September 30

Cable Center



We are back in person!

Facades+ returns to Denver in an extended program brought to you by The Architect’s Newspaper and the Building Enclosure Council of Colorado (COBEC). This event features a full day of stimulating presentations and panels that examine the evolution of facade technologies in both new and historical projects, bring new perspectives on building skins for performance venues, and explore innovative, climate-responsive design practices from AEC leaders across the country.



Michael Schulz, AIA


Colorado Building Enclosure Council (COBEC)




7:30 - 8:30 AM MT - Check In
  • Dionne Darling
    VP, Brand Partnerships
  • Co-Chair
    Michael Schulz, AIA

The skins of modern performance venues are often an expression not only of the activities within, but also are a reflection of the design process, material innovations as well as the project schedule and budget parameters. Throughout the design process, the design teams absorbs these parameters into the selection of appropriate materials in the use of tailoring those materials and systems into highly articulate enclosures. Attendees will be introduced to the design process of skins for performance venues through a presentation and discussion with panelists involved in recently completed projects of this type.

  • Speaker
    Sarah David, AIA
    Principal, Senior Associate, Senior Enclosure Technical Designer
  • Workshop
    Erik Verboon, AIA
    Principal, Director of Enclosure Engineering
  • Speaker
    Ryan Rademacher, AIA
  • Moderator
    Bart Miller, PE
    Principal, Managing Director
9:40 - 10:10 AM - Methods + Materials Break

Fox Park is a transformative 41-acre industrial reclamation project expanding Denver’s urban core—integrating open space, culture and commerce into a mixed-use community that reflects a new spirited and creative generation. At its heart, the existing 320,000-square-foot former newspaper printing facility of The Denver Post will be converted into a vibrant new community and cultural center. Hear from Tryba Architects’ John McIntyre and Kathleen Fogler and the leader of the Fox Park Development, Jose Carredano McCadden, as they share their approaches to building new from existing structures and ideas on how underutilized former industrial space can seamlessly reintegrate into the urban core.

  • Speaker
    Kathleen Fogler, AIA
    Associate Principal
  • Speaker
    John McIntyre, ANZIA
  • Speaker
    Jose Carredano McCadden
    Principal and Fox Park Project Director
  • Co-Chair
    Michael Schulz, AIA
11:10 - 11:40 AM - Methods + Materials Break

When enclosing cultural and art spaces, there is often a question of how to balance the exterior with the program inside. Two projects, the Oklahoma Contemporary Art Center and Denver Meow Wolf, show the duality of material boundaries and design. Rand Elliot and project lead at Shears Adkins Rockmore, Ryan Meeks, will explore this dual nature through the unique program and materiality at play in the projects: the use of strikingly illuminated, anodized and recycled aluminum for the Oklahoma Contemporary Art Center and the subtle curving, but private, concrete of the provocative art center for Meow Wolf. These experts and leaders in the field will discuss technical challenges and best practices when "setting the stage" for art centers representative and true to the community which they inhabit.

  • Speaker
    Ryan Meeks, AIA
    Senior Associate
  • Speaker
    Rand Elliott, FAIA
  • Co-Chair
    Michael Schulz, AIA
12:45 - 1:30 PM - Complimentary Networking LunchArcadia

Next-generation façade technologies must contend with dynamically changing and often conflicting requirements to mitigate daylight, control heat flow, manage glare, shift spectral transmission, and reduce embodied carbon, all while maintaining views to the exterior, serving as the primary design element of the architecture, and meeting air, water, acoustic, fire, security, and structural requirements. We will explore current leading-edge façade technologies, their performance achievements, and define comprehensive criteria for next generation facades.

  • Brandon Andow, PhD
3:00 - 3:30 PM - Methods + Materials Break

A fundamental departure from the rigid and monotonic design of building enclosures stems from the understanding of the local environmental criteria and how they are negotiated with broader building constraints. Today, it has been accepted to design around a variety of user experiences, aiming to high- quality environments, access to daylight and connection to the natural environments, diversity of comfort responses, and low-carbon material and processes. We will explore how principles of environmental design have been applied in different projects to elevate the quality of the built environment and how they may deliver more sustainable buildings.

  • Speaker
    Berardo Matalucci
    Director, Environmental Design
Online Workshops— Oct 1

Credit type: 1 AIA/HSW
Provider: STI Firestop

Today’s high-performance building enclosures demand high performance fire protection! The development of new “Hybrid Window Wall designs” has created issues on projects throughout North America. Curtain wall consultants and Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ’s) are requiring tested firestop solutions for this growing wall type. Fully understanding the role and value of perimeter fire barrier systems in today’s ever changing and complex designs cannot be overstated. As the industry changes almost on a monthly basis, understanding how to maintain the integrity of a non-rated hybrid window wall system for up to 2 hours is critical in the design phase to eliminate costly changes, delays, and compromised life safety requirements during construction. Key topics are outlined below and will be discussed in detail incorporating PowerPoint & video.

Learning Objectives
  • Understanding the issues and concerns of new Hybrid Window Wall designs
  • Importance of testing for Hybrid Window Wall designs
    • Understanding ASTM E2307 and the Intermediate Scale Multi-Story Test Apparatus
    • Understanding the sequencing and installation of tested solutions
    • Documenting the performance of a successful perimeter fire barrier test
  • Common misconceptions about Hybrid Window Wall designs
  • Michael Zanotelli
    Facade & Curtain Wall Specialist - Western US & Canada
    STI Firestop

Credit type: AIA 1 LU HSW
Provider: Kingspan Insulated Panels

This course explores rainscreen wall design and how proper air, water, vapor, thermals control layers can be achieved. We compare the traditional multicomponent backup wall assembly vs a more advanced and cost effective single component, insulated metal panel backup system. We will outline the major differences in design and construction phases as it impacts the overall installation performance

Learning Objectives
  • Summarize how to properly design critical building envelope control layers to protect against the air, water, vapor and thermal loads to optimize energy efficiency
  • Describe traditional multi-component backup wall assemblies and explain the challenges to achieve energy efficiency, installation and long term performance
  • Explain how design with insulated panel wall systems achieve higher energy performance, faster build speed and long term resilience
  • Understand how insulated metal panel wall systems provide extensive design flexibility while integrating with virtually any non combustible rainscreen material
  • Amanda Karns
    Facade Program Manager
Cable Center

2000 Buchtel Blvd S Denver
Colorado 80210

Parking Available in Lot C and Lot 314


Marriott Courtyard Denver Cherry Creek
1475 S. Colorado Blvd Denver
Colorado 80222

Single and Double Rate: $139 plus tax & incidentals.

Cutoff date for the special rate is August 31, 2021.

Book online, or call 303-757-8797 and mention The Architect’s Newspaper to benefit from the special rate.

Your safety is our top priority.

We are keeping things safe to present this event in
person. Learn about our safety protocols here.


2 Day Combo


Afternoon Keynote - COBEC


Full Day: (Symposium + Afternoon Keynote)


AM Symposium + Networking Lunch (AM)


CEStrong Live (Day 2)


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