KEYNOTE & PRESENTATIONS will be posted in February 2021

Content below is from DesignColumbus 2020


101 Catching Up Columbus

 Erin Reilly-SandersErin Reilly-Sanders has a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University and a Master from the Ohio State University (OSU) in Architecture. At Wiencek + Zavos Architects in Gaithersburg, MD, Erin contributed to education, low-income multi-residential, and commercial projects in between her undergraduate coursework. While working on her master degree, Erin headed the architectural part of the 2009 Solar Decathlon Team as the Fabrications Project Manager. This two-year project constructing a 600 square foot solar powered house culminated in a two week showcase on the National Mall in Washington, DC while competing in ten competitions. Since 2010, Erin has been an architect at Feinknopf Macioce Schappa Architects, BDT Architects and Designers, and is now a Project Architect at Schooley Caldwell. During this time period, she also completed her PhD in Education at OSU. Her doctoral work bridged between education and architecture by looking at how depictions of houses in children’s picture books affect our ideas of residential architecture. She is currently the Chair of the AIA Columbus Committee on the Environment (COTE).

Central Ohioans have a long way to go to becoming good environmental stewards- how are we doing now and what can we do to close the gap?


Where is Columbus in the great race, or rather slow plod, towards sustainability? Information about current initiatives in sustainability and general support within the Central Ohio region provide some different ways of assessing how good our community is at being environmental stewards. Demonstrated by AIA’s revised Code of Ethics and AIA National Committee on the Environment (COTE)’s support of the 9/20/19 Climate Strike, one of the big questions in the field of architecture is how to be a sustainable professional. Furthermore, AIA Columbus COTE is in the process of surveying sustainable practices for architecture firms in order to create a benchmark for the Central Ohio region. This initiative hopes to provide resources for filling in the gaps between typical practice and practice of architecture that will meet the AIA 2030 challenge. This session will explore these events as well as climate opinion data (Marlon et al, 2019) as different measures of sustainability. Given the greater contexts of the country, world, and climate change science, understanding where we stand is crucial to making the changes necessary to meeting our future on the best terms possible. The session will conclude with identifying ways in which we can work as individuals and organizations to address the challenge of being sustainable.


102 The Game of Zones: Using Gaming Theory to Explain Commissioning Paths

Hillary Hanson serves as EEI’s Marketing Manager, leading a team of professionals for all marketing-related activities, company-wide. She is proud to be celebrating seven years of Marketing and Business Development experience specific to the A/E/C community. She is active in many professional associations including SMPS and APPA, recently attained a Graduate Certificate in Marketing Management through Harvard Extension School, and she spends her (minimal) free time hatching new plans to get STEM brains to forget about logic. Hillary enjoys an active and multifarious lifestyle in Colorado with her husband and toddler son.
Michael BallOver the past 25 years, Mike Ball has accumulated a broad range of experience ranging from residential energy auditing to commercial facilities management to commissioning on a myriad of project types. He relies on his vast engineering experience to work effectively in an independent setting and integrate his skills as part of a team to solve problems for his clients. As a commissioning agent, Mike works closely with clients, assisting them through both new construction and retrofit projects. As a vital part of his project teams, he ensures that all team members work toward achieving project success as defined by the Owner’s Project Requirements from design through construction
Using a fun and interactive board game, attendees get to play through different phases (i.e. “Zones”) of a new construction project.

1 GBCI LEED specific BD+C, 1 AIA LU

The Game of Zones was created with A/E/C professionals in mind to start a unique conversation about experiences in new construction projects. This AIA-accredited presentation gives attendees the opportunity to play through each phase (or “Zone”) of a new construction project. You’ll see the benefits and challenges of starting on a LEED Enhanced, Full Scope, or IECC commissioning path, and through twists and turns, traffic obstacles, and even an Analytics Expressway or two, you’ll come away from this presentation with a deeper understanding of the levels of commissioning in new constructions.


103 Higher Education Challenges and Opportunities & The Future of Energy Infrastructure

Amanda DoengesAmanda is the Client Strategies Leader for HEAPY’s Education Market. She is responsible for Business Development, Strategic and Master Planning, Project Management, and Client Satisfaction for all Education clients. Amanda works closely with HEAPY’s education clients to understand latest trends and determine the best ways HEAPY can support our client’s missions. She works with HEAPY’s education partners to provide a collaborative experience that produces the best building for each individual client; inspirational buildings that education, attract, retain and students; and high performance buildings that lower operational costs so institutions can direct more funding towards their core mission. Amanda has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s in Renewable and Clean Energy from University of Dayton. She is currently working on her Master’s in Business Administration from Butler University.
This presentation will explore the challenges and opportunities facing higher education institutions as they attempt to balance the need to modernize critical energy and building infrastructure while also achieving campus sustainability goals and high performance environments for campus stakeholders.


This panel discussion will include University facility/sustainability leadership from a group of panelists from regional higher education facilities and is intended to explore the opportunities and challenges facing these schools in achieving the many (and sometimes competing) goals on the campus built environment. Facility and sustainability personnel must balance support of operations, providing optimal stakeholder experiences, and achievement of long-term sustainability and resilience goals. Attendees will be able to participate in this interactive session to learn directly from those on campus responsible for operations and facilities, hear diverse perspectives on priorities and approaches to campus infrastructure, and learn more about unique approaches, programs, and projects being deployed on campus in support of these goals. We’ll discuss the biggest challenges each of the Higher Education institutions are facing relative to maintaining, improving and supporting campus infrastructure; and learn more about the near-term outlook for each College or University energy and sustainability goals.


104 Design with Responsibility

Tim ConwayAs a flooring industry expert, Tim Conway is focused on the positive affects that sustainable flooring products have on our buildings, and more importantly, the people that occupy and live in the spaces we design. Tim has worked closely with Bill McDonough and the internal team at Shaw for the past twelve years developing and maintaining Shaw’s Cradle to Cradle certifications, HPDs and EPDs. His unique role at Shaw enables him to drive the communication between clients’ requirements and the product development team at Shaw. He has presented at GreenBuild, Living Future, and Design Future Council and has been an integral part in the development of healthy carpet specifications for clients all over the world.

Tim is passionate about collaborating with clients to develop flooring specifications that are safe throughout a product’s entire supply chain, from raw material chemical building blocks to end of life replication. He has a unique ability to translate complex systems like Cradle to Cradle and HPDs into simple stories that empower change and deliver buildings that have a positive impact to our people and our planet.

How can Columbus join the Global Design Movement to support the health and wellness of building materials.

1 GBCI CE LEED specific BD+C & ID+C, 1 WELL specific, 1 AIA LU/HSW, 1 IDCEC CE

How can manufactures and design professionals collaborate to address the global challenge we have to the health and wellness of our planet and our population through the building materials that we specify? This session will show how the our industry is moving to from building material transparency into understanding building material carbon,health, and wellness impacts. This will be explained thorough the following industry programs like LEED v4.1, WELL, LBC, as well as new national programs like the Healthcare Without Harm Healthy Hospital Initiative and the Harvard Healthy Campus Initiative. We will also show how industry programs like Mindful Materials, Brightside Materials tool, and the LP 50 (Living Product 50) will help simplify this work.


201 Mitchell Hall: Servin’ Up Student Success with a Side of Sustainability

 Ben NiebauerBen Niebauer, LEED AP BD+C is an Associate Principal and Higher Education Market Leader for DesignGroup, a nationally recognized architectural design and planning firm with offices in Columbus and Pittsburgh. Ben loves utilizing a highly visual process to help his clients make informed, creative decisions to shape the future of their institutions. His leadership has helped create millions square feet of dynamic, student-centered living and learning environments on dozens of college and university campuses across the country.
Columbus State’s new Mitchell Hall delivers leading-edge culinary education with intentional sustainable practices from curriculum to program and design.

1 GBCI CE LEED specific BD+C, 1 AIA LU/HSW

Columbus State’s new culinary facility, Mitchell Hall boasts a new 80,000-square-foot building includes a 100-seat culinary theater, 12 teaching kitchens, a mixology lab, a cafe and bakery, a 50-seat student-run restaurant and a 400-person conference center. Columbus State integrated creative strategies to provide opportunities for student success and innovation while also balancing the very real implications of facility of this nature: Food waste. Discover the partnerships and solutions that helped reduce the footprint of a facility of this magnitude and led to new learning opportunities for students.


202 Sustainable Historic Preservation

 Joe BerardiJoe has been working in the field of Architecture for nearly two decades, joining Berardi Partners Inc. in 2008 alongside the firm’s founding Partner and Uncle, George Berardi. Joe’s primary focus includes project management of various building types, conceptual design planning, program development, project quality control, historic renovations and green/energy efficient design methodologies.
Since joining the firm, Joe has become the office liaison with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the National Park Service (NPS). As a result, Joe has developed an expertise in the State Historic Tax Credit process with numerous published articles pertaining to the benefits of the State HTC program.

Sanyog RathodSanyog Rathod is the founder of Sol design + consulting, a Cincinnati-based firm which provides sustainability consulting and design services. His continuing commitment to Architecture, Sustainability and Preservation spans 30 years. Since the inception of his firm in 2006, he has devoted his advocacy towards affordable housing, green-historic preservation, and green building programs. His active involvement in the profession, academia and the community has led to the following awards: the Over-the-Rhine Infill Design Award; Cincinnati Preservation Association Award; Habitat for Humanity Recognition for Service; Cincinnati Business Courier’s Top 20 People to Know in Green Business.

As a resident of historic Over-the-Rhine (OTR), Mr. Rathod has promoted green historic preservation since 2005. He spearheaded the residential component of the 2008 Green Historic Study by Over-the-Rhine Foundation which explored synergies and conflicts between historic preservations and green renovations. This study led to a life-cycle analysis demonstrating the environmental benefits of renovating historic buildings versus building new. His firm recently earned first place in the Over-the-Rhine Infill Design Competition.

Dan DietrichDan’s industry experience includes various types of construction projects in residential, retail/mixed-use, auto dealerships, hospitality, and industrial. His most recent work for Cleveland Construction includes the management of the new construction of a multi-building CarMax Auto Superstore on a 16-acre site in Raleigh, North Carolina, the renovation and rebranding of a 219-room Holiday Inn Express in Fort Belvoir, and the construction management of a Tanger Outlet Center located north of Columbus in Sunbury, Ohio.
Dan received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Bowling Green State University in Construction Management and Architecture and is an active member of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA), OSHA 30-Hour Safety Training Course and is a LEED® Accredited Professional.

In this panel discussion, attendees will gain insight through the presentation of various case studies that explore the intersection of preservation and sustainability.


Our expert panel with representatives from the architecture, construction and energy design industry will draw upon past projects to illustrate a holistic approach to sustainable historic preservation. Having worked together as a team to revitalize the historic fabric of downtown Cleveland including the Halle Building, Residences at 668, East Ohio, the Hanna Building, and the Leader Building, this panel understands the solutions necessary to meet both Historic and Sustainability requirements. Navigating the Historic Tax Credit process while striving to meet LEED standards requires innovation and the ability to infuse historic projects with green building technologies. In this presentation, our team will outline several strategies to develop a green building while maintaining the building’s vital historic features.


203 Creating Space for Change: How The Ohio State University is Changing College Campus’ Response to Mental Health through Design for [WELL]-being

Johnna is a registered architect, and specializes in sustainable design and consulting. Johnna has led the green building efforts for a number of organizations and projects forging new paths in sustainability throughout the southeastern U.S., with projects ranging from schools and universities to major research labs and most recently, achieved Living Building Challenge Petal Certification for the Light Lab at Mohawk Industries. M. Keller currently works for M+A Architects in Columbus, Ohio, and is working on what will be the first net zero energy building for the City of Columbus. Johnna is passionate about regenerative design, approaches the built environment as a foundation for well-being, and posits climate change as a social justice issue.
With over 25 years of experience in the architectural industry, Ken Cleaver has worked on a variety of design and planning projects both regionally and in Central Ohio. His portfolio includes massive long-range master plans for universities, medical centers and urban school districts; classrooms, office projects, and major additions for college facilities and hospitals, as well as smaller adaptive reuse projects. Recently Ken’s focus has been towards active learning spaces in higher education settings. Ken has a bachelor of science in architecture with distinction from The Ohio State University, and has guest lectured at the OSU Knowlton School Architecture. Ken is also a member of the Society for College and University Planning and a LEED Accredited Professional.
Laurel builds relationships to advance and the university’s health and wellness efforts at the local, state, national, international levels. Through this work, she enables students, faculty, and staff to have ever greater influence on the education, research, and business of nursing and health and wellness. She was instrumental in the College receiving a $6.5 million gift to endow the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute in Evidence-based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare; forging the university’s collaborations with national non-profits such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Million Hearts® initiative; and expanding the college’s nurse practitioner-led clinic Ohio State Total Health & Wellness, including its 2019 designation as a Federally Qualified Health Center. A proud graduate of OSU, Laurel was also a Fulbright Scholar at Justus Liebig Universitaet Giessen in Germany, and earned her Master’s Degree at UCLA. She has worked with OSU College of Nursing Dean Bernadette Melnyk for fifteen years.
Designed to become the first WELL certified building at The Ohio State University, the expansion to Newton Hall will serve as a laboratory for how college campuses can better support mental wellness through attention to aspects of the physical environment.

1 GBCI LEED specific BD+C & ID+C, 1 WELL specific, 1 AIA LU/HSW

One out of four people living in the United States today suffers from a mental health condition. The suicide rate for college students has tripled since 1950, with the World Health Organization just announcing one suicide occurs every 40 seconds. There is an opportunity to create space for change, through the built environment, prioritizing mental wellness through human-centric design that enhances, and encourages, behavioral choices that influence our health and wellness outcomes. Research proves the physical and social environment has a significant impact on determining the state of health, with a higher level of impact outweighing other contributing factors like lifestyle behavior, medical care, and even genetics. The success of the space is achieved by providing an environment that supports healthy lifestyles including physical activity, good nutrition, and mental health, leveraging both LEED v4 and WELL v2. This session will address the University’s vision to be the healthiest university and academic community on the globe, the project team is designing a future that supports the University’s mission to facilitate the highest level of wellness for faculty, staff and students across the University and community. The Newton Hall addition will be an extension of the programming work that the College of Nursing leads at the University to help foster good mental health and emotional well-being as a foundation to overall health and happiness. The design team will share how insights into WELL are working to create a positive human experience. The team’s acumen in the WELL system has led this innovative design to incorporate an abundance of natural light, views to nature, natural materials and a variety of social spaces, all rooted in evidence-based design. It’s time to promote mental well-being through our building design. It’s time to break social stigmas and create a new precedent for mental health priorities in our academic and work environments.


204 Designed for Life: Methods for Optimizing Human Performance

Alyson believes that space has the profound ability to directly impact effectiveness, comfort and culture and great spaces make us think, work and live better. Alyson Erwin, IIDA is Senior Associate and interior designer at NBBJ. Her passion for interior design is in creating spaces and strategies for clients that focus on improving human performance. She built her career in Chicago while working at various design firms, focusing primarily on workplace: design, strategy and change management.
Not afraid to challenge the status-quo, Eric offers a dynamic viewpoint to healthcare design. Eric holds over a decade of experience as a medical planner and architectural/interior designer, giving him a wide range of skillsets and unique perspectives that allow him to view projects from both a macro and micro level. For Eric, the end goal of patient experience and satisfaction is the cornerstone of good design. This philosophy has inspired the design and construction of over 6 million SF of healthcare spaces under his guidance. His eye for detail has also led to opportunities in product design where he has collaborated on NeoCon award winning healthcare collections.
Gina is a dedicated advocate and resource for human-centered design and its impact on the user experience. Her roles as healthcare interior designer and medical planner over the last two decades. Gina Livingston-Smith is a certified interior designer and medical planner at NBBJ who has dedicated her career to environments for health and healing. Her clients have ranged from community health centers for the underserved to acclaimed academic medical centers such as Massachusetts General Hospital and UPMC. Her model for the design of human-centered spaces employs her combined passions for human factors, evidence-based design, process improvement strategies, and optimal stakeholder experience. Gina is adjunct faculty for Kent State University’s Healthcare Design program and has presented at Healthcare Design Expo and the Planetree International Conference on Person-Centered Care. She earned her BFA in interior design from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and her Master of Interior Architecture from the University of Oregon School of Architecture & Allied Arts.
Michael believes that through positive interaction with clients and users, design has the capacity to not only create something new but something better. Michael is an architectural designer with experience on both national and international projects ranging from residential, office, hospitality, healthcare, science, sports and corporate project types. He brings a multidisciplinary approach to the process that is structured around the collaboration between client and project team to create positive user-centric experiences. His design sensibility is rooted in the influence aesthetics, technology and restraint have within the built environment.
Explore how Well concepts and brain science can influence design decisions and bring about more purposeful spaces that are designed for all life.


Space has the profound ability to influence, not only building performance, but human performance as well. Great spaces can make us think, work and live better, through many attributes such as having access to daylight and views, being able to achieve focus, and creating connections. These attributes directly impact effectiveness, comfort and culture. They effect wellness. We’ll examine this concept through various scales and markets- from a commercial urban developments that build community culture, to healthcare environments that care for the caregiver.


301 26 E Park Drive: Floodway Constraints Lead to Creativity

 Donald DispenzaA principal at BDT Architects & Designers, Don has designed in the United States and abroad since 1998, with projects ranging from large retail to medical to higher education. He has a Master of Architecture from Miami University and a Bachelor of Architecture from The Ohio State University. Don lives on a farm in Athens, Ohio with his wife and dogs.

Nicholas BittnerNicholas sees the big picture. A background in journalism and urban planning flavors his architectural designs and project management efforts with an awareness of context, environment, and long-term impacts.
The design of an 18,000 square foot medical/professional building meets stringent floodway requirements yet adheres to modern architecture principles.


26 E Park Drive is an 18,000 square foot medical/professional office building located in Athens, Ohio. The project won a 2019 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Columbus Chapter merit award in the “large project” category for its creative response to the building’s site: the floodplain of the Hocking River. The design meets FEMA’s “floodway” definition, a designation even more stringent than “floodplain.” It is raised on 42 concrete piers to permit flood waters to flow through the building site. The Athens Planning Commission granted a variance to build on the delicate site based on BDT Architects & Designers’ minimally invasive design. The aesthetics of 26 E Park were derived from the site’s practical requirements yet adhere to modern architecture principles. Design features include a dramatically curving roof, shiplap cedar siding and full-height windows. Clerestory lites that run the entire south length of the mezzanine level contribute to the building’s passive solar design, warming the interior in the winter and daylighting workspaces.


302 Midwest Mixed-Use

With 11 years of experience in Seattle and six years in Shanghai, Daniel Ayars has become a design leader in mixed-use developments around the world. Now based in Columbus, he is building an international commercial practice with a local presence in Central Ohio.
As the design leader for NBBJ’s Shanghai office, he integrated urban design, planning, landscape and architecture to deliver large-scale mixed-use developments at high quality despite tight schedules. This has given him an insight into how live-work-play environments influence the urban realm beyond the boundaries of their given sites. While leading the Shanghai studio he focused the design culture around computation and data-driven design.

The Future of Mixed-Use development in the Midwest.


With Rising prices for land and need for more density the Midwest is leading the way with innovative approaches to Mixed-use Development. We will review projects from 250 High Street, 80 on the commons, Gravity and Market Tower. Each taking a different approach to Design, Mix and Sustainability. Each of these projects being a TRUE Mixed-use with office, residential, retail and hotels. Mixed-use projects make our cities more sustainable by bringing 24 hour activity to our cities.


303 Mid-Century Engineering Lab Renovation/Addition: An Energy-Efficient Model

Greg Tamborino, Senior Associate, Senior Project Architect, joined Perkins and Will in 2005 and has over 20 years of professional experience collaborating on a wide range of project types including high-rise mixed-use and residential development, corporate/commercial/civic, healthcare, K-12, and higher education. His design skill and technical expertise allow him to advance complex and demanding projects in all phases of design and construction.

Laura HalversonLaura enjoys understanding what a client’s challenges are in order to provide solutions that meet them. Clients have stated that they like working with Laura because she will carefully explain why she might suggest they do something differently in a way that meets their specific needs. Laura learns something new on every project – there is always something different and interesting to learn, whether it’s about the client’s operational side or from the researchers that bring their viewpoints.
As a result of her heavy concentration on research facilities, Laura has developed a critical mass of knowledge about their specialty spaces, such as vivariums and clean rooms. She regularly speaks at the annual AALAS Conference about the newest trends in vivarium design evolving around energy and water efficiencies.

Jerry Johnson joined the Chicago office of Perkins and Will in 1986. His project involvement has included all facets of design and delivery from facility space programming and design to planning and construction administration. His projects have won design awards at both the local and national level. Jerry has been a licensed architect since 1991 and is a LEED Accredited Professional. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, he is also a Burnham Fellow of The American Academy in Rome. In 1999, in recognition of his design leadership within the firm, Jerry was made a design principal.

In her role at Moody Nolan, Lindsey is responsible for facilitating integrated design processes to advance project goals, client values, and firmwide commitments associated with sustainability, health and wellness. With over 10 years of experience converging the worlds of technology, design, and sustainability, she leverages a diverse professional background and global education to advance internal early design processes and facilitate multi-disciplinary stakeholder discussions. Lindsey is a representative to the AIA Large Firm Roundtable’s Sustainable Design Leader and a key strategist for Moody Nolan’s AIA 2030 Commitment goals.

This program will discuss strategies to sustainably improve aging engineering and research buildings on college campuses.


Creating a sustainable, energy-efficient building expansion/renovation has become one of the most important goals of Phase 1 of the Ohio State University Advanced Materials Corridor project. The project can be considered an instructive prototype for improving the many aging engineering and research buildings throughout Ohio and the Midwest. The Mars G. Fontana Laboratories, currently under construction at a prominent location on The Ohio State University’s main campus, is a complete renovation and large addition to a 1960s lab building. When completed, it will be a 127,000 SF biomedical and materials engineering building. It is the first phase of the Biomedical and Materials Engineering Complex, which will be an interconnected series of existing renovated buildings and new construction providing efficient teaching and research spaces. As a result of co-locating two highly ranked engineering departments, the new lab has been designed to a high level of operational and energy efficiency. Pursuing a goal of LEED Silver, the predicted EUI of 190 kbtu/sf/yr results in an energy savings exceeding 40% when compared to national benchmarks for the building type. In recognition of water as a valuable resource the users were educated about the impacts of cooling scientific equipment with once-through domestic water and opted for a process chilled water system to meet the scientific equipment needs.


304 Is a WELL Platinum renovation with a Tight Budget possible? You Betcha!

Yasha OggYasha Ogg is an interior designer, speaker, and advocate for healthy, sustainable building design, both interior and exterior. As a WELL faculty, Yasha leads the movement to improve health and well-being in buildings and communities across the world. Using his expertise in WELL, Fitwel, LEED and Living Building along with industry research, Yasha strives to create healthy, productive environments for building occupants through the design of sustainable human-centric spaces.

With a background in higher education campuses, laboratory facilities, multi-family housing, and medical office buildings, Yasha understands that the well-being of employees directly impacts the bottom line of businesses. As such, he enjoys working directly with end users to understand their needs to make their businesses successful and productive.

 Dawn SchwarztmanDawn provides leadership and strategic management for Enriching Spaces, a certified woman owned company specializing in the design and project management of inspired workspaces for business, learning and healthcare environments.

Enriching Spaces partners with the most respected global leaders in developing sustainable human-centered solutions including: Herman Miller, OFS Brands, Exemplis, Vitra and Interface. Enriching Spaces services customers regionally and nationwide.

WELL Building principles inform our designs, selections and culture. In our own showroom and studio, the images, textures and patterns of nature inspire a variety of spaces that nurture community, creative thinking and well-being.

Dawn’s interests include the study of environmental psychology, WELL Building, Biomimicry, Biophilia, Feng Shui, Vastu, Sacred Geometry and other forms of Nature Inspired Design.

Witness the trials and tribulations of pursuing the WELL Platinum dream on a tight office budget.

1 GBCI CE, 1 WELL specific, 1 AIA LU, 1 IDCEC CE

A small Cincinnati Regional business had a dream to be a healthier place for its staff and set an example of what is possible on a tight budget. Enriching Spaces in partnership with emersion DESIGN navigates toward WELL v2 Platinum pending certification while keeping costs at a minimum. This session will share their successes, struggles, lesson learned, and important partnerships discovered along the way.


401 From Private to Public: Reclaiming Euclid’s Waterfront

Allison Lukacsy-Love is a licensed Architect with a professional degree from Carnegie Mellon University. She previously worked as a Project Manager with Geis Companies and StudioTECHNE Architects in Cleveland in addition to architecture firms in Pittsburgh and Shanghai. Allison is nationally recognized for her temporary and permanent public art installations that partner with non-profits to advance a social cause. Allison currently serves on the Cleveland Leadership Center’s Leadership Council, as the Chair of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s Young Professionals Council, the Alliance for the Great Lakes

Jason’s portfolio includes award-winning projects built on community engagement and responsive to the unique ecological, environmental and cultural frameworks. Jason regularly speaks at conferences nationwide and is sought out as a resource to help waterfront communities advance strategies that build partnerships and attract funding that help get projects built. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Once recognized as the birthplace of zoning due to its role in the landmark zoning case of ‘Euclid v. Ambler Realty’, this community now stands poised to achieve national acclaim for this innovative, precedent-setting public access project.


In 2009, the Euclid Waterfront Improvement Plan established a $30M vision for the city’s Lake Erie shoreline, of which only six percent was publicly accessible. Through a public consensus-building process, the first phase of improvements – a fishing pier and ADA-accessible trails linking the lakefront to downtown – were constructed in 2013. Phase II is currently under construction, featuring a three-quarter mile public all-purpose trail at the water’s edge, erosion mitigation, shoreline stabilization and habitat/beach reclamation, providing for environmental tourism and recreational opportunities. This milestone represents a decade public-private partnerships to bring from concept to reality one of the longest coastal projects permitted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Through land donations and easement agreements from nearly 100 land owners, the vision reinforces regional goals for healthy communities and sets a precedent for catalytic economic development along Lake Erie. Euclid is the 17th largest city in Ohio, with a diverse population. Historically, the lakefront was publicly accessible, but a 20th-century housing and industrial boom changed the landscape. Now, the city is reclaiming its best natural asset for the benefit of all. This project is positioned to transform not only the deteriorating shoreline and natural habitats of Lake Erie, but to elevate property values, quality of life and overall attractiveness of the lakefront city to new investment, and to serve as a model for other lakefront communities.


402 Existing Buildings (Can Be) Green Buildings

Melinda is an architect and a principal with Schooley Caldwell, where she also serves as Chief Operating Officer. Melinda specializes in historic preservation and renovation design, and brings over 15 years of design and management experience. Most recently, she has worked on historic buildings at Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware County, and The Ohio State University to name a few, along with the adaptive reuse of the former Hoster Brewing Company buildings in Columbus’ Brewery District. Melinda received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati, where she had the opportunity to co-op with other design firms and gain significant experience in preservation design before graduating. In addition, she received a Certificate of Historic Preservation from the University of Cincinnati.
Matt QuijadaMatt Quijada is a Designer at Schooley Caldwell, an architecture firm in downtown Columbus. He has gained years of experience certifying a diverse array of LEED projects, including museums, healthcare facilities, and government offices. While studying for his Master of Architecture at Ohio State, Matt developed a deep passion for historic buildings. Putting that passion into action, Matt is currently working on the restoration of Slocum Hall, a circa 1898 library at Ohio Wesleyan. He is most excited about the prospect of restoring old buildings to their former glory, while adapting them to the needs of today and the future.
Working with a building’s existing assets, whether it be large windows and high ceilings or an urban site and existing mechanical pathways, can result in a sustainable building.


Existing buildings may not be built with the latest and greatest insulation, air barriers, and other newer technologies but they provide a ready stock for sustainable construction. The former Lazarus department store, Clinton Elementary School, and OSU South Campus Highrises are all very different types of buildings built at different times but have one thing in common – they are all certified LEED gold. This course will examine how working with a building’s existing assets, whether it be the large windows and high ceilings or urban sites and existing mechanical pathways, can result in a sustainable building. Accounting for the benefits of historic preservation and adaptive reuse, the concept of embodied energy helps quantify benefits of using materials longer. These buildings are also typically in ideal locations for development – their incorporation into urban fabric lands all the benefits of existing utilities and public transportation. One concern one might have is how to update the buildings to be more energy efficient without disturbing the historic fabric. We’ll review some best tips for context-appropriate renovation.


403 From LEED Gold to NetZero: A Practical Approach to Getting There

As a Senior Project Administrator, Bryan is responsible for energy analysis, energy auditing, and is a leader numerous sustainability and health/wellness projects in the built environment. He is credentialed as a WELL APTM, LEED AP® BD+C, TRUE Advisor, and Fitwel Ambassador.

Bryan’s leadership and experience has been integral to energy projects that to-date have paid over $4M in utility incentives to HEAPY clients and supported the fundamental design and construction of facilities that contribute to a more resilient and sustainable society. His responsibilities include leading the HEAPY Energy team in Southwest Ohio and Indianapolis. He has served as the President of Dayton ASHRAE (2018-2019) and is the current Chair of the Southwest Ohio Regional Leadership Team for USGBC Ohio.

Dennis Paben, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, has more than 19 years of experience in the A/E/C industry as a project architect and project manager. His dedication and communication skills have led him to manage some of Legat Architects’ most successful projects including one of the most complex southern Ohio school projects in recent years: a consolidation of three outdated schools into one new PreK-12 school at New Boston Local Schools in Scioto County. The result is what superintendent Mike Staggs called “a phenomenal building” that was on schedule and under budget. Check out this video of the project for more about the project and thought process: Dennis enjoys the challenge of creating a work of art that must withstand local climate, respond to the owner’s needs and concerns, while meeting the proposed timeline and budget. His community engagement and master planning expertise has guided school districts to successful bond passage and construction projects that benefit the community. Most recently, Dennis has completed a new design-build K-5 elementary school for Northridge Local Schools.
A step-by-step process examining the opportunities to achieve Net Zero with an Ohio school.

1 GBCI LEED specific BD+C, 1 AIA LU/HSW

The speakers will introduce a real OH school project that has achieved LEED Gold. They will show and step by step process to achieving Net Zero with the same building program showing budget, schedule, and maintenance impacts to the project. The presentation will include: Improved orientation and site design; Improved the building envelope design including increased insultation in walls, roofs, and foundation; Improved systems design including more efficient alternatives; Improved evaluation of improvements; Creating the balance of needed energy with renewable sources; Proving it over a one-year application; Calculate pay back cycle and return on your investment.


404 Tackling Transparency

Lindsey FreelIn her role at Moody Nolan, Lindsey is responsible for facilitating integrated design processes to advance project goals, client values, and firmwide commitments associated with sustainability, health and wellness. With over 10 years of experience converging the worlds of technology, design, and sustainability, she leverages a diverse professional background and global education to advance internal early design processes and facilitate multi-disciplinary stakeholder discussions. Lindsey is a representative to the AIA Large Firm Roundtable’s Sustainable Design Leader and a key strategist for Moody Nolan’s AIA 2030 Commitment goals.

 Alexis GerhartAlexis is an Interior Designer focused on making a positive impact on both people and the environment. Her continued commitment to material transparency has led her to focus on advocating for professionals acknowledge the highly influential nature of our field. As a board member for IIDA (International Interior Design Association) she talks to other like-minded individuals or groups and focuses on advancing mindfulness in material selection from the traditional aesthetics and durability to human health and environmental impact.

This presentation demonstrate how Net Zero Energy can be achieved in a typical public school building.

1 GBCI LEED specific BD+C & ID+C, 1 AIA LU/HSW, 1 IDCEC CE

LEEDv4 has introduced new concepts for furthering material selection to support stronger health and environmental outcomes. While some view these concepts This session focuses on defining key concepts related to material transparency and exploring different strategies for having related conversations with clients. We will also explore strategies to ensure successful implementation of healthy, environmentally responsible materials in projects, both certified and not.