KEYNOTE & PRESENTATIONS
Monday, April 26
8:30 AM - Monday, April 26
101 Achieving Carbon Neutrality via Adaptive Reuse
The rehabilitation of existing buildings is considered by many to be the ultimate recycling project, and focusing on historic buildings has added benefits for the larger community.
10:30 AM - Monday, April 26
102 Resiliency in Midwestern School Design
Highlights include: designing for emotional and psychological well being, implementing a campus approach to energy efficiency, and incorporating benefits of biophilia and natural playscapes all within the context of a 21st 1/2 Century school.
1:30 PM - Monday, April 26
103 Columbus Hilton Downtown Expansion Project Profile and Case Study
Mike’s passion for architecture and hospitality began at an early age and continued through his studies at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, where he received his bachelor’s degree in 2002 and master’s degree in 2004. Mike’s graduate studies focused on how hospitality experiences can be provoked through Architecture, space planning, and views to create a unique experience for guests. Mike joined COOPER CARRY in 2004 and has quickly risen as a leader on various projects and amassed an extensive portfolio in his time at the firm, with projects in multi-family residential, retail, and hospitality venues. Mike received his Architectural License in 2007 and was named Associate Principal in 2019.
With now over 16 years of hotel design experience at COOPER CARRY, Mike manages the hospitality studio in the Virginia office, leading multiple project teams and the studio’s diverse portfolio. Mike’s expertise focuses on a variety of projects spread across multiple hotel brands, ranging from urban infill conference center hotels to full-serve resort properties, where he carries his graduate study passion into his professional work. Mike is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB), and is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP).
Jonathan Cakert joined COOPER CARRY in 2012 and was named Associate Principal in 2021. Jon helps lead our Hospitality Studio in our Virginia office, and serves as project architect and manager on multiple, mixed-use design efforts across the country. Jon has over 14 years of experience in a diverse number of building typologies and construction types – with a primary focus in designing hotels. His passion is creating a space that elicits a positive social environment – and ultimately, a memorable experience for the end-user.
Internally, he has helped shape the firm’s Vision, Values & Mission Statement thru serving on a firm-wide committee of young leaders who work towards keeping COOPER CARRY at the forefront of the industry.
Jon’s roots stem from the beach towns of southern New Jersey but he came to the Washington, DC, area upon graduation from Carnegie Mellon University where he earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the School of Fine Arts. He is a member of the American Institute of Architect (AIA), National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and is a Member of the Urban Land Institute. Jon is a Registered Architect in the District of Columbia and a LEED Green Associate.
J.D. is a purpose-driven designer with more than a decade of project experience. As a consultant, J.D.’s approach finds clarity in complexity, and through her work she educates clients and helps them to link their business objectives to their relationship with the environment. She has experience and credentials back-checking sustainability efforts with third-party certifications such as LEED, RELi, and Fitwel. She navigates ambiguous and complicated project scenarios to find a clear and innovative path forward. Additional areas of focus include embodied carbon, LCA, and resilient design.
This presentation will focus on the challenges of designing a structure on a complex site and how the Design Team has taken advantage of the irregular site to strengthen the circulation and connectivity in and around the Hotel Destination.
North High Street and Ohio Center Way in Columbus is an elevated roadway that raises the pedestrian level of the city above the lower service and rail level. This creates a roughly pie shaped hole between the Ohio Center Way and the Convention Center. At the bottom of the hole there is Convention Center Way, a bike path, a rail line, service and egress for the Convention Center, water mains, telecommunications trunk lines, and a small piece of land. The Columbus Hilton Downtown Expansion will be on, under, over, and through all of the site complexities as we squeeze a 352 foot tall tower into the wedge. Ultimately, hotel guests that come to the hotel destination may never know what’s down there as they experience a vibrant pedestrian friendly experience on High Street, all leading to a 1000 room Hilton hotel, two premier food and beverage destinations, and 75,000 SF of meeting and conference space – all located at the Columbus Hilton Downtown.
This presentation will focus on the challenges of designing a structure on a complex site and how the Design Team has taken advantage of the irregular site to strengthen the circulation and connectivity in and around the Hotel Destination. Through the use of Building Information Modeling, the Design Team has coordinated multiple structural framing methods in order to provide the most economical structural solution for both foundations and superstructure, while maintaining the Owner’s critical project goals and guiding principles.
The final product will be the region’s largest hotel destination, which has been designed with sustainability as a driving force. The project sustainability goals set the groundwork for the design team to weave together a holistic approach to integrate the building systems and strive for LEED Gold certification. The complexity of the site constraints and building performance goals created opportunities for innovation atypical for hospitality buildings. The presentation will outline the sustainability values identified early in the design process and how those values were aligned to LEED strategies.
3:30 PM - Monday, April 26
104 Getting Decisions That Stick! (IDCEC)
Kurt Neubek is an architect and Firmwide Healthcare Practice Leader with Page, a 650-person architecture/engineering/interiors/planning/consulting firm with nine offices across the US and abroad. He has over 30 years’ experience and has programmed and planned tens of millions of square feet of space across the globe. Kurt is an award-winning speaker, having presented at more than 90 national and regional conferences. He is a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects, LEED Accredited Professional, and a Six Sigma Black Belt.
In “Getting Decisions That Stick!” you will learn ten techniques you can use today to reduce costly changes by helping others make better-informed decisions.
Tuesday, April 27
8:30 AM - Tuesday, April 27
201 Innovation in Engineering Education at ONU
The presentation will illustrate the importance of the collaborative design process that was applied and was the basis for the project success.
10:30 AM - Tuesday, April 27
202 Biophilic Design: An Opportunity for Sustainable Healthcare Resiliency
Judith Heerwagen is an environmental psychologist whose work focuses on the “goodness of fit” between people and the environments they inhabit, including emotional, social, cognitive, and physical fit. She is currently a Research Psychologist with the US General Services Administration and an affiliate faculty member in Architecture at the University of Washington. Prior to joining GSA she was a senior scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and also had her own consulting business for 10 years. She has written and lectured widely on biophilic design and the links between human health and the natural and built environments. She is co-editor of Biophilic Design: The Theory, Science and Practice of Bringing Buildings to Life, which won the 2008 Publishers Award for best book in architecture and urban planning. She received the 2014 Design for Humanity Award from the American Society of Interior Designers for her work in biophilic design and has also served as a special lecturer on biophilic design at Yale University and Louisiana State University.
With almost 17 years of experience, Chris’s passion for design stems from his belief that architecture is part of a larger whole. The physical environment influences how we learn, work, socialize, worship, grieve, and heal. Chris strives for balance; balancing the needs of clients with how the spaces created will fit into the larger societal whole. He is passionate about the opportunity for space to have a positive impact on its inhabitants, especially in healthcare where staff can be steeped in stress and patients are often at their most vulnerable. Chris communicates
Anastasia Markiw offers an innovative perspective to her position as a Project Architect by attending the only post-professional Masters in Health Care Design program in the country. She has advanced her understanding of healthcare architecture through an appreciation for patient care through the use of medical frameworks and design. She strengthened her leadership skills by volunteering in the community and accomplishing the highest Girl Scouts achievement; the Gold Award. Anastasia is fueled by her passion for lighting design, which aids in her understanding of the connection between healing spaces and their intangible experiences; she believes that a working coexistence between architecture and sustainable technology can supply a multitude of design possibilities for a space and its occupants.
Biophilic design has been used within healthcare settings to increase patient connectivity to the natural world.
Biophilic design has been used within healthcare settings to increase patient connectivity to the natural world. This kind of design, used at a variety of scales, has health, environmental, and economic benefits for patients and the surrounding environments, with few drawbacks. This presentation will focus on one aspect of biophilic design specifically: light. Through the lens of 2020 and what has been witnessed by many in the healthcare setting, we will dive deeper into the concepts and evolution of humans and our response to light. We will dissect the mental and emotional benefits of light and its ability to help heal. Finally, we will demonstrate ways in which these concepts can be pulled into practical application of design from both natural daylighting to artificial lighting. We feel this will help healthcare institutions to be more “resilient” as they look to the future of their healthcare environments.
Link to more background: https://designgroup.us.com/expertise/resiliency-healthcare-look-nature-q-and-judith-heerwagen
1:30 PM - Tuesday, April 27
203 How a Company became Healthier during a Pandemic (IDCEC)
Dawn provides leadership and strategic management for Enriching Spaces, a nationwide provider of contract furnishings, interior design, project management, and installation services. Enriching Spaces partners with the most respected global leaders in developing sustainable human-centered solutions, including Herman Miller, OFS Brands, and Interface Flooring. Her interests include the study of environmental psychology, sustainable native landscaping, WELL Building, Biomimicry, Biophilia, Feng Shui, Vastu, Sacred Geometry, and other forms of Nature Inspired Design.
Enriching Spaces became the 9th certified WELL Platinum Space recognized by the International WELL Building Institute during the COVID-19 pandemic. This session is a follow-up to the 2020 DesignColumbus event and will review the final steps of WELL certification along with next steps for Enriching Spaces.
3:30 PM - Tuesday, April 27
204 Universal Education: Key Design Factors in Therapeutic, Inclusive, and High Performance Spaces
Robin Randall, AIA, ALEP, LEED AP BD+C leads clients in a customized design process that transforms their mission and purpose into meaningful, budget-conscious, forward-thinking learning environments. She builds exceptional collaborative teams around projects including master plans, facilities assessments, renovations, and new educational facilities.
For over 30 years, Robin has designed and planned award-winning educational facilities ranging from early learning centers to high schools, as well as specialty learning environments. Her designs push the boundaries of sustainability by emphasizing student and building performance.
Four days after he graduated from the University of Illinois in 2004, Dennis Paben, AIA, NCARB became the first full-time member of our Columbus, Ohio studio!
Dennis helps clients understand the design and construction process every step of the way. That might mean anything from helping a facility administrator analyze a floor plan to helping the end user understand how building codes affect room design.
Dennis enjoys making the vision of a group (i.e., building owners, architects, community) come to life with a facility that improves users’ performance and community connections
Sylvia Kowalk, Associate AIA, LEED AP ID+C, leader of Legat’s interior design practice, designs visually engaging interior environments that elevate mood and improve efficiency. She tells her clients’ stories by mixing materials, colors, finishes, and sustainable elements while respecting budgets.
Sylvia joined Legat in 2011. Her portfolio ranges from preK-12 and higher education facilities to performing arts centers, libraries, community health centers, and corporate environments. She regularly speaks about interior design trends and challenges at regional and national conferences.
Explore how Well concepts and brain science can influence design decisions and bring about more purposeful spaces that are designed for all life.
Presenters will engage the audience with our research on therapeutic, inclusive, and high performance educational environments. We will share data and architectural implications on nine approaches including health intelligence and consultation, assistive technologies and adaptive education process, teachers and staff wellness, visual balance and color, movement, nutrition, natural lighting, artificial lighting, and acoustics. Examples of each approach will be demonstrated in high performance educational facilities in Ohio and across the Midwest.
Wednesday, April 28
8:30 AM - Wednesday, April 28
301 Quarry Trails
Quarry Trails will be a neighborhood inside of a natural, unmanicured, park. The park will be the foremost defining feature and amenity of the development. This is accomplished through a partnership formed with the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks.
Quarry Trails will be a neighborhood inside of a natural, unmanicured, park. The park will be the foremost defining feature and amenity of the development. This is accomplished through a partnership formed with the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks. While the development will gain an amenity, the Metro Park will receive the benefit of access and utilities to the park; critical, and expensive, infrastructure.
Altogether, the Quarry Trails site is ±607-acres. The development will occur on a ±80-acre parcel comprising the southern edge of the site. Metro Parks owns ±180-acres directly west and north from the Wagenbrenner’s parcel, encompassing the development in parkland.
Until June of 1974, portions of the former limestone quarry were used as a solid waste landfill. The remediation of the former landfill is being completed pursuant to plans approved by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency through their Voluntary Action Program (VAP). When the remediation is complete, the site will receive a No Further Action letter (NFA) and a Covenant Not to Sue (CNS).
Wagenbrenner’s plan is to create the experience that the development is an extension of the park itself. To do so, Wagenbrenner is developing a nature complementing architectural style that takes advantage of local building materials to create a “rocky prairie landscape” style. Further, Wagenbrenner is actively planning and designing the development with “green” features in mind. Possible features include energy efficient homes, ecological stormwater management, and native landscape plantings.
Phase 1 of the development is ±26-acres (this is inside of the ±80-acre parcel). It includes a downtown area and multiple residential blocks. The downtown area is comprised of several uses including; a ±40,000 square foot office building; up to 20,000 square feet of retail; a 10,000 square foot community center; and ±300 apartment units. The for-sale residential blocks contain; 72 condo flats; 28 townhomes; and 45 detached homes.
Homeowners, office tenants, and retail customers will be able to walk out the door and visit a 60-foot waterfall, rock climb on a 160-foot vertical rock face, hike over 2-miles of river front trails, and much more.
10:30 AM - Wednesday, April 28
302 Integrating Health & Wellbeing into the Foundation of the Built Environment (IDCEC)
Ramie Vagal is a multi-disciplinary professional with a strong background in sustainability and architecture. At Mohawk, Ramie leads strategic sustainability initiatives that create positive impacts on a social, cultural, economic and environmental level. She has the ability to take complex, technical concepts and translate them into actionable items to meet the company’s sustainability vision and strategy.
Ramie’s background allows her to act as a catalyst within the company to engage in customer-facing platforms while also deep diving into strategic planning and implementation work. Through this, she leads a wide array of projects such as corporate sustainability strategy planning and implementation, CSR reporting (GRI), green building certifications, Living Product Challenge certification, product transparency initiatives, social impact projects, and health and wellness initiatives. Ramie believes in taking a systems-wide approach while collaborating with all functional disciplines, marketing and strategic communications. She has a deep understanding of the associated challenges and risks while implementing projects.
Ramie holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Sir JJ College of Architecture (Mumbai), and a master’s degree in architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago). Through her professional experience in India and the U.S., Ramie brings with her in-depth knowledge of architecture, engineering systems and sustainability, along with her diverse cultural background. She is a LEED and a WELL AP and is an ambassador for the Living Building Challenge. She currently serves as a member on the LEED Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group.
Using the WELL building standard as the main catalyst, this course examines the number of ways buildings have an impact on occupant wellbeing through design, quality of space, products as well as the benefits and the types of effects it creates.
This course discusses built environment and its impact on human health and wellbeing. With the increased awareness and rapidly growing focus on health and wellness, there is data and research that proves the impact buildings can have on human health. It is also important to understand the true meaning of overall wellbeing. Using the WELL building standard as the main catalyst, this course examines the number of ways buildings have an impact on occupant wellbeing through design, quality of space, products as well as the benefits and the types of effects it creates. It also addresses the 10 new concepts of the WELLv2 and how those patterns are incorporated into products and architectural design. Additionally, the course focuses on understanding how green building and healthy building complement each other and are important to realize true benefits of holistic sustainability.
1:30 PM - Wednesday, April 28
303 Scarlet, Gray & Green - Exploring Sustainable Excellence in OSU's Athletic District
Explore the new Covelli Arena and Ty Tucker Tennis facilities with Executive Associate Athletic Director, Mike Penner, and the Moody Nolan Team.
Explore the new Covelli Arena and Ty Tucker Tennis facilities with Executive Associate Athletic Director, Mike Penner, and the Moody Nolan Team. We will discuss how sustainable design has been implemented both at the project level and from a master planning effort, as well as highlight how this correlates to industry-wide patterns and trends in sustainability, health and wellness.
3:30 PM - Wednesday, April 28
304 Preserving and Sharing Ohio’s Stories: Modern Trends in Museum Curation
This presentation is an opportunity to learn behind-the-scenes programming of collections management in museum collections storage facilities and the strict building design requirements to curate, preserve and restore priceless collections.
This presentation is an opportunity to learn behind-the-scenes programming of collections management in museum collections storage facilities and the strict building design requirements to curate, preserve and restore priceless collections. This presentation will showcase the new Ohio History Connection storage facility as a deep dive into the environmental needs and building systems design guidelines for this building type.
Located on the grounds of the Ohio History Center, this building will include many sustainable building features, a few of which are being sited to preserve the historical heritage of the existing Center and historic site plan, access to public transit, water efficiency, and indoor environmental quality.
Thursday, April 29
8:30 AM - Thursday, April 29
401 EMS Station 51: Athens County's First Net-Zero Building
Originating in 1983 as an energy-conscientious practice, BDT has incorporated sustainable design principles to revitalize Southeast and Central Ohio for over 30 years. As CEO and Principal Architect of the firm, Don routinely exemplifies these sustainability principles in each new project, whether it be through renovation and adaptive-reuse or new construction.
Don has received three AIA Design Awards, as well as several publication awards. His design work has been displayed in galleries from New York to Athens and has had several projects published in major national publications.
A background in journalism and urban planning flavors Nicholas’s architectural designs, providing an awareness of context, environment, and long-term impacts. As a principal of BDT, Nicholas is deeply committed to sustainable design, and strives to incorporate environmentally friendly principles into the company’s work. He considers the integration of a built work within its time and place synonymous to a successful practice.
He’s also one of the key project management officers of the company, excelling in client outreach and detailed, conscientious oversight of all aspects of project execution and internal documentation. Nicholas applies regular Quality Control procedures on all projects for which he is responsible. He also participates in all field investigations and design meetings so that he has a complete understanding and in-depth knowledge of the project requirements. A large majority of his project management efforts are spent serving The Ohio State University, a working relationship that has thrived for over a decade.
The design of Station 51 meets several objectives. It provides a state-of-the-art, highly functional facility for emergency services in an underserved geographic area while being the first in the county to fulfill the high standards of net-zero building.
This new construction project provides Athens County EMS with a new 8,700 SF station. Their previous station, a rented building on West Union Street in Athens, suffered from inadequate space and maintenance issues. The newly constructed facility comprises EMS offices, training room, kitchen/dining area, crew quarters, and a 3-bay garage. 2,262 SF of solar panels are housed on the south-facing sloped roof.
The design of Station 51 meets several objectives. It provides a state-of-the-art, highly functional facility for emergency services in an underserved geographic area while being the first in the county to fulfill the high standards of net-zero building. Net-zero structures consume no energy beyond that which can be produced on site using a combination of energy efficiency and renewable energy generation. It was constructed on a limited budget; the final cost of the building was only 5 percent greater than the estimated cost of standard construction for an equivalent structure. The project brought jobs to its Appalachian locale, using exclusively local contractors. Station 51 exemplifies how small-scale, local projects can nevertheless lead the way in the pursuit of national sustainability goals, serving as a model not only for Athens County but for the nation as a whole. With Station 51, BDT hopes to set a precedent to inspire future sustainable development in this largely rural area. This project is in alignment with the broader goal of Athens County to become a leader in sustainable design.
10:30 AM - Thursday, April 29
402 Lakeland Community College Campus Transformation: An Integrated Learning Environment
This LEED Gold development is unique both in the way interior and exterior learning spaces are seamlessly integrated and for it's building envelope design.
Lakeland Community College is transforming its approach to providing education to a predominately commuter based student population. The College embarked on a journey to transform its 400-acre car-oriented suburban campus through the development of a Learning Environments Master Plan, authored by AECOM. The driving force behind this transformation was shaped by the commuter centric nature of the College which lacked the informal and passive benefits of residual learning, networking, and collaborating that occurs beyond the classroom walls. The Learning Environments Plan, in conjunction with the Health Technologies Building, addition and renovation moves the College beyond the notion that students must learn in a classroom. This new vision removes cars from the campus core and creates the opportunity for collaboration in newly created outdoor leaning environments. The plan is underpinned by sustainable design principles that are highlighted throughout the building and landscape for the purposes of interpretation and education. This LEED Gold development is unique both in the way interior and exterior learning spaces are seamlessly integrated and for it’s building envelope design. An experimental rooftop greenhouse, geothermal energy production, and the largest green roof in Lake County are some highlight features.
NOON - Thursday, April 29
KEYNOTE Mayor of Columbus
Community choice aggregation and a commitment to 100% clean, renewable energy will transform our energy future and are key components to helping us achieve environmental justice and equity, so that all residents in central Ohio - and our children and generations to come - are protected from the impacts of climate change, This effort will drive workforce development and job creation in the clean-energy sector for our city, region and the whole state of Ohio.
1:30 PM - Thursday, April 29
403 Virtual Reality in Architecture
Chris is the co-founder of VRADII, the leading face of the Virtual Reality development industry in Columbus Ohio. He leads a dynamic team of dedicated individuals to create novel VR experiences and furthers Virtual Reality development industry within Ohio. He is also the Director of Operations for Game-U, an educational company where industry professionals teach kids how to develop video games using industry software, STEM learning techniques and soft skill development. Lastly, he is an Adjunct Professor at Columbus State Community College, teaching Introduction to the Game Development Industry.
Chris is enthusiastic about creative technology and innovation, and stays up to date on the latest industry trends in software and devices. He is also strongly focused on building and supporting the growing developer community in Columbus. He spearheads the Central Ohio GameDev Group (COGG) which surpassed 1,300 members in 2017, and is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of GDEX which attracts thousands of developers, artists, designers, and more from across the country to take place in a weekend of networking, learning, and sharing their work.
Chris is proud to act as the face of the emerging creative technology industry in Columbus and Ohio and strives to work collaboratively with other thought leaders in the state to establish Columbus and Ohio as leaders in this space in the Midwest and beyond.
Randy Liddil is passionate about the process of design and driven to help lead people through the creative storytelling of Photography and 3D visualization. With over 20 years experience in multimedia processes, Randy’s goal is to not only unfold the true creative intent visually but also grow with those around me for the overall success of the project.
Randy has designed retail experiences and brought them to life via Motion Graphics and 3D animation. Through techniques including photo-real computer renderings and animations, mixed media illustrations, and Photoshop renderings, Randy brings a realistic, customer-focused viewpoint to the physical environment.
Vince Daniele currently a Team Manageer at IMAGINiT Technologies. Vince leads a team of consultants that specialize in virtual design and construction. Vince’s area of expertise is focused in the AEC industry, training, mentoring, and consulting clients with Autodesk software optimization and implementation. He has worked directly with many large companies and individuals.
Vince graduated from Lawrence Tech University with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Design. Design and construction are two areas that he is very passionate about. Fortunately, his current career allows him to see many sides of the Architectural and Construciton industries and specifically how technology is able to assist in the design process.
Amber Bartosh is a LEED-accredited architect and interior designer who has designed and managed award-winning projects in the United States, China, Kuwait, and the U.A.E. She received her B.A. in Art and Architecture from Rice University and her M.Arch from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). Amber is currently an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University School of Architecture, a Syracuse Center of Excellence Faculty Fellow, and co-director of the Interactive Design and Visualization Lab (IDVL). Her work focuses on the architectural application of emergent materials and technologies through physical prototyping and advanced visualization via hybrid reality simulations.
The panel will discuss how Virtual Reality Platforms assist business owners, community leaders, architects, planners, interior designers, and the public to be immersed into a building and its surroundings to interact and understand proposed development.
3:30 PM - Thursday, April 29
404 Trends Influencing the Future Workplace (IDCEC)
Customer Learning Program featuring key trends impacting the future design of the work environment.
Customer Learning Program featuring key trends impacting the future design of the work environment. This CEU will seek to give an overview of the current insights and trends in (STEEP strategy model) categories of social, technology, environmental, economic and political. This CEU will seek to give an overview of the current insights and trends in (STEEP strategy model) categories of social, technology, environmental, economic and political.