401 LEED, Labs and Lineage: Achieving LEED Gold at BGSU Moseley Hall


Achieving LEED Gold Certification for a historic building renovation at Bowling Green State University.

Moseley Hall is a historical 1913 building located in the Traditions Quad at Bowling Green State University. DesignGroup planned and designed exterior restorations and updates and interior renovations to allow 43,000-square-foot Moseley Hall to re-define STEM education and research for the next generation. The new program provides flexible, interdisciplinary lab and classroom environments for Chemistry, Biology, Medical Laboratory Science (MLS), Anatomy & Physiology and Forensics. The primary design goal was to preserve a budget already established by the University and balance it with conditions of an historical building and unique program use while achieving LEED Gold certification. Bowling Green State University’s Assistant Director, Brian Swope, DesignGroup’s Education Market Leader, Ben Niebauer and Project Associate, Matt Quijada will discuss how a building over a century old was a great foundation for applying LEED principles, the energy implications of a lab building to achieving LEED status, unexpected use and benefits of daylighting and creating a sustainable envelope in the heart of the campus.

Brian Swope
Director of Design and Construction
Bowling Green State University

Brian Swope has over 33 years of construction experience working on a diverse array of project types with many different delivery models. Mr. Swope is a Certified Construction Manager as recognized by the Construction Management Association of America. Currently, Mr. Swope serves as Director of Design and Construction for Bowling Green State University. He also is adjunct faculty at BGSU teaching undergraduate and graduate level construction management courses. Mr. Swope graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1985 with a degree in Construction Management and again in 2015 with a Master of Technology Management. Within BGSU, Brian Serves on Industry Advisory Boards for Construction Management and School of Built Environment. Outside BGSU, Brian serves on the board of Cogence Alliance, St. Francis DeSales High School Facilities Committee, and St Aloysius Church Development Committee. He is also active in Construction Management Association of American and Construction History Society of America. Brian lives in Bowling Green with his wife of twenty-nine years, Jennifer, and a spoiled dog named Newman.

Ben Niebauer
Education Market Leader

Ben Niebauer

As the Education Market Leader at DesignGroup, Ben Niebauer provides design and planning for colleges and universities. Ben is not only experienced in campus master planning, but he has spent more than 15 years working on higher education facility design for clients such as Bowling Green State University, Ohio University and The Ohio State University. Ben has significant experience designing student centered environments including labs and classrooms and has planned 30 million square feet of higher education campuses. He is also an active participant with the Society of College and University Planners. 

Matt Quijada
Project Associate

Matt Quijada is a Project Associate at DesignGroup, an architecture firm in Columbus and Pittsburgh. While at DesignGroup, Matt has helped certify eight projects under the LEED rating system. Matt is interested in how sustainable design impacts the way buildings look and are experienced. He is a 2015 graduate of Ohio State, where he taught History of Architecture, another of his passions. Currently, Matt heads the LEED v4 efforts for The Ohio State University’s Postle Hall addition, a state-of-the-art new home for the College of Dentistry.

402 A Case Study: Green3 – Holistic Sustainability and Medical Cannabis


Exploring the emerging medical cannabis cultivation market with an in-depth look at one of Ohio’s first cultivator facilities and its sustainable approach to building design and operations.

  1. Identify the challenges/opportunities of a medical cannabis facility:
    1. Environmental
    2. Social
    3. Economic
  2. Describe the departure from the status quo of cultivation facilities with respect to efficiencies and holistic sustainability. 
  3. Describe design strategies used to target solutions to the challenges and achieve the opportunities.
  4. Compare LEED credit requirements as related to the challenges/opportunities and describe the strategies used to achieve the targeted credits. 

In 2016, the State of Ohio implemented House Bill 523, which legalized medical cannabis and set up a control program for its cultivation, processing, and distribution. In late 2017, it awarded 24 licenses to cultivate. In this session, you will hear about one facility’s holistic approach to energy and water efficiency, IEQ, site development, prefabricated construction, incorporation of renewable energy, and passive design to target achieving a first-of-its-kind LEED certification, cultivate a premier product, and find sound financial footing in this emerging market. Through this case study, we will discuss the integration of highly specific building system demands, and the design strategies used to mitigate those demands all while improving building operational efficiency, securing utility rebates, and improving the long term business economics. The presentation will also discuss the design challenges in areas such as legal and code requirements, facility safety and security, quality of interior environment as it relates to the cultivation process, site conditions, and assimilation of such a facility into an urban environment with both commercial and nearby residential areas.

Jeremy Schlicher
Principal Architect
Urban Green Design Ltd.

Jeremy is a forward thinking Architect with a focus on innovative, sustainable, and affordable design. He holds a BS Arch and an M Arch from the University of Cincinnati, is NCARB Certified with licensure in several states, and is a LEED AP. His design work has won competitions and received awards, and he has facilitated presentations focused on sustainability and affordability. He has worked on both national and international projects in all phases of design development and implementation, and within multiple design typologies.  Drawing on a broad context of both personal and professional experiences, it has enabled him to view projects from numerous user perspectives and cultivate solid relationships with individuals from all backgrounds.  He started Urban Green Design Ltd. with the intent to foster a design process that provides a distinctive, sustainable, and comprehensive design tailored to a client’s specific needs.

Alexander Jones
Director of Cultivation
Galenas LLC

Alexander is the Director of Cultivation with Galenas LLC, based in Akron, Ohio. He aided in designing a sustainable controlled environment agriculture facility to produce organic medical cannabis, and will be managing production of medical grade cannabis flower from seed to sale. He holds a Master of Science in Environmental Studies from the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University. Alexander has extensive experience in botany, ecology, and environmental biology, having previously worked in the areas of land management and restoration, indoor and outdoor horticulture, and plant biology and research. He has received numerous awards for his work, and his technical skills are extensive.

403 Optimization and Sustainable strategies for Dublin Bridge

1 GBCI LEED specific ND, 1 AIA LU/HSW
Sustainable strategies investigated for the Dublin Pedestrian Bridge.

Near the historic district of Dublin lies a bridge across the Scioto River. Several strategies have been employed during the conceptual design of the bridge and its surrounding site. Investigations include wayfinding, creating a walkable park, and linking between the historic fabric and new development. Durable materials with high longevity are sought to reduce life cycle costs. Additionally, form optimization and material minimization are conducted to minimize labor, cost and site disturbance. The lecture will explore these among other sustainable strategies that reduce the impact on the environment while maximizing benefits.

Paul Endres, Principal

As the principal in charge of design, Paul leads a team of architects and engineers to create creative and nationally acknowledged works of architecture. As a licensed architect and structural engineer in over 10 states, with a three decade-long career of creative experiences, Paul has collaborated with the nationally and internationally acclaimed artists and architects Andy Goldsworthy, James Turrell and Enrique Norton among others. His career portfolio spans over one thousand buildings and projects which include public parks, pedestrian bridges, community centers, sciences museums, and education facilities. He has pioneered such structural concepts as the first parabolic ring cable bridge, self anchored ring cable bridge, torquing spiral helix, floating roofs of cable and aluminum, and record breaking structural glass bridges. He earned acclaim as a winner of the eighth annual MoMA/P.S. 1 Young Architects Program in New York City and led the office to an international victory at the West End Bridge Competition in 2006. He received the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Creative Achievement Award in 2012. He was recipient of the National Council of Structural Engineers Association 2013 Award for Excellence in Structural Engineering and the 2014 American Institute of Steel Construction Ideas2 award for the San Diego Main Library Dome and again in 2019 for the Civic Center Playgrounds. He was the director of technology at the Illinois Institute of Technology where he teaches on architecture and engineering. He has worked in the offices of Arup and has headed his own firm from 1994 onward. He received master’s degrees in architecture and structural engineering from UC Berkeley, and earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He is past Morgenstern Chair at Illinois Institute of Technology, where he lectures on structure and space.

404 Optimizing Workplace Innovation


 It seems two very different behaviors optimize creative thinking for innovation processes: high-focus work and restorative activities. We need to experience these on our own as well as with others.

Brain Science is Important for Design

  1. Why?  People do brain work!  Organizations need to innovate and adapt more quickly, and our environments influence our ability to do various types of knowledge work.
  2. How?  Understanding how creative cognition works and is affected by our environments can at least prevent workplaces from killing creativity and at best facilitate creativity essential for organizations to innovate.

It seems two very different behaviors optimize creative thinking for innovation processes: high-focus work and restorative activities. We need to experience these on our own as well as with others. If we never rest, can’t focus, or don’t work with each other, we miss out on finding new ideas and fail to execute them. Organizations that value and design workplaces supporting all of these activities can improve their innovation efforts simply by having more ideas to consider. Explore the growing evidence that supports this and how space design can cultivate the creativity necessary to spark innovation. Course Objectives: • Learners will be able to describe the differences between creativity and innovation. • Learners will be able to name the three neural networks most important to creative cognition.  • Learners will be able to describe key workplace design strategies that foster creative rhythm. • Learners will be able to reference workplace design strategies that can be used for individual and group creative activities.

John Scott, IIDA, NCIDQ, Fitwel Ambassador
Senior Workplace Design Strategist

John has extensive workplace design experience with a wide-range of client and project types over the last 20 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, design development and change management.

As a knowledge leader in Haworth’s Workplace Strategy 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.

John also leads the Workplace Studio team, who are a group of dynamic designers who specialize in creating workplace solutions that help customers attain their desired organizational goals. 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.

Notable Projects include:

Ash Brokerage | Fort Wayne, IN
A collaborative design project with the nation’s largest independently owned insurance brokerage firm and MSKTD & Associates. This newly constructed headquarters offers exterior views of downtown Fort Wayne and access to natural daylight to all Ash Brokerage employees, while creating multiple destinations within the workplace for teams to effectively meet & brainstorm ideas.

MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op) | Vancouver, BC
A collaborative design project in Vancouver with MEC and Proscenium Architecture & Interiors. Having outgrown its former head office, the organization was seeking to build a new facility that would drive the vibrance of an outdoor culture, support MEC’s values, promote collaboration, and enable adaptability for expansion in the future.

Haworth | One Haworth Center Renovation
300,000 sf renovation in Holland, Michigan; led the planning, design and implementation of new workplace standards aligned with company re-branding and organizational culture, and the transformation of science into applied design solutions and change management.

  1. Learn about the nine most endangered buildings in Columbus – their significance, current condition and how/why they were threatened and how 7/9 are being reused
  2. Examine incentives/economic tools for reusing historic buildings including case studies.
  3. Discuss the impact of demolition: discarding embodied energy; sending materials to landfills; using more energy consumptive materials in replacement construction; loss of economic value inherent to historic sites.
  4. Gain understanding of the niche economic sector of historic preservation including the skilled trades and construction materials required for preservation projects.