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Regional Resiliency: Planning for a Successful Future

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Eric Corey Freed, Sustainability Disruptor, will join a panel of local Central Oregon leaders for this special session, Regional Resiliency: Planning for a Successful Future.

Attendees will be introduced to new processes and approaches to strategic planning that will focus on opportunities to build a collaborative stakeholder community resiliency plan to prepare for projected population growth.

This session will take place on Thursday, February 21, from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Bend, Oregon.

Can’t make it over the mountains to Bend? You can still listen in! Audio from this session will be broadcast live on KPOV radio (88.9 FM).

JLC Live Residential Construction Show: 2 Presentations

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JLC LIVE Northwest showcases over 70 building product manufacturers, 5 LIVE building clinics and over 40 conference sessions, making it one of the Northwest’s largest regional trade events! JLC LIVE will take place on November 28-30 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

We’re excited to be presenting at this year’s JLC LIVE. Eric Corey Freed will be presenting two sessions, “An Optimistic Report from the Dystopian, Apocalyptic World of 2030” and “Tapping into Nature’s Technology: Growing Buildings”.

Registration and additional information can be found here.

Session Overview – An Optimistic Report from the Dystopian, Apocalyptic World of 2030

In the last decade, carbon levels increased 20 parts per million (from 380 to 403), the population grew by one billion, global temperature increased by half a degree Celsius, and 25 percent more people moved into our cities.
The world is rapidly changing and will be a very different place by 2030.  In this talk, we’ll explore dozens of disparate trends in technology, sustainability and the construction industry and connect the dots to get a glimpse into how we can save the world AND save our businesses at the same time.  You’ll learn how to stack emerging trends to forecast opportunities in the green building space.

During this energetic and entertaining session, we’ll train and engage attendees in a collaborative process to better address systemic barriers to healthy, high-performing, sustainable, resilient buildings.  Together, we’ll acknowledge the challenges and complexities facing project teams pursuing net zero / zero carbon projects and how to identify the risks amplified over and above a conventional development.

This session will take place on Wednesday, November 28 at 2:00 p.m. More information here.

Session Overview –  Tapping into Nature’s Technology: Growing Buildings

The way buildings are built today has remained relatively unchanged for nearly two hundred years.  The $9 trillion a year global construction industry is responsible for nearly 60% of climate change emissions, a third of landfill waste and a shocking array of negative health effects.  Even the most advanced construction projects in the world continue to use ancient techniques of modular assembly, relying on painstaking human effort to construct dead & ancient materials of wood, steel and concrete. Construction is driven by standards and codes to ensure economy and safety, but in the process fail to protect people from larger risks. This sessions attendees will learn:

1. Identify the value of exponential thinking in approaching your design problems
2. Discover the methodology to the XPRIZE for Healthy Buildings and how such innovations were formulated
3. Uncover new ways to approach healthy materials that avoids trying to be less bad, and into something regenerative
4. Develop a roadmap for your own projects and the future of Living Buildings

This session will take place on Thursday, November 29 at 7:30 a.m. More information here.

About our Presenter

Eric Corey Freed, Sustainability Disruptor
Eric is an award-winning architect, author, and global speaker. As Sustainability Disruptor for Morrison Hershfield, he identifies solutions to problems most teams didn’t know were holding them back. Eric’s past roles include Vice President of the International Living Future Institute and Chief Community Officer of EcoDistricts, both nonprofits pushing innovative new paradigms for deep green buildings and communities. Eric is the author of 11 books, including “Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies.” In 2012, he was named one of the 25 “Best Green Architecture Firms” in the US, and one of the “Top 10 Most Influential Green Architects.” In 2017, he was named one of Build’s American Architecture Top 25. He holds a prestigious LEED Fellow award from the US Green Building Council.

AEE Canada East Full-Day Seminar: Envelope and Heritage Restorations

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Trane Eastern Canada and the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Canada East are partnering to host the full-day seminar, focusing on Carbon Neutrality for Existing Buildings.

Registration and additional information can be found here.

Session Overview:

Envelope is more than windows and doors. How can we improve the performance of envelope systems while respecting building science and preservation guidelines?

Join David Kayll as he explores how to improve the insulation of heritage building restorations while respecting the historic nature of the facility and helping to meet carbon neutral targets.

This session is the third of the day and will begin at 10:15 a.m.

About our Presenter:

David Kayll, Director / Building Science Specialist
David is a senior engineering specialist delivering engineering consulting to public and private organizations, specialist support to building designers, and design on renovation and new construction. He has completed projects across Canada, including Canada’s North. David is a senior project manager for Eastern North America Building Specialty Services and is involved in energy and building science/envelope projects from Texas to Manitoba to Easter Canada.  Trained and experienced in the theories and practices of energy systems, building science and the building envelope/enclosure, David has worked in the various aspects of the industry from R&D to practical application of technical solutions to problems.

Greenbuild: The Building Envelope as a System – A Balanced Approach

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We’re excited to be presenting at this year’s Greenbuild Expo! Greenbuild is one of the largest international conference and expos specifically dedicated to sustainability in the built environment. The conference brings together professionals in the architecture, construction, engineering and planning community for four days of education sessions, workshops and networking. This year’s conference will take place on November 14-16, 2018 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

More information on the conference and registration can be found here.

Presentation Overview: The Building Envelope as a System – A Balanced Approach

One fundamental method to achieve deep green buildings is to optimize the envelope’s mechanical and electrical systems. The envelope should be considered as a system where heat, light and air flow in both directions, not viewed simply as a barrier between the interior and exterior. The envelope can be designed to reduce energy loads and impact health and productivity through natural light and control of indoor environment. This can help achieve credits across multiple LEED categories.

This presentation will review the impacts and opportunities associated with the building envelope when pursuing a deep green building. The presentation is based on our experience with multiple large Canadian commercial buildings, each targeting net zero carbon. We will present a methodology to use parametric analysis with whole building energy modelling to explore and understand the energy and carbon impacts of envelope options. The methodology and tools are straightforward and easily understood by architects and owners, and can enable designers to invest more wisely in their envelope. Our presenters are two senior Building Envelope Specialists and LEED Fellows who will provide attendees with a better understanding of how the envelope can contribute to energy reductions.

This session will take place on Friday, November 16 at 8 a.m.

About our Presenters:

Mark Lucuik, Director of Sustainability
Mark is a practicing engineer who has been involved in the field of sustainability since the early 1990’s. Mark is a past long serving member of the Board of Directors of the Canada Green Building Council (past Vice-Chair), sits on the Board of the Athena Institute, and was a founding board member of the Ottawa Chapter of the CaGBC. Mark was past co-chair of the LEED Canada Steering Committee for the Canada Green Building Council, and was a past member of several CaGBC committees and task groups. Mark’s expertise in LEED, Building Envelopes, and the embodied material effects of building materials have allowed him to work on over one hundred green buildings in Canada and the United States. Mark helps design and construction teams achieve their green goals, including LEED, efficiently. Mark is a firm believer in the benefits of green construction, and the necessity of change to reflect our changing climate. Mark demonstrates these beliefs by considering environmental effects in all professional and personal decisions. Mark lives in a LEED Platinum house.

Jamie McKay, Sustainability and Building Envelope Commissioning Specialist
Jamie is a Building Science and Sustainability Consultant at Morrison Hershfield, specializing in high performance Building Envelope design and Commissioning. He has worked for MH for over 18 years, starting in Vancouver, BC and then moving to Ottawa, ON in 2009. Jamie has acquired a wide range of knowledge in sustainable design and building science through his project experience at Morrison Hershfield, lecturing (US / Canada) and teaching (Carleton University, British Columbia Institute of Technology). His specialties include sustainable design, high performance building envelopes, Owner’s Advocacy, LEED Building Durability Planning and LEED V4 Building Envelope Commissioning. Jamie received his LEED Fellow designation in 2014 and was the Chair of the CAGBC Materials Technical Advisory Group (2017-2018 and member 2009-2018), and a member of the CAGBC Steering Committee of the Canadian Green Building Council (2017-2018). Jamie received his BECxProvider and CxA+BE accreditation from the University of Wisconsin in June of 2017.

DCD > Canada | Toronto: AI, Retrofits & Upgrades – Making Your Infrastructure Fit For New IT Demands

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DCD > Canada | Toronto’s AI, Retrofits & Upgrades – Making Your Infrastructure Fit For New IT Demands is a one day conference that covers a wide range of topics from power to cooling, design to build, colo to cloud, growth to investment, automation to control and networks to interconnect.

AI forms the central theme for the conference: its accommodation in pursuit of business goals in IT services, and its application to monitoring and managing data centers. With the Toronto data center investment is heavily focused on retrofits and refurbishments of aging facilities and their equipment, to achieve energy efficiency and/or to support higher densities, this helps enterprises and IT service providers alike deliver digital transformations.

Sean Smith, Principal and Director of Business Development for Morrison Hershfield’s Mission Critical department, will be attending and available throughout the conference to speak with you. Meet with Sean to explore ways Morrison Hershfield can assist with your next project or simply to discuss our MCF team’s recent and ongoing projects. Schedule a meeting with Sean: HERE

Click HERE to register for the event.

Sean Smith, P.Eng. – Principal and Director of Business Development

Sean is a Principal with Morrison Hershfield and has been with the firm for almost 20 years. He has worked in both Canada and the U.S.  In his role, Sean is part of the leadership team for Mission Critical Facilities and is involved in business development, general management, project management, design, analysis, field review, and construction management for a wide variety of data center, telecommunications and other critical facility projects.

CaGBC Ontario Awards Night

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The CaGBC Ontario Awards Night Gala brings together more than 250 industry leaders and supporters in Toronto. The Gala features an opening networking reception, keynote speaker, gala dinner and presentation of the Green Building Excellence and Leadership Awards at the elegant Arcadian Court.

Join Morrison Hershfield’s Sustainability Disruptor, Eric Corey Freed, as he delivers the evening’s keynote and acts as MC for the Awards Night Gala.

Registration and additional information can be found here.

Morrison Hershfield also has TWO projects nominated for awards of excellence:

ONE60 Elgin has been selected as a finalist for Excellence in Green Building – Existing Buildings (for our client H&R REIT)
Seneca College has been selected as a finalist for Excellence in New Construction (Commercial and Institutional) – (for our client EllisDon & Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology)

More information about awards finalists can be found here.

CAPRE’s Canadian Digital Transformation & Green Energy Innovation Summit

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CAPRE’s Canadian Digital Transformation & Green Energy Innovation Summit is a one day conference that focuses on digital disruption, the future of AI, blockchain, smart cities, cloud services and the energy evolution to support increased demand. This event is for anyone active in the data center industry including but not limited to: hyperscale, traditional colocation, edge computing or energy services.

Sean Smith, Principal and Director of Business Development for Morrison Hershfield’s Mission Critical department, will be in attendance and available throughout the conference to meet with you. Find out about our team’s recent and ongoing projects, and what’s next for the increasingly active industry. Schedule a meeting with Sean: HERE

Click HERE to register for the event.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of an important discussion! We look forward to seeing you there.

Sean Smith, P.Eng. – Principal and Director of Business Development

Sean is a Principal with Morrison Hershfield and has been at the firm for almost 20 years. He has worked in both Canada and the U.S.  In his role, Sean is part of the leadership team for Mission Critical Facilities and is involved in business development, general management, project management, design, analysis, field review, and construction management for a wide variety of data center, telecommunications and other critical facility projects.

Critical Facilities Summit 2018

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The Critical Facilities Summit offers innovative product discoveries, insightful and career-advancing education opportunities, as well as networking with hundreds of facilities professionals that deal with the daily operations and upkeep of mission critical buildings. The event is an exclusive gathering of senior-level professionals involved in the design, construction, management and operations of data centers, healthcare facilities, financial institutions, universities, government, and other mission critical facilities

The Critical Facilities Summit is being held at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. This annual conference and expo brings together hundreds of forward-thinking professionals to discuss and debate how to improve the efficiency, reliability and performance of mission critical facilities.

Farris Shaheen, Department Manager for Morrison Hershfield’s Mission Critical department in Atlanta, is attending and available throughout the conference to meet with you. Meet with Farris to find out about our team’s recent and ongoing projects, and discuss your project needs. Schedule a meeting with Farris: HERE

Click HERE to register for the event.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of an important discussion! We look forward to seeing you there.

Farris Shaheen, P.E., QCxP– Principal and Department Manager

Farris Shaheen is a Principal and Department Manager with Morrison Hershfield. Farris has over 30 years’ experience in consulting, design, commissioning and construction.  His clients include international cloud, colocation and enterprise data center clients, as well as national wireless carriers in the US. Farris manages the Mission Critical Facilities department in our Atlanta office.

Data Centers On The Edge [Live Event]

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Data Centers on the Edge is a half day event in Atlanta, GA, that explores the edge. Our keynote speaker Jason Green of  Element Critical will explain how “edge” data centers are shifting the paradigms of the traditional data center landscape. Engage in the conversation with our moderated panel of industry professionals followed by a networking reception. Our keynote and panelists are drawn from the construction, equipment, engineering and architectural industries. This event is designed for senior executives, architects, consultants, researchers, engineering/technology professionals and data center and the colo/wholesale/cloud end-user community.

Topics being covered by our panelists include:

  • Emerging trends at the edge.
  • Key characteristics in edge data center projects.
  • 5G and the impact on the data center market.

Register Now! Seats are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Click HERE to register for the event.

Meet Our Keynote:

Jason Green – Chief Technology Officer, Element Critical

Jason joined Element Critical with 15+ years of hands-on and management experience in the technology and data center industries. He has worked with, and for, all sizes of companies. From startups to Fortune 500’s, Jason relates data center infrastructure to comprehensive IT and business solutions. Prior to joining Ken Parent to launch Element Critical in 2016, Jason successfully built businesses and mission-critical teams in solutions engineering, managed services, engineering, operations, construction, security, and corporate strategy for multiple private and provider-based data centers globally.

Jason co-founded Vantage Data Centers in Santa Clara, CA, creating and running engineering, operations, construction, solutions engineering, as well as mergers and acquisitions. He assisted organizations in leading the delivery of four net-new Tier 3+ facilities and 50MW+ of customer solutions in 24 months. Subsequent to Vantage, Jason served as Vice President of Corporate Strategy at both Sentinel Data Centers and Gexpro (Rexel USA) before co-founding a boutique data center, IT, and energy consultation firm performing over $10BN of data center acquisition assessments in 2016. Jason has also led managed services and solutions engineering for FusionStorm, directed solutions engineering for RagingWire Enterprise Data Center Solutions, and ran global IT operations and disaster recovery for Gap Inc.

 Meet Our Panelists:

Sean Smith, P.Eng. – Principal and Director of Business Development, Morrison Hershfield

Sean is a Principal with Morrison Hershfield and has been at the firm for almost 20 years. He has worked in both Canada and the U.S.  In his role, Sean is part of the leadership team for Mission Critical Facilities and is involved in business development, general management, project management, design, analysis, field review, and construction management for a wide variety of data center, telecommunications and other critical facility projects.

Dustin Smith – Project Director, Brasfield & Gorrie

As project director, Dustin serves at the helm of Brasfield & Gorrie’s most complex projects and takes primary responsibility for client satisfaction. He is an expert at overseeing mission critical projects and ensuring that clients’ needs are met before, during, and after projects. He is experienced in working with many owners, sources of funding, and stakeholders concurrently to deliver first-rate facilities on time and within budget. Dustin uses his extensive mission critical construction knowledge to guide the project team through the design and construction process. He supports project management and field personnel, helping to develop accurate budgets, reliable schedules, and efficient plans during preconstruction and to ensure that those plans are executed with precision in the field.

Hussam Haroun, P.Eng. – Chief Innovation & Technology Officer, Cinnos Mission Critical Inc. 

Hussam is the Chief Innovation & Technology Officer of Cinnos Mission Critical Incorporated, leading product development, research & development, and fulfillment. He is also responsible for establishing global strategic partnerships. As the Co-Founder of Cinnos Mission Critical Incorporated, Hussam developed an innovative micro datacenter architecture called the Smart Mission Critical X during his Master’s program at McMaster University, which has been deployed in 3 different continents to date. Hussam is a licensed Professional Engineer registered in Ontario and has designed and built multi-million dollar projects in over 100 data centers since 2008.

Johnny Hembree, AIA, LEED AP, NCIDQ – Principal & Vice President, Pieper O’Brien Herr Architects

Mr. Hembree is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He is a registered architect in multiple states and is also a registered Interior Designer.  As a Principal and Vice President at POH Architects, Johnny oversees the firm’s mission critical facilities, office, interiors and healthcare projects. He is a recognized leader in the design of mission critical facilities across the country and manages large, technically complex projects. Johnny has been in the mission critical industry for over 20 years designing more than 3-million square feet of white across the country and internationally. He currently serves on the Board for the 7×24 Exchange Atlanta Chapter.

CONSTRUCT: Two Presentations and a Panel

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Advance your techniques in developing and evaluating architectural detailing concepts while understanding lessons learned from recent developments in net zero energy, carbon pricing and financial risk models. We’re pleased to announce that our Building Science team will be presenting two sessions and participating in a panel at this year’s CONSTRUCT Conference! This 3-day conference will take place from October 3-5, 2018 in Long Beach, California.

Conference and registration information can be found here.

Presentation Overview – Performance Anxiety: Confessions from the Building Envelope

How does the design of the building envelope actually perform? This program will explore this question and show a comprehensive depiction of building performance as it relates to the building envelope. The innovative strategies presented will analyze the relationship between building envelope assembly, materials, and detailing and the actual performance of the envelope assemblies observed from in-field observations and performance testing. The performance aspects related to the building envelope will address water penetration, condensation, thermal performance, and air leakage. This will help designers make informed decisions as well as identify and assess areas of high priority earlier in the design process when it comes to meeting project performance goals. With experience working on hundreds of Building Envelope Commissioning (BECx) and envelope testing projects over the last decade, we have seen what works and what doesn’t. Our in-depth discussion of recent architectural concepts will compare design/details versus actual field performance.

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Outline advanced techniques to develop and evaluate architectural detailing concepts related to air, moisture, and thermal performance
  • Identify effective and progressive methods to accomplish building envelope mock-up and field performance testing
  • Specify performance testing to effectively verify the OPR
  • Describe how products and architectural details actually perform when tested through review of case studies

This session will be presented by Stevan Vinci, Building Envelope Commissioning Specialist, and Rick Ziegler, Senior Building Science Consultant. It will take place on Wednesday, October 3 at 9:20 a.m.

Panel Overview – A Look Ahead at 2019: Trends and Challenges in the AEC Industry

Get together with your peers and a group of thought leaders to discuss the hot topics, emerging trends, challenges and opportunities facing the AEC industry. What lessons, new wisdom, and better tools should we take with us to help us face the challenges in 2019?  The topics will vary depending upon the audience and could range from materials and construction processes to women in architecture, augmented reality to offsite/modular construction trends and everything in between.  This is an open forum where the exchange of ideas, opinions and information is encouraged.  Ask questions of the panel of thought leaders or share your own insights.  We will crowdsource the topics of interest to the audience just prior to the event, so the content will be fresh and timely.

Stevan Vinci, Building Envelope Commissioning Specialist, will act as a panelist for this session. It will take place on Thursday, October 4 at 7:30 a.m.

Presentation Overview – An Optimistic Report from the Dystopian, Apocalyptic World of 2030: Innovations in Net Zero Building

In the last decade, carbon levels increased 20 parts per million (from 380 to 403), the population grew by one billion, global temperature increased by half a degree Celsius, and 25 percent more people moved into our cities. The world is rapidly changing and will be a very different place by 2030. In this talk, we’ll explore dozens of disparate trends in technology, sustainability and the construction industry and connect the dots to get a glimpse into how we can save the world AND save our businesses at the same time. You’ll learn how to stack emerging trends to forecast opportunities in the green building space. Climate change is redefining the design parameters and project demands for building design. Uncertainty in the future will require solutions that measure and manage energy, water and health outcomes in innovative ways. During this energetic and entertaining session, participants will engage in a collaborative process to better address systemic barriers to healthy, high-performing, sustainable, resilient buildings. Together, we’ll acknowledge the challenges and complexities facing project teams pursuing net zero / zero carbon projects and how to identify the risks amplified over and above a conventional development. Hear from an award winning architect in a lively discussion that will change how you look at the future, regardless of how bleak it may be!

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the lessons learned from recent developments in net zero energy, carbon pricing and financial risk models, and how to apply them to their upcoming projects
  • Identify the key financial barriers facing these projects, and how to find creative ways to communicate these opportunities to the owners
  • Discover how advances in automation, energy storage, biophilia and climate planning will change how building owners set requirements for their projects
  • Describe innovative strategies being used on current projects to design and build low carbon communities

This session will be presented by Eric Corey Freed, Sustainability Disruptor. It will take place on Friday, October 5 at 8:45 a.m.