87th Edition – Zak World of Façades USA

This will be the 87th edition globally and the 1st edition in Seattle which will showcase sustainable innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to the building envelope and will also display latest technological solutions.

Speakers and Panelists
Design Manager, Schüco USA
Spencer Culhane currently serves at the Design Manager for Schüco USA where he leads teams developing new systems, providing design assist services, and improving existing products. In his eight years with Schüco, he has contributed enclosure design and engineering solutions...
Principal | Chief of Engineering, Rushing
In his 25 years in the MEP design industry, Eric is a regional expert in leading integrative design teams for high-rise office and residential mixed-use projects in Western Washington. As a principal at Rushing, he currently leads the technical design...
Director of Shell + Core, Goldfinch Brothers
Jenae Goldfinch is the current Director of Shell & Core operations for Goldfinch Brothers, a family-owned and managed glass and glazing company, serving the greater Puget Sound area for more than 130 years. She represents the sixth generation in the...
Principal, MG2
With more than 20 years in the industry and more than a decade focused on mixed-use, residential, commercial, and hospitality, Shannon Suess enjoys the intricacies and complexities presented by large-scale commercial projects. By truly understanding each client and site, Shannon...
Senior Associate II, MG2
Shawn Ronning attended Montana State University, receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design in 2003 and Master’s Degree in 2005. Shawn has collaborated with design teams, developers, contractors, and owners from NY to Seattle. His primary focus was sustainable design...
Co-Founder, FenestraPro
Simon Whelan has always been passionate about finding solutions for better design and building workflows. He previously worked as an architectural technologist specializing in how the detailed design of building envelopes can affect energy. Simon is a co-founder of FenestraPro,...
Engineer + Architect, OAC
Grace Wong, AIA, PE, LEED AP BD+C, is the energy lead in the Building Sciences Group at OAC Services, Inc. She is an expert in helping clients navigate the unique challenges of implementing energy retrofits in existing building enclosures. She...
Principal, Senior Project Manager, HOK
As a Principal and Sr. Project Manager at HOK Seattle, Laurie Bull creates an atmosphere of high-performance collaboration and efficient processes in service of great design, sustainability, and client delight. She skillfully partners design teams with contractors to understand market...
Senior Director - Delivery and Construction, Sidewalk Labs - Canopy Buildings
In keeping with her passion to push innovation and the boundaries of the building industry, Kris Beason was Head of Construction at Katerra. Her 30+ year career includes executive leadership positions with national and international general contractor and construction management...
Executive Vice President, Director of Development, Wright Runstad & Company
Cindy Edens is responsible for overseeing project management for all development projects with a lead role in the conception through design development phase, entitlements, and financing. She also oversees project construction through completion and tenant move-in. Cindy brings exceptional teams...
Principal, Pickard Chilton
Anthony Markese leads the design of projects worldwide for a broad range of corporate, higher education, institutional, and commercial clients. These include The Eight in Bellevue, 2+U in Seattle, Akamai Technologies’ and Google’s headquarters in Cambridge, ExxonMobil’s Global Campus in...
Managing Partner, Applied Building Information
Beth Stroshane, CSI, CCS, LEED AP, is founder and Managing Partner of Applied Building Information LLC (ABI). She passed the CSI’s Construction Documents Technologist exam, is a Certified Construction Specifier, and LEED Legacy-accredited. Beth presents nationally to the specifications community...
Associate Principal, Mithun
Chi Aoyama is an associate principal and designer at Mithun with more than 15 years of practice spanning a wide range of project types and scales—institutional, academic, workplace, commercial programs and mixed-use complexes up to two million square feet in...
Associate Principal, Perkins & Will
Ed Palushock’s life has largely been centered around design and building, much within his own hands. His approach to design is drawn towards balance and rooting a project into the place and space surrounding it. The depth of knowledge, design...
Principal, Director of Sustainable Design, LMN Architects
Kjell Anderson, AIA, LEED Fellow, practices architecture and serves as a Principal and the Director of Sustainable Design at LMN Architects, working with all of LMN’s clients to set and exceed sustainable and decarbonization design goals. He wrote the first...
Principal and Director of Design - Architecture, Hewitt
Julia Nagele brings more than 20 years of experience to her role as the leader of architectural design at HEWITT. She believes the success of today’s projects rely on the expertise of many, and is dedicated to creating an inclusive...
Market Manager - North America, Kuraray
Mark is the Market Manager in North America for the Advanced Interlayer Solution Division of Kuraray. He has been involved in the laminated glass industry for the last 15 years focusing on architectural applications and the photovoltaic industry. Mark provides...
Associate Vice President, Sustainable Principal, HDR
Duncan Griffin is a registered architect with 32 years of experience. Managing Principal of HDR’s Seattle Studio, he leads a practice focused on bringing regenerative design principles to our clients with projects in health, community, and education markets. A successful...
National Architectural Manager, Vitro
Chris Fronsoe is a National Architectural Manager at Vitro Architectural Glass for commercial projects in the Northwest Region. Formerly, a manager and sommelier for a four-time awarded Top 100 Wine Restaurant by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Chris brings years of experience...
Senior Associate, PAE Engineers
David Mead leads the Regenerative Design Group at PAE, bringing experience as a high performance building specialist and architect. He works to integrate engineering and architectural solutions into unified sustainable designs which involves research, innovation, engineering, and verification of concepts....
President & CEO, Boston Valley Terra Cotta
John Krouse is a Ceramic Engineer and the CEO of Boston Valley Terra Cotta in Orchard Park, NY. Boston Valley specializes in the manufacturing of historic terra cotta replication, new construction and innovation in contemporary rain screen design and production....
Senior Associate, NBBJ
Justin Cochran designs world-class workplace, mixed-use and hospitality projects that advance client goals and benefit the greater community. A creative designer with an international portfolio, Justin is known for designing extraordinarily customized environments by keeping an organization’s culture and business...
Principal | Building Science Specialist, RDH Building Science
Kyle Silliker is both the regional lead for RDH’s Seattle office and the Practice Area Leader for RDH’s new construction practice area. In these roles he has gained experience in markets across North America and throughout the world, giving him...
Founding Principal, Green Façades
Richard Green is the Founding Principal of Green Facades, PLLC. His passion for design is enabled by his engineering expertise to assist some of the finest architects from around the world to fulfill their visions. He has a long history...
Architectural Manager - West Coast + Canada, Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings
Robin Bartelman, Associate AIA, is the West Coast Architectural Manager for Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings, based in Los Angeles. Robin had an extensive career in commercial architecture in the position of Director of Design where she managed multi-disciplined design teams. Her...
Executive Director, Building Transparency
Stacy Smedley has a BA in Architecture from the University of Washington, and over 18 years in the architecture and construction professions. Her resume includes the first LEED for Homes Platinum certified project in Washington State as well as the...
Principal | Façade Engineering Practice Leader, Morrison Hershfield
With an educational foundation that combines structural engineering, building science and architecture, Hoffman brings a well-balanced consulting approach to the building envelope; blending scientific analysis with an understanding of aesthetics considerations. He is particularly adept at providing innovative design concepts...
Principal, Olson Kundig
Steven Rainville brings the heart of a craftsman, the hands of a builder and the mind of an artist to his practice of architecture, which spans nearly 25 years at the firm. Influenced by the legacy of his grandfather and...
Business Manager - LUMIFLON® Resins, AGC Chemical
Winn Darden is Business Manager for LUMIFLON® Fluoropolymer Resins for North America. He has been involved in sales and marketing for coatings and coating raw materials for more than 30 years. Mr. Darden has given presentations at numerous conferences and...
President, Schüco USA
Attila Arian is the President of Schüco USA LLLP. He was born and raised in Germany and graduated from the Engineering School Technische Universität Darmstadt, where he obtained his Master in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration. Attila is a senior...
Conference Agenda
  • Using passive external shading to provide occupant comfort and an equitable floor plate
  • Louver/curtainwall unitized delivery approach
  • Regional applications in the northwest
  • The history of panelized façades
  • Why are modular and panelized façades emerging in the market?
  • How do you design and specify a panelized façade for your next project?
  • How architectural terra cotta can be fabricated to meet the demands of geometrically and aesthetically complex buildings due to its malleable nature
  • Flexibility makes architectural ceramics the preferred choice for technologically challenging designs, applicable to a multitude of façade attachment systems and construction methods
  • Insight into architectural terra cotta’s natural properties, low embodied energy and long-lasting durability making it a eco-friendly solution for high-performance façades
  • Exploring “innovation” in the everyday urban fabric of cities where people live, shop and work
  • Working with a low-tech / effective-tech design approach
  • Aligning design values with client goals
  • Introduction of envelope backstops in energy codes like the 2018 Seattle and Washington State Energy code and their intent of maximizing the thermal performance of the building envelope
  • Understanding how this will challenge the current design of high-rise developments relaying on traditional unitized glazing system as the primary enclosure system
  • Exploring how new approaches to the design of unitized glazing system are being developed to meet and exceed the current energy code requirements and achieve Passive House level performance
  • Designing for timeless aesthetics and employee wellness
  • Envelope performance for the triple bottom line
  • German engineering made in Seattle
  • Precision and excellence manufactured in Everett
  • Façades as the key element to meet Washington State’s landmark 2021 climate law
  • Integrating high performance façade materials with internal systems
  • Sustainable façades that don't compromise design
  • Is there a better path to energy efficiency than passive house?
  • Augmenting health and well-being of the inhabitants through façade innovations

Duncan Griffin

  • How "The Net" is prioritizing wellbeing, performance, connections to nature and exercise as an unusual project in highlighting the efficacy of wellness and community centered design approaches, while showcasing opportunities for other high-rises in the future
  • The net-like façade features a perimeter-braced frame system that allows the building core to be set to the side, enabling enhanced visibility among building tenants
  • How the façade supports other unique benefits such as a three-story rooftop “Sky Park” providing outdoor access to nature and views of the city to foster physical and social health
  • When does glass need to be robust? Simple windows, redundant floors and everything in between
  • The importance of glass risk categories to account for circumstances and consequence; not all glass is designed the same way
  • Where current ‘mixed standards’ could be leading to failures
  • Understand different properties of interlayers
  • How different properties make interlayer selection critical for different applications
  • Tools available for selecting interlayers
  • Defining embodied carbon and learning the best glass measurement tool
  • Embodied carbon reduction strategies
  • Potential challenges and solutions to meeting embodied carbon goals
  • Insight responsiveness, speed, consistency and color customization
  • Overview of coil and extrusion coatings + processes
  • Leading the way in innovation of coil and extrusion coatings
  • Understanding façade performance throughout the design process
  • Energy analysis models - Why do we use them and how?
  • Barriers to dynamic analysis within the workflow and how to overcome them
  • Transforming a building with a formerly defensive program into one that more opening engages the city
  • Preservation of a landmarked building and creating a contemporary addition that is historically rooted
  • The most sustainable approach is to utilize what is existing
  • Creating streamlined and efficient business model of collaboration at project's inception between all stakeholders
  • Façade deliveries, understanding and mitigating risk
  • Integrating design and process to deliver the project on schedule, increasing profit margin and environmental benefits
  • Taking advantage of new technologies such as off-site modular and robotics

Laurie Bull

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