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Living Building Challenge™ Project Panel

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    $10 for BSA, AIACM & WMAIA members ($20 for nonmembers)

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The Living Building Challenge™ (LBC) is the built environment's most rigorous performance standard. It calls for the creation of building projects at all scales that operate as cleanly, beautifully, and efficiently as nature's architecture. To be certified under the Challenge, projects must meet a series of ambitious performance requirements over a minimum of 12 months of continuous occupancy.

Join the conversation with this 11-member panel comprised of owners, owner’s project managers (OPMs), contractors, architects, and specialists directly involved in four Living Building Challenge™ projects in Western Massachusetts.

The moderated discussion will center around a series of questions that will focus on the best candidates for LBC projects, how LBC projects change practice and approach, and suggestions for the program going forward as well as the nitty-gritty details of how the program works, and cost and schedule implications.

Panelists were involved in the following LBC projects:
Bechtel Environmental Classroom, Smith College, Northampton, MA
R.W. Kern Center, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, Amherst MA
Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives, Williams College, Williamstown, MA

DiAnn Mroszczak, designer, Prellwitz Chilinski Associates
Shawn Hesse RA, architect, Emersion Design

Panelists include
Amy Johns, director, Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives, Williams College (owner, Zilkha Center)
Bruce Coldham FAIA, principal emeritus, C&H Architects (architect, Bechtel Environmental Classroom)
Carl Weber, Interim Director Facilities & Grounds, Hampshire College (owner, Kern Center)
Chris Riddle AIA (OPM, Hitchcock Center)
Christopher Nielson AIA, Bruner/Cott & Associates (architect, Kern Center)
Doug Marshall AIA (owner, Hitchcock Center)
John Rahill AIA, Black River Design Architects (architect, Zilkha Center)
John Robinson AIA (OPM Kern Center)
Jonathan Wright, president, Wright Builders (contractor Kern Center and Hitchcock Center)
Sam Batchelor AIA, partner, designLAB Architects (architect, Hitchcock Center)

This event is cosponsored by the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the AIA (WMAIA).

For those who qualify, 2 LU/HSWs are available.