KEYNOTE & PRESENTATIONS

Monday, April 26

8:30 AM - Monday, April 26

101 Achieving Carbon Neutrality via Adaptive Reuse

Susan Keeny has been working with Columbus Landmarks since 2014 and has directed the Home Preservation Program since 2016. A registered architect and LEED AP, Keeny has designed multiple projects in Ohio and previously was Senior Architect for Matrix Architects in Dayton, Ohio. She holds a BS from Cornell University and earned her Master’s in Architecture from Yale University. She currently serves as First Vice President and Zoning Chair for the University Area Commission. She and her husband, John, live in the University District in an old Victorian fixer-upper.

Matt is a recent addition to Designing Local and brings over 15 years of professional experience in urban design and landscape architecture in a wide-range of project types. His experience in both large scale planning efforts and built projects translate into ambitious and context-driven plans that are grounded in the realities of constructibility, regulatory processes, and cost. Matt utilizes a combination of historic preservation, sustainable design, creative placemaking, and high quality public space to bring new energy to existing communities. He is also a strong proponent of public engagement as a fundamental element of the creative process. This approach weaves local storytelling into each design and supports fundraising and implementation.

As the owner and principal conservator of Blind Eye Restoration, Lindsay has made a living from her passion for old buildings and fine art. She started BER to offer her blended experience as a historic preservation consultant and a contractor, and to share her passion for the environmental and community benefits that preservation affords. Lindsay aims to help share these benefits with the general public through social engagement, educational workshops and speaking, and supporting younger generations (especially girls) who are interested in working in the preservation trades. Alongside leading her crew in completing their restoration work, Lindsay sits on the boards for the APT Eastern Great Lakes Chapter and Young Ohio Preservationists, and was featured in Preservation Magazine in 2019 and the Smithsonian Institute’s Women in Preservation Symposium 2021.

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.

1 AIA LU/HSW, 1 GBCI CE

When comparing buildings of equivalent size and function, building reuse almost always offers environmental savings over demolition and new construction. Reuse of buildings with an average level of energy performance consistently offers immediate climate-change impact reductions compared to more energy-efficient new construction. 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. Old habits die hard, but why do we persist in “clear cutting” our way to accommodate new growth? In this session we’ll take a look at several recent adaptive reuse projects and measure their impact over new construction. As preservationist Donovan Rypkema warns, “You’re a fool or a fraud if you call yourself an environmentalist and yet you throw away buildings.”

10:30 AM - Monday, April 26

102 Resiliency in Midwestern School Design

Chad is a co-founder of emersion DESIGN, the world’s 1st architecture and engineering firm to have a LEED platinum office. He has spent over 3 decades advancing Triple Bottom Line design practices and debunking the myth that high levels of sustainability must cost more. Chad implements this planet, profit, people approach as an architect, urban designer and eco-consultant with a special emphasis on aesthetic, social and urban issues. His work has garnered design awardsfrom the AIA, IIDA, SEGD and the USGBC and culminated in 9 Net Zero Energy projects. Chad’s active promotion of urban and sustainable principles has garnered speaking engagements at symposia such as the Cities Alive National Conference, GreenBuild and The International Education Summit. He has served as a Past President of the US Green Building Council Regional Chapter and the Green Umbrella and is currently an advisory member of the Green Business Council and USGBC Ohio. Chad is a co-founder of the Cincinnati 2030 District where he serves on the core committee and the nation’s 1st Health Pillar.

Christie, a principal and architect with emersion DESIGN, has spent 24 years creating spaces and buildings that advance students, teachers and staff. Her leadership in designing educational facilities has made her a sought-after strategist, speaker and designer on significant projects from building/ education assessments to small, impactful renovations to multi-phased complexes over $100 million. Her obsession with improving the students’ experiences, teachers’ lives and communities’ quality of life is evident past school district successes. Throughher shared work and research with non-architects, Christie is a regional leader in understanding how the built environment can support, teach and heal. Her emphasis on understanding the clients’ mission and culture, as well as their vision, resultsin long term relationships based on mutual trust and thoughtful communication. Her attention to detail and emphasis on communication with her project team, clients, and the community results in meaningful projects that come in on-time, under budget, and without surprises.

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

Through a collection of short stories, gain valuable lessons of resiliency as told by students and professionals. Learn how Bethany Schools became a leader in sustainability while serving and learning from an ethnically diverse student population. 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. The Midwest’s 1st LEED Platinum, Net Zero Energy school becomes the backdrop for these important lessons for our time.

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.

1 AIA LU/HSW, 1 GBCI CE

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.

1 AIA LU/HSW, 1 GBCI CE, 1 IDCEC CE

Are your projects sometimes troubled by indecision and/or changing decisions? Do the so-called “decision-makers” delay needed decisions or make last minute changes–costing everyone time and money? 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. Don’t miss this interactive and highly acclaimed presentation.

Tuesday, April 27

8:30 AM - Tuesday, April 27

201 Innovation in Engineering Education at ONU

Giancarlo is Design Leader for BHDP’s Higher Education Market. Prior to joining BHDP, Giancarlo was Senior Designer with design firms in Boston, and has practiced in New York, Paris, and in Italy, on projects of various scale and typology internationally.A native of Lucca, Italy, Giancarlo received his degree in Product 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 guest critic in design reviews at the BAC, MIT, and OSU. His presentations and publications include in Architectural Products Magazine and conferences/seminars at the Society of College & University Planners (SCUP), Next Generation Learning Spaces, Design Columbus, University of Pisa (Italy), Tufts University School of Sociology, and Boston Architectural College.Giancarlo believes that now more than ever, architects have the responsibility to create healthy, forward-looking, long-lasting, sustainable architecture, and HigherEducation projects offer this unique opportunity more than other fields. His passion for design and problem solving, makes him challenge status quos, promote innovation in learning environments, and create spaces that affect behaviors of itsusers.

John-David Yoder is Dean of the T.J. Smull College of Engineering at Ohio Northern University (ONU) in Ada, Ohio, where he previously served as Chair of mechanical engineering. Before joining ONU, he was Proposal Engineering Supervisor at Grob System, Inc. He has held numerous leadership and advisory positions in various entrepreneurial ventures. He serves on the KEEN (Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network) Faculty Advisory Council, and has served as a Faculty Fellow at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA and an Invited Professor at INRIA Rhone-Alpes, Monbonnot, France. Research interests include computer vision, mobile robotics, intelligent vehicles, entrepreneurship, and engineering education.

The presentation will illustrate the importance of the collaborative design process that was applied and was the basis for the project success.

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

The presentation will illustrate the importance of the collaborative design process that was applied and was the basis for the project success. We will demonstrate how Project Vision, Design Drivers, and Success Measures have been incorporated in the building. With Images and Diagrams, we will show the design solutions applied to create a highly inspiring, flexible, and sustainable facility, Finally, we will demonstrate the effects of the design on the student experience.

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.

1 AIA LU/HSW, 1 GBCI CE

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.

Yasha is an interior designer, speaker, and advocate for healthy and sustainable building design, both interior, and exterior. He leads the movement to improve health and well-being in buildings and communities worldwide. 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.

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.

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

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 Spaced.

3:30 PM - Tuesday, April 27

204 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.

1 AIA LU/HSW, 1 GBCI CE

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.

Wednesday, April 28

8:30 AM - Wednesday, April 28

301 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.

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.

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.

Explore how Well concepts and brain science can influence design decisions and bring about more purposeful spaces that are designed for all life.

1 AIA LU/HSW, 1 GBCI CE

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.

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.

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

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

As COO, Allen partners with firm leadership and staff to create operational efficiencies that allow Moody Nolan to deliver project excellence and high value to clients. He is responsible for implementing established day-to-day operations strategy, veracity of project financial controls and assures positive results from firm operations. In his role as Director of Sustainable Design, Allen brings more than 20 years of experience in addressing the impact of integrated design solutions on environmental, social and financial aspects of projects. His background encompasses a diverse portfolio including sports, higher education, corporate office, civic and healthcare on a national and international level.

Troy Sherrard has 26 years of architectural design leadership dedicated to the specialty practice of community and collegiate Recreation / Wellness / Fitness / Sports Architecture. The focus stems from the desire to promote long-term human health + performance benefits, encourage social gathering and promote human connectivity. His focused commitment to each project gives him an in-depth understanding of the specific design issues and solutions involved in creating future ready / state of the art facilities. Troy specializes in the creation of a client’s vision, team collaboration, managing the design process and leading all aspects of the advancement of the science and art of planning + building. Troy is a Partner / Practice Leader with the nationally recognized firm of Moody Nolan, known for Responsive Architecture.

Mike Penner has been a member of The Ohio State University’s athletic department’s leadership team for the last 13 years providing strategic direction and oversight for the 36-sport athletic department with more than 1,000 student-athletes and 1,700 full and part-time employees. He was promoted to Executive Associate Athletic Director in June 2018 and currently serves as the lead administrator for the department’s facility operations, capital projects and athletic district development; event management and championships; technology, video and audio services; and, the sport athletic director for men’s and women’s tennis teams.

In his time at Ohio State, Penner has provided oversight of fan experience and promotions, creative services, the OSU Golf Club, and camps staffs; and provided leadership for more than $200 million of capital projects; has hosted more than 100 NCAA championships and more than 40 Conference championships; and has managed more than 125 events in the 100,000-seat Ohio Stadium.

Penner is currently President of the Collegiate Event and Facility Management Association (CEFMA) and was selected as the inaugural CEFMA/GameDay Consulting Event & Facility Manager of the Year award recipient. He has taught classes in Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business in the Sport Management program and has given dozens of presentations on various event topics at national and regional conferences and local universities. He has worked at the NCAA Hoop City, OHSAA Tournaments for track, tennis, basketball, softball and wrestling, the Special Olympics State Summer Games and the Major League Baseball All-Star Fan Fest.

A 1997 sport management graduate of the University of Dayton, Penner earned his master’s degree from The Ohio State University in 1999. He then began his career at Ohio State in July 1999 with the Department of Recreational Sports where he served as the intramural coordinator. He moved to the Department of Athletics in 2001 as the assistant director of event management and then was promoted to event management director in 2003, assistant athletics director in 2006, associate athletics director in 2009 and is now the Executive Associate Athletics Director for Internal Operations.

The Cleveland native now resides in Upper Arlington, Ohio with his wife Stephanie, daughter Kaylie (6) and son Zachary (3).

Lindsey works as a sustainability coordinator and guides Moody Nolan projects through the

LEED accreditation process while working on sustainability initiatives. Her diverse background

represents a passion for converging the worlds of technology, design, and sustainability.

Through Lindsey’s global education and professional experience, she has developed an ability

to systematically understand problems and create a meaningful narrative for complex data.

Her skills produce an alignment for stakeholders from diverse backgrounds to drive sustainable

impact.

Explore the new Covelli Arena and Ty Tucker Tennis facilities with Executive Associate Athletic Director, Mike Penner, and the Moody Nolan Team.

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

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

With over 20 years in the industry, Nikki possesses strong project management skills and enjoys building collaborative relationships with clients. Her experience ranges across multiple markets including: higher education, corporate office, commercial, and civic projects. She brings her ability to lead large owner committees and project teams on multi-phase, multi-million dollar projects to every endeavor. Nikki is passionate about sustainable design and recognizes the real value of making efficient buildings.

Fred R. Smith is Director of Facilities Management with the Ohio History Connection in the Cultural Resources Division. In that capacity, he and his staff manage maintenance and construction projects at Ohio’s fifty-eight historic sites, which include fourteen National Historic Landmarks.

Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Master of Arts degree in Historic Preservation. He is a licensed architect and registered with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

His experience over the last forty years includes a broad variety of commercial and residential projects including both new construction and remodeling work as well as historic preservation projects. Before joining the Ohio Historical Society in 2000, Mr. Smith was in private practice.

W. Phil Stafa is the Sustainability Coordinator with Korda/Nemeth Engineering, Inc. In that capacity, he helps other engineers within his firm push sustainable engineering in everything that they do, to bring value to their clients in a way that meets their needs and is justifiable.

Mr. Stafa holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from The Ohio State University. He is a licensed engineer and a LEED accredited professional in building design and construction.

His experience over the last twenty-five years includes a broad variety of commercial and industrial projects including both new construction and remodeling work as well as historic preservation projects.

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.

1 AIA LU/HSW, 1 GBCI CE

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.

1 AIA LU/HSW, 1 GBCI CE

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


Michael leads the Columbus office of global architecture and design powerhouse, AECOM. Michael is a highly regarded design and community leader noted for his unique community-impacting, mission-driven approach to architecture that supports and enhances the dynamism of communities and furthers a fundamental belief that innovative design is the essential building block to vibrant, resilient communities. While an architect by training and practice, Michael thinks and operates at the scale of cities and regions, which has made him a trusted advisor to public and private community leaders alike. With specific expertise in civic, cultural, education, and urban design projects types, Michael brings a reputation for driving design excellence in Central Ohio. Michael authored the design of numerous award-winning projects throughout Central Ohio, notably, Mitchell Hall at Columbus State Community College, the City of Columbus’ Michael B. Coleman Government Center, and the Columbus Museum of Art Walter Wing when he was the design leader at a former firm. More recently, Michael is leading the design of several exciting new community impacting projects across Central Ohio including The Columbus State Community College Capital Plan, The Mid-Ohio Farm on the Hilltop, The COTA East-West High Capacity Transit Corridor, and the Northwest Bank New HQ.

Beyond his daily work, Michael is tirelessly committed to the arts, education, and his community. He currently serves a Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Greater Columbus Arts Council and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Columbus College of Art and Design. Michael founded Columbus’ “Design Weeks”, a community design festival, while serving on the board of trustees for the Columbus Center for Architecture and Design, where he led the award-winning “CBUS Ideabook” and “cbus:FOTO” public engagement projects.

Michael has presented and written extensively on mission-driven design and creative placemaking. Michael’s 2012 TEDx Columbus talk entitled “Looking Over the Overlooked,” took the audience on a journey to discover new ways to re-imagine underutilized urban spaces. 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.

Mitch has over 30 years of experience, primarily in high performance and award-winning Higher Education, Healthcare and Federal Government facilities. While directing an integrated multi-discipline engineering staff, Mitch leads the Energy Engineering group which specializes in energy auditing/surveys, utility cost analysis, LEED consultation, predictive energy modeling, calibrated energy modeling, energy planning/implementation, renewable/alternative energy assessments and commissioning. Mr. Lyles’ design experience encompasses all aspects of HVAC and plumbing systems with a focus on energy recovery systems and sustainable technology incorporating site renewable energy sources such as geo-exchange, solar thermal and photovoltaic systems.

Christian leads AECOM’s Planning and Landscape Architecture Practice in Ohio. Priorto his time at AECOM he served as a project planner for the Geauga Park District, with a core mission to protect and connect people to the unique natural resources in the region.Over his career he has had gained extensive experience leading diverse teams that span all engineering and design disciplines working to capture the inherent value of integrated design. His passion and primary focus has been identifying and capitalizing on opportunities to strategically leverage large-scale infrastructure investment to create or enhance the public realm through social, economic and environmental improvements. Specifically, he has developed a depth of experience and in transportation and stormwater infrastructure-oriented projects that can deliver integrated solutions to treat water quality, support multi-modal connectivity, and create high value public space.In addition to his role at AECOM, he serves as an adjunct professor for Kent State University’s Master of Landscape Architecture Program. He also sits on the board ofthe Green Ribbon Coalition, a Cleveland based advocacy organization that generates ideas and facilitates community dialogue focused on the need for Cleveland to collectively engage the lakefront in a way that supports community resilience.Mr. Lynn holds a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University and an Bachelors of the Arts from Kenyon College. He is a licensed Landscape Architect in Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, and Arizona.

As the architecture Design Lead for AECOM’s Cleveland office, Jason sets the benchmark for a high quality and fully contextualized design approach. Jason’s true strength is his ability to facilitate a fully unified approach to the architectural design process. With the client’s vision and fundamental goals as his north star, Jason leverages his ability to work synchronously with his trusted architecture and engineering team toward innovative and inspiring solutions, regardless of budget and scale.

Within his 19 years of practice, Jason has led the design of several project types including higher education, corporate, commercial, government, restoration, residential, and mixed-use developments across the United States. The complexity and diversity of his experience has provided him with a strategic and well-informed approach to the full spectrum of design services, from pre-design to construction administration. He incorporates each relevant design and engineering discipline early and equitably throughout the design process.

Jason aspires to deliver meaningful experiences that connect with people and promote emotional well-being. His ability to effectively capture and utilize natural light and transparency throughout spaces is a defining feature of his work. Jason is driven by a fundamental belief that sustainable practices, such as passive daylighting, not only enhance human health and well-being but also create the opportunity to drive toward a higher performance, integrated design approach that improves the life-cycle of buildings for their caretakes and reduces the negative impact of the built environment on the earth.

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.

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

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.

KEYNOTE Address

NOON - Thursday, April 29

KEYNOTE Mayor of Columbus

Keynote Speaker Andrew Ginther Mayor Andrew J. Ginther is serving his second term as the 53rd mayor of the City of Columbus. Mayor Ginther previously served on Columbus City Council from 2007 to 2015, and served as president of Council from 2011 until assuming the Office of Mayor January 1, 2016. Equity is the cornerstone of Mayor Ginther’s administration. His strategic priorities drive city resources to ensure the safety and prosperity of Columbus residents and strengthen neighborhoods. In the last year he has shaped policies through the lens of equity for the recovery of the city from COVID-19.
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 AIA LU/HSW, 1 GBCI CE

Mayor Ginther will discuss “Sustainable Columbus,” the city’s goal of using 100 percent clean energy by 2022 and being carbon neutral by 2050. Sustainable Columbus had its first milestone in February 2020, when Mayor Ginther announced the City’s commitment to pursuing community choice aggregation, which allows local governments to procure power from an alternative supplier on behalf of their residents and small businesses who haven’t chosen a supplier. The residents continue to receive transmission and distribution service from their existing electric distribution company.

The City held a public, competitive bidding process and by August 2020, the mayor and other city, energy and community leaders announced the selection of a preferred electricity supplier: AEP Energy. The City also placed aggregation on the November 3rd, 2020 ballot, becoming the first city in Ohio to include in the ballot language a commitment to support local clean energy generation and energy savings. Voters turned out to support the clean energy aggregation program and Columbus continued its progress in becoming a certified government aggregator.

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.

1 AIA LU/HSW, 1 GBCI CE

Project examples will be reviewed of what the abilities of people to walk inside and around buildings, and experience the outcome of their actions. Examples include Nike, Sprint, Tito’s Cafe, Fairfax Residence, plus more.

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.

The panel will explore how a greater understanding of our proposed built environment can be understood through VR creating more environmentally concession design.
The experts will compare the advantages and disadvantages of available platforms such as Revit, Unreal Studio, 3D Studio Max, and Twinmotion.

And, drawbacks and disadvantages of VR will be scrutinized.

3:30 PM - Thursday, April 29

404 Trends Influencing the Future Workplace (IDCEC)

John has extensive workplace design experience with a wide range of client and project types over the last 23 years. His background includes Interior Design for prominent A&D firms in Chicago and Grand Rapids. In both positions, John developed strong expertise in the areas of workplace strategy, organizational culture, and design development. As a knowledge leader on Haworth’s Ideation team, John’s focus is on the translation of workplace research into conceptual design recommendations. His role is to help clients understand the linkages between design and business performance, and to explore how new ways of working impact cultural and organizational change.

Prior to Haworth, John was an Interior Designer at Design Plus in Grand Rapids, an A&D firm that specializes in commercial, residential and higher education design.

John’s background also includes several years with Perkins+Will in Chicago, developing customized and creative design solutions for clients. John is a NCIDQ qualified practitioner, a Fitwel Ambassador, and a LEED accredited professional. John holds a BFA in Interior Design from Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, with an emphasis on Interior Architecture.

Customer Learning Program featuring key trends impacting the future design of the work environment.

1 AIA LU/HSW, 1 GBCI CE, 1 IDCEC CE

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.

4:30 PM - Thursday, April 29

USGBC Ohio invites you to our Zoom Happy Hour