April 3-6, 2013
CONNECT: Let the conversations begin!
Renaissance Hotel, Austin, Texas

Friday, April 5, 2013 – 10:15 am – 11:30 am
Sensory CONNECTIONS Perceived Through Architecture
Mark Vander Voort, AIA, LEED AP, HKS Architects, Inc.
Dan Arrowood, HKS Architects, Inc.

Have you ever wondered how and why the built environment affects ones spirit? Because it certainly does! This session will explore sensory messaging conveyed subliminally through architecture. How can the psychology and experience of space and place positively affect communities, outcomes, and provide the best platforms for learning? This interactive presentation will include slides, props, simulations and problem solving to engage the audience.

Learning Objectives
  1. Understand how architectural elements are perceived
  2. Better understand how sensory messages convey perceptions of space and place
  3. Understand the formative role school environments play for all of us, and the duration of their impressions
  4. Better understand how physical and emotional equilibrium can be achieved to promote better learning

Presenter Bios:

Mark Vander Voort, AIA, LEED AP is a Principal and Director of Education at HKS Architects, Inc. He has led hundreds of school design efforts around the state of Texas. Degreed from Rice University, Marks career spans 36 years, and is dedicated to executing projects for educational clients. Over the years, Mark has presented numerous times at K12 trade conferences. He is currently serving as President Elect of the Southern Region North Texas Chapter.

Dan Arrowood is a Senior Education Designer at HKS Architects, Inc. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Dan has 31 years of professional experience, having worked nationally on early childhood centers, along with many K12 and Community projects across Texas.
Disaster Recovery Planning
Rick Linahan, President & CEO of Mooring Recovery
Doug Thompson, LEED AP BD+C, Mooring Recovery

How prepared are you for a disaster in your school? Learn about how to create an emergency plan, what types of disasters can happen, immediate steps to prevent further damage, technology of drying and cleaning techniques, insurance coordination and issues, procurement of mitigation strategies Program is certified by Texas Insurance Commission for Continuing Education Credits.

Learning Objectives
  1. Ability to Plan for an Emergency
  2. Knowledge of Types of Disasters
  3. Immediate Steps to Prevent Further Damage Emergency Response and Mitigation Strategies

Presenter Bios:

Rick Linahan, President & CEO of Mooring Recovery responsible for all operations including the National Catastrophe Response Team(CAT), Graduate of Southwest Texas State and has 17 years restoration and reconstruction all over Texas and nationally.

Doug Thompson, LEED AP BD+C, Graduate of University of Texas at Austin. 34 years school construction experience, 2010 President of the Southern Region.
BIM + CM-at-Risk = Saves You TIME + MONEY especially on Renovation Projects!
Laura Sachtleben, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, SHW Group LLP
Jennifer Henrikson, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, SHW Group LLP
Peter McElwain, AIA, Katy Independent School District

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Come see how Katy ISD saved time and money pairing CM-at-Risk delivery method and a Design Team who used Building Information Modeling to the fullest. Two concurrent JHS comprehensive renovation projects overhauled MEP systems, upgraded interiors and provided additions to meet Katy's curriculum, technology and safety needs. The delivery method eliminated unnecessary bid day contingency and reduced construction time in half. The BIM technology reduced unplanned costs by constructing the project virtually. This session demonstrates how this extreme make-over was accomplished allowing the district to maximize their capital improvement investment and receive huge returns in both construction and instruction benefits.

Learning Objectives
  1. Participants will be able to identify the benefits of using BIM software during the design process through observation and discussion of several design coordination examples presented in the two JHS renovation projects (examples = mechanical, structural, plumbing, architecture).
  2. Participants will be able to identify the benefits of using BIM software during the construction process through observation and discussion of several construction coordination examples presented in the two JHS renovation projects (examples = clash detection meetings between construction trades - mechanical, structural, plumbing, architecture).
  3. Participants will be able to discuss the benefits the Owner can obtain by integrating BIM into their design and construction process through the presentation and participating in the 15 minute Q&A portion of this session.
  4. Participants will be able to discuss the cost and time benefits of using BIM technology and CMaR delivery method to maximize the construction dollars identified for the two comprehensive JHS renovation projects presented, by participating in the 15 minute Q&A portion of this session.

Presenter Bios:

Laura Sachtleben is an Associate Principal and Senior PM at SHW Group with over 10 years of experience in educational architecture. She received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Design at Texas A&M University, and continued her education at Tulane University where she received a Master of Architecture. She believes that architecture can and should serve as a catalyst for innovation in education. Laura was the A/E team leader during the construction phase and will share many examples of the benefit to using BIM in the integrated design and construction of the two highlighted Katy ISD comprehensive renovation projects.

Jennifer Henrikson is a Principal-in-Charge for SHW Group with over 21 years of experience in the architectural industry. She received her BS Arch at UT Arlington and her M Arch at the University of Houston. Jennifer believes firmly in the cost saving and constructability benefits that BIM brings to each project in both the design and construction, especially in the comprehensive renovation projects. Jennifer provided the A/Es team leadership in all phases of the project from planning, design, documentation and construction for the two highlighted Katy ISD comprehensive renovation projects.

Peter McElwain has served Katy ISD as District Architect/Planner for the last 15 years, and is responsible for all planning and capital construction items for KISD. Peters 25 years of K12 experience, spans the entire project delivery spectrum including: site property acquisition, developer interaction, planning, construction, custodial and operations. Katy ISD is one of the fastest growing districts in Texas. Peter and Art Campbell (PM for the 2 projects), participated in all project phases from planning through construction. Peter will share the Owners perspective and the benefit the District received utilizing CMaR delivery method and BIM technology on these projects.
Friday, April 5, 2013 – 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
They Said It Couldn't Be Done! Planning and Passing a $1.89 Billion Bond Referendum
Sue Robertson, CEFP, Houston Independent School District
Leo Bobadilla, Houston Independent School District
Robert Sands, Houston Independent School District

Trying to obtain funding for building and renovating schools has been very challenging for the past few years, and urban school districts are confronted with an infrastructure that has suffered from the lack of funding for maintenance. In November of 2012, the voters in Houston approved a $1.89 billion bond referendum that will essentially rebuild all of the high schools in the district, provide facilities to support K-8 education, and construct or renovate a number of other site-specific and district-wide facilities. This presentation will provide insights into the strategies and commitment that it took to pass the bond and the magnitude of the effort that is involved in successful implementation. If we can do it, so can you!

Learning Objectives
  1. Participants will understand the planning process required to identify project needs.
  2. Participants will understand the political strategies that can help to convince voters to support a bond referendum.
  3. Participants will understand the structure required to implement a fast-tracked, large scale bond program.
  4. Participants will understand the essential aspects of community engagement in planning and implementing a school construction program.

Presenter Bio:

Sue Robertson integrates experience in the fields of education and design in her work as an educational planner. She has a Bachelors degree in elementary education and has worked as an educator from elementary through university levels. Sue has a Masters degree from Florida State University in Interior Design and experience in space planning for educational facilities as well as commercial office buildings. As an educational planner, Ms. Robertson has assisted numerous districts in facility assessments, developing educational specifications, and district-wide master planning. In 2001 Sue formed Planning Alliance, a corporation that provides facility planning services for K-12, higher education, and business clients. Planning Alliance relocated to New Orleans, LA, in 2007. Sue is currently the General Manager, Facility Planning, for Houston Independent School District, and is responsible for overseeing the planning for a recently-passed $1.89 billion bond-funded building program.
Library Design for the 21st Century Learner
Carolyn Foote, Westlake HS, Eanes ISD
Sean Connor, AIA, Pfluger Associates Architects

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How do trends in library design relate to the evolving thinking about how students learn? Hear about trends in library design, changing thinking about how students learn, and interactive techniques for exploring the relationship between students and library spaces. Learn strategies for observing and documenting the needs of students. As schools move to 1:1 mobile device models, as Westlake High School has, it affects the design choices and space configurations in the library. The librarian and architect will share insights and strategies from their partnership in redesigning Westlake High School Library to highlight the impact of changing technology and instructional methodology.

Learning Objectives
  1. Familiarity with current trends in library design
  2. Strategies for observing and documenting student behaviors in libraries
  3. Impact of technology on student use of library spaces
  4. Changing expectations in the educational system for student learning

Presenter Bios:

Carolyn Foote is a "techno" librarian interested in the confluence of school change, technology, libraries, and design. As a twenty year librarian, she has guided her district through the changing nature of libraries as her school has embarked on a 1:1 iPad program. Second place winner in the Salem Press Blog Awards, she is also a three time finalist for the Texas Computer Education Association Librarian of the Year. She has recently partnered in a complete renovation/rebuilding of her library, presents frequently about library design at numerous education conferences, and has an upcoming chapter in the book The New Landscape of Mobile Learning.

Sean Connor, AIA, is a Principal with Pfluger Associates Architects, and has specialized in educational facilities for the past 24 years. Sean is a member of the Association and the American Institute of Architects.
Building Optimization and Sustainability
Cameron Symes, Estes, McClure & Associates, Inc.

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The design and implementation of mechanical, electrical, and lighting systems, and the resulting effects on building sustainability and overall building operation is a conversation that must be had in order to fully realize the potential of any facility. Join us for an interactive discussion as we review specific case-studies, learn the conversations and processes that must take place to achieve an optimized building, and discover the resulting effects on the sustainability.

Learning Objectives
  1. Learn to effectively define opportunities to optimize the facility and how these opportunities impact the sustainability of the facility.
  2. Learn to properly communicate between the design team and the owner to facilitate optimization and sustainability.
  3. Learn to educate facility designers, operators, and owners to properly design, operate, and implement building systems to promote optimization and sustainability.
  4. Learn to implement building optimization over the life of the facility.

Presenter Bio:

Cameron Symes, Professional Engineer, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Certified Geoexchange Designer. Cameron Symes is a project manager with Estes, McClure and Associates. Cameron has managed the design on chilled water, geothermal, and Dx systems across the state of Texas. Cameron has participated in the design of multiple LEED buildings including the Michaelis Academic Center, LEED Gold, and the Emergency Services Training Center, LEED Platinum pending, at McLennan Community College. Cameron is also a central plant optimization specialist. Building optimization in design and implementation is a primary focus for Cameron on every project.
Cloud Computing and how it will Affect the AEC Industry
Darrell Smith, The Mendicant Architect

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While not new in concept, Cloud Computing has begun to infiltrate businesses of all types. With recent technological advances combined with a reduction of the cost of bandwidth, Cloud Computing has become a reality as well as the preferred method of doing business today. Regarding BIM and IDP, The capability to utilize Cloud Computing has a direct value to our industry and will not only revolutionize the way we do business, but will accentuate the benefits and value of BIM and IDP to project teams. Cloud Computing in Collaboration Hubs and Private Networks will improve collaboration, workflows, and efficiencies for everyone in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industry.

Learning Objectives
  1. Understand what the "Cloud" is, the different types of cloud available, and the strengths and weaknesses of each type as it relates to BIM.
  2. Understand how Cloud Storage, in common use today, has evolved into Cloud Computing and how this trend will directly influence and affect companies BIM workflows and business.
  3. Understand what a collaboration hub is and how it can increase productivity and collaboration while reducing obvious as well as hidden costs.
  4. Understand how Cloud Computing will transform the way we do business in the AEC industry, and how companies can integrate it into a BIM and IPD implementation plan.

Presenter Bio:

Darrell Smith: Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas - Austin - 6/1995 Licensed Architect - TBAE #18320 - 10/2003 NCARB Certified - #57954 - 12/2000 C.S.I. - Construction Document Technologist - 04/2005 AIA Member - 02/2009 Autodesk Certified Associate & Professional for Revit Architecture, Revit Structure, Revit MEP, and Navisworks since 2007 (2010 for Navisworks). Authorized Agent for Advance 2000 - 04/2012 - Cloud Computing and IT solutions. Authorized Agent for Assemble - 04/2012 - A proven design and construction platform that integrates best-of-class BIM products to enable interoperability, visualization, and change management. Practiced Architecture for 9 years. Worked as Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing Designer for 2 years. Provided Revit, Navisworks, and other BIM related software, Training, Mentoring, Content and Template Creation, and Consulting since 12/2006. Trained over 700 Architects, Interior Designers, Structural & MEP Engineers, Contractors, Sub-Contractors, & Manufacturers. Implemented BIM in over 200 AEC Firms. Provided training for UT School of Architecture, ITT Tech, Del Mar College, and Autodesk University. Revit Beta Tester since 2007, Navisworks Beta Tester Since 2010 Founded The Mendicant Architect - 03/2010 Co-Founded AARUG (Austin Area Revit User Group) - 11/2011
Friday, April 5, 2013 – 2:20 pm – 3:35 pm
Facilities: Foundation of Safe and Effective STEM and CTE Education
Sandra S. West, Texas State University

Join us for a quick update on the science education and CTE research and best practices and the role that facilities play in improving education. With ever increasing financial pressure, avoid mistakes that undermine effective instruction in science and CTE by learning from case studies. Bring your most difficult questions for group collaboration and problem solving.

Learning Objectives
  1. Update on research on safety in science and CTE facilities
  2. Update on best practices in science and CTE instruction
  3. Clarify the role of facilities design in promoting effective science and CTE instruction
  4. Avoid mistakes that undermine safe and effective science and CTE education

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Sandra West, winner of state and national awards in Science Education leadership, is the co-author of the national science facilities standards (NSTA Guide to Planning School Science Facilities). Her research on safety is the only 20-year longitudinal study on Texas science facilities. The new focus on CTE requires a new approach and collaboration between two similar disciplines and facilities needs. Her bi-weekly classroom visits in over 20 districts provide current data on strengths and weaknesses in design. Her other research focuses on the integration of science and math and the role of principals in effective STEM education.
The Death of the Textbook: How Student Needs and School Planning are Changing in the Digital Age
Patrick Glenn, AIA, REFP, LEED AP, Perkins+Will
Courtney Johnston, RID, IIDA, LEED AP, Perkins+Will

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Many of today's school have already felt the effects of a digital curriculum, but what downstream effects in school design will impact students ability to embrace today's technology to perform and collaborate better? We will take a look at how students cognitive learning skills have blossomed with the integration of 21st century instructional technology and how the slow disappearance of the textbooks will change the way schools are planned and designed. Will schools shrink in size? Will schools grow based on the student demand for flexibility and collaboration? What traditional and out of date program spaces will slowly disappear over the next decade and what new spaces will been needed to sustain student success, create curriculum integration and to promote long term creativity and innovation our society will demand for this country's next generation. The questions and more will be answered during this very provocative and thought provoking presentation.

Learning Objectives
  1. Discussion regarding traditional compared to contemporary teaching styles and school program spaces.
  2. Review of 21st century learning and technology teaching trends
  3. Insightful knowledge regarding the power of student collaboration and project base learning.
  4. Review of innovative, cost effective and flexible ways to plan schools for an unknown future.

Presenter Bios:

Patrick Glenn, AIA, REFP, LEED AP, Principal, is the K12 Regional Practice Leader for Perkins+Will in TX and currently works in the Dallas office. With 17 years of educational leadership, planning and architectural design experience spanning a wide range of educational clients across the state of Texas, Patrick is known for listening to specific client needs and providing a clear understanding and design direction of the critical issues facing school districts and educational facilities. Patrick offers unique expertise to help foster creative, organized and long term design strategies to better enhance the student learning environment. Patrick contributes the knowledge of participating in over 60 educational projects during his career including the award-winning Cedar Ridge High School, Hector P. Garcia Middle School and Rosemont Elementary School.

Courtney Johnston, RID, IIDA, LEED AP, Senior Associate, is the Director of Design for Interiors in the Perkins+Will Dallas office, Courtney is a key and recognized figure in supporting the integrated design approach bringing creative interior solutions to projects from concept to completion. Courtney is a talented designer with experience in many project types and sizes, including all comprehensive public high schools to smaller stand along elementary schools to private schools spanning not only the Dallas-Ft Worth metroplex, across the great state of Texas. Courtney's innovative approach to mentoring and teaching have helped develop interior design programs at national universities. Her responsibilities begin with initial programming working directly with clients to establish project goals and objectives; she develops design concepts, color and material palettes, furniture selections, and develops the designs through aid in documentation and specification.
Energy Conservation Results
Alan Albers, Round Rock ISD
Wesley Perkins, Round Rock ISD

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Round Rock ISD has gone through a significant growth period over the last decade. In that time, the district has built numerous schools and associated facilities opening new campuses almost yearly since 2000. The district always strives to install the most efficient HVAC and Controls systems available and this presentation will point out that the HVAC and other equipment available today is continuing to significantly improve efficiencies over previously installed equipment. This provides opportunities for districts to reduce operational costs for the life of the campus and return those dollars to the classroom-side of the budget.

Learning Objectives
  1. How the district achieved past energy efficiency goals (BTU/SQ FT, etc)
  2. What are realistic energy efficiency goals in today's market
  3. Construction types that assist in achieving those goals
  4. How utility rate structures affect a districts energy costs

Presenter Bios:

Alan Albers is Exec Dir, Operations & Facilities Services for RRISD. In that time, he has worked in RRISD since 1999 and has led the Facilities organization that includes Construction, Maintenance, Energy Management, and Custodial activities. Since that time, the district has grown from an enrollment of 28,000 to over 45,000 students and has built over $750M worth of educational facilities. Mr. Albers has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Texas A&M University and has been active in CEFPI for many years.

Wesley Perkins is the Energy Manager for Round Rock ISD and has been in that role for 2 1/2 years. Since arriving at RRISD, Wesley has saved the district over $2M in its annual energy bill and operations budget through renewed utility contracts in today's market as well as implementing a variety of energy conservation measures in the daily operation of HVAC systems across the district. Prior to arriving at RRISD, Wesley worked in the HVAC industry in the Houston market for many years where he was considered a champion for energy conservation by his clients. Wesley has a BA in Business from St Leo University and an MBA from Rice University.
The Evolving Use of BIM in K-12 Construction
Andy Gajbhiye, Joeris General Contractors
Chris Carruth, Joeris General Contractors
Scott Lee, Joeris General Contractors

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The presenters will describe the collaborative nature of BIM and how projects benefit from the BIM coordination process. BIM Best Practices will be explained utilizing case studies from several recent projects, both complete and ongoing. These case studies will include several K-12 projects and will highlight the advantages and uses of BIM in these projects, including 3, 4 and 5D modeling. The importance of BIM standards within organizations will be discussed and advice will be offered regarding the creation of BIM standards and incorporation of same in school district construction policies, manuals and RFQ/P documentation. When BIM SHOULD be used and when it SHOULD NOT will also be discussed, using specific project types and scopes as well as owner goals and budgets.

Learning Objectives
  1. Understand Practical Use of BIM in K-12 Construction
  2. Understand Best Practices of BIM Use
  3. Learn How to Establish BIM Standards for School Districts
  4. Understanding of When BIM Does and Does Not Make Sense

Presenter Bios:

Andy Gajbhiye has a bachelors degree in civil engineering from VJTI, Mumbai and a masters degree in construction management from Texas A&M University. While earning his masters degree, he was involved in the research and development of Macro BIM at the Research Unit for Computer Integrated Construction (RUCIC). At Joeris, Andy leads the effort of implementing BIM at the corporate level and at the project level within the operations and preconstruction team. To date, he has managed 10 BIM projects totaling more than $300 million. His primary focus has been implementing BIM on K-12 and higher ed projects for programming, design development, preconstruction, construction and close-out. He is a BIM instructor for AGC.

Chris Carruth, Vice President of Business Development, Joeris General Contractors

Scott Lee, Project Executive, Joeris General Contractors
Friday, April 5, 2012 – 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Site Feasibility - Finding Fatal Flaws
Mark D. McNeal, Atkins Global
Daniel J. Brown, PE, LEED AP, Atkins Global
Jeremy D. Henson, CE, Atkins Global

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A discussion of the methods used to study a candidate parcel of land to determine whether or not it is suitable for the intended development. Topics include evaluating pertinent aspects of civil engineering, geotechnical analysis, geology, archaeology and cultural resources, endangered species, ecology and jurisdictional wetlands, phase I environmental site assessments, entitlements, surveying, and permitting. In a tag-team format, speakers from a variety of backgrounds and of various disciplines will deliver a program with a flexible structure allowing audience interaction during the main part of the presentation. Case studies will be presented to reinforce the message.

Learning Objectives
  1. Determining the attributes and entitlements of a property
  2. Understanding the development plan and its implications
  3. Know your consultant resources and their capabilities
  4. Putting it all together to form conclusions and make business decisions

Presenter Bios:

Mark McNeal has been in the professional consulting business since 1972; Educated in Science, Communications, and Land Surveying; Project Management for 20 years; 2007 Recipient of Founders Award for Project Management; Principal designer and Project Manager for numerous projects constructed in Central Texas including K-12 schools & support facilities, colleges, hotels, apartments, office buildings, shopping centers, and residential development; Particular expertise in conducting feasibility studies for candidate sites for various developments and land uses.

Dan Brown is a project manager and civil group leader for Atkins in Austin, TX. He has a total of 13 years of experience in the land development, engineering and construction industries. He has provided site analysis reviews, engineering, and project/construction management services for federal, public and private clients. He is a licensed professional engineer and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelors degree in civil engineering. Mr. Brown is also a LEED accredited professional.

Jeremy Henson is a senior ecologist for Atkins North America in Austin, TX. He's a plant ecologist by way of education, but has 12 years of experience as a consultant conducting ecological baseline surveys for flora and fauna, threatened and endangered species management, habitat restoration, wetland permitting, and mitigation planning. Mr. Henson completed undergraduate studies in biology at the University of Central Missouri and graduate studies in plant ecology at Texas State University. Mr. Henson is also a Certified Ecologist through the Ecological Society of America.
Best Practices for Safer Schools
Sean Connor, Pfluger Associates, LP
Brian Combs, COMBS Consulting Group
Laura Santos-Farry, Eanes Independent School District

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How can school facilities promote safer and better environments for learning? A district Safety and Risk Management Director, TASB Region XIII's Risk Management Services Asst. Director, and a Security and Technology consultant, will address some of today's most prevalent school security concerns, in a session moderated by an experienced school architect. The principles of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design will be explored, along with practical, realistic suggestions for both new and existing school facilities.

Learning Objectives
  1. Familiarization with the principles of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
  2. Practical solutions to the most common safety concerns and risk factors in public school campuses
  3. Knowledge of current trends and changing priorities in Risk Management as relates to campus facilities
  4. Most up to date practices relating to the use of electronic technology to enhance security and student safety.

Presenter Bios:

Sean Connor, AIA, is a licensed architect with Pfluger Associates, LP. Sean Connor has specialized in educational facilities design for 25 years. He is a member of the Council of Educational Facilities Planners International, the American Institute of Architects, and the International Crime Prevention through Environmental Design Association.

Brian K. Combs is president of COMBS Consulting Group, LP, an independent Information Technology (IT) and Physical Security design and consulting firm, and a board member and past President of the South Texas Chapter. Brian Combs works directly with clients to provide expert and unbiased objectivity in assessing, budgeting, designing, procuring and managing the implementation of IT and Physical Security systems.

Laura Santos-Farry is Director of School Safety and Risk Management at Eanes Independent School District. Laura is a certified School Risk Manager and a member of the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research.
Paradigm Shift in Defining Accessibility
Wayne Reynaud, PBK, Inc.
Dr. Karen Rue, Northwest Independent School District
Kerri Ranney, PBK, Inc.

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The focus of educational facility design is often placed on building compliance with codes, regulations and instructional delivery goals. Achieving seamless integration of building components to better address the sensory and social aspects of learning will require a paradigm shift. Designers, as well as other stakeholders, need to employ an empathic design philosophy to allow comprehensive access to learning for students and an ease of incorporation for teachers. This session will explore the many facets of the learning and teaching experiences as well as design concepts that foster success for all end users of educational facilities.

Learning Objectives
  1. Identify the different type of Barriers that exist in Accessing Education, i.e. Physical barriers, social barriers and IEP barriers.
  2. Accessibility has to be understood by designers in a more broad sense than building code compliance, it is about access to learning.
  3. Get Feedback from the Participants in the room!! This is key to understanding some experiences different school districts are having with "Barriers" to Educational Access.
  4. Show how flexibility in a built environment is the key to student achievement, when considering all possible challenges and learning styles students engage in.

Presenter Bios:

Wayne Reynaud has over 23 years of experience in providing architectural planning, design development and construction administration services. As an Associate Principal with PBK, Wayne is responsible for planning, managing, and coordinating all phases of project development. He has directed the production of numerous multi-million dollar projects while satisfying multi-faceted program requirements and meeting budget goals. His extensive experience includes: bond planning, master planning, facility assessment, programming and multi-discipline design services, cost estimating and project closeout. Wayne is highly skilled in maintaining quality assurance processes through continuous communication with all clients and personnel.

Karen Rue, Ed.D., joined Northwest ISD in July 2005, as the Superintendent of Schools. Under her leadership, the district continues to make gains in increasing academic success for all students. While at NISD, Rue has led three successful bond elections. The first bond election was held in 2005 for $224 million, the second in 2008 for $260 million, and the most recent on November 6 for $255 million. She is currently serving on the State TEA Consortium of Superintendents Evaluation Team of State Assessment and also served on the Superintendents Panel for the 2010 Conference in Fort Worth.

Kerri Ranney is an associate at PBK Architects, a full service architecture & engineering firm serving the education, healthcare, government and corporate markets. She works as a client executive, managing all aspects of her clients' design and construction projects. Kerri is also an attorney and advises her firm on legal and regulatory issues and changes in the industry. Kerri is a recognized leader in the educational design profession, including her volunteer work on the regional board of directors for the Association.
Saturday, April 6, 2013 – 9:00 am – 10:15 am
Engaging Industry Expertise for your Bond Program
Craig S. Reynolds, FAIA, BRW Architects
Phil D. Jimerson, RTSBA, Grapevine Colleyville ISD
Raleigh Roussell, Retired President and CEO of TEXO

For the first time in a decade Dallas 160,000 student district was to begin work on a new bond program. The $1.36 billion 2002 school bond program, to be followed six years later with another similar scale program, was significantly larger than any prior initiative in the state for schools. Essential for a district highly visible in the media, was to establish an inclusive process for ensuring success in the engagement of design teams and contractors to execute the capital improvements. Learn how a task force of district and industry leaders in architecture, engineering and construction developed the guidelines for a management plan to accomplish the positive objectives.

Learning Objectives
  1. Understand the value of an industry task force to offer expertise and buy-in for managing design and construction of District Bond Programs
  2. Understand the critical objectives of managing design and construction programs to achieve success for your District.
  3. Understand the benefits of fair and reasonable standard contracts and mechanisms for dispute resolution in a multiple project program.
  4. Understand the necessity of defining the selection procedures, closeout procedures, priorities and project schedule before the start of the program.

Presenter Bios:

Craig Reynolds was the chair of Dallas ISDs Future Facilities Task Force for the Districts 2002 and 2008 Bond Programs. His role in leading the 20+ person task force of each program was to achieve unanimous committee support for the programs, determine the total amount of the bond programs and generally identify the capital improvements to be accomplished with the $2.7 billion school bond funds. Craig was the 2012 President of the Texas Society of Architects; he is a Fellow in the AIA, the 2009 recipient of the Texas Society of Architects Pfluger Award for Community Service and is a managing principal of BRW Architects.

Phil Jimerson is the Construction Program Manager for Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District since 2012. Previously he was the Deputy Chief of Operations for Dallas Independent School District and had oversight of the Operations Departments including Facility Services, Maintenance and Operations, Food & Child Nutrition Services and Construction Services. He had direct responsibility for the office of Construction Services which is the office responsible for planning and implementing the 2002 and 2008 bond programs. The 2008 bond program included the construction of 14 new schools, 13 addition and renovations to over 200 existing schools. Phil joined the Dallas Independent School District after 19 years of service with the Grand Prairie Independent School District, where he served as Assistant Superintendent. During his tenure in Grand Prairie, he successfully administered five school bond referendums.

Raleigh Roussell recently retired after 40 years as President and CEO of TEXO. TEXO is The Construction Association resulting from the consolidation of QUOIN, a Chapter of AGC and the ABC North Texas Chapter. TEXO represents over 1900 commercial construction companies in North and East Texas. Roussell has participated in numerous industry and community activities including Past President and founding member of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. He is currently on the Board of Visitors at the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and Texas A&M University. His most distinguished honors include being named the S.I.R. Award recipient in 1993, the construction industry's highest award. He was named an Honorary Life Member of the American Institute of Architects in 1994 and was inducted into the Contractor Hall of Fame at Texas A&M University in 2006. In 2011 an endowed scholarship was established in his name by the faculty, students, and industry partners at the University of Oklahoma. Roussell holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University.
2013 Texas Legislative Update
Gary B. Marek, Texas Association of School Boards

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Is the Texas Legislature planning major changes to school design and construction requirements? Are there going to be any new "green" mandates? Will there be additional funds to aid schools with their construction costs? Get the answers to these and all your other school facility questions and concerns as they relate to the current session of the Texas Legislature.

Learning Objectives
  1. Attendees will gain a more thorough understanding of the structure of the Texas Legislature.
  2. Attendees will gain a more thorough understanding of the process by how bills become law.
  3. Attendees will gain a more thorough understanding of how to track legislation on-line.
  4. Attendees will gain a more thorough understanding of bills currently under consideration in the legislature that could affect the design, construction, or operation of school facilities.

Presenter Bio:

Gary Marek is a Facilities Consultant with the OnSite Facilities Services Program at the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). Prior to joining TASB in December 2012, Gary served as Director of School Facilities for the Texas Education Agency (TEA), where he oversaw the School Facilities Standards, the Science Lab Grant program, the Qualified School Construction Bond program, the Qualified Zone Academy Bond program, and the School Transportation Allotment program. Gary's career with the State of Texas began in 1984. Prior to joining TEA in December 1998, he worked for the General Services Commission in the Facilities Leasing Section for seven years. His first eight years in State government were spent enforcing accessibility laws with the Architectural Barriers program of the General Services Commission and the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Gary has an undergraduate degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Southwest Texas State University. Gary is a Recognized Educational Facility Planner and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Central Texas Chapter.<
Sustainable Energy Efficient Roofs: Myths vs. Facts
Edis T. Oliver, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates

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While roofing materials available today are the best performing in modern history, roofing systems are being challenged to be more energy efficient, become platforms for solar and mechanical equipment, and accommodate vegetation for Green Roofs. Facility owners are confronted with a bewildering array of emerging issues such as condensation in cool roofs, new wind resistance criteria, and important warranty exclusions. Participants will learn how to address these issues in their facilities. The program will be conducted utilizing case examples with illustrative photographs and ample opportunity for questions.

Learning Objectives
  1. Learn the fundamentals of low slope design and construction
  2. Learn the proper application of contemporary roofing materials
  3. Learn the fundamentals of sustainable roofing systems
  4. Learn the myths and truths about energy efficient roofing

Presenter Bio:

Edis Oliver is a licensed engineer and a Principal in the firm Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates. He has 38 years experience in the roofing industry as the owner of both a roofing contracting firm, and a roof consulting firm. Oliver has designed roofing systems for such entities as IBM, the University of Texas, Texas A&M University, Austin Independent School District, and many other educational institutions. Oliver is past president of the Roofing Contractors Association of Texas and the Central Texas Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors. He holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. In 2012 he was presented with the Curtis Blackwell Memorial Award by the Roofing Contractors Association of Texas for the outstanding contribution to the roofing industry in that year.
Project Based Learning: Design of the 21st Century Classroom
Briar Hannah, Corgan Assoicates, Inc.

Recently there has been a shift in pedagogy where the traditional instruction model is being replaced with the student-centered, project based learning approach. Project based learning (PBL) enables students to utilize real world problems, scenarios and experiences that capture their own interests to facilitate the context of deeper learning and problem solving. Students are encouraged to investigate, collaborate and present their findings. So with this new model how are the educational environments evolving? Through case studies and a simulated classroom, we will explore how technology, furniture and classroom design can help foster the project based learning environment.

Learning Objectives
  1. Deeper understating of Project Based Learning (PBL) Pedagogy
  2. How furniture design can have a positive impact on PBL
  3. How technology can have a positive impact on PBL
  4. How classroom layout and design can have a positive impact on PBL

Presenter Bio:

Briar Hannah, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is a Project Architect and Educational Planner in the Schools Team of Corgan Associates, Inc. Dallas office. During Briar's ten years of professional experience, she has contributed on multiple projects throughout the state of Texas, from the initial concept stage through the final stages of construction. Through Briar's contagious leadership and creativity, she is able to challenge clients to think beyond what a typical school can become and how we can make responsible and sustainable decisions to support our global environment. Her unwavering stewardship helps foster fresh ideas and innovative design solutions to support a 21st century educational environment.
Saturday, April 6, 2013 – 10:20 am – 11:35 am
2012 TAS Accessibility in Texas Schools
John Rickard, Olicon Design

The new 2012 Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS) went into effect on March 15, 2012. This presentation highlights the many changes from the 1994 TAS that affect schools, including restrooms and playgrounds. Areas covered will include how TAS differs from the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, how the scope of the TAS requirements has changed, and how technical requirements are changed, with a special emphasis on education buildings and sites.

Learning Objectives
  1. Participants will be able to correctly scope accessibility requirements and apply them to the design of schools, using the 2012 TAS.
  2. Participants will be able to correctly apply accessibility technical requirements to the design of schools using the 2012 TAS.
  3. Participants will be able to educate their staff regarding changes in accessibility requirements that affect schools, using the 2012 TAS.
  4. Participants will be able to assess existing buildings and correctly determine whether they comply with new accessibility requirements, using the 2012 TAS.

Presenter Bio:

John Rickard, AIA, PE, RAS has taught numerous seminars on the Life Safety Code and accessibility, and has provided training to State of Texas staff at both the Department of Aging and Disabilities Services (DADS) and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. In the past year, he has taught several training courses on the 2012 Texas Accessibility Standards for AIA Austin.
Reduce, Reuse, Revive - Transforming Buildings from the Past
Chris Narendorf, LEED AP, Principal, O'Connell Robertson
Jarrod Sterzinger, AIA, LEED AP, K-12 Team Director, O'Connell Robertson
Jimmy Disler, Executive Director of Capital Improvements, Leander ISD

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An existing building can provide an opportunity for a school district to obtain a new facility in a prime location, reduce construction costs, or preserve a community landmark. In all cases, fewer materials go into the landfill, neighborhoods are revitalized as abandoned buildings gain new purpose, and needed space is provided more quickly and often more affordably. But for all the benefits, there are also some inherent risks that must be understood. This session will outline the key questions to consider in determining whether to repurpose an existing building; discuss the potential benefits to the school district, community and the environment; and outline the design decisions that can ensure the new space provides the flexibility and function needed.

Learning Objectives
  1. Review options for converting existing buildings into educational facilities, from renovations to adaptive reuse.
  2. Review questions to consider before adapting or repurposing an existing building.
  3. Understand the potential risks and benefits involved with reuse projects.
  4. Understand the design parameters required to address functional needs.

Presenter Bios:

Chris Narendorf, LEED AP, is a Principal with O'Connell Robertson and leads the Firm's San Antonio office. He has more than 14 years experience in the design and management of education facilities, including several reuse projects. Many of his design projects have earned state and national award recognition. Chris serves as a member of the Central Texas South Board and is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in architecture.

Jarrod Sterzinger, AIA, LEED AP has 10 years of experience designing and managing educational projects that have earned state and national awards. He serves as the Firm's K?12 Team Director and has presented at Texas School Safety Center and TASA/TASB conventions and chapter meetings. Jarrod has a master's degree in architecture and an MBA from Texas Tech University.

Jimmy Disler is Executive Director of Capital Improvements for Leander ISD and has overseen numerous new and renovation/reuse projects for the district. He is a member of the Board and Past President of the Central Texas Chapter. Jimmy has an MBA from Texas State University and a BBA degree from Angelo State University.
Evolution of Digital Education and the Classroom
Lauren Brown, VLK Architects, Inc.

The need for proper infrastructure to facilitate changing technology is critical in today's classroom. No longer is it the norm to have two hardwired computers per classroom. Now, starting in early education, the computer on wheels (COW) holds iPads or laptops for the children to use in learning activities. Wireless access points (WAP) in school corridors allow controlled access to the internet for research. A wall's sole purpose is not to enclose a group of students; it now functions as a learning tool by the use of an interactive projector projecting onto the marker board surface on the wall.

Learning Objectives
  1. Technology integration into learning
  2. Design process
  3. Evaluating infrastructure to accommodate new ways of learning
  4. Learning styles

Presenter Bio:

Lauren Brown brings over 10 years of architectural design experience to VLK. Since joining the company in 2000, she has worked on multiple educational and commercial projects.
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