DesignColumbus 2015: On the Show Floor

What did attendees at DesignColumbus 2015 have to say about their experience? They come for networking, CEUs, and more…

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DesignColumbus—held every year at COSI in downtown Columbus, Ohio—continues to draw diverse attendees from across the region. We asked a few of them to share what they enjoy about the education day and trade show, and how it benefits their businesses.

One-stop-shop for continuing education credits
Architect Ryan Carpico of Carpico Design comes for the networking opportunities and for the continuing education units (CEUs) that can be earned for each education session. “Last year I was unable to come to DesignColumbus, and by the end of the year, I was down on credits,” said Carpico, noting that the education sessions provide an easy way to get a substantial number of the credits necessary to maintain a professional license.

Like Carpico, Richard Howard of BHDP Architects likes the fact that DesignColumbus offers an easy way to catch up on the latest products and meet new sales representatives.

What are some of the reasons vendors keep coming back to DesignColumbus?
Mike Fox of Allegion, a company that provides security products, said “it’s a good opportunity to meet existing customers in a more informal setting.”

Many vendors, including Lynda Gundling of daltile flooring, feel that the attendees at DesignColumbus represent “a good mix” of participants from all areas of the building industry and larger community.

“It’s a healthy state show,” confirms Wendell Poore of ASSA ABLOY, manufacturer of door security solutions.

Kevin Rucinski, who attended for the first time in 2015 on behalf of Big Ass Fans, said that the mix of attendees included students, members of industry, engineers, architects and general contractors.

In addition to the range of professions represented at the show, its focus on sustainability is a big draw for designers and vendors alike. Candy McDowell of MechoSystems, a provider of window shading solutions, appreciates the opportunity that DesignColumbus offers to share information specific to environmental issues.

An opportunity to connect and learn
As we reported earlier this year in our interview with Doug Widener, Director, Community Advancement at the USGBC, regional trade shows throughout the U.S. are going strong. They offer an opportunity for face-to-face interaction between AEC professionals and other community stakeholders. They also offer a venue in which regional experts can share information on the local issues that impact area professionals.

Tap into the networking and conversations that will be happening this year at DesignColumbus 2016.

Call for Presentations

Call for PresentationsBe a presenter: Proposals are being requested for project team presentations, single presenters, seminars, and panel discussions that address the educational needs of these stakeholders. We are looking for Innovative Sustainable Design Solution presentations. Preferred projects can be “real” projects or conceptual designs, and can be in any phase of design/construction or recent completion. Preferred projects will be Central Ohio focused or involve a local design/construction team.


Designing for NetZero Energy

At first glance, designing for Net Zero Energy can seem like a daunting task, which has led many to shy away from pursuing a Net Zero Energy project. In Ohio particularly, there have been few examples to learn from. However, as M+A Architects begins work on the firm’s second Net Zero project in Columbus, they will share the insightful and sustainable lessons learned in a DesignColumbus presentation.

Although it may be intimidating to begin, designing for “absolute zero” can be a very attainable goal. The presentation, given by Kirk Paisley and Jacqueline Langhals, will focus on the team’s design process for Net Zero Energy buildings. The presenters will provide an overview of building science principles and how an understanding of those is essential for all project team members, including the owners. It is vital for the design process and its resulting sustainable solutions to be used as a teaching tool for future user groups, as occupancy behavior is a key component in maintaining Net Zero Energy.

The presentation will relate the design process back to LEED principals, as LEED has been at the forefront when it comes to designing sustainable buildings, and will highlight some of these synergies and draw parallels between LEED and Net Zero.

This year’s keynote speaker, Doug Kridler, is sponsored by The Columbus Foundation’s Green Funds.