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  • 8:30 am to 10:20 am Educational Session
    • Understanding the 2010 Accessibility Standards , DC-17
      • Credits:  AIA (HSW), CSI
      • This seminar provides in-depth coverage of the revised ADA-ABA guidelines in comparison with the currently enforceable ADAAG standards. Also covered are the implications of the revised state standards. We will help you understand what standards to use, and when. A side by side comparison is given of the 1990 ADA AccessibilityGuidelines and the New 2010 ADA Accessibility Guidelines released on July 26, 2010. These are now the enforceable standards for all buildings and will affect just about every project built.This study will help you learn how to integrate the new standards into your design and what to do when your state requirements differ from the new federal requirements. Are you ready for the most major change in access standards in 20 years? You will be after this class!
      • Learning Objectives
        • Apply new ADA regulations to current design.
        • Describe how the ADA was created.
        • Apply new ADA regulations to current design.
        • Apply the standards to a new construction project as well as an existing project or renovation project.
        • List their highest areas of liability.
        • Describe the technical requirements of compliance.
      • Kristi Avalos, Accessology
        • Kristi J. Avalos founded Accessology in November 1990 as a direct result of her involvement in national disability related issues.Kristi has more than 25 years experience leading the charge for accessibility compliance and disability-related issues. Through various experiences in working with disability regulations, and the panic associatedwith full compliance to such regulations, the need for dependable assistance was clear. Kristi was instrumental in the development of a program for people to assess an “expert’s” knowledge of compliance matters. Through this effort the need for a strategically linked nationalorganization devoted solely to assisting businesses, state and local governments and agencies in the practical applications of regulatory compliance became apparent.


  • 9:30 am to 10:20 am Educational Session
    • EPA Act 179D Provides Tax Incentive for Sustainable Building Design, DC-18
      • Credit: AIA, CSI, GBCI – General: Stakeholder Involvement in Innovation; Subcategory: Ways to earn credit
      • The Energy Policy Act of 2005 provides a significant tax incentive for the installation of certain highly energy-efficient building systems. Referred to as the EPAct §179D tax deduction, this incentive applies to owners of commercial buildings who build or retrofit energy-efficient properties, and in the case of schools and other public buildings, to the architect or primary designer. EPAct §179D provides up to $1.80 per square foot for the installation of systems that reduce the total energy and power costs by 50 percent. This deduction applies specifically to lighting, HVAC and building envelope as compared to ASHRAE 90.1-2001 standards.
      • Learning Objectives:
        • What qualifies – not just geothermal
        • What steps are necessary in order to qualify
        • How it affects the tax return/How to claim it on your tax return
        • Tax credits and which energy property relates to §179D
        • How §179D relates to LEED
      • Bob McPherson, SourceCorp
        • Director of Cost Segregation and EPAct §179D. Works with the SourceCorp engineers, energy modelers, construction professionals and CPAs to bring the expertise needed to help clients take advantage of tax incentives related to real estate assets.    Provided cost segregation services nationally since 2002 for clients in numerous industries including specialized food, computer, manufacturing, large data centers and multi-media production facilities.
      • Jeanne Briggs, SourceCorp
        • Works with architects throughout the United States to help them understand the deduction, how it may apply to specific projects’ energy efficiencies, and evaluate specific projects. Works with architectural firms’ financial group or CPA to determine how the deduction will affect a tax return. Assists firms in approaching their government clients about allocating the deduction.  SourceCorp Professional Services is a national tax specialty boutique that provides consulting services for EPAct 179D tax deductions, R&D tax credits, cost segregation and LIFO inventory solutions.


  • 10:30 am to 11:20 am Educational Sessions
    • Columbus Green Fund, DC-01
      • Credits: AIA (HSW), CSI, GBCI – General: Stakeholder Involvement in Innovation; Subcategory: Ways to earn credit
      • The City of Columbus has a new green gran program “Green Columbus Fund” that encourages sustainable building by reimbursing the LEED certification fee and providing further incentives for buildings that qualify under NC, CS, CI or EB:OM rating systems.
      • David Hull,Assistant Director, Sustainability and Regional Development, City of Columbus
        • David has been the Sustainability and Regional development Department for the City of Coumbus for over 4 years.  He is the lead director of the Columbus Green Fund.
      • Jeremy Cohen, USGBC
        • Jeremy is an employee of USGBC national and is on the Board of Directors of the Central Ohio USGBC Chapter.  He has worked extensivly with the City of Columbus in creating the Green Fund.
    • Terrazzo: the Original Recycled Flooring, DC-02
      • Credits: AIA (HSW, SD), CSI, GBCI – General: Acquisition, Installation & Management of Project Materials; Subcategory: Material acquisition
      • Focusing primarily on epoxy terrazzo systems, this presentation reviews the basic characteristics of terrazzo surfaces with a primary emphasis on its sustainable benefits.
      • Learning Objectives:
        • How Today’s Terrazzo Floors Are Sustainable
        • Examples of Terrazzo’s Contribution To LEED Projects
        • Health Safety Welfare Benefits of Terrazzo
        • Design Flexibility Of Terrazzo
        • Exploring Terrazzo Countertops
        • Terrazzo Installation Review
        • Maximizing Terrazzo’s Sustainable Design Properties
      • Brad Meyer, Terrazzo & Marble Supply
        • Brad Meyer has been employed with Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies (T&M) since 1989. He has held various positions with T&M including Architectural Sales Consultant, Inside Sales Rep, Marketing Director and Import Agent. Mr. Meyer currently serves as the National Sales Manager for natural stone and terrazzo surfaces. You may have also read some of his technical articles in various trade publications under the pen name “The Stone Physician.” Mr. Meyer is a member of the National Terrazzo & Mosaic Association (NTMA) and serves as a consultant on various terrazzo projects in the Midwestern United States.  Other organizations in which Mr. Meyer is actively involved include the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Chicago Chapter, Marble Institute of America (MIA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), North Central Terrazzo Association (NCTA), Ceramic Tile Contractors Association of Chicago (CTCAC) and The Floor Coverings Association of America.
    • Day Lighting with Commercial Skylights, DC-03
      • Credits: AIA (HSW), CSI, GBCI – General: Improvements to the Indoor Environment; Subcategory: Lighting controls
      • This course will better inform the designer on the benefits of using unit skylights in commercial construction and how the product technology is moving towards a greener product that improves product performance. The designer will gain an understanding of skylight choices to be considered when designing.  Skylights can bring in more natural light than standard side lighting and improve occupant comfort, health and productivity.  The presentation will allow designers to get a better understanding of the various high efficiency glazing available for skylights. They will get an overview of the benefits of Aerogel and how it allows natural lighting and improved energy performance.
      • Learning Objectives:
        • Be able to identify the benefits of using skylights in an application
        • Identify the guidelines of choosing a skylight and placement
        • Typical features of a skylight and critical features to consider
        • Knowledge of available high efficiency glazing and benefits of incorporating those types of glazing
        • Aerogel technology and the benefits of using Aerogel in skylights
        • Available technologies and tools for daylighting analysis
      • Mark Brink, Wasco Skylights
        • Mark Brink is Wasco’ Skylight’s National Sales Manager.  Mark brings over 15 years experience in the glazing and skylight industry. He has presented 100’s of AIA accredited sessions and has been called on numerous times as an expert in the field of natural daylighting. He is a long standing member of The Construction Specification Institute (CSI).
    • Holistic Green Design of Site Infrastructure,DC-04
      • Credits: AIA, CSI, GBCI – General: Acquisition, Installation & Management of Project Materials; Subcategory: Material acquisition
      • Through this presentation you will learn about the integration of holistic green design on site infrastructure though four unique case studies,  the cost effectiveness of holistic green infrastructure design compared to traditional design, and other potential benefits to holistic green design of site infrastructures.
      • Brian Quackenbush, PE, LEED AP, EMH&T
        • Brian Quackenbush, PE, associate and project manager at EMH&T has earned his LEED accreditation, joining an elite group in the Ohio engineering industry. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a specific accreditation administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which emphasizes strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Mr. Quackenbush oversees design and project management of site/civil engineering for single- multi-family, retail and office developments. He prepares preliminary utility layouts and feasibility studies, and designs sanitary sewer, storm sewer, water lines and roadways. He also sizes and determines the placement of detention/retention basins. Brian coordinates with governmental agencies, public utilities, contractors and developers from the inception of a project through the construction phase. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Ohio Northern University and is a licensed professional engineer.
  • 11:30 am to 1:20 pm Keynote Lunch
    • Beyond the Building: Instituting Green at the Neighborhood Level Through Agrarian Urbanism
    • Opening remarks by Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman
      • The eventʼs keynote panel will describe the innovative “Agrarian Urbanist” redevelopment plan for the Weinland Park neighborhood. Presented in conjunction with the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) the keynote presentation is designed to highlight the innovative redevelopment efforts taking place in an existing inner city Columbus neighborhood. Representatives from the OSU Knowlton School of Architecture, Local Matters, MORPC, the City of Columbus and others will present a project overview. The energy efficiency of buildings depends not only on how the building is constructed and operated, but also on its location and interaction with the surrounding neighborhood.  Our keynote panel will describe an innovative planning project now underway to create an “Agrarian Urbanist Overlay” in the Weinland Park neighborhood of Columbus.  The Overlay will consist of detailed plans for structures and programs that will make the production, processing, distribution, preparation and celebration of food a central feature of this urban neighborhood.  Agrarian Urbanism will reduce the energy footprint of the food system while providing neighborhood amenities attractive to all, regardless of economic circumstances.
      • Panel
        • Jerry Tinianow, MORPC – Overview of the Weinland Park project
        • Barb Seckler, Columbus Health Dept. – The City’s context, with emphasis on the Weinland Park Neighborhood Plan and city health initiatives
        • Brian Williams, MORPC – MORPC’s context, and our local food assessment and plan
        • Kay Bea Jones, OSU Knowlton – How a design professional views this project
        • Mark Wagenbrenner, Wagenbrenner Development – How a developer views this project
      • Lunch included in registration fee.


  • 1:30 pm to 2:20 pm Educational Sessions
    • Envelope First Energy Efficiency & Pathways to NZ, DC-05
      • Credits: AIA (HSW, SD), CSI, GBCI – General: Project Systems & Energy Impacts; Subcategory: Energy performance
      • This presentation is intended to help the building team better understand the importance of energy modeling early in the project. The basis of the presentation is a White Paper compiled by AEC (Architectural Energy Corporation) that compares 5 exterior cladding systems in 4 climate zones and 3 building types. The analysis uses ASHRAE 90.2004 as a baseline compared to ASHRAE 90.1 2007. Achieving net-zero energy buildings requires two distinct but complementary aspects of a building’s design. First, the building must be made as energy efficient as possible. Second, the building must include means of producing energy from renewable resources such as photovoltaics (PV). Part of the presentation also demonstrates a tool to help the building team better understand scenarios utilizing predicative energy modeling early in the project. This process is an area of opportunity in deciding what systems and assemblies will yield maximum optimization of the structure and appropriate specifications.
      • Learning objectives:
        • Help the Design Team to understand opportunities in exploring envelope first energy efficiency scenarios through predictive energy modeling.
        • Recognize the impact of air infiltration on various exterior assemblies/systems and effective R/U values.
        • Whole Building predictive energy modeling must include clarity on all assumptions.
        • Confirm that the more floors the harder it is to achieve NZE.
        • After the Envelope and Energy Conservation Measures, Renewable Energy is going to be necessary to achieve a NZE goal.
        • Energy modeling metrics beyond energy cost savings.
      • Paul Bertram, Jr. FCSI, CDT, LEED AP, Director, Environment & Sustainability for Kingspan Insulated Panels North American.
        • Paul is a Fellow of the Construction Specifications Institute and President Elect with a focus on climate change, building product environmental impacts, and Net Zero Energy strategies. Paul’s current work as Director, Environment & Sustainability is on Envelope First Energy Efficiency strategies for Kingspan Insulated Panels. Recent projects include energy modeling, first cost analysis, and integrated design utilizing BIM technology. He represents Kingspan with: the US Green Building Council member on the Materials and Resource Technical Advisory Group, ASHRAE, ASTM E60, ICC , National Institute of Building Science, and Board liaison for CSI (The Construction Specifications Institute) GreenFormat Program Management Task Team. Prior to joining Kingspan Paul was with the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association – NAIMA, and he was president of his Orlando based design firm of 30 years designing specification programs for various manufacturers. He began his career in Design and Development at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.
    • Effect of Green Building on Paint Selections, DC-06
      • Credits: AIA (HSW, SD), CSI, GBCI – General:
        Improvements to the Indoor Environment; Subcategory: Low-emitting materials
      • Learn how VOC criteria can contribute to green building; understand what governs the classification of paint as “green”; receive an overview of LEED and the credits affected by paint; learn about the design and specification considerations involved with “green” paint.
      • Learning Objectives:
        • Understand what governs the classification of paint as “green”.
        • Receive an overview of LEED and the credits affected by paint.
        • Discuss performance issues related to green paint products.
        • Learn about the design and specification considerations involved with “green” paint.
        • Learn the latest paint technology related to green paint.
        • Learn the new LADCO VOC laws for Ohio.
        • Learn the use of Solar Reflective coatings on metal roofs related to LEED.
      • Bob Schrock, PPG Industries.
        • Bob Schrock CSI CCPR, LEED AP. Bob is the Architectural Services representative for PPG Industries. Bob services the architect and designer community in Ohio representing PPG products in Division 5 Architectural Metals, Division 8 Glazing, and Division 9 Paint. He has been in the industry since starting in 1979 with Porter Paints, a brand of PPG Industries. Bob holds certification in several organizations including CSI, USGBC, NACE and SSPC. Bob has presented AIA accredited programs on topics of paint, coatings and glass at chapter and regional meetings for several associations. Bob lives with his family in Cincinnati.
    • Reducing Embodied Energy in Masonry Construction, DC-07
      • Credits: AIA (HSW, SD), CSI, GBCI – Project Systems & Energy Impacts; Subcategory: Energy usage
      • Brick continues to be one of the most favored building materials around the world. With sustainability becoming a basic requirement for all products and  materials, conventional clay brick has come under increased scrutiny, primarily due to the fossil fuel energy required to fire brick kilns and the associated CO2 emissions. This course explores new technology that creates new bricks that significantly reduce the environmental footprint of masonry construction.
      • Learning Objectives:
        • Explain the significance of embodied energy in masonry.
        • Discuss the impact of CO2 emissions in the production of masonry, and the potential for reducing this carbon footprint.
        • Reduce the environmental impact of masonry construction.
        • Evaluate and compare alternative brick products.
      • John McKevitt, CalStar Products
        • John McKevitt has 25 years of experience in Brick and Masonry products and distribution. I served as Chairman of the Brick Industry Associations (BIA) Education Committee, and originated the now nation wide industry effort to implement brick use ordinances at the local level. I am a former municipal elected official, and have the expertise in local Real Estate Development and Approval processes. My simple goal is to be the most respected purveyor of goods in my industry. Desired leads would be anyone interested in improving the sustainability of the Built Environment. Architects, Landscape Architects, General Contractors, Home Builders, Developers, and Mason and Landscape Contractors, as well as Government Sustainability officials are all desired leads.
    • What Happens to Performance After You Receive Your Plaque? A Case Study, DC-08
      • Credits: AIA (HSW, SD), CSI, GBCI – Project Systems & Energy Impacts; Subcategory: Energy performance measurement
      • This seminar reviews actual building performance data for several LEED GOLD certified projects – one year after certification. Did the Energy Models predict accurately? Were they even close? And Why? What contributes to positive results in the transition from the simulated building to operational occupancy? Aspects of the Design and the LEED Documentation / Certification Processes for these projects were also evaluated.
      • Michael Berning, Heapy Engineering
        • As the Director of Sustainable Design for Heapy Engineering, Michael is responsible for the firm’s over 200 LEED projects and is directly involved with the training of Heapy’s +70 LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED AP). 50 (so far) of these LEED projects have acheived certification (1 PLATINUM, 25 GOLD, 14 SILVER, 10 CERTIFIED). Heapy Engineering is a nationally recognized Mechanical-Electrical-Technology Design and Sustainable/LEED and Commissioning Services firm with 170 employees and +70 LEED AP’s. Heapy has an outstanding record of providing practical sustainable-based innovative and creative solutions for today’s high performance buildings. Michael is a frequent lecturer on LEED and Green Building concepts and has written a number of articles on Sustainable Design. He was a speaker at the May 2007 AIA National Convention in San Antonio on the topic of: LEED and the Evolution to Become a Sustainable Design Firm. A Mechanical Engineering graduate of the University of Dayton, he entered college with the goal to design Solar Energy projects and this desire evolved into the study of building energy efficiency. Michael is a regular columnist of Sustainable Facility Magazine, writing on the topic of Sustainability in Existing Buildings.  Michael’s experience with LEED projects in both the public and private sectors shows, that when properly planned and executed throughout the entire design and construction process, every project can be environmentally responsible, energy efficient AND cost effective.
      • Beverly Denlinger, Wright State University
        • Beverly, senior project manager, WSU Engineering and Construction, works for Wright State University and leads Wright State’s sustainability efforts.
      • Mark Setterlin, Setterlin Construction
        • Mark Setterlin, executive vice president and owner of R.W. Setterlin Building Company was recently awarded by Columbus Business First as one of the top 40 professionals under the age of 40 in Central Ohio. During his career Mark has made sustainable building a cornerstone.  He is LEED AP and recently the company moved into a LEED registered building.  Mark also gives of his time kindly to the community including organizations like the Builders Exchange and Mid-Ohio Foodbank. “I am honored to be recognized with these other distinguished business leaders in Columbus.”  I share this award with our entire company as it reflects what we accomplish at Setterlin every day.”
          R.W. Setterlin Building Company was founded to provide outstanding construction services throughout Ohio. A tradition since 1935, Setterlin has built a reputation for excellence in the construction industry by continually completing projects on time, within budget and with strong satisfaction from clients.


  • 2:30 pm to 3:20 pm Educational Sessions
    • New Energy Codes & Their Impact on Building Envelope Design & Moisture Management, DC-09
      • Credits: AIA (HSW, SD), CSI, GBCI – General: Improvements to Indoor Environment; Subcategory: Thermal controls
      • This seminar will highlight key energy code trends, their potential impact on building envelope moisture management ability and some available tools for energy efficient, moisture managed envelope design.
      • Learning Objectives:
        • Be aware of Key Energy Code Trends
        • Understand the US Energy Codes and Regulations increased focus on energy efficient strategies for reducing the building’s environmental impact.
        • Know of energy efficiency measures that might have an unanticipated effect on moisture management and building envelop durability.
        • Understand the available tools for achieving energy efficient, and moisture managed envelope design.
      • Maria Spinu, DuPont Building Innovations
        • Maria received a Ph.D. Degree in Polymer Science and Engineering. She joined Dupont Central Research in Wilmington, Delaware in 1990. In 2000 she joined DuPont Building Innovations where she currently leads Building Science and Sustainability. Maria is a member of the 90.1 ASHRAE Committee and Envelope subcommittee, AIA/BEC, CSI, etc., and Dupont is a cornerstone partner of AIA. She works on behalf of DuPont with the EEB (Energy Efficiency in Buildings) project, a global initiative under the umbrella of WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development). Maria has been an invited speaker at regional, national and international conferences on building science and sustainability.
    • Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel: Realizing Your Expectation, DC-10
      • Credits: AIA (HSW), CSI
      • There is a delicate balance between aesthetic and economic considerations for architecturally exposed structural steel (AESS). For example, tight fabrication and erection tolerances must be clearly specified in the contract documents to avoid disputes over what was desired versus what was bid. The AISC Code of Standard Practice does include language for a minimal level of AESS. The presentation provides other resources available for architects in charge of specifying, budgeting, and evaluating options for AESS. Participants in this program will learn to more effectively communicate the desired appearance for AESS in a format that contractors can price/budget/bid appropriately.
      • Learning Objectives:
        • Learn to more effectively communicate the desired appearance for AESS in a format that contractors can price/budget/bid appropriately.
        • Visually observe the differences between standard steel fabrication and sample AESS practices.
        • Understand the cost component of AESS – typical cost premiums, the reasons behind the premiums, and ways to minimize the price impact.
        • Learn about fire protection systems and corrosion resistance options for AESS applications.
      • Monica Shripka, LEED AP, American Institute of Steel Construction
        • Monica Shripka, LEED AP, is the Upper Midwest Regional Engineer for the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). She connects design team members with valuable resources of the structural steel design and construction industry to demonstrate economical and sustainable steel framed solutions for their projects. Prior to becoming a Regional Engineer, Monica worked as an advisor in AISC’s Steel Solutions Center. She developed conceptual solutions for many steel structures including multi-story residential, office, healthcare, and educational buildings. She also fielded technical questions on AISC publications. Before joining AISC, Monica worked for Larson Engineering, a structural engineering consulting firm in Chicago. Her experience at Larson included the wind analysis for the exterior metal panels for Raleigh Durham International Airport. She also provided structural engineering and construction administration services for various low- and medium-rise building projects throughout Chicago. Monica graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Structural Engineering. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business to increase her business acumen in marketing, economics, and finance, and thus serve the structural steel construction industry with a more wellrounded perspective.
    • Solar Electric (PV) Technology, DC-11
      • Credits: AIA (HSW), CSI, GBCI – General: Project Systems & Energy Impacts; Subcategory: On-site renewable energy
      • Solar Electric (PV) Technology has several benefits vs. wind and its effectiveness northeast Ohio. The seminar shows solar installation methods and site issues for site evaluation. Learn “Rules of thumb” for cost, system sizing, cost and production are important tools for your understanding and use of PV.
      • Learning Objectives:
        • Evaluate the benefits of utilizing solar electric vs. wind and it’s effectiveness northeast Ohio.
        • Compare solar installation methods , understand technical considerations and learn issues related to site evaluation.
        • Understand net metering and the effect of solar production on “usage” vs. “demand”.
        • Appraise the financial impact of various incentives on renewable energy projects .
        • Learn “Rules of thumb” for cost, system sizing, cost and production.
        • Considerations for engineering a safe and well-performing project.
      • Geoff Greenfield, Third Sun Solar
        • Founder and owner Geoff Greenfield has been designing and installing renewable energy systems since 1997. After working in the field independently and as a subcontractor, Greenfield formed Third Sun Solar & Wind Power Ltd. as a Limited Liability Company (LLC) in 2000. Geoff was among the first group of installers in the nation to become a NABCEP certified (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, the standard in professional solar installation). After years of experience and the addition of three additional NABCEP‐certified staff members, we have grown to become a respected industry leader. Today we have the management and technical capacity to direct multiple concurrent projects with a high level of confidence, service and performance and deliver a smooth transition to solar power at any scale.
    • Green BIM: How Building Information Modeling Is Improving Sustainability, DC-12
      • Credits: AIA (HSW, SD), CSI, GBCI – General: Project Systems & Energy Impacts; Subcategory: Building components
      • Green BIM is an emerging trend that takes full advantage of the intelligent building information models being developed by leading design firms. This process can be defined as the use of BIM tools to help achieve sustainability and/or improved building performance objectives on a project. Our seminar will investigate the recent “McGraw-Hill Smart Market” report on Green BIM and demonstrate the technologies and workflows being implemented to develop more sustainable designs. To show a practical example, we will review a case study of a current design project that is leveraging early energy analysis and implementing passive solar strategies through a BIM workflow on a project pursuing LEED Gold Certification here in Columbus.
      • Learning objectives:
        • Define Green BIM
        • Analyze the current technology enabled workflows that are improving sustainability.
        • Discuss the current and future uses of BIM on Green Projects
        • Demonstrate the value of a BIM workflow in performing early qualitative energy analysis.
        • Illustrate how these processes are optimizing a current design project pursuing LEED Gold Certification.
      • Brian Skripac, DesignGroup
        • As the Director of BIM at DesignGroup, Brian Skripac is the firm’s leader in the advancement of design technologies.  He has been instrumental in incorporating Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflows into the firm’s overall design approach. Brian’s belief in the connection between technology and great design is evident through his dedication to his own continuing education and as a speaker, educator and author on the topic of BIM. With over 15 years of experience, Brian has contributed to projects in the healthcare, education and civic markets, working in close collaboration with multidisciplinary teams to elevate both the idea, and the built product, through the use of technology. He is actively engaged in the integration of analytical and energy performance based technologies with existing BIM workflows to achieve more sustainable designs and reinforce the firm’s commitment to the AIA 2030 Challenge. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The Ohio State University, is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Revit Architecture Certified Professional.  He is currently the chair of the AIA Columbus Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Community and also serves on the Advisory Group for the AIA National TAP Knowledge Community.


  • 3:30 pm to 4:20 pm Educational Sessions
    • The Smart Grid: The Future of Electricity, DC-13
      • Credits: AIA (HSW), CSI, GBCI – General: Project Systems & Energy Impacts; Subcategory: Energy usage
      • Imagine if our telecommunications systems had not changed substantially since the days of Alexander Graham Bell. The electrical grid – perhaps the largest “machine” ever built in the history of mankind, has remained basically the same since Thomas Edison and Charles Brush first conceived of bringing electricity to the masses. But all that is about to change. The Smart Grid: The Future of Electricity is a discussion of what is coming and what it will mean to our society over the next several decades. Spend an hour with Jay Warmke, board member of Green Energy Ohio, Ohio Green Living, national Co-Chair of the Skills USA Sustainability Contest and author of Green Technology: Concepts and Practices – as we discuss just what is meant by the “Smart Grid.” Get a glimpse of how will this impending technology will change the way you purchase, use… even think about… electricity.
      • Jay Warmke, Blue Rock Station
        • Annie and Jay Warmke are pioneers in the field of sustainable living. Their work includes the creation and ongoing management of Blue Rock Station, an Ohio-based sustainable living homestead. Each year thousands of visitors journey to Blue Rock Station for workshops, tours (the center features the first Earthship – a 2200 sq ft passive solar home made of tires, bottles and other reclaimed materials – built east of the Mississippi), and events. Together they have co-written several mini-books related to green living, a first of its kind book – GREEN TECHNOLOGY METHODS AND PRACTICES. In 2009 they were awarded the Sustainable Living Award by Rural Action of Ohio for their pioneering work. Jay earned a degree in journalism from Ohio University, and says he learned just enough about journalism to know he didn’t want to be one. He has written for a variety of publications, including a widely read satire column that appeared in the BICSI NEWS JOURNAL, a publication distributed to over 30,000 telecommunications engineers and professionals. In 1998 he was named one of the “10 Most Influential People” in the telecommunications industry by a prominent industry magazine. Jay also received the Tampa Bay Business Journal – Price Waterhouse Up & Comers Award. Somewhere along the way he learned to be a fair carpenter and even managed to pound a few hundred tires full of earth.
    • Integrating Acoustics into Design, DC-14
      • Credits: AIA (HSW, SD), CSI, GBCI – General: Improvements to Indoor Environment; Subcategory: Acoustics
      • This program is designed to make architects aware of the need to consider acoustics. Attendees will become familiar with the psychological effects of interior acoustics and the principles of sound and also realize the importance of accounting for acoustics in the design phase.
      • Learning Objectives:
        • Be familiar with the psychological effects of interior acoustics.  Cover the effects that acoustics in a space can have on end users safety, productivity, learning ability, welfare or comfort.
        • Be aware of ADA, GSA, NFPA, and LEED requirements, codes, mandates and regulations regarding the safety issues tied to interior acoustics.
        • Be familiar with the principles of sound: Reverberation, Reflection, Absorption and NRC Ratings. Be educated on what can create a poor acoustic environment and how to innovatively avoid problems relating to acoustics.
        • Realize the importance of accounting for acoustics in the design phase of your projects for optimal results including aesthetics, increased occupant comfort and sustainable design.
      • Angela Sllers, BASWA Acoustic North America
        • Angela is the Marketing Representative for BASWA acoustic North America, the Manufacturer and Distributor of the BASWAphon Seamless Sound Absorbing Plaster System. She targets her sales and marketing efforts primarily to the Ohio market while also traveling nationally, meeting with and giving presentations to architectural firms on the importance of acoustics in architecture. Angela works in close collaboration with design professionals and acoustical consultant firms throughout the country to determine optimum acoustical solutions, contributing to projects in healthcare, education, corporate, private and civic markets. Additionally, she manages LEED compliance efforts for BASWA acoustic the BASWAphon product and is the administrator for online and print marketing and web development. Before working with BASWA acoustic, Angela studied at the Ohio State University and thereafter worked for OCP Contractors in Cleveland, assisting in marketing, estimating and safety efforts.
    • Sustainable Design Roofing, DC-15
      • Credits: AIA (HSW, SD), CSI, GBCI- General: Project Systems & Energy Impacts; Subcategory: Material acquisition
      • The participants will understand the concept of sustainable design as it relates to commercial roofing applications. Innovative technologies such as cool roofs, photovoltaic roofing, vegetated roof systems, recyclable roofing, roofing materials manufactured with post consumer recycled content, and low VOC roofing options will be discussed.
      • Thomas Bauer, Product Manager, The Garland Company
        • Mr. Bauer is involved in the management and development of products tailored to high performance roofing systems including modified bitumen, metal, and green vegetative systems. His efforts have focused on environmentally responsible roofing solutions incorporating high amounts of recycled content, 100% solids technologies, low VOC adhesives, reflective surfacing and regionally available raw materials. Mr. Bauer has integrated a triple bottom line approach to business practices including the development of environmentally responsible product lines and energy performance coatings and systems. Prior to joining Garland, Mr. Bauer provided Energy and Environmental Consultation to middle market manufactures on sustainability practices and sustainable business philosophy integration.
    • Cleaning the Air on Sustainability: Why Good Indoor Air Quality Matters, DC-16
      • Credits: AIA (HSW, SD), CSI, GBCI – General: Improvements to Indoor Environment; Subcategory: Air quality
      • This course identifies overarching aspects of Sustainability and how sustainable design works to integrate societal, economic and environmental goals for the benefit of all. Discussion of how synergies can be created by implementation of these elements resulting in improved health, lower energy consumption, productivity increases, and decreased building maintenance costs is covered, with special emphasis on good indoor air quality (IAQ) and improved health, as this is one aspect of sustainable design that has the biggest impact on user comfort and the financial success and life expectancy of the built environment. First, second and third-party certifications are discussed, specifically the resources they provide to design and construction professionals as contrasted with “greenwashing” tactics. Cost analysis studies are also provided to identify average green building premiums and long-term cost benefits. Course conclusion highlights the overall progress of sustainable design.
      • Learning Objectives:
        • Identify major tenets of Sustainability.
        • Discuss how aspects of energy, material content, water usage, and IAQ impact building occupants.
        • Gain understanding of various types of product certifications versus greenwashing claims.
        • Assess green building premiums, long-term benefits, and the progress of sustainable design.
      • Nancy Wiersma Wright, Knoll
        • Nancy Wright is the Architecture and Design Manager for Knoll in Indiana, Central Ohio, and Kentucky. She has a degree in commercial interior design and practiced design for 15 years prior to joining the furniture industry in 2000. Nancy is active in the local Indianapolis IIDA, ASID, IIDC and USGBC chapters striving to keep abreast of the issues facing the design and architectural community. Since becoming LEED accredited in 2003, Nancy devotes a great deal of time to educating the architecture and design community on sustainability as it relates to the furniture industry and how designers and architects can make green choices in their everyday design solutions. Nancy remains involved with the design programs of colleges and universities in Indiana, serving on various advisory boards and acting as a judge for projects and competitions. Knoll and the Indianapolis Knoll dealer, RJE Business Interiors, often sponsor workshops and presentations for students to help them gain a working knowledge of the design and furniture industries. Nancy is an IIDA approved presenter for many Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) and provides CEU’s to the design community in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. In spring 2007, Nancy volunteered as a judge for the ASID/St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild Decorator Show House and Garden Walk. During the fall of 2007 and 2008, Nancy taught an Interior Design Studio class as a Visiting Lecturer at Purdue. She has also taught a Green Building & Design class at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI). Nancy has recently rejoined the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Board as the Environmental Liaison. In 2009, with the passing of a Title Act for Interior Designers in the state of Indiana, Nancy added another acronym to her title, R.I.D for Registered Interior Designer.



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Apply new ADA regulations to current design.

Describe how the ADA was created.

Apply new ADA regulations to current design.

Apply the standards to a new construction project as well as an existing project or renovation project.

List their highest areas of liability.

Describe the technical requirements of compliance.

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