Held in person at the New York Law School, participants will engage with the industry's leading design professionals in an intimate, classroom-style setting. Select between four thematic tracks including: sustainability, detailing, materiality, and technology.
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Combined with growing expectations for high performance, building enclosure design is now required to satisfy a large number of performance parameters that were not given a great deal of consideration in the past. Building enclosures were always expected to be durable and address issues like energy efficiency, daylighting, indoor air quality, fire safety, thermal comfort, and carbon footprint, but now with aggressive changes in code and the climate crisis the urgency to decarbonize our building envelopes and radically reduce operational carbon is every designers responsibility.
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
As the urgency to address climate change and halt greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) continues to grow, designers have a responsibility to make smart design decisions to minimize their buildings’ GHG emissions. The steps to designing a carbon-smart building are two-fold: minimize embodied carbon and bring operational carbon to zero. This session will look at the holistic carbon profile of the built environment and the cutting-edge tools and processes that design teams can use to design carbon out of their projects.
12:30 - 2:30 PM
Building façades are a major contributor to a building’s total carbon footprint, affecting both its energy performance and representing a large proportion of its embodied carbon emissions. These contributions are most often considered separately, which leads to unnecessary tradeoffs and missed opportunities. In this session, presenters will describe the interaction between embodied and energy-related emissions, what it means for façade design, and how whole carbon thinking can create actionable strategies for lowering carbon emissions during the design process.
Clients demand attractive and high-performing buildings and as designers, you need to zoom in on fundamental design principles to achieve performance goals. This track will feature the opportunity to detail and collaborate on high-design, and high performance facades.
10:00 - 12:00 PM
12:30 - 2:30 PM
Most facades and enclosures perform well in the center of the system, failures typically occur where systems meet, at penetration and projections and at geometry changes. This workshop will begin with a primer on critical detailing concerns with our group of enclosure experts and then will transition to hands and collaborative design charrette including the panelists and the Workshop participants.
Material selection not only impacts aesthetics but the delivery and performance of a building. These deep-diving case studies will discuss working with materials such as terra-cotta, mass timber, and more with lessons learned through real world case studies in both ground up and adaptive reuse scenarios.
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The existing 1974 structure of the Silvio J. Mollo Federal Building in New York City is being reutilized for a whole building modernization project. Led by Krueck Sexton Partners in collaboration with Thornton Tomasetti, the GSA project is a case study that will cover the following topics:
Speakers from Fogarty Finger’s architecture studio, who are currently designing over seven million square feet of mixed-use buildings across New York City and its surrounding areas, will discuss strategies for taking façade concepts from napkin sketches to built realities—in response to an array of challenges, ranging from budgetary to technical and political. Several case studies will be presented from the architects’ own projects, spanning architectural typologies from the firm’s earlier days to the present day, including:
Many different material and assembly options will be described, noting the problems they were selected to solve, their pros and cons, how they evolved over time, and the final result. Skins presented will include terracotta, brick, UHPC/GFRC, porcelain and metal panel, curtain wall (stick-built and unitized), window wall, and more.
Sasaki’s Recreation, Wellness, and Student Life Center is the first building to be implemented in the firm’s master plan for the Universidad de Lima. Intended to provide a social hub for students who spend an average of 12 hours a day on campus, the building hosts a suite of wellbeing programs from mental health and counseling, to dining and athletic recreation. Its completion this past fall doubled the amount of publicly accessible spaces on campus.
The Wellness Center’s parcel shape and location, combined with the diversity of programs of the building, make for an unlikely vertical stacking that defines the building’s image and experience. Its massing is lifted from the ground, creating a covered plaza leading seamlessly to an internal ventilated atrium. Program uses are clustered vertically around this atrium like a town square, attracting and directing visitors to their destinations. The building’s envelope registers the changing nature of the programs and public areas behind it, shifting from from entirely open, to a ventilated screen, to enclosed transparent and translucent skins.
Innovation is driving architecture and Advances in facade design, especially in the realm of digital design and advanced fabrication, are fundamentally changing how architects work. Notably, firms across the country are increasingly relying on in-house teams to develop custom software and play an integral role in the design-assist of facade components. Each team will presenting their methodologies and tools that are being implemented in real world projects.
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
In this workshop Volumetric Modular Builder, Fullstack, Architectural Surface Builder, MG McGrath and Digital Consultant, GENX will present the recently built 200 room Treehouse Hotel located in CA.
While each party will share different points of views and experiences, the presentation will highlight a unique approach of self-sealed façade systems that minimizes onsite work for Volumetric Modular Systems . The presentation will lay out best practices and digital solutions for process optimization and offer insights into the technical coordination between parties.
1. Roger Krulak, CEO at FullStack Modular
2. Ryan Rademacher, AIA; Director of Virtual Design & Construction, M.G. McGrath, Inc.
3. Ilkay Standard , Innovation Manager, GENX
1. Self-sealing façade design and advantages
2. Advanced Digital tools for Fabrication
3. DFMA for Façade systems
4. Process of building a Volumetric Modular system
5. Pre-construction Coordination and process optimization
6. Planning for Fabrication-Assembly-Transportation and on-site installation
Computational design, customized scripting and data are fundamentally changing how we approach design complexity. As designers embrace an ever-increasing number of considerations within their decision-making, the adoption of new tools must be driven to the next level while continuously synthesizing them with the very human skills of creativity, critical thinking and effective communications.
This presentation will demonstrate how this synchronized design approach is possible through the lens of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s state-of-the-art Schuylkill Avenue Research Building (SARB). Presenters will illustrate how they developed the facade and solution for the SARB, a 14-story, 350,000 square foot building with technology, deep human intra-team collaboration and client engagement. Then, they’ll dive deeper into the technological tools, the ethos at SARB’s core and the multi-year working relationship that led to this breakthrough project.