Off-site Educational Sessions
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Green Renovations of Iconic Buildings
The Illinois Institute of Technology recently completed the renovation of Crown Hall, a centerpiece of the IIT campus. Designed by Mies van de Rohe, Crown Hall is an icon of modernist architecture. IIT and their designers and contractors faced the challenge of renovating Crown Hall in an energy efficient and green manner, consistent with the contemporary values of the IIT School of Architecture, while remaining vigilant in maintaining the architectural integrity of the original design. This panel will explore the hurdles in executing green renovations of iconic buildings using Crown Hall as a case study.
Venue: Illinois Institute of Technology ,Crown Hall, Lower Core
Donna Robertson, Dean – IIT School of Architecture
Rico Cedro, Director of Sustainable Design – Krueck & Sexton
Nico Kienzl, Green Planning – Atelier Ten
Matthias Schuler, Green Planning – Transsolar
Gunny Harboe, Preservationist – Harboe Architects, P.C.
Moderator: David Reynolds
Indoor Water Conservation
The Center on Halsted, a not for profit community center serving Chicagoland’s LGBT community employs a variety of indoor water conservation features including rainwater recycling and water conserving fixtures. This panel will highlight the Center and other LEED projects from the region that employ tried and true and novel approaches to water conservation.
Venue: Center on Halsted
Representative: Center on Halsted
Jason Longo, Gensler
Rob Zimmerman, Kohler
James Allen, Sloan Valve Company
Moderator: Doug Widener, USGBC Chicago
Integrating Financial Institutions into the “Integrated Design” process
“Integrated design” is now considered a necessary element for cost-effectively achieving high performance buildings. Despite the moniker, however, financial institutions remain segregated from these initial discussions and are brought in only after the process is largely completed. Relegating these institutions to the back-end of the design process can mean that projects are less sustainable than could otherwise be achieved, however. In this session, the architects and their financial institution partners explore how early and continued discussions helped ensure better design, better buildings, and better relationships.
Venue: Near North SRO
Dana Bourland, Green Communities
Susan King, Harvey Ellis Devereaux
Mark Fick, Chicago Community Loan Fund
Kevin Pierce, Shaw Environmental
Joel Freehling, ShoreBank
Thomas Gentry, IIT School of Architecture
Dennis Fleming - Revival Funds
Lauren Yarmouth - YRG Sustainability Consultants
Moderator : Bill Reed, Integrative Design
LEED CI Renovations in Chicago
Chicago is home to a variety of LEED for Commercial Interiors projects, including the largest Platinum project to date, the Exelon Headquarters. This workshop will highlight several LEED CI projects in the region and will focus on the application of CI in a variety of settings including large office, small office, resource center and showroom.
NOTE: Pre-registration is required for this session. Due to security precautions, no walk-ins will be admitted.
Venue: Exelon Headquarters
Thomas Kapusta, TKA Partners
Helen Kessler, HJKessler Associates
Rod Vickroy, Perkins + Will
Moderator: George Malek, Commonwealth Edison (Exelon)
Green Municipal Renovation and Development Projects
When Mayor Richard M. Daley declared his intention of making Chicago the “greenest city in the nation,” he first turned his attention to the City’s own municipal construction projects. This panel will examine the unique considerations of greening public buildings destined for long lives of heavy use. Case studies presented will include the 22nd District Police Station, a new construction, prototype facility seeking a Silver LEED NC Certification; the Household Chemical and Computer Recycling Center, a renovated and repurposed City incinerator seeking LEED NC Certification; and Engine Company #46, a vintage fire station included in the pilot of LEED EB.
Venue: Household Chemical and Computer Recycling Center
Rand Ekman, Project Architect (22nd District) – OWP/P
Susan King, Project Architect (HCCRC) – Harley Ellis Devareaux
Bill Sturm, Project Architect (EC #46) – Serena Sturm
Andrea Love – Department of General Services
Erin Lavin – Public Building Commission
Grace Rink – Department of Environment
Moderator: David Reynolds
Greening Healthcare: Chicago takes the LEED
Green building is just starting to gain traction in the healthcare market; only three hospitals have achieved LEED-certification. But Chicago-area institutions are readily embracing sustainability. Three hospital administrators who are undergoing LEED projects, and the executive director of a LEED-certified community health center will answer questions about the trend toward greening healthcare buildings in Chicago. We'll discuss motivators, cost and benefits, challenges and lessons learned in pursuing LEED with a particular focus on hospitals. The workshop will include a tour of Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Prentice Women’s Hospital.
Venue: Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Prentice Women’s Hospital
Joseph DeVoss, Rush University Medical Center;
Albert Manshum, Advocate Health;
Alicia Murasaki, Northwestern Memorial Hospital;
Dr. John Wilhelm, Infant Welfare Society
Moderator: Michelle Halle Stern, Perkins+Will
Migrating through the City: designing bird-safe buildings
Bird collisions with glass are a significant hazard to millions of birds that migrate through cities and towns every spring and fall—thousands of bird kills have been documented at a single building in one year. During the day, birds can fly head-on into windows, confused by the reflection of trees, clouds, buildings, or skyline in building facades. At night, ornamental lighting on skyscrapers can confuse migrant birds. Why do birds collide with buildings? How can architects design buildings that are green and bird-safe while still connected to nature? How do LEED credits relate to bird-friendly design? Can building operations reduce collisions?
This panel includes the authors of New York Audubon’s recently published Bird-Safe Building Guidelines and a case study of the Ford Calumet Environmental Center, a bird-friendly and LEED platinum-potential project in Chicago. A brief tour in the adjacent natural area will feature bird-safe building operations and a wildlife rehabilitation program.
Venue: Northerly Island
Kate Orff, Scape
Hillary Brown, New Civic Works
Jeanne Gang, AIA. Studio Gang Architects
Dawn Keller, Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation
Moderator: Joyce Coffee
Universal Design and Green Building
Chicago’s Access Living is a cross-disability organization governed and staffed by a majority of people with disabilities that fosters the dignity, pride, and self-esteem of people with disabilities and enhances the options available to them so they may choose and maintain individualized and satisfying lifestyles. The organization recently completed the construction of a new headquarters to meet LEED certification and Universal Design criteria. This is one of the first applications of Universal Design in an office setting. Learn firsthand about the integration of these two design methods from the project’s design team and Access Living staff. Session will also highlight other regional green building projects that incorporate universal access and sustainable design.
Venue: Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago
Jack Catlan, LCM Architects, Project Architect
Marca Bristo, Executive Director, Access Living
Craig Sieben, Sieben Energy Associates
Moderator: Doug Widener, USGBC Chicago
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Chicago's 2016 Olympic Bid and Sustainable Design
With increased importance on planning environmentally sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games, this panel will review overarching expectations concerning planning and venue design. The group will review proposed and enacted strategies recent Games have used to position themselves as sustainable. The conversation will include highlights of proposed plans for Chicago's bid to incorporate green principles in its current urban planning and venue design.
Venue: AIA-Chicago 35 E. Wacker Drive, Ste. 250
Sean Kinzie, AIA, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP; Coordinating Architect of the Chicago 2016 Bid
Robert Accarino, Abbott; Environmental Consultant for Chicago 2016 Bid
Effective Stormwater Management in Site Design
This session will discuss key elements of sustainable design that are located outside of the building envelope that enhance the environmental performance of the building as well as the landscape that surrounds the building. Strategies such as green roofs, living walls, rainwater harvesting and native landscaping will be presented in terms of the environmental benefits they provide as well as the financial costs and benefits associated with each strategy. Public officials will also present current and emerging regulations, policies and incentives that encourage their design and construction.
Venue: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Kurt Horvath, CEO, Intrinsic Landscapes
Laurene Van Klan, President and CEO, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Pete Mulvaney, Chicago Department of Water Management
David J. Yocca, Director of Landscape Architecture and Planning,
Conservation Design Forum
Michael Berkshire, Green Projects Administrator, Chicago Department of Planning and Development
Moderator: Lois Vitt Sale, Phoenix Architects
Green Homes, Old and New
Green homes vary as widely as the people who design and own them. This panel will feature a range of green homes, from brand new to century-old, affordable to costly. The panelists will present homes designed for the market and homes that advance the development of new technologies. Case studies will show how home renovations, as well as new construction, can meet the guidelines for certification programs. The workshop will include a tour of the Solar Decathlon house designed and built by students at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.
Venue: Chicago Center for Green Technology
Nate Kipnis, AIA. Nathan Kipnis Architects
Annette Conti, Historic Chicago Bungalow Initiative
Lois Vitt Sale, Phoenix Architects
Solar Decathlon Team, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
Moderator: Brendan Daley, Chicago Department of Environment
The Chicago area is home to several schools certified under LEED for New Construction. This panel will highlight three of these schools and will focus on the unique features of green school design.
Venue: Albany Park Multicultural Academy
Joseph Clair, Chicago Public Schools
Jessica Figenholtz, OWP/P
Christopher Philbrick, Commonwealth Edison
Moderator: Christopher Philbrick, Commonwealth Edison