Science Park Planning for the Future: The Sustainable Net Zero Energy / Closed Loop "Life Style" Science Park / City Prototypes and Projects

Mehdi Jalayerian, Environmental Systems Design, Inc.
Josiah Cain, Sherwood Design Engineers
David Green, Perkins+Will

The overview presentations will be very brief to allow for audience participation and Q&A panel session to answer planning, implementation, infrastructure, design issues, PPP concepts, and future trends. The panel discussion will also focus on “Life Style” Science Parks, Technology Cluster HUBs, and Eco Science Cities. How existing parks can become “Life Style” Science Parks.

Learning Objectives

  • The conditions needing to be considered to achieve a sustainable infrastructure for science parks in urban and rural settings.
  • Defining the life-style science park for scientists and families.
  • The challenges in addressing existing parks for a sustainable future.
  • Steps to achieve consensus in setting sustainability objectives through a private-public partnership.


Mr. Mehdi Jalayerian is Executive Vice President and Global Projects and High Performance Building Practice Leader for Environmental Systems Design, Inc. (ESD) providing worldwide consulting services for high performance building devlopments including major mixed-use super-tall and high-rise buildings, assembly venues, convention/hotel facilities, mission critical facilities, healthcare/education/government buildings and central cooling/heating/electric plants. Mr. Jalayerian has received eight ASHRAE Excellence in Engineering and Technology awards, an Illinois Engineering Council award, and a Chicago Building Congress Award for his projects and has completed several LEED Certified projects. In 1982, he received Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas and is Registered Professional Engineer in Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Mr. Jalayerian has published and presented many articles pertaining to integrated building design with a special focus on sustainable and high performance design, building system operational flexibility, building life saftey and phased occupancy planning, and central cooling/heating plants and has served as Adjunct/Research Professor for IIT Department of Architecture. He is a member and chairman of Energy and Sustainability task force at the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings and has served on Advisory Group for Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Mr. Jalayerian has over 30 years of experience in HVAC and sustainable design practice, during which he has been responsible for building system design for numerous projects in over 20 countries including many performing arts, convention facilities, high rises and supertall buildings such as Trump Tower in Chicago, Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, KSA and the world's first positive energy large scale building known as Masdar Headquarters in Abu Dhabi, UAE.


In addition to managing Sherwood's Innovation Program, Josiah Cain provides strategic ecological performance and site integration leadership, with a focus on regenerative campus and district-scale urban infrastructure.

He has over 20 years of experience, including significant project leads in rain harvesting, graywater and blackwater reuse, green roofs, living walls, native habitats, urban ecology, stormwater management, food systems, and sustainable materials.

He holds degrees from both UC Davis and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and has taught advanced sustainable design coursework at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and as a Teaching Fellow at the GSD.


David Green focuses on large-scale planning and urban design projects for the firm. He has been involved in hundreds of projects in the past twenty-five years, encompassing all scales of development from individual buildings to multi-thousand acre projects across the globe. His work focuses on issues of development, particularly the creation of health and research districts in urban areas and the design and metrics that facilitate the success of these districts. He further addresses the regulatory framework within which this development occurs, and provides innovative strategies for appropriate policy implementation that allows for the seamless incorporation of research and healthcare specific elements in new districts. David received the AIA Atlanta Silver Medal in 2003 and the AIA Georgia Bronze Medal in 2008. David was a member of Georgia Tech College of Architecture Faculty from 1992-2013; appointed Professor of the Practice of Architecture, where he taught studios focused on research both at the building level and as urban design studios. He is currently located in both the Atlanta and London offices of Perkins+Will, leading planning efforts in globally for the Cities+Sites practice. He lectures and publishes widely on issues of urban design, planning and architecture.


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