8:00 am Sessions


  • 1 AIA LU/HSW
  1. Understand the City of Columbus’ requirements for energy-efficient & sustainable buildings
  2. Learn envelope and HVAC design strategies that can improve a building’s energy performance.
  3. Recognize the transformational power of natural light.
  4. Learn how the facility and site design will increase the sense of cohesiveness to the existing campus while creating a new iconic building.
  • Michael BongiornoMichael 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.
  • Jack GiljahnJack Giljahn, DesignGroup
    • Jack Giljahn is a senior project architect with DesignGroup, where he also serves as a member of the office Quality Control Initiative Group.  Jack’s more than thirty years of professional experience is largely focused on the technical aspects of architecture through the development of contract documents and duties of contract administration.  He has been a long time advocate of sustainable design and construction, becoming a LEED accredited professional in 2002.
  • Sam RosenthalSam Rosenthal, Schooley Caldwell Associates
    • Sam has provided project management, architectural design, feasibility and planning studies, facilities assessments, document production, and construction administration on various projects including the historic 46story LeVeque Tower, a new office building for the City of Columbus, and recent work at the National Historic Landmark Ohio Statehouse.
  • Matt MandaMatt 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.
  • Photo DemskyJim 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.

The City of Columbus 111 North Front Street Office Building
Currently under construction is the new 195,000 square foot office building for the City Columbus, which will be an important facet of the City’s Municipal Campus vision. This new facility will bring together four City departments (Development, Building and Zoning, Public Services, and Public Utilities) currently housed in different buildings around Columbus to create an efficient “one-stop shop” for residents and businesses to handle a multitude of City-related functions such regulatory, code, and construction issues. The project also includes an outdoor “civic green” as well as the inclusion of local artists to incorporate art into the building and site design. The project is pursuing LEED certification in accordance with the City of Columbus’ commitment to the sustainable design & 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.


  1. Identify demographic trends. Recognize the impact of those trends on development preferences and neighborhood design.
  2. Understand how the private and public sectors can work together to address sustainable building and design solutions that meet the needs of a changing population.
  3. Identify examples of local government policies that encourage a sustainable built environment.
  4. Identify examples of best practices in public engagement to build support and gain buy-in for real estate development projects.
  • Kerstin CarrKerstin Carr, Director, Planning & Environment, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
    • Kerstin Carr is the Director of Planning & Environment at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) in Columbus, Ohio. Part of her work includes overseeing regional active transportation, safety, and lifelong community planning activities. Kerstin joined MORPC in 2006 to advance the regional safety program and has since been involved in many different initiatives related to regional initiatives. Kerstin has over 13 years of experience in transportation and urban planning. She has a doctoral degree in geography from the University of Regensburg, Germany. Kerstin is a member of the Columbus Transportation & Pedestrian Commission, the Transportation Research Board TDM Committee, and the Community Economic Development Corporation of Ohio (CEDCO) Board.
  • Kim SharpKimberly Sharp, Deputy Director of Planning & Development, City of Westerville
    • Kimberly Sharp, AICP has served as Deputy Director of Planning & Development for the City of Westerville since 2013, acting as longrange planning manager, administration of planning and code enforcement and coordinating internal and external teams. Coming from Flagstaff, Arizona where she worked for eight years, (2005-2013), in redevelopment, neighborhood planning and comprehensive planning, coordinating with local, state, federal and tribal coalitions in large and small planning and policy issues. Kim was a project manager with Glave and Holmes Architects in Richmond, Virginia from 1999-2005, where she earned her Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University, and before that Bachelors of Science in Architecture from The Ohio State University.
  • Jamie GreeneJamie Greene, Principal, planning NEXT
    • Jamie A. Greene, AIA, AICP. Jamie is the founding Principal of Planning NEXT, a national community planning practice based in Columbus. His work is focused on developing and facilitating planning processes that enable communities—leaders and general citizens alike— to think creatively about quality of place choices, considering the strong connections among emotional attachment, physical environment and economic prosperity. Planning NEXT has worked for several communities in central Ohio in addition to communities in 20+ states. Over the past seven years, Jamie’s firm has received top comprehensive planning awards in six different states: Pennsylvania, Hawaii, South Carolina, Ohio, Alabama and Indiana. In 2014 the firm had two projects recognized for National Excellence at the Annual Meeting of the American Planning Association, including Plan Cincinnati (Daniel Burnham Award for the top comprehensive plan).

From 1980 to 2010, Central Ohio experienced extraordinary population growth, primarily among those aged 35 – 54. Central Ohio’s communities became some of the fastest-growing in the nation as the region faced – and met – an exceptional demand for larger lot single family homes to accommodate this growth. Projections for the next 30 years predict population growth similar to that of the past 30 years. However, the demographic makeup will be dramatically different: over 80% of new growth will be in households without children. What are the implications of these unprecedented demographics on Central Ohio’s built environment?

This panel discussion will introduce insight2050, a collaborative initiative led by MORPC, ULI Columbus, and Columbus 2020, that helps Central Ohio communities, businesses, and development leaders to evaluate and prepare for the impact of population growth and changing demographics. Through the lens of local example Westerville, see how Central Ohio communities are working with the building and design industry to adopt policies that encourage a sustainable built environment. Even the most thoughtfully designed project can’t break ground without community buy-in, so we conclude with strategies for purposeful public engagement, highlighting successes from across Central Ohio. Together, our panelists will provide a winning strategy for evolving today’s neighborhood design to meet tomorrow’s regional demographics.


  • images (4)1 GBCI, AIA LU/HSW
  1. List the key items owners and Design teams need to consider when deciding how to approach LEED certification for a multi-phase product.
  2. Identify the challenges defining a LEED boundary on a project with multi-phases or addition to an existing LEED project.
  3. Articulate sustainable design strategies that best support multi-phase LEED projects.
  4. Recognize the major challenges when considering systems options that cross LEED boundaries.
  • Allen SchafferAllen Schaffer, Moody Nolan
    • As Director of Sustainable Design for Moody Nolan, Mr. Schaffer merges the art and science of building with nature in applying sustainable design principles to projects and firm operations. For over 19 ye rs Allen has been a leader in sustainable design, from serving on the first USGBC Chapter Board in St. Louis to participation in the National Sustainable Design Leaders Forum. He has spoken at numerous events on sustainable design and is currently focusing on reaching out to the community as a Living Building Challenge Ambassador Presenter.
  • Troy SherrardTroy Sherrard, Moody Nolan
    • Troy has over 18 years of architectural design leadership in recreational, health / wellness, community, athletic, sports and student focused projects, giving him an in-depth understanding of the specific design issues and solutions involved in creating state of the art facilities. He specializes in managing and leading all aspects of the design process to construction with a focus on sustainable design integration and team collaboration.

Until recently LEED certification was typically applied to stand alone buildings, this made design considerations and LEED documentation pretty straight forward. With the LEED program being in existence for over a decade many clients have moved on to a second and third LEED project. These latest projects have varying relationships to existing LEED projects; additions, renovations and close proximity on a campus to name a few. This dynamic has brought about new challenges for owners and project team pursing certification. The team has to be able to sort out the best and most cost effective approach to the LEED certification process before getting to deep and finding certification beyond the projects reach.

The USGBC provides guidance on how to address this issue. Supplemental guidance documents talk about LEED boundaries, attaching a new LEED building to an existing LEED building, an addition that is certified to an existing building that is not to name a few scenarios. This guidance is very helpful for owners but every project has its own nuances and rarely does the guidance fit the project circumstances perfectly. There are always questions and trepidation on how the project should proceed with confidence that the owner will be able to achieve their goal. This presentation will use a multi-phase project that consists of three LEED certified additions to an existing, non-certified building to walk thru the challenges, potential solutions and opportunities to certifying such projects. We will discuss the LEED master plan developed for this project and how that shaped design, system decisions and operations considerations along with how the master plan has evolved over time.