Vermont’s Architecture & Construction Expo

Health, Wellness and Evidence-Based Design


Friday, May 13, 2016

Center for Communication and Creative Media at Champlain College


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8:00 – 9:00

Registration (Breakfast): Champlain Room Hallway / EATS

9:00 – 10:00

Keynote: Auditorium

10:00 – 10:45

Exposition Open (Coffee Break): Champlain Room

10:45 – 11:45

Session A-1: Auditorium

Session A-2: Teleconference Room

11:45 – 1:15

Exposition Open (Lunch): EATS / Terrace

1:15 – 2:45

Session B-1 & B-2

2:45 – 3:30

Exposition Open (Snack): Champlain Room

3:30 – 5:00

Session C-1 & C-2

5:00 – 7:00

Cocktail Reception: Terrace


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Alberto Salvatore, AIA, NCARB, EDAC

Alberto has over 30 years of experience in healthcare architectural master planning, department planning, programming and design. He has successfully lead teams nationally and internationally on projects large and small. His work is focused on creating opportunities for design excellence throughout the project delivery process, based on understanding the relationship between our clients business and the physical environment such that the proposed outcome can enhance the experience of the patient, the overall operations and maximize the return on investment for the client.

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Arthur Bemis

What do the South Boston projects, golf and the world of architecture, design and color have to do with each other? For Art Bemis, they are all connected and shaped every aspect of his life and work. Bemis received countless accolades throughout his career that spans decades, from design and color awards to winning more than 70 golf tournaments, ranking as a two time State Amateur Champion, and other impressive stats. As his career progressed, Bemis pursued his journey of Design in all aspects and discovered a passion for color and its transformative abilities. Bemis created a color design program and delivered American Institute of Architects seminars across North America for many years. Sharing knowledge and the functional aspects of Color and Communication continues to inspire Bemis who is regarded as respected industry speaker and educator.


Breeze Glazer, LEED-AP

Breeze is a designer who has focused his career on sustainability in architecture. He is passionate about redefining the role and impacts of the built environment on human and ecological health. Breeze has applied this passion and his expertise to a broad variety of projects across a multitude of scales includingacute care hospitals, academic medical centers and health clinics, to corporate office renovations and transitional homeless shelters, among others. His research into sustainability covers topics as diverse as alternative energy systems, climate change mitigation, the business case and material health and toxicity, often in collaboration with academic institutions and non-profit organizations.

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Chris Dunn

Chris Dunn is a registered landscape architect and urban designer with experience in the master planning and detailed design of communities and resorts throughout the world. Building Healthy Places has resonated with Chris and his career long goal of making the world a better place. As part of ULI’s Healthy Place Tool Kit advisory panel, Chris assisted with peer review of the research and publication. This effort led to his role as co-chair of ULI’s Building Healthy Place Forum, a biannual meeting of ULI members to discuss emerging trends in Building Healthy Places. In 2014 Chris founded Certified Healthy a Denver based company that is developing a certification program for communities and buildings.

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Donna J. Leban, AIA LC

Donna Leban is a licensed architect and an NCQLP certified lighting designer, and owner of Light/Space/Design of South Burlington, Vermont. She holds a B.Arch, and an MS in Advanced Building Studies from Carnegie-Mellon University. Light design, environmental design consulting and education have been the major foci of Donna’s work since 1991. As an architect with one foot in the engineering world and the other in the creative world of lighting, Donna provides lighting design and consulting services to architects and clients for a range of projects. She collaborated with Jim Benya to write “Lighting Retrofit and relighting, A Guide to Energy Efficiency”, published in 2011 by Wiley.

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Elizabeth F. Calabrese, NCARB, LEED-AP

Elizabeth F. Calabrese is a licensed architect, LEED-AP and has been the principal architect for Calabrese Architects for over 20 years. Elizabeth focuses on creating built environments that connect us to nature to promote human and environmental health and well-being, she is a biophilic design consultant and team member of Prasada Wholebeing@Work. Elizabeth also teaches biophilic and ecological design and received a Masters of Science in Ecological Design in 2011 with a project titled, The Architecture of Healing: Designing Hope for the 21st Century that proposed biophilia and ecology as the foundation of multidisciplinary design programs for cross-discipline literacy. Elizabeth co-authored a publication with Stephen Kellert titled, The Practice of Biophilic Design, available at


Ethan Bellavance

Ethan is an Energy Consultant at Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. He specializes in HVACR and agricultural energy projects. Ethan has been working for the nation’s oldest and leading statewide energy efficiency utility, Efficiency Vermont, for nearly five years. Within Efficiency Vermont Ethan sits on both HVAC and Refrigeration technical solution groups that educate staff and customers on new technologies and system approaches. Ethan holds a BS in Environmental Science with a focus on Ecological Design from the University of Vermont.

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Jason Bemis

Jason Bemis currently practices color design, biomimicry and strategic branding with Bemis Resource Group, as well as developing new lecture and experiential based curriculum for The Mastery Institute. Mr. Bemis’s formal training began at STO Industries where he was trained in color formulation, he was then sent to Germany where he trained under Color Expert Uwe Koos and developed many color plans and architectural color renderings of global projects. His education was furthered at IIT where he studied Strategic Design. Jason uses his research and knowledge on color, in the physiological and psychological realms, to explore the levels of relationships in both naturally occurring and manmade environments.


Margaret Serrato, PhD, MBA, AIA, ASID, LEED-AP

With over twenty-five years of research and design experience, Margaret Gilchrist Serrato has a special focus on creating high-performance working and learning environments. Margaret’s education in architecture, interior design and environmental psychology, enhanced by an MBA and a PhD in architecture, culture and behavior enables her to provide comprehensive and dynamic strategic planning for a wide range of clients. Her specialties include collaborative workplace design and alternate workplace planning.


Mary Jane Poynter

Mary Jane is a Senior Energy Consultant at Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. She specializes in HVAC, building thermal shell, new construction, and multifamily housing. Mary Jane has been working for the nation’s oldest and leading statewide energy efficiency utility, Efficiency Vermont, since its inception in the year 2000. Mary Jane also spends some of her time mentoring staff at the DC Sustainable Efficiency Utility (a program run by VEIC) and works on Commons Energy projects. She has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and is a Certified Master Gardener.

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Owen Milne

As manager of Corporate Accounts and Integrated Interiors at Red Thread, Owen blends his deep expertise in workplace dynamics, change management and organizational behavior with development skills to help area organizations manage and enhance connections in the workplace. Prior to Red Thread, he was director of development for Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) and Prior to his work for VBSR, Owen spent five years at Business Interiors, Vermont’s Steelcase dealer, as business development manager. Owen has a BA in Business from Champlain College, received the Business Honors award upon graduation in 2004 and received his MBA from the college in 2012.


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Keynote “The Culture of Health”

Presenters: Alberto Salvatore + Breeze Glazer, Perkins + Will

This presentation will introduce the concept of redefining what health is, and identify the direct relationship between the built environment and health. These effects will be addressed at a range of scales—from the design of rooms, buildings, campuses, cities and beyond. Designing for health promotion can be directed at both specific health challenges such as obesity, or toward more holistic solutions ranging from changing product chemistry to neighborhood design. The session will also identify an implementation strategy to embed a “Culture of Health” in architecture projects. Case studies from around the world—on how healthcare organizations and designers are working to remake health-promoting places, spaces and things—will be shared.

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A1 “Evidenced-Based Lighting: Research We Can Use”

Presenter: Donna Leban, Light/Space/Design

In lighting applications, the adoption of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and organic LEDs has many potential benefits beyond reducing energy use. In 2002, scientists learned of new types of photoreceptors in the retina that have complex functions not related to vision. Although new research continues to reveal complexities, this presentation will discuss usable, evidenced-based, lighting techniques and their benefits. While much of lighting research is published in scientific journals and in publications of the Illuminating Society of North America (IESNA), the findings are very important to architects, not only for healthcare, elderly housing design, and workplace lighting, but also in providing an understanding of unintended consequences of brightly-lighted night-time environments and computer screens.


A2 “Energy, Air Quality + Health in Existing Buildings”

Presenters: Mary Jane Poynter + Ethan Bellavance, Efficiency Vermont

Identifying air quality, energy efficiency, and overall performance of a building is crucial during the preliminary design phase of a project. Mechanical systems are one of the key building components that provide a healthy, comfortable, and efficient building. However, market research has shown that mechanical equipment is not being maintained, understood, and operated correctly. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the most commonly installed mechanical system, explain how this system is directly tied to occupant health and comfort, and instruct architects on the right questions to ask the engineer or contractor working on the project. Participants will walk away with a three-step process to enable them to make educated decisions for creating a healthy, efficient building.

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B1 “Creating Healthy Places”

Presenter: Chris Dunn, Certified Healthy, LLC

Creating healthy places is the next evolution of designing and building projects that benefit people’s health and lives. The basis of creating healthy places and buildings is to make the healthy choice the easy choice. A number of buildings that are “certified healthy” will be presented. This session will discuss the difference between sustainable and health criteria and how they impact design decisions, including a comparison of the criteria used for certification in the Certified Healthy and the WELL programs.

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B2 “Think Better / Where’s the Big Idea”

Presenters: Owen Milne, Red Thread (Steelcase) + Margaret Serrato, Herman Miller

A two part joint presentation on focus and workplace design. In workplaces throughout the world, scenarios of near-constant distraction have become the norm. Thankfully, our ability to focus is salvageable. Thanks to recent neuroscience research, there’s hard evidence about what attention is, how it works, how to attain it and how to use it productively. Researchers have applied this new science to create concepts for how thoughtfully designed workplaces can help workers better manage their attention. By leveraging the full capacity of our brains and our environments, it’s possible to “think better” at work.

Workplace research has identified that effective informal communication is a common feature of organizations that have managed this transition well. The challenge for interior designers is to understand how planning affects where and how often informal interactions will occur space. This presentation explores the nature and importance of informal interaction and demonstrates the practical application of Space Syntax, a method for predicting patterns of movement and interaction.

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C1 “The Practice of Biophilic Design”

Presenter: Elizabeth Calabrese, Calabrese Architects, Inc.

The focus of this presentation is on the current empirical evidence, research and analysis of biophilic design’s impact on physiological, psychological and cognitive health. Biophilic principles, experiences and attributes will be reviewed; how to weave the attributes together to create a coherent whole will be demonstrated’; and case studies will be shown.

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C2 “Color 202: Functional Coloration from Nature to Architecture”

Presenters: Arthur Bemis + Jason Bemis, The Mastery Institute

The Mastery Institute is a school for higher learning in the fields of color psychology and the physiological effects of color in the built environment. The session explores sets of relationships derived from nature’s construct, and how to utilize this knowledge to create systems, tools, and methods based on patterns of interconnections. The presenters then show how to integrate these methodologies based on naturally-occurring relationships in nature and apply them into functional systems within the architectural environment. This supports the function of the architecture visually, but also supports the well-being of the people that work and live in these environments.


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