Upcycling St. Clair: Project Design and Neighborhood Redevelopment through Analysis and Branding

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Historic structures such as the old east Ohio Gas research facility in St. Clair can be the catalyst for the resurgence of an historic neighborhood. This facility was identified as a potential structure for redevelopment as a multifamily residence appealing to artists, millennials and boomers.  It was a conceptual project presented to over 600 national developers and other real estate professionals at the Multi-Family Executive conference in Las Vegas this year.

RDL Architects, Inc. conducted a rigorous neighborhood analysis for the old east Ohio Gas research facility, held many stakeholder meetings, worked with the local Community Development Corporation, and analyzed the existing structure and surrounding parcels in order to envision its redevelopment.  Neighborhood planning principles were implemented to identify the best ways to leverage the structure and its surrounding area for redevelopment.

A DesignColumbus presentation by Andrea Bruno, St Clair Superior Development Corporation, along with Gregory Soltis, Kevin Dreyfuss-Wells and Ron Lloyd, all of RDL Architects, will use the project as a case study to share information on how to use neighborhood planning principles to create a list of and map assets and liabilities, then identify a potential brand and identity for use in the neighborhood’s redevelopment. The presenters will also show how to use neighborhood planning principles to define and analyze districts, edges, barriers, various circulation paths, figure-ground relationships, land-use patterns, historic structures, and landmarks. Also discussed will be the prerequisites and credits in the three categories required for LEED-ND certification: Smart Location and Linkage, Neighborhood Pattern and Design, and Green Infrastructure and Buildings.

DesignColumbus will take place on April 20 at COSI.

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

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The New James: the Purpose and Process for Sustainability in a World Class Cancer Facility

The new James Cancer Center and Richard Solove Institute at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is Ohio State’s largest single construction project, but it will be earning a LEED Silver certification as evidence of the sustainable strategies in place. The CCC Tower (at 1,122,228 square feet) and the dozen enabling projects exceed $1 billion in construction costs, and were designed to concentrate patient care, education and research expertise in a single location with the goal of cutting edge treatment.

The presentation will introduce the leader of the project since its inception, Dr. David Schuller, to describe the vision and purpose of the new James and the role of environmental considerations. Design highlights of the facility will be discussed, along with how the university requirements for sustainability were incorporated. Representatives from the Ohio State project management team will discuss overcoming the challenges of the campus location, coordinating the many associated projects, and the new CM at Risk construction delivery method. Innovative choices for educational materials will be shared along with university programs for communicating operational sustainability.

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

Ohio Continues to Lead the Nation in Sustainable Schools

Established in 1986, the School Energy Conservation Program, known as House Bill 264, enables K-12 schools to invest in energy efficiency construction projects that pay for themselves (from the energy savings realized) within 15 years. The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) approves about 40 projects per year, at an average construction cost of approximately $2M for each project.  The presentation “Ohio’s K-12 Energy Conservation & Sustainable Initiatives,” by Ron Spangler, P.E., CEM, OFCC and Lisa A. Laney, OFCC, will provide tips on how to implement a successful project.

Ohio is leading the nation in LEED certified and registered schools.  Over 340 schools are registered through the USGBC LEED for Schools rating system with 185+ certifications to date. The presenters will discuss the impact the projects are having as well as look at program accomplishments and examples of schools that have incorporated energy efficiencies and environmental initiatives into their operations and/or curriculum.  Addressing questions such as, “What areas of sustainability are schools focusing on and are they successful in their pursuit?” and “Are there common hurdles to schools pursuing certain areas of sustainability?” the presentation will identify resources currently available for sustainable and environmental awareness issues.

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

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