For anyone interested in the future of design for healthcare facilities, DesignColumbus 2014 invites you to attend our education day on April 28 at COSI. A presentation by Ryan Hullinger of local design firm NBBJ will discuss how a prefabricated, component-based approach to hospital architecture is currently changing the way facilities are being designed and built. The presentation, “Healthcare-Specific Sustainability: A Movement Toward Clinical Resiliency and the End of the Replacement Hospital,” will promote understanding of how near-term opportunities for design innovation will potentially yield long-term reductions in facility waste.
Learn about LEED point tradeoffs and see how to chart a path toward certification by choosing the most practical points for your individual project: attend the presentation, “Points for Sale, Get the Best Value,” by ms consultants at DesignColumbus 2014 on April 28 held at COSI. Connect with ms Consulting: Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | ms Blog
The new Bob Evans corporate headquarters in New Albany, Ohio, consists of a total of 201,000 square feet of space – and all of it is expected to become LEED Gold certified. There are three buildings on the campus: the headquarters is the largest at 163,349 square feet, followed by the shipping building (24,120 square feet) and the training building (13,515 square feet).
The project team used the LEED Campus certification process. According to the USGBC, LEED Campus is intended to simplify certification for multiple buildings that are located at a single campus location. It is compatible with several LEED 2009 rating systems, including LEED 2009 for New Construction, which was used for the Bob Evans headquarters project.
DesignColumbus 2014 will host a panel discussion that includes the owner, architect, LEED administrator, engineers and builder. These experts will share the successes and lessons learned for:
- integrating sustainability into a brand.
- achieving optimal energy performance by integrating the building shell and building systems.
- simplifying credit documentation and certification by using LEED Campus.
The project cost was $35 million and it was completed in September 2013.
Attend DesignColumbus 2014 to hear keynote speaker Guy V. Worley, Columbus Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) President/CEO, describe the process of implementing the 2010 Downtown Columbus Strategic Plan. His presentation, “Rebuilding Downtown Columbus,” will focus on recent projects, including the Scioto Greenways project and the Scioto Peninsula Strategic Land Use Plan.
Vibrant communities rarely come into being as a result of strict top-down management. Therefore, when the CDDC (a private, non-profit development organization) and the City of Columbus worked with MKSK (formerly MSI Design) to update the city’s previous downtown business plan, they strove not to mandate specific solutions but rather to organize and align various stakeholders. The result was a plan that provides a framework around which diverse groups can come together to create a community.
Public input helped shape the 2010 Downtown Columbus Strategic Plan from its earliest phases – more than 1,000 public comments were received relating to the overall vision for downtown. Ultimately, the plan conceptualized downtown as being schematically divided into three areas: the north-south High Street Core; the Discovery District, dominated by educational facilities, to the east; and the Riverfront District, located to the west on the Scioto Peninsula, which offers a variety of civic and cultural amenities.
The Riverfront District has received extensive advancement over the last couple years, and as the Scioto Greenways project is completed and the Scioto Peninsula Strategic Land Use Plan is developed and implemented, cooperation between the public and private sectors continues to shape redevelopment efforts. Projects recently completely by the CDDC have also benefited from investment and sponsorship by local corporations. For example, construction of the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion at Columbus Commons was funded by a public-private partnership including the City of Columbus, AEP, Nationwide and more. Additionally, corporate partners sponsor events at Columbus Commons ranging from Downtown Live, a live concert series sponsored by Carter and the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District, to Shakespeare in the Park, which is supported by the AT&T Foundation.
As Columbus continues to make strides in revitalizing its downtown, DesignColumbus 2014 attendees have the opportunity to learn about the Scioto Greenways project from initial idea to reality, including an update on the progress of construction. Additionally, “Rebuilding Downtown Columbus” will include an overview of the Scioto Peninsula Plan and its various components, including the public infrastructure and strategic investments in public spaces necessary to facilitate private development on the Peninsula.
Greenbuild continues to be one of the industry’s most successful trade shows… but how are local sustainability shows faring? Read one city’s story – and share your own.
Last month, many of us had the pleasure of going to Philadelphia for Greenbuild 2013. And going to Greenbuild is a bit like going on vacation… when it’s over, you can’t wait to go back. But instead of waiting a whole year to attend your next sustainability trade show, see what your local USGBC chapter (or any other organization in your area) may be hosting.
In Central Ohio, a green building educational event and trade show known as DesignColumbus is held every April at COSI, the city’s Center for Science and Industry. The USGBC – Central Ohio Chapter and the Construction Specifications Institute Columbus Chapter have been co-hosting DesignColumbus since 2011. Prior to that time, DesignColumbus was an established local trade show hosted by CSI. Once the two organizations joined forces, they enlarged the event, turning it into a full day of continuing education and informational displays that is organized to attract hundreds of professionals involved in the building industry.
“In the three years since the joint effort began, we have not only increased attendance but we have become THE show for Central Ohio’s building community,” said Jim McDonald, DesignColumbus Committee Chair. “Our efforts to present education programs that are project based has drawn interest from all levels of the design and building professions. As a result of the increased education attraction, the exhibitors have stepped up their game as well and are presenting the best in new products, services and processes to create a more sustainable built environment.”
Local trade shows aren’t just miniature versions of the national ones. Because they focus on local suppliers and regional issues, local shows can help align your business with what is going on in your area. At DesignColumbus, presentations addressed everything from local zoning topics, to a roundtable conversation led by the LEED v4 Regionalization Task Force for Central Ohio.
More than three quarters of attendees surveyed after DesignColumbus 2013 came mostly to reap the benefits of the education sessions, which also earn them AIA and GBCI/ USGBC continuing education units (CEUs). Almost all respondents saw the show as a valuable networking opportunity and reported gaining new knowledge that would help with their job function. And, just as important, everyone had fun!
“[It’s an] outstanding experience; I look forward to it every year!” said Bruce Danko of KeyBank. And Brandi Sauter of URS Corporation said, “I have attended DesignColumbus the past three years. This year was the best so far. Overall, the event keeps getting better and more organized.”
In addition to annual shows, ongoing local USGBC programming is a great way to keep abreast of what’s going on. The USGBC – Central Ohio Chapter has a monthly educational program hosted over lunch, quarterly Building in Action tours, and a twice monthly USGBC LEED-Specific Webinar Series – and all of them are worth AIA/GBCI CEU’s.
Planning efforts for DesignColumbus 2014 are ramping up. Stay tuned for updates which share the story of how Columbus is growing its local sustainability event and making each year’s show better than the last… and post a comment below to share your city’s story – both its successes and challenges – so that we can learn from one another.