Tony Mancini, Group Director, SGC Horizon Building Group
David Barista, Editorial Director, BD+C
Eera Babtiwale, LEED AP BD+C, Vice President of Sustainability, Associate Principal, HMC Architects
Eric Carbonnier, PhD, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Vice President of Sustainability, Associate Principal, HMC Architects
A fundamental shift is occurring from the old guard of sustainability to the new one of regenerative design. Whereas sustainable development attempts to meet the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations, regenerative development seeks to rejuvenate the environment and the people who live within its ecosystem. In this session, we'll discuss how the goal of regenerative design is not simply to take less from nature, but to inspirit the environment around us. This starts by understanding our limitations, and embracing the unknown. While the theory of regenerative design is—to some degree—may be unattainable, it is this "unknown" that inspires us to push the limits of what we know.
Aeron Hodges, AIA, Senior Designer/Manager, Associate, Stantec Architecture
The United Nations projects that by 2050 more than one-third of the world's population will live in urban areas. Architecture and urban planning have a great opportunity to support cities as they densify so that they are affordable to live and work in. Compact design is an emerging trend for cost savings seen across multiple building typologies, including urban housing, office, hospitality, and institutional projects. In the specific case of housing, well-designed small apartments have become a proven strategy for developer clients to lower rental costs, improve project financial performances, as well as to build stronger urban communities through a focus on providing more shared living spaces. Furthermore, compact typologies are well-suited to take advantage of the scalability of modular design & construction, thus increasing efficiency, reducing carbon footprint, and lowering project cost to benefit future urban dwellers.
Dr. Alan D W McLenaghan, CEO, SageGlass
Jeff Carpenter, National Director of Technology, IMEG Corp.
Few things are as poised to be technologically disruptive to the AEC industry as the ever expanding Internet of Things (IoT)–the connection of all things (devices, machinery, etc.) to the Internet. This presentation will discuss the technology roadmap of our "adapt or cease to be relevant" world. It will also explore established and emerging IoT applications for commercial and institutional buildings.
Tom Jacobs, AIA, LEED BD+C, Principal, Krueck + Sexton Architects
Throughout history, the need for security has heavily shaped the built environment. Today, the question of how to integrate increasing security strategies and safety measures into our schools, university campuses, hotels and hospitals, and government buildings is ever more important. Based on his experience working with GSA and the U.S. Department of State creating some of the world's most hardened buildings, including embassies and consulates, Tom Jacobs explores ways that provide the needed protection while keeping intact the representational and inspirational qualities of a design. The talk offers a surprising insight with relevance to Chicago and the nation.
Tim Nass, VP of Sales, SAFTI FIRST Fire Rated Glazing Solutions
In the last decade, advances in fire rated glazing technology and manufacturing have introduced a special breed of fire resistive glazing systems that are capable of performing multiple functions in one assembly. Today, we see fire resistive glazing systems that simultaneously protect against bullets, attack, hurricane, blast, noise, UV and more. New applications that were once treated as exceptions, such fire resistive curtain walls, floors, butt-glazed walls, decorative and more are slowly becoming a norm. The impacts of these developments have opened new opportunities to bring transparency and light to any fire rated space, and pushed fire rated glazing system manufacturers to design products that appear and perform just like any other glazing system in the project.
Rick Khan, Senior Director of Innovation, Mortenson Construction
Rene Morkos, CEO, ALICE Technologies
There are a millions ways to schedule a given construction project, and planning projects through the CPM or WBS method has not changed much in the last 20 years—until now. The speakers will discuss a completely new way of approaching project scheduling with the use of a parametric scheduling technology through work performed at Mortenson Construction. How long does it take to build one or two schedules? Days? What if over the course of an afternoon, you were able to generate 66 million 4D scheduling options, representing 22 different parameters sets or construction strategies based on two key outcomes, time and cost. The resulting schedules were up to 84 days shorter than the 540-day duration obtained through the current process. What if we spent our field teams' time finding the best solution, rather developing a single approach to building a project? Imagine the possibilities.
Mark Skender, CEO, Skender
Tim Swanson, Chief Design Officer, Skender
Skender CEO Mark Skender and Chief Design Officer Tim Swanson present the construction giant's vision for creating a manufacturing-minded, vertically-integrated design-manufacturing-build business model. This includes the launch of an advanced manufacturing subsidiary and the acquisition of a boutique design firm, all in an effort to revolutionize the construction of hotels, hospitals, multifamily developments, and other commercial buildings.
Jeong Woo, Ph. D., Program Director of Construction Management, Associate Professor Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management, Milwaukee School of Engineering
Disruptive and innovative technologies including connected machines, intelligent networks, integrated platforms and collaborative systems are transforming the AEC industry. But what will it take to enable these "smart" technologies to actually make projects more successful? And how will we leverage the efficiencies they introduce to boost productivity and improve quality? As the industry calls for smarter and more intelligent products, attention is now being refocused on the human aspect of this tech evolution. Dr Jeong Woo, Program Director of Construction Management at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, will explore the data-driven education transformation required to deliver the next generation of construction technology professionals.
Steve Cavanaugh, AIA, LEED AP
Architect, Principal, and Design Leader, DLR Group
Hear the story behind the T3 office building projects told from the architect's perspective, including social and market drivers that resulted in this unique solution, information about the sustainable aspects of the work, and insights into the thought behind the design.
Rohit Arora, Design Technologies Manager, MBH Architects
Artificial intelligence, computer vision, real-time rendering, drones, robotics, augmented and virtual reality are today's technologies that can creatively address our construction needs. What seemed like science fiction just a few years ago, is now coming together in a way that'll change how we build in near future. These have the potential to enable the designer/architect to (re)take on the role the master builder, as the one directly enabling constructing at the site.
Mani Golparvar, PhD, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; CEO, Reconstruct Inc.
Tomislav Žigo, AIA, LEED AP, Vice President, Virtual Design and Construction, Clayco Inc.
Design-build firm Clayco will share its applications and results from its use of predictive visual data analytics tools developed by startup Reconstruct Inc., founded by University of Illinois professor Mani Golparvar.
David Polzin, AIA, LEED AP, Executive Director of Design, CannonDesign
Jimmy Rotella, Digital Practice Director, CannonDesign
Two of CannonDesign's tech leaders will present their early findings from pilot testing multi-user VR technology for AEC project coordination. If successfully leveraged, multi-user VR will allow multiple people from around the world to all enter the same virtual spaces together at the same time. In these multi-user environments, users will not be limited to just viewing models and asking questions. They won't have to take off the goggles, remember their thoughts, and then go sketch new ideas elsewhere. Instead, multi-user VR environments enable true collaborative design; people can discuss, draw, scale, break sections apart, and advance the design project in real time. This can allow for enhanced communication and increased time for design exploration, ultimately leading to more successful built products.
Lucas Tryggestad, AIA, LEED AP, Technical Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Kyle Vansice, Architectural Professional, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
New fabrication techniques are driving design innovation. They have the potential to inspire new materials, means, and methods in conventional building construction. At SOM, we believe it is possible to discover new forms of architectural expression and unlock added layers of character and richness in design by working backwards from material and tool. Integrating data-rich workflows into our design process affords us the capability to embed large amounts of detail into our parametric models in a flexible and rigorous manner, making direct collaboration with fabricators possible. The result is a continuum between design and fabrication that has the potential to realize a more integrated, sustainable, and expressive built environment through a more cooperative process. Beginning with our work on AMIE 1.0, we'll explore how advanced digital fabrication techniques can create unprecedented innovation and efficiency in the design and delivery process.
Anthony Viola, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Designer, Team Leader, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
When designing the innovative projects created at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG), the common thread is the concept that form follows performance. This method of design investigates complex architectural problems by exploring new solutions through an intense and iterative process, one where high- and low-tech methodologies are equally explored and implemented. Three current projects illustrate: how the teams at AS+GG innovate though "making;" how the teams use technology to engage in the design process; how they help generate discourse between interdisciplinary design teams that can form more salient questions; and how they discover alternative design solutions that lead to architectural breakthroughs. The discussion will further focus on how this process will continue to push buildings and technology in the future, when the challenges faced by our environment, both built and natural, will inherently require innovative design solutions.
Chris Flint Chatto, Assoc. AIA, Principal, ZGF Architects
From apps to SurveyMonkey reports from employees, post occupancy evaluation has become all the rage. But how do you conduct a meaningful, holistic evaluation from design to occupancy? Presenter Chris Chatto will discuss this next frontier of post-occupancy evaluation. Grounded in best practices and lessons learned from projects including the Rocky Mountain Institute's Innovation Center, the presentation will address how new initiatives must be combined with traditional measurement and verification methods to develop a more holistic POE — one that includes utility resource use, environmental conditions, occupant satisfaction, and the holy grail — occupant productivity.
Catherine Rose, PhD, MBA, Director of Staff Development, Skanska USA
With a PhD in mechanical engineering and an MBA with concentration in finance, data expert Catherine Rose spent 15 years in supply chain management, finance, and product management at Procter & Gamble, Duke Energy, and Philips Healthcare. Now she's applying her expertise in data-driven decision making to transform construction operations and business operations at Skanska USA.
Greg Schleusner, AIA, Principal, Director of Design Technology Innovation, HOK
Our industry loves to talk about a future that looks like manufacturing—an integrated supply chain, offsite fabrication, robots, and IoT. The advancements that enabled this within the automotive or aviation markets were partly based on technology, but also because of strong OEMs that could benefit from an integrated supply chain. AECO has no "owner." We certainly have owners of buildings, but most aren't habitual builders and thus expect the practitioners to know how to deliver a great product. So how do you make a supply chain that benefits all parties within the industry without an process owner? We believe there is a need for a consortia-led technology company that needs to serve the role of industry advocate. Its mission would be to serve the industry, its members, and the users of buildings. It would steal the best ideas from manufacturing (think smart fabrication), banking (think Bitcoin), the Internet, and others and help modernize our continuously under-performing industry.
David L. Morgareidge, Predictive Analytics Director, Associate Principal, Page
Many "projects" currently requiring an AE firm will convert in the near future to clients' in-house, real-time continuous operations, eliminating AE involvement. Efforts that do remain "projects" will have greatly reduced staff, and much of the key work will be performed by non-traditional AE team members and automated systems. These changes are driven by four factors, including the boom in real-time data sources and the increasingly powerful and inexpensive computation power and storage. Morgareidge will track these trends through the lens of his own work, project them forward to the future, and suggest steps that AE firms can take today if they want to survive AECO digital transformation.