THE PREMIER CONFERENCE ON
HIGH-PERFORMANCE BUILDING ENCLOSURES
July 24, 2019
at the Hilton Minneapolis
Join Us in Minneapolis
The program includes three sessions covering issues unique to the region, including innovative building skins, high performance facades, and the future face of Minneapolis. These well-rounded, expert dialogues will inform and inspire.
The Facades+ conference series is a robust dialogue encompassing all things building skin—bridging the profession, industry, academia, operations, and ownership. We’ve distilled the best of the Facades+ 2-day event into a quick-take morning forum with a strong local flair. Facades+AM returns to Minneapolis this July 24.
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Principal | Facade Design Director
Will is a Principal and Façade Design Director at Studio NYL. As both architect and engineer; he has designed, realized, written, and presented on award-winning and high performance enclosures around the country and world.
Will is also an active member in numerous professional organizations such as the American Institute of Architects, an AIA National representative on ASHRAE’s 90.1 envelope subcommittee, Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council, and ASTM where he is a voting member on the E06 Performance of Buildings Committee. He is also the National Vice Chair of the Building Enclosure Council (BEC).
Joe Simma is a Senior Associate with Alliiance and has focused his career on technical design excellence for complex public, higher education, and aviation projects – where he relishes the challenge of integrating disciplines, systems, and concepts to bring clarity to complexity. With 15 years of wide-ranging project experience he has developed an expertise for high-performance envelope design and creatively solving constructability issues. Within the firm Joe oversees envelope design and quality reviews, promotes analytical tools for building performance, and helps guide the firm’s digital direction and BIM efforts. He received his MArch from Columbia University.
The rapidly developing technology of high-performance facades has emerged as the key to building integration, and central to the realization of resilient buildings and a sustainable built environment. The building skin combines attributes of appearance and performance like nothing else in architecture. There is much to discuss. We invite you to join the conversation as we bring this forum to Minneapolis.
7:30 – 8:30am
Registration and Breakfast
8:30 – 8:40am
Darling is CEO and cofounder of The Architect’s Newspaper, celebrating its 12th year. The A|N media company consists of print and digital publications covering architecture and design news, as well as the Facades+ conferences. As A|N’s publisher, Darling won the AIA National Collaboration Award, Grassroots Preservation Award, and ASLA NY’s President’s Award. She began her publishing career as director of print production for The Gap’s European markets. She holds a BS from The University of Texas at Austin.
8:40 – 8:50am
Senior City Planner
Peter Crandall is a Senior City Planner with the City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development Department. An architect by training, his project experience includes design review and entitlements for numerous mixed-use infill development projects in Minneapolis, as well as regulatory reform for design-related policy including helping to implement Minneapolis’s first accessory dwelling unit ordinance. In addition to his professional practice, Peter serves on the board of the Minnesota chapter of Docomomo US, a non-profit organization that works to document and conserve buildings and landscapes of the modern movement.
8:50 – 9:50am
Stadium Rising: The Complexities of Allianz Field’s Woven PTFE Facade
Completed in March 2019, Allianz Field is a 350,000-square-foot soccer stadium located centrally between Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. The project features a facade of weaved fiberglass clear-laminated with Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)—effectively a tensile membrane capable of shielding the audience from the elements while transmitting twice as much light as other PTFE membranes. This panel includes the architects, engineers, and contractors of the project; Populous, Walter P Moore, Mortenson GC, and FabriTec Structures.
Moderator: Will Babbington
Phil is an experienced senior architect technician with an extensive knowledge of stadium, arena and convention center design. His passion is creating buildings that push the envelope in both design and technology.
He graduated second in his class at Iowa State University where he built a strong foundation of sustainability, graduating with LEED certification. He currently leads the parametric modeling and computational design group for Populous’ North America region as a Populous Intelligence Ambassador, creating and streamlining BIM tools unique to sports and convention center design. While at Populous, Phil has worked on the MasterCard Center for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the New Arrowhead Stadium, Oklahoma City Convention Center, DC United Stadium, and led the design for the San Antonio Convention Center, Orlando City Lions Stadium and Minnesota United Stadium.
Nate Weingart was born and raised in Excelsior, Minnesota. He attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Engineering and Management. After graduation, he moved back to Minneapolis to work for Mortenson Construction on US Bank Stadium. On that project, he worked on the team that managed the structural steel scope of work. After that, he worked on the Athlete’s Village project at the University of Minnesota for a short time before being assigned to Allianz Field. On this project, he managed the construction of the structural steel, precast concrete, the aluminum bleacher supporters section, and the PTFE facade.
Justin is a Project Manager at Walter P Moore, focused on creating innovative solutions that work for all parties: design team, construction team, owner, and end users. He is a firm believer that integrating structural design, façade engineering, and architecture can produce world class results. His passion for creating buildings that improve the quality of life for the end users and community the project serves comes through in all he does.
Justin was the project manager for Minnesota United FC’s Allianz Field; and has also designed Orlando City Soccer Stadium, Houston Dynamo’s BBVA Compass Stadium; Minnesota Twin’s Target Field; Atlanta Braves’ Suntrust Park; and Las Vegas’ McCarron International Airport Terminal 3 throughout his career. He holds a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Civil engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Executive Vice President
A graduate of Grove City College with a BS in Management Engineering, Mr. Wuerch has worked in the Construction Industry since 1989 focusing in project development and management of high-profile domestic and international construction projects including 19 years’ experience in the Light-Weight Structures industry. During Mr. Wuerch’s 30 years in the Contracting and Development industry he has worked for and held the following positions with notable companies such as Pyramid Development Co. (Project Manager), Benderson Development Co. (Director of Construction & Hotel Development), Birdair Inc. (Senior Vice President and Director of Project Management) and FabriTec Structures LLC (Executive Vice President).
9:50 – 10:10am
10:10 – 11:10am
State of the Industry: Perspectives on Unitized and Panelized Systems
Minneapolis is home to some of the nation’s leading curtain wall fabricators and contractors. “State of the Industry” brings together representatives of Enclos, Harmon, Permasteelisa, and McGrath in a moderated discussion of the trends reshaping unitized and panelized systems.
Moderator: Will Babbington
Project Office Leader
Charlie graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. Since joining the Permasteelisa Team, Charlie has gained significant experience in structural calculations, thermal calculations, general contractor/architect/owner relationships, project logistics, and organizational leadership.
At Permasteelisa North America, Charlie is responsible for overseeing all functional and organizational duties of the Project Management West team which includes project/resource allocation and establishing policies and procedures. In addition to his operational strengths, he has performed various engineering/design roles including structural analysis, thermal analysis, equipment design, anchor layout, site logistics, material buyouts and other
Technical Project Manager
Brian Rogers is a Technical Project Manager for Enclos, an Eagan, Minnesota based company that specializes in designing and manufacturing complex geometric facades. As a key member of their engineering department, Brian implements new 3D technology throughout Enclos’ manufacturing, quality control, and field layout processes. Notable projects include VIA (625 W 57th Street), Hudson Yards Tower A, Chase Center Arena, and the Las Vegas Stadium. His passion for architecture and design originated at the Savannah College of Art and Design where he earned his Master’s degree in architecture.
Mike P. McGrath
Mike P. McGrath
Mike P. McGrath serves as President for MG McGrath. Crediting his father as his mentor, Mike began his career with MG McGrath sweeping warehouse floors at a young age. He eventually grew with the family business as an Apprentice, a Journeyman, a Foreman, and then a Project Manager, before assuming his responsibilities as President of Operations and the company’s visionary. As President of MG McGrath, Mike P. McGrath is responsible for all aspects of the business. With over 20 years of hands-on experience, he is a transformational leader. His deft understanding of architectural metal, glass and glazing, building envelope design, and high volume operations has helped grow and develop MG McGrath’s teams and technologies in order to be able to take on bigger and more architecturally complex projects than ever before. With projects in motion from New York to Los Angeles, and in-between, Mike works closely with architects, contractors and clients, armed with the company’s belief that with great people you will get amazing results.
Director of Design Management
Kevin is Director of Design Management at Harmon, Inc., a leader in the curtain wall industry. From preconstruction and engineering/design to manufacturing and field/project management, Harmon provides on time and on budget façade solutions for commercial buildings in major cities across the U.S.
Kevin is an engineering professional with a 36-year track record in the design, engineering, fabrication, assembly and installation of custom curtain wall systems for high-rise buildings. He is currently directing a multi-talented staff of professionals in preconstruction efforts, including: design, proposal drawings, specification review, design criteria, structural design, thermal analysis, 3D modeling and printing, manufacturing, and installation means and methods. Kevin and his team of Design Managers provide technical and process expertise to Design Assist projects, and guide the owner, architect, contractor and consultant towards the approval of a system that meets the needs of the entire design team. The Design Managers ensure that the installed wall system meets all of the intended requirements and goals of the project.
11:10 – 11:15am
11:15 – 11:35am
11:35am – 12:35pm
Northern Enclosure: Climate-Driven Strategies for High-Performing Facades
The growing demand for high-performance enclosure systems is a driving force for innovative facade solutions. Through the data-driven investigation of geography, materials, and energy usage, these leading building science practitioners guide projects towards sustainable solutions.
Moderator: Joe Simma
Principal, Senior Building Science Consultant
Lee Durston is a Principal, Sr. Building Science Consultant with the Building Specialty Services division of Morrison Hershfield. Lee has over 17 years of building science experience over a variety of project types including military, mid-rise, high-rise, natatoriums, government, multi-family residential, and sporting venues. Lee performs holistic building envelope consulting and commissioning as well as forensic investigations using his skills in science and engineering to define, analyze, and remediate problems or failures in the building enclosure. Lee provides training for industry professionals, contractors, architects, developers, Navy Facilities Command (NAVFAC) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on topics including Buildings Science, Infrared Thermography, and Air Barrier Design, Construction & Testing. He has served on the US Department of Defense High Performance Building Envelope Task Force and is a contributing editor for the USACE Air Leakage Testing Protocol.
Principal, Director of Building Science
As Director of Building Science at Payette, Love works across all projects to improve building performance. She was the Principal Investigator for the AIA Upjohn Grant on thermal bridging, and is a Lecturer at MIT Architecture. Love is a licensed architect with a BArch from Carnegie Mellon, and Masters in Building Technology from MIT and received the Tucker-Voss Award. She is a member of the COTE Advisory Group, and chairs the 2030 Working Group.
12:35 – 12:45pm
1:00 – 4:00
Our workshops feature an intimate class size and hands-on learning to create an environment conductive to innovation and creative problem-solving.
Understanding Perimeter Fire Barrier Systems in the Modern Age: Maintaining Integrity in Today’s Complex Designs
Instructor: Eric Lacroix
Eric Lacroix in consistently recognized throughout the design community and construction industry for his firestop expertise, especially in terms curtain wall perimeter fire barrier systems where he is considered the “Industry Specialist”. Eric has over 20 years of real world experience serving as an invaluable resource on many of largest, most complex high profile projects around the world. He works closely with inspectors, glazing contractors, and curtain wall consultants as a trusted advisor during the design, fabrication, construction and installation of a wide range of curtain wall projects.Eric’s wealth of knowledge and experience ensures the project stays on budget and gets done right the first time. He continuously adds value throughout the process, from conception to construction, to close out. Prior to his role as Director of Strategic Accounts, Eric was the STI Firestop Regional Manager, covering the Southeastern United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, South America, and Mexico.
Fully understanding the role and value of perimeter fire barrier systems in today’s ever changing and complex designs cannot be overstated. Small panel sizes, flush sill heights, curved and angled designs, exposed anchors, and steel backpan designs have made a difficult situation even more critical. As the industry changes almost on a monthly basis, understanding how to maintain the integrity of a non-rated curtain wall system for up to 4 hours is critical in the design phase to eliminate costly changes, delays, and compromised life safety requirements during construction.Key topics covering codes, new ASTM testing requirements, the growing concern for “connection protection”, and an in depth review of the 4 most common issues during construction will be discussed in detail incorporating PowerPoint & video.
Topics for Discussion:
- Understanding new code requirements
- Importance of UL testing for perimeter fire barrier systems
- Designing for success:
Key design points on standard aluminum frame designs
Understanding the complexity of unitized backpan designs
High-Performance Architectural Coating Systems for Coil and Extrusion Products
Instructor: Isabel Bartig
Over the last 6 years, Isabel Bartig has developed expertise in high-performance 70% PVDF coating systems for building exteriors. As a member of the Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings team (formerly Valspar), Isabel helps architects specify the perfect color and coating system to bring their vision to life.
This course provides an overview of coil and extrusion building product applications, an introduction to high-performance coating systems for metal building products, and the industry standards and specifications that architects need to know to specify the appropriate coating system for their project.
- Understand the differences between the coil and extrusion applications, coating and manufacturing processes.
- Identify coatings components and their role in the coating system.
- Identify industry standards relative to the performance requirements of coatings for metal building components.
- Understand AAMA specifications and specify the best coating for a metal building component or project.
Lunch & Learn
ComboSymposium + Lunch and Learn
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1001 Marquette Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55403, United States
1001 Marquette Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
1001 Marquette Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
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Triple rate: $245 plus tax & incidentals.
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