall assembly designs. Presented by one of North America’s leading building science research engineers, Graham Finch of RDH Building Sciences; he will provide an overview of emerging wall assemblies and components that provide durable, cost effective and thermally efficient performance.
Recent energy code changes will be reviewed including an opportunity to discuss solutions to meet these more stringent requirements. The latest building science research and field monitoring information will be presented, demonstrating how insulation materials perform under different climatic conditions and how R-values change with time and season. Strategies to construct highly insulated wall assemblies and minimize thermal bridges will be presented, including an in-depth assessment of various cladding supports. Several case studies will be incorporated to illustrate how these emerging technologies have been utilized in new and existing buildings.
Learning Objectives
1. Review and understand recent changes to US Energy Codes that impact wall assembly design strategies
2. Understand the design requirements for wall assemblies and how the selection of all the right materials together are critical to reliable long-term performance.
3. Learn about several emerging technologies that are being used for the construction of highly insulated wall assemblies.
4. Learn about different strategies for attaching cladding through exterior insulation and how the different systems compare in terms of thermal performance, ease of installation and cost.
Speaker Biography
Graham Finch, MASc, P.Eng
Principal, Building Science Research Specialist
RDH Building Engineering Ltd. Vancouver, BC, Canada
Graham is a Principal and Building Science Research Specialist with RDH. He has a passion for technology and for making better and more energy efficient buildings. He leads RDH’s building science research group and is actively involved in a wide range of projects from building research studies to forensic investigations, building monitoring, hygrothermal modeling, and new construction across North America. Graham has authored several publications and practical industry guideline documents related to durable and energy efficient building enclosures. In addition to RDH, Graham is a part-time instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology where he teaches building science courses at the Diploma and Masters levels.
The Philadelphia Building Enclosure Council thanks ROXUL INC for generously sponsoring this event.

2015 Big Event
Thu, 09/17/2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
$30 for Associate/YAF Members; $40 for other AIA Members; $50 for non-Members
U-Bahn, 1320 Chestnut Street
Associate Committee / Young Architects Forum
Yes, Registration is required

The BIG EVENT Benefit is hosted by the emerging professionals of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Philadelphia Chapter. Every year, the Associate Committee and Young Architects Forum organize many events and programs to benefit emerging professionals, from design competitions and construction tours, to exhibitions and receptions, networking events, to name just a few! Funds raised will support these and other future new events to attract new members and provide additional benefits for Associate AIA and AIA members.

The 2015 BIG Event will be held on the September 17th at U-Bahn, 1320 Chestnut Street, a brand new bar in Center City.

Attendance is expected to be 100-150 people including young architecture professionals, architects, architecture students and other members of the design and construction community. 

The Renaissance of Sacred Architecture Today, lecture by Duncan G. Stroik
Wed, 09/23/2015 - 6:30pm
$25 WMOF Members, ICAA Members, Students, Seniors; $35 General Public and Door
Cathedral Basilica Saints Peter and Paul, 1723 Race St/Logan Circle, Philadelphia
Institute of Classical Architecture & Art
Yes, Registration is required
Sherrie Boyer 267-884-5370

Among the many contributions the Catholic Church has made to society over the past 2,000 years, the patronage of art, architecture, and music is undeniably one of its greatest. How can the Church reclaim a role as patroness of the arts and caretaker of beauty?

Historically, our churches were great patrons of the arts because people saw beauty, reverence, and craft as a sacred duty. As a result, art and architecture were imbued with a transcendent and extraordinary character and artists were challenged to the heights of their skill. How can we promote a new Renaissance of art, architecture, and music in the Church today?

Among the many discussions occurring today are those that consider how artists may offer their skills to the Church and yet flourish as reputable artists, architects, and musicians in their own right. What are some ways that contemporary architects and artists are working together with the Church to produce more beautiful cities and buildings? How do the faithful participate in the sacred duty to promote beauty in daily life and in the Church?

Please join the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art-Philadelphia and the Cathedral Parish for an illustrated lecture and discussion with Duncan Stroik, a well-known practitioner of sacred architecture and professor of classical architecture at the University of Notre Dame. His emphasis on beauty and continuity of tradition has brought him many accolades in the building of new churches in the United States. Duncan Stroik’s built work includes Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel (Santa Paula, CA), the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe (LaCrosse, WI), and the Cathedral of Saint Joseph (Sioux Falls, SD). He is also author of The Church Building as a Sacred Place: Beauty, Transcendence, and the Eternal, and edits the journal Sacred Architecture.

Mid-Atlantic Spec Mix Bricklayer 500 Competition
Thu, 09/24/2015 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Fizzano Bros. Concrete Products -1776 Chester Pike, Crum Lynne PA 19022
Fizzano Bros. Concrete Products
Yes, Registration is required
Tom Fizzano 610-457-5173

Help us find the fastest Bricklayer in the Mid-Atlantic States. The winner gets a cash prize as well as an automatic invitation to the Bricklayer 500 in Las Vegas (Hotel & Airfare included). Gates open at 12:00 pm. and will run till 4:00 pm. Competition to start at 1:00 pm. to 2:00 pm. No charge for this event. Complimentary Food and Beverages will be provided during the event. Complimentary post game Happy Hour at Casey's. Rain date is 9/25/2015. Registration is required by 9/23/2015 to Tom Fizzano

Super Enterprises: Windows of Opportunity in Commercial Applications
Wed, 09/30/2015 - 8:30am - 12:00pm
AIA Philadelphia - 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Super Enterprises - USA, Inc.
Yes, Registration is required
Each one hour session will offer one (1) credit towards American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education Systems (CES).

Join Marvin Windows & Doors and AIA for a unique, two session breakfast seminar evaluating important topics in the industry today.

This first session will discuss window repair and replacement for historic renovation projects with rehabilitation solutions through analysis of case studies from a variety of historic projects. Participants will learn best practices and the multiple steps that go into a rehabilitation project from initial planning and research to assessment and recommendations for solutions. The program will cover a broad range of possible window solutions and the various challenges and considerations associated with historic projects.

The second session will examine fiberglass as a superior composite material at the forefront of this innovation. With a specific focus on pultruded fiberglass, participants will observe its usefulness and environmental advantages in the window and door industry.

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