2012 Symposia

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The Labs21 2012 Annual Conference included several symposia, which are detailed presentations on topics of interest to the Labs21 community with dynamic panel discussions.



Following Building Information Modeling (BIM) Toward a More Sustainable Building

From building design to building management, BIM provides the resources high-tech facility professionals need to achieve and maintain a sustainable building. BIM offers a user-friendly, interactive, three-dimensional view of the entire facility and allows users to look at all of the building's interacting parts. During this symposium, participants got a closer look at how BIM can support everything from design and construction to risk assessment and facility management. Seven presentations and extended discussions included case studies, lessons learned, and BIM tutorials that audience members can use to assess the possibilities for using BIM in their own building projects. Symposium attendees may have also be interested in attending an open meeting scheduled for Monday, October 1, to discuss the ongoing progress of I2SL's Laboratory Facility Management through Building Information Modeling Working Group, which first convened at the Labs21 2011 Annual Conference.

Tuesday, October 2

1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Part 1 of 2, Session A4
Moderator: Terrence Alcorn, Stantec
3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Part 2 of 2, Session B4
Moderator: Sean Olcott, Ecodomus

Sustain Your High-Tech Facility with Properly Trained Professionals

Led by: I2SL and Laney College

I2SL O&M/FM SYMPOSIUM HANDOUT (202 K, 4 pp, PDF)

Continuing the discussion that began at the Labs21 2011 Annual Conference, this session brought together a panel of operations and maintenance (O&M) professionals and building owners and managers to discuss the needs of each for effective operations and management of high-tech facilities. Together, participants and panelists explored:

  • Challenges of operating and maintaining high-tech facilities.
  • Required skills for high-tech facility O&M professionals.
  • Opportunities to recognize properly skilled professionals.
  • Strategies for educating owners on the value of a highly trained O&M workforce.

O&M professionals and building owners and managers were encouraged to join this session. Together, they explored how to ensure the energy- and environmentally-sustainable performance of high-tech facilities throughout their lifecycle.

Tuesday, October 2

1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Part 1 of 2, Session A6
Moderators: Barbara Widhalm, Laney College, and Phil Wirdzek, I2SL
  • Setting the Stage for High-Tech Facility Operator Education and Training: Summary of Comments and Recommendations from the Labs21 2011 Annual Conference and Facility Fusion Conference
    Robert Blakey, CBRE
    20 minutes

  • Best Practices in Operations of High-Tech Buildings: Insights for Education and Training Needs
    Peter Crabtree, Laney College
    20 minutes

  • Speaking the Same Language: Ensuring Your Laboratory Turnover from Construction to Operations is a Smooth One
    John Ott, Ohio State University
    Don Conover, Gilbane Building Company
    20 minutes
  • A Facility Manager's View: What the High-Tech Facility Operator Needs to Know and Be Able to Do
    Harry Stark, University of California, Berkeley
    20 minutes
  • Synopsis of What We've Heard and What We'll Discuss During the Second Session
    Barbara Widhalm, Laney College
    Phil Wirdzek, I2SL
    20 minutes
3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Part 2 of 2, Session B6
Moderators: Barbara Widhalm, Laney College, and Phil Wirdzek, I2SL
  • Overview of I2SL's Proposed Competency Areas for High-Tech Facility Operators
    Phil Wirdzek, I2SL
    20 minutes

  • Facilitated Discussion
    Barbara Widhalm, Laney College
    Phil Wirdzek, I2SL

    60 minutes

  • Wrap Up and Next Steps
    Barbara Widhalm, Laney College
    Phil Wirdzek, I2SL

    10 minutes

Occupy Laboratories: Promoting Sustainability Through User Best Practices Symposium

The efficiency of the best (and worst) designed laboratories depends partially on laboratory occupants. This symposium focused on best practices employed by researchers, building managers, and sustainability managers to maximize energy and resource efficiency among laboratory occupants. Presenters also demonstrated how these best practices can be used to influence laboratory occupants' choices and actions. Integration of laboratory occupant best practices with building design, upgrades, and changes can also be important for maximizing long-term building efficiency. Laboratory occupant best management practices covered in this symposium included recycling, freezer sample management, establishing a network of engaged scientists, green laboratory certification, greenhouse gas reductions, and continuous monitoring of ultra-low-temperature freezers.

Tuesday, October 2

1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Part 1 of 2, Session A5
Moderator: Will Lintner, DOE
3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Part 2 of 2, Session B5
Moderator: Nick Caronna, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, CRB

Data Centers Symposium: Bringing Energy Efficiency Out of the Clouds and into Reality

The Data Centers Symposium debuted at the Labs21 2008 Annual Conference in San Jose, set against the backdrop of Silicon Valley. Now in its fifth year, this symposium continued the discussion on reducing data center energy consumption through new and innovative methods. Throughout the past four years, the symposium showcased professionals' knowledge of and experience in creating and maintaining sustainable, energy-efficient data centers, particularly those interrelated with laboratories. Data center significance has continued to grow as concepts like cloud computing and adaptability have become more prevalent. These facilities are an asset for computational scientific research, healthcare, and testing, yet they must still overcome the same ventilation, energy management, and engineering challenges as laboratories. The Data Centers Symposium offers case studies and opinions from experts on topics such as energy-efficient design, new equipment and technologies, evaluating and comparing cooling systems, and other strategies involving space limitations, retrofits, air and water-side economizing, and more.

Wednesday, October 3

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Part 1 of 2, Session C6
Moderator: Dan Doyle, Grumman/Butkus Associates
3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Part 2 of 2, Session E6
Moderator: Tim Kehrli, Lutron Electronics Co.

Carbon Neutral Symposium: Aiming for Net-Zero

Organized by Bruce Haxton, AIA, Architect, LEED AP, Bruce McLean Haxton Architect

The symposium focused on climate neutral and net zero energy concepts for campuses and individual buildings, drawing from a variety of case studies from around the world. Lessons learned and tools for achieving climate neutral and net zero energy goals were discussed, providing attendees with concrete information to apply to their own projects. Methods to promote energy efficiency, advance science and technology concepts, enhance technology clusters, and create hubs for future technology clusters were also considered. Climate neutral and net zero energy goals are critically important to creating sustainable buildings and economic growth both domestically and globally. Attendees could learn about the approaches that can make a world of difference in the footprint of their facility.

Wednesday, October 3

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Part 1 of 5, Session C5
Moderators:
Stephen Meinhold, University of North Carolina, Wilimington
Joshua Gassman, Lord Aeck and Sargent Architecture

Winning Projects from the International Sustainable Laboratory Student Design Competition

    • MR + EC
      Ulrike Heine, Clemson University (faculty sponsor)
      Dianah Katzenberger, Clemson University
      Caitlin Ranson, Clemson University
    • Modular Sustainability
      Dan Addis, Carnegie Mellon University
      Eui Song (John) Kim, Carnegie Mellon University
      Jensen Ying, Carnegie Mellon University
      Gary Moshier, Carnegie Mellon University (faculty sponsor)
1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Part 2 of 5, Session D5
Moderator: Joseph Ostafi, HOK
  • Overview and Climate Neutral Research Campus Website and Tools
    Otto Van Geet, P.E., CEM, LEED AP
    , National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Sustainability Base—The Next Giant Step (for Laboratories?)
    Steve Frankel, NASA

  • The University of British Columbia's Climate Action Plan
    Orion Henderson, CEng
    , University of British Columbia
3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Part 3 of 5, Session E5
Moderator: Russ Drinker, HOK Architects

Thursday, October 4

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Part 4 of 5, Session F5
Moderator: Randy Lacey, Cornell University
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Part 5 of 5, Session G5
Moderator: Tom Kubala, The Kubala Washatko Architects

High Performance Healthcare Environments: Metrics and Procedures

This two-part symposium first offered a series of presentations from experienced stakeholders from the healthcare design, construction, and operations industries concerning the metrics and procedures they use to achieve high-performance outcomes. Topics included pre-design and early design development performance metrics, Green Healthcare guidelines, codes and safety issues, resource conservation, and the use of building information modeling (BIM). During part two of the symposium the presenters formed a discussion panel and interacted with the audience to identify how healthcare facilities could be better designed, constructed, and operated, and the opportunities for new tools such as BIM to support evidence-based design.

Thursday, October 4

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Part 1 of 2, Session F6
Moderator: Jim Jones, Virginia Tech
    • Hospital Energy Benchmarking: How Does Your Hospital's Energy Efficiency Stack Up?
      Dan Doyle, Grumman/Butkus Associates
    • To Measure or Not to Measure: Questions for Health Care Facility Managers, Owners, et al.
      Kumkum Dilwali, The Green Guide for Healthcare
    • New BIM Design Assist Tools From Design to Owner!
      Terence Alcorn, Stantec
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Part 2 of 2 , Session G6
Moderator: Jim Jones, Virginia Tech

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