March 6: The Conference on Transforming a Facade

Date: Friday, March 6, 2020, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: The TimesCenter, 242 West 41st Street, New York
Sponsor: The Ornamental Metal Institute of New York 

A panel of some of the best-known experts in facade design will discuss reimagining aging curtain walls to reduce carbon emissions and address the city’s Green New Deal. 

Professional registration is $100. (2020 competition entrants may register for free.)

Questions? Email or contact Gary Higbee at (212) 697-5554


8:00 AM – Registration Opens (refreshments offered)

8:30-8:45 AM – Introduction by Gary Higbee, AIA, Director of Industry Development, Steel Institute of New York

8:45-9:30 AM – Keynote: Stephen Selkowitz, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | “Facade Challenges: Yesterday and Tomorrow”
Recladding our existing building stock and designing state-of-the art facade solutions for new building envelopes brings some of the broader, longer term challenges that we face as a society into clearer focus. The building envelope must meet traditional performance requirements in terms of a weatherproof, protective shelter from unwanted local environmental impacts. But then it must go far beyond that scope to address the comfort, wellbeing, and productivity of occupants; the operational impacts on energy, air and water resources; the evolving complex relationship to the electric grid and its underlying energy and carbon infrastructure, and finally the life-cycle demands of an emerging circular economy. This talk starts by examining how past and new building façade solutions address these challenges and then provides some insight and speculation into trends and opportunities with emerging façade technologies, new integrated building envelope systems, and design tools and business trends that will shape new and retrofit facade solutions in the years ahead. Q&A to follow.

9:30-10:00 AM – Giving Aging Office Towers A New Identity 
The jury of the Metals in Construction magazine 2020 Design Challenge will discuss the challenge of retrofitting New York’s buildings to meet the city’s push for carbon neutrality.

Gabrielle Brainard, AIA, LEED AP, CHPC. Architect, Building Envelope Consultant, Educator
Margaret Cavenagh, AIA, LEED AP, Studio Gang
Enrica Oliva, M.Sc. Struct. Eng., Werner Sobek New York
John Pachuta, AIA, Heintges
Mic Patterson, PhD, LEED AP+, Facade Tectonics Institute
Stephen Selkowitz, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
10:00-10:30 AM – Networking Break with Refreshments
10:30-11:30 AM – Panel Discussion – The jury of the Metals in Construction magazine 2020 Design Challenge will discuss the winner and finalists of the competition
11:30-12:00 PM – Awarding the grand prize for the Metals in Construction 2020 Design Challenge
In the culminating event of its 2020 design challenge, Metals in Construction magazine will announce the decision it reached, with the support of the jury, regarding the award of the grand prize. The jury and the moderator will remain onstage to present the awards to the finalists and grand prize winner and respond to questions from the audience.
Closing Remarks
An announcement by the publisher of Metals in Construction about the magazine’s upcoming 2021 Design Challenge. Next year’s challenge will be sponsored by the Ornamental Metal Institute of New York, which together with the Steel Institute of New York has published Metals in Construction for the New York design and construction industry since 1972.*Program is subject to change


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