256_02_111Front_Garage_view1_041415_people_croppedCurrently under construction is the new 195,000 square foot office building for the City of Columbus, which will be an important facet of the City’s Municipal Campus. City Hall and police headquarters are also part of the campus. The new facility, located at 111 North Front Street, will bring together four city departments that are currently housed in different buildings throughout Columbus: Development, Building and Zoning, Public Services and Public Utilities. Uniting the departments under one roof will create an efficient “one-stop shop” for residents and businesses, enabling them to handle a multitude of city-related functions such as regulatory, code and construction issues.

The project is organized around an outdoor “civic green” and incorporates work by local artists in the building and site design. It is pursuing LEED certification, in accordance with the City of Columbus’ commitment to the sustainable design and construction of its facilities.

This presentation will discuss the particular challenges faced by the design team in meeting the City’s requirements for innovative envelope, HVAC, lighting strategies, green roof, future flexibility and functionality.

Speakers for the presentation include:

  • Michael Bongiorno, DesignGroup

Michael is a noted local design leader with a focus on community impacting, mission-driven architecture that supports and enhances the fabric of the city and furthers a fundamental belief that great design is the essential building block to vibrant, healthy communities. His work has garnered numerous awards regionally and nationally, most recently named The Wall Street Journal’s “Best Architecture of 2015” for the design of Columbus Museum of Art’s Margret M. Walter Wing. Michael has presented and written extensively on design and creative placemaking. His 2012 TEDx Columbus talk, entitled “Looking Over the Overlooked,” took the audience on a journey to discover new ways to re-imagine cities.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, he is a cum laude graduate of the prestigious Pratt Institute School of Architecture in New York City and has lived and traveled extensively abroad.

  • Matt Manda, MKSK

Matt Manda, ASLA, is an Associate in the Columbus office of MKSK with 15 years of experience in landscape architecture planning and design. Matt has worked nationally and abroad on projects ranging from small scale neighborhood parks to site specific urban enhancement projects to large scale campus master planning studies. Matt has held positions as Secretary (‘12) and Treasurer (’13) of the Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Matt is a graduate of the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University.

  • Jim Demsky, Korda/Nemeth Engineering

Jim has 39 years of experience in mechanical engineering and is the Mechanical Engineering Department Head at Korda. Jim’s responsibilities include building master planning, commissioning, feasibility studies, HVAC and plumbing system design, cost estimate preparation, specification writing, field review, and energy studies with heavy emphasis on instrumentation and control systems.


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