Plenary Panel Discussion
Reoccupying Labs After COVID-19
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EDT, October 6
I2SL again offers an opening plenary panel session this year with a slate of experts that reflect on the resiliency of laboratories in response to the COVID-19 pandemic from their own experiences, and discuss ways in which deferred maintenance in research buildings can be addressed to prepare against future global events. The panel builds on previously offered Town Hall meetings of I2SL that addressed Returning to the Lab and Challenges in Design and Operation.
- Christopher Incarvito, Yale University
- William Bahnfleth, Pennsylvania State University
- Lisa Churchill, Climate Advisory, LLC
- Steve Conti, Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical
- Ian McDermott, University Health Network
Pennsylvania State University
William Bahnfleth is a professor of architectural engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. He was previously a Senior Consultant for ZBA and Principal Investigator at the U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Lab. He holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and is a registered professional engineer. At Penn State, Bill teaches undergraduate courses in HVAC fundamentals and system design and graduate courses in district cooling systems and indoor air quality. He is the author or co-author of more than 170 technical papers and articles and 14 books and book chapters. Bill is a fellow of ASHRAE, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the International Society for Indoor Air Quality and Climate. He served as President of ASHRAE in 2013 and 2014, and he earned the Louise and Bill Holladay Distinguished Fellow Award, E.K. Campbell Award, and F. Paul Anderson Award from ASHRAE. He also received the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society’s World-Class Engineering Faculty Award.
Lisa Churchill is a Professional Geologist and climate change expert with a focus on the intersect of the built and natural environments. She started her career as a transportation planner at the Maine Department of Transportation before becoming interested in carbon markets and alternative financing and investment options related to resilience. Lisa leads climate adaptation projects for the public and private sectors. Her training as a paleontologist, with a focus on mass extinctions, has given her a unique perspective on the characteristics of resilient systems. Lisa has been a faculty member for an executive-level course on Urban Resilience through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is co-editing a book on climate change for design professionals and a best practices guide for Resilient Labs for I2SL. She has also led original research quantifying the financial and economic impacts of climate change at the city level. Lisa is currently an Advisory Board member for the Stone Living Labs Foundation.
Steve Conti is an engineering and construction professional with 38 years of experience in the design and construction of technical facilities. He is currently the Director of Global Engineering for Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical. Prior to that, Steve has held senior level positions forming and leading professional teams to execute design and construction of biotech and pharmaceutical projects globally for major companies. Steve has over 30 years of senior management experience as Senior Vice President of Operations and President of technically driven, multi-discipline, design and construction organizations including SNC-Lavalin, Amec Foster Wheeler, and Vanderweil Engineers. He has an MSCE and BSCE from Northeastern University.
In his role as Associate Provost for Science Initiatives at Yale University’s West Campus, Chris leads development of research, faculty recruitment, campus expansion, sustainability, and has oversight for communications. He is responsible for the quality and creation of new research programming and facilities through collaborative work with faculty, directors, deans, department chairs, and other university leadership. He spearheads an ambitious program of laboratory modernization, delivering a significant expansion of Yale's science and engineering capacity. He manages strategic capital investments, deployment of high-value shared research instrumentation laboratories, and has built successful collaborations with global scientific research organizations. Chris has also served as moderator on previous I2SL Annual Conference plenary panels.
University Health Network
Ian McDermott is the Head of Planning and Integration and the Senior Director of Research Facilities at the University Health Network in Toronto, Ontario. He is also the Past President of Sustainable Labs Canada. Ian has been a member of the Senior Management Team for Research at the University Health Network for the last 22 year and is also a member of the Senior Management team of UHN Facilities Maintenance–Planning, Redevelopment and Operations. In his current roles, he focuses on managing and designing academic healthcare, research, and education space while also addressing operational parameters. He is also responsible for the Facility Maintenance and Operations of the Princess Margaret Cancer Research Tower and the Krembil Discovery Tower. Ian was the President of SLCan for four years and is also the Vice President of the Toronto SLCan Chapter. Ian holds a Specialist Degree in Molecular Genetics and Molecular Biology from the University of Toronto.
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