• The Drive to 35 - San Francisco Meeting

    Presenter: Robert Bolin, PE, LEED Fellow, ASHRAE HBDP, Senior Principal, Syska Hennessy Group and National Director of High Performance Building Solutions

    GSA’s award-winning Federal Courthouse in Los Angeles, CA by Clark Construction, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, and Syska Hennessy Group is a model of sustainability and energy water efficiency that has pushed the envelope for large Federal buildings in general, and courthouses specifically. This presentation will provide a guided tour through the aggressive energy performance goals and continuous baselining, describing the systems and solutions developed and implemented to achieve a EUI goal of 35.

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  • 2018-01 January Specifics e-Newsletter
    Parametric Design - Holiday Party Pics - Time for Change?
  • Time for a Change - Sheldon Wolfe

    When I became a specifier, in 1985, all of the projects I worked on used the "traditional" design-bid-build (DBB) delivery method. And when I started my current job at BWBR in 1996, all we used was DBB. That shouldn't be a surprise because, at the time, there was nothing else, at least in the building construction industry.

    The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) was founded in 1993, coincidentally the same year that USGBC appeared. At the time, DBIA made what seemed to be overly optimistic projections of a future dominated by design-build (DB), with a corresponding decrease in design-bid-build. That prediction is nearing fulfillment, though perhaps at a slower rate than first expected.

  • President's Message: January, 2018

    So, I'm sitting at my office the Tuesday morning before Thanksgiving. I'm overwhelmed by the number of client deliverables that are past due, the commitments and expectations of the next six weeks (which boils down to twenty working days), the wishes of family and friends for more time together and the 3,982 email messages waiting, opened but unsorted and unfiled, in my Outlook "IN" box. Doesn't even include the informal gatherings, hobby time, outdoor decoration and holiday TV specials I'd like to enjoy!

    Then it hits me; I should be VERY thankful to have these "problems".

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