Incorporating Sustainable Design and LEED in Multi-Phase Projects

Until recently, LEED certification was typically applied to stand-alone buildings. This made design considerations and LEED documentation fairly straightforward. With the LEED program having been in existence for over a decade now, 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 teams 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 in too deep and finding certification beyond the project’s 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, and an addition that is certified to an existing building that is not certified, 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 regarding how the project should proceed.

This presentation will use a multi-phase project that consists of three LEED certified additions to an existing, non-certified building. Presenters will walk thru the challenges, potential solutions and opportunities when certifying such projects. They will discuss the LEED master plan developed for the project and how it shaped design, system decisions and operations considerations, along with how the master plan has evolved over time.

Speakers for the presentation include:

  • Allen 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 years 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 Sherrard, Moody Nolan

Troy Sherrard 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.

Designing to 2050: Evolving Today’s Neighborhood Design to Meet Tomorrow’s Regional Demographics

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. The initiative helps Central Ohio communities, businesses, and development leaders evaluate and prepare for the impact of population growth and changing demographics. Through the lens of local example Westerville, the presentation will show 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 the presentation will conclude with strategies for purposeful public engagement, highlighting successes from across Central Ohio. Together, the panelists will provide a winning strategy for evolving today’s neighborhood design to meet tomorrow’s regional demographics.

Speakers for the presentation include:

  • Kerstin Carr, Director, Planning & Environment, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)

Part of Kerstin’s 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.

  • Kimberly 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 long range planning manager, administration of planning and code enforcement and coordinating internal and external teams. Kim comes from Flagstaff, Arizona, where she worked for eight years (2005-2013) in redevelopment, neighborhood planning and comprehensive planning, and 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 a Bachelors of Science in Architecture from The Ohio State University.

  • Jamie Greene, Principal, planning NEXT

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).

Register for DesignColumbus 2016

IMG_1978DesignColumbus 2016 will be held Monday, April 18 at the Center for Science and Industry (COSI), located at 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43215.

Attendees can earn AIA and GBCI continuing education units (CEUs) for each education session. These CEU opportunities are of tremendous value to architects, engineers and LEED Accredited Professionals interested in maintaining their credentials in an ever more competitive marketplace.

Click on the “Register” tab above or contact Jim McDonald, CSI Columbus Chapter, at

Attendee registration on the day of the event opens at 7 a.m. and education sessions begin at 8 a.m. The event will conclude with a happy hour from 4- 5:30 p.m.