WORKSHOPS – AFTERNOON – 4 AIA CEUS
at The Westin Copley Place
In-depth dialog with leading architects, fabricators, developers and engineers
Facades+ workshops feature an intimate class size and hands-on learning to create an environment conductive to innovation and creative problem-solving. Learn crucial skills & tools to advance your practice.
- 12:30 Complimentary Lunch for Registered Workshop Attendees
- 1:15 Afternoon Workshops Begin
- 3:15 Networking and Refreshment Break
- 5:00 Workshops End
Pick 1 from 4 Sessions to Best Match your Interests.
Lunch and Afternoon Refreshments are included for this afternoon of learning with the AEC Industry’s Best.
Sessions(Pick 1 from 4 Sessions)
Earn up to 4 AIA CEUS
A. Materials, Systems and Applications
Materials, Systems & Applications Sessions bring together leading manufacturers who are driving materials and design research. This session will offer three 1-hr deep-dives into the material, applications, and product innovations from a select group of our Methods+Materials Exhibitors.
1. Understanding Perimeter Fire Barrier Systems in the Modern Age: Maintaining Integrity in Today’s Complex Designs
Topics for Discussion:
- Understanding new code requirements
- Importance of UL testing for perimeter fire barrier systems
- Designing for success:
Key design points on standard aluminum frame designs
Understanding the complexity of unitized backpan designs
Eric Lacroix, STI Firestop
Eric Lacroix in consistently recognized throughout the design community and construction industry for his firestop expertise, especially in terms curtain wall perimeter fire barrier systems where he is considered the “Industry Specialist”. Eric has over 20 years of real world experience serving as an invaluable resource on many of largest, most complex high profile projects around the world. He works closely with inspectors, glazing contractors, and curtain wall consultants as a trusted advisor during the design, fabrication, construction and installation of a wide range of curtain wall projects.Eric’s wealth of knowledge and experience ensures the project stays on budget and gets done right the first time. He continuously adds value throughout the process, from conception to construction, to close out. Prior to his role as Director of Strategic Accounts, Eric was the STI Firestop Regional Manager, covering the Southeastern United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, South America, and Mexico.
- Influence of Wind Load on Curtain Wall Design/Selection
- Importance of Properly Securing Curtain Wall to Structure
- Importance of Following Manufacturer’s Installation Instructions Addressing Internal Seals
- Understanding How Curtain Wall Performs and Installation for Proper Performance
Tom Cross, Kawneer
Results driven entrepreneurial minded professional, with hands on experience in multiple areas and business disciplines. Strong background in operations, sales, customer service, cost reduction, profit/loss and team building. Measurable achievements delivered through enhancing the customer’s buying experience. Successfully developing strong relationships with stake holders to secure business.
B. The Handoff: Designing Integrated Workflow Strategies
This four hour workshop will focus on effective design delivery and methods that can be employed. Led by a representative panel of design and construction professionals, the workshop will lead participants through different approaches to design execution with the goal of arriving at a recommended flow chart. Practical considerations such as design detailing, material efficiencies, effective cost management, and project management/ funding considerations will be reviewed and integrated into the team’s recommendations. The structure of the workshop will begin with an hour of presentations by each of the four moderators with three hours of working sessions leading to the final recommendation.
Paul Kassabian, SGH
Kassabian is a structural engineer and Associate Principal at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger working on a wide range of structural systems such as buildings, bridges, and sculptures. Paul develops innovative methods of design and construction using SGH’s in-house materials lab, computational design approaches, and digital fabrication techniques. He taught graduate structural engineering students at MIT for ten years and currently teaches the Structures I course at Harvard GSD. Paul is currently working on projects throughout the USA typically for Boston-area clients.
Francois Beaupre, Permasteelisa
Francois Beaupre is a Technical Manager at Permasteelisa North America, a leading corporation in curtain wall. Francois has been working in the construction field for over a decade where he was part of the design team for several high rises in NYC. He has earned his B.S in Engineering with concentration in Robotics from l’École de Technologie Supérieure.
Daniel Ramirez, Skanska
As the Director of Innovation of Skanska CDUS, Daniel leads the development and implementation of disruptive and sustaining innovation programs. From building a better fish tank for the Miami Science Museum to the use of lasers for construction wayfinding, Daniel has successfully deployed disruptive construction solutions for several organizations including CW Keller and Katerra.
Mark Walsh, Perkins+Will
Mark has over twenty years of experience in design and construction coordination for corporate, K-12, university and community college projects as well as highly technical facilities including laboratories and hospitals. His experience includes all phases of project design and delivery, including establishing project goals and programmatic requirements, performing site analysis, schematic design through construction documents, and the coordination of field and construction services.
As Technical Director of the Chicago office, Mark is responsible for design documentation, coordination with consultants, compliance with authorities having jurisdiction, conformance with client design standards and construction contract administration. Due to his knowledge and experience, he leads the Chicago Technical Management Group, co-chairs the firmwide Technical Design Community and is an ongoing contributor to the updating and development of firmwide standards and the firm’s Project Delivery Manual.
Mark is also founding member of the Perkins+Will Innovation Incubator and continues to serve on the selection and review committee for that program.
C.Panelization Beyond Unitized: The Rise of the Mega Panel
This workshop will offer attendees an opportunity to understand when and how to panelize a building façade for construction. The advantages and disadvantages will be reviewed as well as the design and installation process, logistics, budget, and detailing. We will outline the testing of these systems and expected performance. Case studies of new construction and renovations will be presented, some with preconceived panelization and others which were altered from stick systems. By the end of this workshop, attendees should have a solid understanding of which buildings are good candidates for panelization, the design and detailing of these systems, and the process from initial conception through installation.
Will Babbington, Studio NYL
Will is Principal & Facade Design Director at Studio NYL. As both an architect and structural engineer, Will is constantly trying to balance these “multiple personalities“. This search for balance fits well into facade design, which is a constant quest of walking the line between aesthetics & performance, inside & outside, transparency & opacity, structure & thermal, and vision & realization.
Hannah Denton, Island Exterior Fabricators
Hannah is the senior technical lead at Island Exterior Fabricators in Boston after working as an exterior wall consultant for 6 years. She has a SM degree from MIT in building technology focusing on air infiltration. She has lectured at MIT and presented at conferences including NESEA and the Concrete Sustainability Hub.
Montgomery Forman, Island Exterior Fabricators
Montgomery Forman is the Director of the New England office of Island Exterior Fabricators, a custom curtainwall and megapanel fabricator. Day to day, Monty’s work straddles the intersection of architecture, construction, and bespoke product design. Monty has worked in the field of custom façade solutions for over a decade and has notably consulted on projects for with several Pritzker-winning architects both nationally and internationally. He holds a Masters in Architecture from Harvard University.
Joe Pryse, Elkus Manfredi Architects
Joe Pryse AIA is a senior architect at Elkus Manfredi Architects with over 30 years of professional experience. His area of expertise and the focus of his career is the design of complex technical building projects for higher-education institutions and non-profit organizations.
Joe has worked on many of Elkus Manfredi’s higher education projects, including the design of a new academic building as well as two student housing buildings at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. His other projects include The Broad Institute at 75 Ames Street in Cambridge, the Van Ness mixed-use complex in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood, the University of Southern California Master Plan, the North Residential District Plan at The Ohio State University, and a new residential and dining commons that is now under construction at the University of Chicago.
Mr. Pryse has been a guest lecturer, juror, and studio critic at many design forums and schools of architecture. He received his M.Arch from the University of Virginia and B.Arch with Distinction from the University of Kentucky.
D.Natural Ventilation: From Intuition to Implementation
This workshop will cover the physics of natural ventilation, a workflow to design with it, as well as practical advice on its successful implementation. Case studies will be used to illustrate past successes and failures in designing for natural ventilation. Attendees be tasked with designing the natural ventilation system for various space configurations, and will subsequently work on identify the strengths and weaknesses in their peers’ proposals.
Alejandra Menchaca, Thornton Tomasetti
Alejandra is a Senior Associate at Thornton Tomasetti, where she leads the Sustainability Practice for the Boston office. She has a PhD from MIT on the topic of Natural Ventilation, subject that she has consulted on for more than ten years. She has lectured at MIT and the Harvard GSD.
Jacob Knowles, BR+A
Jacob Knowles is an Associate Principal and the Director of Sustainable Design at BR+A, leading the firm’s NET+ sustainability consulting team. His work focuses on the integration of strategies that reduce environmental-footprint, while supporting occupant wellbeing and maximizing return on investment. Over the past decade, he has championed the sustainability agenda for major healthcare, research and other commercial and institutional projects. Project highlights include achieving LEED Platinum, Zero Net Energy, and receiving a MA DOER High Performance Buildings Grant. Jacob has presented these success stories and other topics at events such as Labs21, NESEA, Healthcare Design, Build Boston (ABX), Tradeline, and Autodesk University. Jacob is currently leading BR+A’s Zero Net Energy Initiative.
Kasper Høejmark Ravn, WindowMaster International
Kasper Høejmark Ravn
Kasper is a Building Performance Engineer at WindowMaster, whose goal is to create excellent, comfortable and safe indoor environment to the benefit of people and the environment by utilizing ventilation mainly based on natural forces. He has a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) specializing in indoor climate, optimal HVAC design and energy-efficient constructions. As a Building Performance Engineer at WindowMaster International he works specifically on all the natural ventilation design projects throughout the US but has also worked on multiple projects in Europe.
* Workshops and Instructors Subject to Change *
The Westin Copley Place
Friday, November 9
The Westin Copley Place, Boston
10 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
The Westin Copley Place, Boston
10 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
Single or Double rate: $339/night plus tax & incidentals.
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