Traditional Building Conference Series
Washington, DC, April 2-3, 2014
Wednesday, April 2
8 – 9 am – Networking with sponsors and continental breakfast
9 – 9:15 am – Welcome and Introductions
9:15 am – 12:30 pm (A break is scheduled for 10:30-11 am.)
Speaker: Stephen A. Mouzon, AIA , LEED-AP, CNU, and Principal, Mouzon Design, Miami, FL; and author, New Media for Designers + Builders and The Original Green
3 AIA HSW Learning Units
Across the globe, collaborative work environments are springing up in small towns and big cities. It is possible to find a robot maker in one space and a traditional woodworker in the next, a graphic artist side by side with a knitter or a computer geek about to launch the next big idea. It is an economic engine playing out in adapted historic buildings and new buildings. Creative class entrepreneurs need code-compliant private and collaborative spaces. They seek certain amenities in their neighborhoods and are often dependent on transit-oriented or pedestrian-friendly transportation networks. Historically, economies of scale were achieved when large companies located near one another; this model permits small businesses to achieve similar economies of scale by sharing equipment and ideas in settings built or adapted with collaboration in mind.
How do these work environments alter neighborhoods? What types of architectural design, electrical and lighting systems, and infrastructure are needed to support their work? How does urbanism - new and old - support this career choice? What types of residences serve the needs of this new creative class? How does it challenge construction, historic preservation and architects in their work? This session will look at the philosophy of the creative class, examine some case studies of maker spaces, and conclude with discussion and a design exercise for attendees on adapting a space for such needs.
12:30 - 1:15 pm – Lunch and Networking
1:15 – 2:30 pm
Speaker: Tab Colbert, CEO, Ludowici Roof Tiles, Lexington, OH
1.25 AIA HSW Learning Units
This course will give design and building professionals an in-depth understanding of clay roof tiles: their composition, quality, design considerations, color and style. This ancient roofing material has been used since Neolithic times and continues to be used today. You will learn about the history of clay tile, how it is made, its material advantage, how to choose color, and how to install it.
2:30 -3:00 pm – Break
3 - 4:30 pm
Speakers: Daniela Holt Voith, FAIA, IIDA, LEED-AP, BD + C and John H. Cluver, AIA, LEED-AP; Voith & Mactavish, LLP, Philadelphia, PA
For the past decade a quiet revolution has been taking place in America’s schools. In order to prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s workforce, team-based learning, flexibility and interdisciplinary collaboration have become more important than ever. Classrooms have been “flipped” and students have more one-on-one interaction with teachers and each other during the school day since project-based learning has gained momentum and credibility. Technology is important, but so is hands-on time, “off-screen” to actually experiment, create and make. The process to adapt existing spaces or design new ones for collaborative work in a variety of academic and social settings is going to drive educational design work for years to come. As today’s young people join the workforce, their academic experiences will drive their demands for similar work settings. This session will explore the process and values that are driving design in academic settings today.
4:30 – 5 pm – Sponsor Spotlights
5 – 6 pm – Networking Reception
Thursday April 3
8 – 9 am – Networking with Sponsors and Continental breakfast
9-9:15 am – Welcome and Introductions
9:15 -10:30 am
1.25 AIA HSW Learning Units
Speakers: Anath Ranon, AIA, and Associate, Cho Benn Holback, Baltimore, MD, and TBA, Marvin Windows and Doors
The American Brewery was one of the last prime undeveloped historic sites within Baltimore City. This 1887 architectural icon was, in its heyday, the standard of German brewing for the Wiessner Brewing Company. After Prohibition, the American Brewery took over operations until the 1970s. The signature center cupola tower and the two asymmetrical lower towers stand proud over the eastern Baltimore skyline. The building fell into disrepair and was rehabilitated for a human services agency that needed both private and collaborative work environments. Its redevelopment has been a catalyst for significant improvement for the neighborhood.
10:30 -11 am – Break
11 am – 12:30 pm
1.5 AIA HSW Learning Units
Speaker: Tom Liebel, FAIA, and LEED Fellow; Principal, Marks, Thomas Architects, Baltimore, MD
Reclaiming existing underutilized urban sites can deliver projects that are economically competitive with conventional greenfield developments, while providing quantifiable environmental and economic benefits to owners, tenants, and the surrounding community. By planning for the adaptability of various building systems, architects can ensure a long and productive life for projects while preserving the unique history of each site.
1:15 pm -5 pm
3 AIA HSW Learning Units
Speakers: Staff from the Center for Historic Buildings, General Services Administration, Washington, DC and others TBA
Built in 1917, the General Services Administration Building on F Street saw its last major rehabilitation in 1935. Recently, electrical systems, HVAC, elevators, workspaces and 105,000 square feet of rental space were upgraded to 21st-century codes. The work combines state-of-the art office design with many of the amenities that urban workers seek in proximity to their offices today. Space sharing, mobile work technology, and record digitization will provide millions in savings annually for the General Services Administration. This afternoon program will include a slide-illustrated lecture followed by a tour of 1800 F Street. The office of tomorrow will be on view in this historic building now approaching its 100th anniversary. Please note: Security screening will take place upon entry to the building.
Please note: The schedule is subject to change.
The Traditional Building Conference Series is a registered provider of AIA continuing education units and it has applied for education provider status with the Green Building Council Insititute. Credits for NARI, AIBD, and certain NAHB classifications are available. We plan to submit the programs for review for IDCEC credits as well. Check the website for updates on specific learning units for each conference. Typically the event is approved for 10 learning units but more or less is possible and classifications for HSW and SD are approved based on the content for each conference.