Neighborhood Placemaking in the Riversouth District

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Following up on its success with the residential development Annex at RiverSouth, Lifestyle Communities recently began construction on the nearby Trautman Residential Development. The new apartment building is located at the corner of High and Rich Streets, where the Trautman building and a three story bank building formerly stood.

The eight story tower, which includes street-level commercial space and underground parking, is Lifestyle Communities’ first venture into building an urban highrise. With the popularity of downtown housing continuing to expand, the developer is taking the opportunity to turn the area into a multi-block neighborhood, with various amenities housed in structures of diverse scales. The classic architectural elements of the tower  – from pediments and pilasters to traditional building materials – impart a timeless feel to the structure. A “sister” tower is currently being planned for the southwest corner of the High and Rich Street intersection, expanding the neighborhood further.

See David B. Meleca of David B. Meleca Architects, LLC and Chase Miller of Lifestyle Communities at DesignColumbus 2015, where they will discuss placemaking in the development process, the importance of architectural language as branding, and the challenges of incorporating design-build into the urban context.

DesignColumbus 2015 will take place at COSI on April 20.

This year’s keynote speaker, Doug Kridler, is sponsored by The Columbus Foundation’s Green Funds.


Preparing for LEED v4, ASHRAE 90.1, and 2030 Challenge with Building Modeling

High-performance building standards continue to evolve, becoming more stringent and often causing confusion in the industry.  Many of us have agreed to improve the performance of our projects in parallel with these criteria, but how do we get there?  The education session, “Preparing for LEED v4, ASHRAE 90.1, and 2030 Challenge with Building Modeling,” presented by Ryan Hoffman, Sustainability and Energy Services Manager for Heapy Engineering, and David Deal, Sustainability and Energy Services Project Manager at Heapy Engineering, will review each of the mentioned sustainable building standards to offer an understanding of the associated goals, and outline design concepts and processes for achievement of these guidelines.

Project teams preparing for LEED v4 understand that the Integrative Process Credit calls for a preliminary “simple box” energy modeling analysis before completion of schematic design as well as a preliminary water budget. While energy modeling is necessary for energy code compliance and green building certification, it’s important that project teams utilize the tools available early and often during design. Therefore, this session will describe how early‐stage energy modeling can influence design decisions through an integrative design process, and highlight the proven tools which yield the desired outcomes in the shortest time.

This session will explain the value proposition of energy and daylight modeling, including the essential functionality and expected outcomes of energy modeling. Demonstrative case studies will be provided, along with comparisons of modeled versus actual post-occupancy performance.

DesignColumbus will be held at COSI on April 20.

This year’s keynote speaker, Doug Kridler, is sponsored by The Columbus Foundation’s Green Funds.


Integrating Sustainability and Design

Increasingly, leading architects are using sustainability as a primary design driver. Consideration of daylight, energy and environment have the possibility of providing new and meaningful means of generating design ideas. New tools and analytic methods allow designers to use a research-driven, performance based approach to sustainability, targeting especially early planning decisions, massing, and passive measures as the site for experimentation and investigation. These tools allow us to refine and test traditional “rules of thumb.”

Attend the DesignColumbus 2015 session “Performance and Beauty – Integrating Sustainability and Design,” presented by Eric Thompson, Architect and Director of Sustainability for the Columbus office of NBBJ Architects, and Justin Gantz, Architectural Designer at NBBJ Architects. Thompson and Gantz will share some of their research and show how it has impacted design, and in turn how design has affected sustainability. The team will present recent case studies and projects highlighting these approaches to the integration of sustainability and design.

DesignColumbus will be held at COSI on April 20.

This year’s keynote speaker, Doug Kridler, is sponsored by The Columbus Foundation’s Green Funds.


2015 Keynote

 Doug Kridler
President and CEO of The Columbus Foundation

on Green Funds

Kridler DougDoug is the fifth president of The Columbus Foundation, a community foundation serving the central Ohio region since 1943. During 2010, the Foundation awarded more than $100 million in grants to more than 2,000 charitable organizations in such fields as education, health, social services, community development, urban affairs, and the arts. As of 12/31/10, the Foundation’s assets totaled more than $1 billion.

Kridler is also an independent director of Nationwide Mutual Funds, an international asset management firm based in Philadelphia with more than $40 billion in assets under management in an array of over 70 U.S. mutual funds.

Prior to joining The Columbus Foundation as President & CEO in February 2002, Kridler served for 18 years as the president of the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA), during which time he oversaw the expansion of CAPA from one theater in Columbus to owning/operating six theaters in Columbus, the Chicago Theatre in downtown Chicago, and the legendary Shubert Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut. During his tenure, Kridler undertook restorations of the Ohio, Palace, and Southern theatres.

Before his selection as CAPA’s president, Kridler was tour manager of The Cleveland Orchestra as well as concerts director for Blossom Music Center, its 18,000-seat summer home. He is a past chair of the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA), an international organization of leading arts professionals from more than 50 countries in every region of the world.

Sit down lunch will be during keynote at noon.

  • 1 AIA LU/HSW and 1 GBCI CEU