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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 www.designonthedelaware.com.

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 www.designonthedelaware.com.

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

For information, go to www.designonthedelaware.com.

 

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 www.parking.org.  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

WHAT'S NEW WITH AUTOCAD CIVIL 3D 2016?
Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Online Event
Microsol Resources
Yes, Registration is required
1

WHAT'S NEW WITH AUTOCAD CIVIL 3D 2016?

PRESENTED BY STEVEN COSTA, BIM SPECIALIST AND LYNN ETHERTON, AEC ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE OF MICROSOL RESOURCES

Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016 civil engineering software supports Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflows by extending the value of the model. With a focus on optimizing performance, new features build on the pressure pipe offering, support more industry-based workflows, provide new levels of compatibility, and offer enhanced productivity tools. Additionally, project teams can help improve collaboration with the ability to open and edit AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016 drawings in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 software. Join us for this online seminar to explore various other new features.
About the Presenter:

Steven V. Costa is a building information modeling (BIM) Specialist at Microsol Resources in New York City. He has over seven years of experience in offering BIM solutions for architectural, engineering, and construction firms ranging from implementation to training and technical support. Steven specializes in streamlining the collaborative workflow between the Autodesk Building Design and Infrastructure Design suite of products which includes Showcase with a focus on data exchange between Civil 3D and Revit.

Prior to working at Microsol Resources, Steven spent six years working on highway and site engineering design projects at Stantec (formerly Vollmer Associates, LLP). He worked extensively with Stantec and various other consultants on the Columbia University Manhattanville project, where he provided his expertise on integrating the proposed site and infrastructure plans as well as aggregating the entire project into an interactive model using Autodesk Navisworks. His work on this project, alongside several other Microsol Resources BIM specialists, was showcased as a BIM success story at Autodesk’s One Team Conference. 

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Net Postive Water
Wed, 07/29/2015 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Philadelphia Center for Architecture: Main Hall
AIA COTE
Yes, Registration is required
2.5 CES/HSW LUs

The LBC asks us to take a different approach to water:

One that treats stormwater found on site as an asset rather than as a problem. Designing buildings and landscapes that emulate natural closed loop systems, instead of just water in water out. And through advocacy, educating others on the benefits of water conservation.

A core principle of the Living Building Challenge is that water is a precious resource. In a typical developed community today, water is treated as a free commodity; its source, distribution and removal are equally unknown. It is not unusual in developed parts of the world for water to travel several hundreds of miles from source, to use, to treatment.

Please join us at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture for a conversation about water hosted by the AIA Committee on the Environment and the Philly Living Building Challenge Collaborative. We'll talk about the LBC Water Petal, hear from water experts, and dive into a few projects to see how they measure up against the performance based criteria of the Net Postive Water Imperative. We hope you can attend! 

 

Learning Objectives:

• Discuss the goals and requirements of the Living Building Challenge’s Water Petal and how its approach to water promotes the mimicking of natural closed loop systems.
• Describe the various inputs used when calculating a projects water balance such as stormwater, greywater, and blackwater.
• Analyze schematic level water collection and distribution systems of a building and through example projects, evaluating where water metering should be located to track different performance categories.
• Gain an understanding of current Philadelphia water and stormwater regulations for the private sector.
 

Fizzano Bros. CMU Plant Tour and AIA CE Programs
Mon, 08/03/2015 - 10:00am - 1:00pm
1776 Chester Pike Crum Lynne Pa 19022
Fizzano Bros. Concrete Products
Yes, Registration is required
2 CES LUs
Tom Fizzano 610-457-5173 tom@fizzano.com

10:00 AM-PRESENTATION OF PROGRAM ONE: DESIGNING WITH SURFACED MASONRY WALL SYSTEMS (1 HR. CE LU, HSW)

11:00 AM-HOW CMU ARE MANUFACTURED-GUIDED PLANT TOUR

12:00 PM-LUNCH AND PRESENTATION OF PROGRAM TWO: THIN ADHERED VENEER SYSTEMS-A NEW SOLUTION (1 HR CE LU, HSW)

 NO CHARGE FOR THIS EVENT

REGISTRATION: TOM FIZZANO tom@fizzano.com BY 07/29/15

WHAT'S NEW WITH AUTODESK INFRAWORKS 2016?
Tue, 08/04/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Online Event
Microsol Resources
Yes, Registration is required
1

WHAT'S NEW WITH AUTODESK INFRAWORKS 2016?
When: 11:00am - 12:00pm, Tuesday August 04, 2015
Where: Online Event
Credit: Microsol Resources is an Approved Provider through the AIA/CES and will provide Certificate of Completion for 1 AIA LU and PDH for this seminar.

 

PRESENTED BY STEVEN V. COSTA, AEC BIM & INFRASTRUCTURE SPECIALIST, MICROSOL RESOURCES

The ability to easily visualize a project’s location and surroundings during the earliest stages of the design process can provide a number of long-term benefits. This webinar will explore some of these benefits by demonstrating a number of readily available resources and technologies that can transform simple graphic and non-graphic data into realistic three-dimensional visualizations.

Our presentation will start by reviewing the requirements specified in an architectural design competition brief and then will proceed to transform the limited amount of data about the site into a three-dimensional contextually realistic environment. The ultimate goal of aggregating this information is to make informed and transparent design decisions with the added benefit of being able to present this information in a visual context so that it is unambiguously understandable by both the professional and the layperson. This webinar will explore several Autodesk software platforms such as Infraworks 360, Revit and Civil 3D.

Join us for an hour long webinar as Steven V. Costa, an AEC BIM and Infrastructure Specialist at Microsol Resources, explains the techniques that transform data into visualizations, including:
Converting two-dimensional geospatial data into three-dimensional object data
Learn techniques for acquiring and creating geospatial data for aggregation within a 3D model
Creating storyboards using 3D data to better communicate design intent and integration into an existing environment 

 

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ENERGY ANALYSIS FOR AUTODESK REVIT
Tue, 08/11/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Online Event
Microsol Resources
Yes, Registration is required
1

ENERGY ANALYSIS FOR AUTODESK REVIT

PRESENTED BY IAN MOLLOY, SENIOR PRODUCT MANAGER, AUTODESK

Join us as we give you an introduction to Energy Analysis for Autodesk Revit, with a focus on a new feature in Revit 2016 that makes Energy Analysis easier, faster, and more reliable than ever before.

In this webinar, you will gain unique insights into the energy and environmental performance of buildings at any stage in their lifecycle, an invaluable tool to help deliver higher performing buildings more cost effectively, and with greater certainty.

This webinar will focus on:

• Energy Analysis features and workflows in Revit 2016
• The new Building element Energy Analysis feature in Revit 2016
• Live demonstration of the software on a number of worked examples

 

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