The new Science and Nursing building at Kent State University – Stark Campus achieved LEED Gold certification implementing a variety of sustainable strategies and features including wind and solar power, rain gardens and green roofs. Learn how the integrated team of architect, engineer, and landscape architect collaborated to deliver this sustainable facility for innovative, flexible, collaborative learning environments for the sciences.

This presentation will show attendees how to:

  • Evaluate and apply strategies and solutions to design academic buildings that facilitate research and impact energy performance.
  • Analyze building and landscape features designed as “living and learning laboratories” that educate and inspire occupants.
  • Compare results to goals identified early in the design process.
  • Discover opportunities to implement similar solutions for buildings on attendees’ campuses.

Presenters for the session include:

  • Giancarlo Del Vita, BHDP Architecture

Giancarlo is Design Leader for BHDP’s Higher Education Market. Giancarlo has practiced architecture internationally on projects of various scale and typology. Prior to joining BHDP, Giancarlo was with design firms in Boston, New York, and Europe. He maintains an active interest in the “next generation” of learning environments through research, writing, speaking and design. Giancarlo received his degree in Product and Communication Design from the Istituto Superiore Industrie Artisitche (ISIA) in Florence, Italy, and his degree in Architecture from the Boston Architectural College. Giancarlo has taught design studios and has been a guest critic in design reviews at the BAC, MIT, and OSU.

  • Jeremy Bowers, Karpinski Engineering

Jeremy graduated from Grove City College with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2000 and has worked for Karpinski Engineering for the past 15 years. Jeremy currently manages one of Karpinski Engineering’s four regional offices and is located in Akron, Ohio. He works diligently each day to help maintain the high standards of quality engineering designs and customer service focus that Karpinski Engineering strives to attain on each project.

  • Tim Skinner, EDGE Landscape Architecture

As a principal for EDGE, Tim currently oversees design for landscape architectural projects. In addition to a focus on campus environments, Tim has over 10 years of experience working on master plans and detailed site design for residential communities, athletic facilities and mixed-use town centers. Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Miami University as well as a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from The Ohio State University.

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