Vermont’s Architecture & Construction Expo

RESILIENCY: The New Sustainability


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Full Day - Thursday, May 21

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Wednesday, May 20

12:00 – 12:30


Lake Champlain Room Hallway

12:30 – 2:30

FEMA E-74: Reducing the Risks of Non-Structural Earthquake Damage

Lake Champlain Room

2:30 – 3:00


3:00 – 5:00

FEMA E-74 (Continued)

5:00 – 7:00


Garden Terrace

Thursday, May 21

8:00 – 9:00

Registration & Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00

Keynote Address (1 AIA HSW LU)

Resiliency: A New Design Criterion for Buildings
Presenter: Alex Wilson, Resilient Design Institute

10:00 – 10:45


10:45 – 11:45

Session A-1 (1 AIA HSW LU)

Building an Energy Independent & Resilient Community
Gregg Gossens, AIA, Prinicipal, gbA
Jesse Baker, Assistant City Mayor of Montpelier





Session A-2 (1 AIA HSW LU)

Resiliency Through Localized Energy Sourcing: Guilford Sound and the Vermont Performance Lab, a Case Study
Ted Sheridan, AIA, ASA, LEED AP, Partner, Ryall|Porter|Sheridan Architects

11:45 – 1:15


1:15 – 2:45

Session B-1 (1.5 AIA HSW LUs)

Designing for Resiliency at the Waterbury State Office Complex
Jesse Beck, AIA, Prinicipal, Freeman French Freeman
John Ostrum, Project Manager, Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services
John Fox, Project Manager, PC Construction
Kevin Worden, P.E., Vice President, Engineering Ventures


Session B-2 (1.5 AIA HSW LUs)

The Resiliency of the Brooks House
Bob Stevens, P.E., Prinicipal, Stevens and Associates
Paul Wyncoop, Project Manager, Breadloaf Construction

2:45 – 3:30


3:30 – 5:00

Session C-1 (1.5 AIA HSW LUs)

Integrated Decision Tools for Institutional Resilience
Bill Maclay, AIA, Principal, Maclay Architects
Megan Nedzinski, Project Manager, Maclay Architects
Paul Lekstutis, Principal, LN Consulting




Session C-2 (1.5 AIA HSW LUs)

BALANCING RESILIENCY: “Resilient River Apartment”
Joe Cincotta, AIA, Principal, Linesync Architects
Alex Wilson, Founder, Resilient Design Institute


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Alex Wilson

Alex Wilson is president of the Resilient Design Institute, a nonprofit organization based in Brattleboro, Vermont that is focused on practical solutions for making buildings and communities more resilient. He is also founder of BuildingGreen, Inc., an information company that has been working since 1985 to advance green building and publishes Environmental Building News, the GreenSpec database of green building products, and, a resource for teams going through LEED certification. He is a widely published writer, and author or coauthor of a number of books, including Your Green Home, the Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings, and Green Development: Integrating Ecology and Real Estate. Outside of the building arena, he is coauthor of a series of books on Quiet Water Canoeing and Kayaking for the Appalachian Mountain Club. Alex served on the national board of directors of the U.S. Green Building Council from 2000 – 2005, and he received the organization’s Leadership Award for Education in 2008. In 2010 he received the Second Annual Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainability.

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Bill Maclay, AIA

Bill Maclay, founding principal of Maclay Architects of Waitsfield (VT), has been recognized as a leader in innovative, ecological planning and architectural design since 1971. Maclay Architects specializes in net-zero energy design and was the recipient of the 2012 NESEA Zero Net Energy Building Award. Among the firm’s net-zero, near-net-zero, and net-zero-ready projects are NRG Systems, an office and manufacturing facility, the Bennington State Office Building, the George D. Aiken Center at the University of Vermont, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Bosarge Family Education Center, and numerous homes. He is the author of The New Net-Zero, published by Chelsea Green.


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Greg Gossens, AIA

Gregg Gossens, AIA is a founding partner of gbA & adjunct professor at Norwich University. GBA is a design studio style firm with an emphasis on sustainable design in community settings. The firm has been awarded over 50 state, regional and national design awards. Gregg has served as past president of the Vermont Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. He earned Bachelors of Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (1978) and Masters of Architecture from the University of Minnesota (1980)


Jesse Baker

Jessie Baker is the Assistant City Manager for the City of Montpelier, VT. Ms. Baker has over ten years of experience in municipal management, performance management, and program evaluation. Prior to joining the City of Montpelier, Ms. Baker held several management positions with the City of Somerville, MA that focused on management, data-driven decision making and policy. Ms. Baker has also held positions at the Vermont Department of Health and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and anthropology from Columbia University and a master’s degree in policy and planning from Tufts University.

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Jesse Beck, AIA

Jesse Beck is President of Freeman French Freeman, Architects. With over 30 years experience—including 18 years as the company’s president—Jesse has led dozens of innovative projects throughout Vermont and across northern New England. He has played a leadership role on several of Vermont’s most complex architectural projects including the Burlington International Airport, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Jeffords Science Hall at UVM, and the Waterbury State Office Complex.

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John Fox

John Fox, a University of Vermont graduate, boasts 33 years experience in the construction industry. As a member of the PC Construction team over the past 26 years, John’s has completed some of the company’s most significant projects, ranging from large-scale resort expansions and commercial building complexes to high-tech clean room facilities and sophisticated wastewater treatment plants. His most recent focus included oversight of the Waterbury State Office Complex Redevelopment – the largest construction project ever undertaken by the State of Vermont. As a senior project manager, John is responsible for the management of the project and provides oversight to the project team from award of contract through preconstruction, construction and activation of the new space.


John Ostrum, CSI

John Ostrum is a Registered Architect and Project Manager for the Vermont Department of Buildings & General Services. John is also a Past-President of the Vermont Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute. He has played a vital role as the Project Manager for the State on the renovations, restorations, and new construction at the Waterbury State Office Complex, which was devastated by flooding during tropical storm Irene.


Joseph Cincotta, AIA

Architect Joseph Cincotta has been designing sustainable structures since 1988. He believes that “green design” has long been rooted in yankee frugality and common sense. Through a consistent practice of designing “Green under the radar,” where energy efficiency and the use of natural materials achieve the highest standards of beauty with the greatest economy of means, Joseph has been able to offer naturally green solutions to the greatest number of clients. He has lectured extensively on the topic and teaches Sustainable Design at Southern Vermont College. LEED Accredited, he holds the NCARB certificate and is licensed in Vermont, Massachusetts, New York and North Carolina. He is also founder and organizer of First Thursdays, a group of design professionals that meet once a month to discuss matters of sustainability in design and share libations.

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Kevin Worden, P.E.

Kevin is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, with Bachelor of Science degrees in both Civil Engineering and Humanities. He was named the 2001 Vermont Young Engineer of the Year. Kevin is a LEED and Sustainability Specialist at Engineering Ventures, contributing more than 20 years of experience in permitting, civil and structural engineering design. He takes a holistic and innovative approach to projects, grounded in the fundamentals of engineering. Fostering long lasting connections through project collaboration is important to Kevin.


Megan Nedzinski, AIA

Megan is a senior project manager at Maclay Architects. Megan considers emerging research, applied technology and the surrounding environment to deliver high performing projects. Her interests to analyze and communicate relative benefits of comparative design strategies are the focus of her work. Prior to joining MA, Megan’s passion for building science and analytics drove her West Virginia firm to elevate the mission of sustainability in a coal focused economy. Also during that time Megan taught courses at West Virginia University on Sustainable Construction and Forest Resource conservation. Megan is an Architect, LEED Accredited Professional and Certified Passive House Consultant.

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Michael Griffin, P.E.

Mr. Griffin is a Principal and partner in CCS Group, Inc. in Chesterfield, MO and has over thirty years of extensive experience in the assessment of natural hazards – earthquake and high wind, for structures and nonstructural components, equipment and systems. He is considered an industry expert and has worked extensively in the Midwest, west coast and Caribbean performing earthquake risk assessments and subsequent structural strengthening designs to mitigate the risk to buildings and nonstructural equipment and systems. Areas of concentration include water infrastructure (dam power house structures, water and wastewater plants, electric and gas systems), airports, commercial, educational, historic, industrial, religious, healthcare and residential. Mr. Griffin has authored numerous papers addressing the earthquake risk to nonstructural equipment and systems and has served on several projects associated with the seismic performance of nonstructural equipment and systems. These include ATC-58-1 Project Steering Committee “Development of Performance-Based Seismic Design Guidelines”; ATC-69-1 Project Review Panel “Update of FEMA 74, Reducing the Risks of Nonstructural Earthquake Damage – A Practical Guide”; and is currently working as a member of the Project Technical Committee for the update to the FEMA P-154 and P-155 “Update of Rapid Visual Screening Guidelines (FEMA 154).” He also has an extensive background in conducting post-earthquake and hurricane damage investigations, as well as being a key investigator for the development of Earthquake Experience Data for the assessment and mitigation of risk to nonstructural equipment and systems. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Structural Mechanics from the University of California Irvine, and is licensed in seven states.

Paul Lekstutis

Paul Lekstutis, P.E.

Paul Lekstutis co-founded L.N. Consulting in 1999, and has been a principal and vice president of the company since its inception. He has immense experience in renewable energy projects with master planning, conceptual design, detailed design, and construction administration. Paul also co-founded Cross Pollination in 2009. Paul has been a principal and president of the company since its inception. Cross Pollination was founded to promote the harmonic integration of renewable energy generation with wholesome natural food production. The integration of renewable energy generation with sustainable farming offers an efficient and effective use of farmland that will help meet local energy and food needs and ultimately enhance the social well being of the surrounding community.

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Paul Wyncoop, MS, LEED AP

Paul has over twenty five years of experience working as a historic preservationist, construction project manager, mechanical design engineer and owner’s representative. Since joining Bread Loaf in 2002, Paul has worked on a wide variety of projects specializing in historic rehabilitation. He has also worked on non-profit, museum, educational, health care, food service, and manufacturing projects.

As a LEED accredited professional, Paul works to incorporate environmental and energy awareness into all projects that he is involved with. He works with energy consultants and envelope specialists to find unique solutions to design challenges, particularly with historic buildings.

Paul has lectured and presented at numerous conferences and universities, including the Mid Atlantic Museum Association, the Vermont Historic Preservation Conference, and Half Moon Seminars. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Vermont in the Historic Preservation Master’s Program and has volunteered on several non-profit boards, including the Preservation Trust of Vermont.

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Robert Stevens, P.E.

Robert Stevens is a professional engineer with over 25 years of experience leading teams in a variety of projects and disciplines. He is the founder and president of Stevens & Associates, PC, an Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Civil and Structural engineering firm in Brattleboro Vermont. In addition to the design of projects his experience includes planning, urban design, public bond campaigns and project finance & development.

Bob is an accredited professional in both Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) and Congress for New Urbanism (CNU). He’s well versed in sustainable design, traditional design and historic preservation.

He has presented at numerous conferences including Traditional Building, Vermont Development Conference and Historic preservation conferences. His work and community support has been recognized with numerous awards including the Vermont Downtown Volunteer of the Year and the Southern Vermont Leadership Award for Economic Excellence.


Ted Sheridan, AIA, ASA, LEED AP

Ted Sheridan, AIA, ASA, LEED, is a partner at Ryall Porter Sheridan Architects Practicing since 1994. He earned his Bachelor of Environmental Studies and his Professional Architecture Degree at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Mr. Sheridan’s area of expertise included high-performance, low energy building design, and the science of architecture and musical acoustics. An instrument maker and musician, he has instructed courses on architectural acoustics and the physics of musical instruments at the Parsons School of Design in New York and has lectured on the subject at the University of Virginia, Ryerson University, the University of Toronto, and New York University.


Keynote Address: Resiliency: A New Design Criterion for Buildings

This presentation will provide context to the emerging resilient design focus in today’s architecture community. Since his work guiding reconstruction in the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Alex has devoted much of his work to enhancing the resilience of buildings and communities. He will share the evolution of his focus from green building to resilience and explain how this shift may help to speed the transition to more sustainable building practices and community planning. Examples from Hurricane Katrina, Tropical Storm Irene, and Superstorm Sandy will be used to provide an overview of some of the key tenants of resilient design.

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Building an Energy Independent & Resilient Community

The City of Montpelier in partnership with the State of Vermont, developed a central bio-mass fueled district power plant, providing a energy source for all Capital Complex state buildings and the entire downtown Montpelier district. The plant is located in the heart of the State Capitol Complex at the edge of the historic downtown and the district energy piping system runs throughout the entire downtown. It is anticipated that this new central facility will reduce state/city emissions by 11 tons per year and decrease oil usage by 300,000 gallons per year. The main goal of the district energy system is to make The City of Montpelier, and State Office Complex energy independent by utilizing locally sourced renewable resources. This goal is a primary resiliency attribute as well as setting up a micro-distribution grid and eliminating many individual heating sources all of which are located in a flood zone. Alex Wilson, the Director of the Resilient Design Institute states the following in regard to bio-mass district energy:”From a standpoint of resilience, a shift to this sort of renewables-based energy system will create a more resilient, distributed power grid with more diverse generation sources”. This district energy system is also an integral part of Montpelier’s goal of becoming the nations first net zero capital city.

Presenters: Gregg Gossens, AIA & Jesse Baker, Assistant City Mayor, Montpelier


Resiliency Through Localized Energy Sourcing: Guilford Sound and the Vermont Performance Lab: A Case Study

The Guilford Sound recording Studio and Vermont Performance Lab Campus in Southern Vermont presents a unique opportunity to study both a completed and evolving project, that strives to be as energy neutral as possible while supporting a cutting edge commercial and cultural program. the Recording Studio, winner of a 2013 AIA Vermont Award of Merit, is a world-class recording facility that relies on local energy inputs and balanced systems operations to minimize energy use. As the campus expands to include a Passive House and LEED Silver residence for visiting artists, lessons learned from the first stages of the project are being applied to new phases to create a facility that is progressively more sustainable and resilient. Mr. Sheridan will present the project from conceptual phases through construction and operation, demonstrating both strengths and weaknesses of the materials, methods, engineering, and detailing involved in the realization of such a project.

Ted Sheridan, AIA,LEED AP, Partner Ryall|Porter|Sheridan Architects

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Designing for Resiliency at the Waterbury State Office Complex

The State Office Complex in Waterbury, Vermont was left devastated after Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011. Widespread flooding from the storm left many of the complex’s 50-plus buildings unusable, displacing close to 1,500 workers from the 100-acre site.

After careful study, the State of Vermont chose to rebuild the Waterbury campus by preserving the most historically significant buildings, demolishing those deemed unsalvageable or most susceptible to future floods, and adding a new office building and central plant. The redesigned complex is currently under construction with a target of LEED Gold.

This presentation tells the story of what resiliency means in the context of a large, publicly funded, and complex project. We will discuss:

• Resilient site strategies (landscape design & master planning for resiliency, riparian buffers, finish floor elevations)

• Resilient building strategies (floodproofing, waterproofing and moisture protection, insulation, geotech and structural considerations)

• Resilient MEP strategies (utilities and infrastructure, fuel sources and efficiency)

• Construction in a flood zone (evacuation planning, construction materials and placement, trailer tie downs)


Presenters: Jesse Beck, AIA, President, Freeman French Freeman; John Fox, PC Construction; Kevin Worden, P.E., Vice President, Engineering Ventures; John Ostrum, RA, CSI, Project Manager, Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services

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The Resiliency of the Brooks House

The Brooks House restoration is a great example of building resiliency because it has demonstrated the capacity to bounce back after a major disaster and re-incorporate itself back into the heart of Brattleboro as an updated, highly efficient and useful cornerstone of the local community. The presenters of this course will give an overview of the inherent resiliency of historic buildings, using the Brooks House as an example, and highlight how the renovation of the Brooks House has added to the resiliency of both the building and the city of Brattleboro. We will illustrate how the Brooks House embodies the principles of resiliency by: transcending scale; utilizing resilient, simple and flexible systems: highlighting the buildings durability over time and through adversity; the incorporation of local and renewable resources and labor; the new buildings anticipation of future disruptions; added natural elements to the site; and the social and community impact of the project. Finally, we will highlight the 2011 fire as specific example of how the Brooks House’ inefficient fire protection systems were converted to an updated, resilient fire protection and fire alarm system. This system was incorporated into the work from the day the construction began through final project completion.

Presenters: Bob Stevens, P.E., Principal, Stevens and Associates; Paul Wyncoop, LEED, Project Manager, Bread Loaf Corporation


Integrated Decision Tools for Institutional Resilience

Resilient buildings that can “coast” through outages, disaster and periods of uncertainty are essential for cold climate institutions now and increasingly into the future. Recognizing this, Proctor Academy, an independent New Hampshire school, was motivated to create a net zero dining hall for their student body, faculty and staff. Dining facilities have complex process loads due to cooking, dishwashing, mechanical and fire suppression considerations. For such a complex project, options and opportunities were numerous while timely cost effective decisions remained critical.

This session highlights an intensive and integrated design process, employed from the outset of design through construction and operation. It utilizes comparative energy modeling and cost estimating as a decision making tool to compare mechanical systems, kitchen equipment, and envelope component options. Specifics of applying these energy modeling and cost benefit analysis findings will be shared related to the various decisions made on the project. The findings from the application of this process convinced the school’s potential donors and Board of Trustees to pursue a net zero dining hall. The analysis materials were further employed by the school’s stakeholders for effective fundraising and to aid budgeting discussions with the school’s Board of Trustees to ensure the project became reality.


Presenters: Bill Maclay, AIA; Megan Nedzinski, AIA; Paul Lekstutis, P.E.

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BALANCING RESILIENCY: “Resilient River Apartment”

the Resilient Design Movement is gaining momentum, but is still open for discussion and experimentation. How do you weigh upfront cost against creating buildings that can withstand natural disaster? What are the overlaps and contradictions between Resilient and Sustainable Design practices? How can rugged materials be utilized to create humane and beautiful spaces? This workshop will explore Resiliency through a case study of an award winning project designed by LineSync Architecture. The workshop will begin with a presentation of the ‘Resilient River Apartment’, which was rehabilitated after being ravaged by Tropical Storm Irene, and the flooding in downtown Wilmington, Vermont. the presentation will be followed by a discussion of how lessons learned can be applied to other projects.

Presenters: Joseph Cincotta, AIA; Alex Wilson


FEMA E-74 – Reducing the Risks of Nonstructural Earthquake Damage

Nonstructural components of buildings include all elements that are not part of the structural system; that is, the architectural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, as well as furniture, fixtures, equipment, and other contents. During the recent earthquakes in Chile, New Zealand, Japan, Virginia and other earlier earthquakes in California, Washington, and other parts of the U.S., nonstructural failures have accounted for the majority of damage and injuries. In many cases, businesses, schools, hospitals, and other organizations had to spend excessive time and dollars for clean-up and repair due to nonstructural failures; therefore impeding continued operations and rapid recovery. Moreover, nonstructural component failures also impeded safe evacuation, delayed rescue, and caused additional hazards such as fire resulting in serious life safety issues.

This training describes the sources and types of nonstructural earthquake damage and the effective methods and guidance that individuals and organizations can use to take action now before the next earthquake and minimize future injuries and property losses from nonstructural risks.


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