Managing Legal Issues on Sustainable Projects

Sustainable design and construction provide exciting opportunities to reduce negative impacts on the environment, improve energy efficiency and building performance, and enhance the health and comfort of building occupants. New building codes and certification systems continually impact sustainable design and construction practices. As sustainable design and construction continues to evolve, owners, architects and contractors will be faced with an increasingly diverse set of standards to apply to their projects. Through an exploration of the design-bid-build, construction management and design-build delivery models, participants in this course will understand the unique roles, responsibilities, risks and opportunities unique to sustainable design and construction projects and discover how to reduce, or better allocate, contractual risks using the AIA’s Sustainable Projects Contract Documents and the revised AIA Sustainability Guide.

Presenting will be:

  • Lane Beougher, Ohio Facilities Construction Commission

Lane Beougher is an architect in the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission and served as State Architect from Feb. 2011 to Sept. 2012. Lane serves on the AIA Contract Documents Committee and was founding vice chair of the U.S. Green Building Council-Central Ohio Chapter. He is also a Fellow of the Construction Specifications Institute and currently serves as Institute President.


Case Study: UC Nippert Pressbox Renovation

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How can a building with nearly 60 percent glass on the exterior—one that is operated for only a few days per year and served by existing central plant systems—achieve LEED certification? The answer is: not easily.

Additional difficulties come with atypical or complex buildings going after LEED-NC. Session 402 reviews the University of Cincinnati Nippert Stadium pressbox major renovation and the process of attaining LEED certification. High performance glazing, displacement ventilation, effective lighting design and efficient plumbing selections were among the contributing categories. This presentation will guide the attendees through the design and LEED processes, specifically pointing out the added complexities at various steps that come with a project of this type.

Presenting will be:

  • Jake Taylor, Heapy Engineering

Jake is a Senior Sustainability & Energy Services Engineer with Heapy Engineering. He’s personally had a hand in dozens of LEED projects of varying difficulty and his primary job functions include LEED Project Management, Energy Auditing and Energy Modeling.


Jake Taylor


A new LEED Gold Science Building for Kent State

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.