AEI Forum

Omaha, Nebraska | April 4–6, 2018


Ed Clark

Topic: Clearing Health and Wellness Hurdles with Integrated, Circadian-impactful Lighting Design

Ed Clark, speaker at AEI Forum 2018In the US, we spend 95% of time indoors, in environments that are novel in comparison to our evolutionary past. We receive too much light at night and too little during the day, resulting in a disruption of our internal body clock and a disconnection from the solar day. This disconnection can impact the quality and duration of our sleep, and if the conditions are chronic can result in numerous long-term health maladies. Although these conditions sound dire, the situation can be resolved through thoughtful daylight and electric lighting design. This discussion will touch upon the basic physiology of the circadian system. How to illustrate the benefits of circadian lighting design to stakeholders and the design team will also be shared. Lastly, key aspects of the design process will be highlighted through case study examples.

Ed is sustainable designer who works at the intersection of high performance built solutions and the human condition, seeking to support nurturing environments to improve experience and promote wellness. Ed develops building- and district-scaled sustainable strategies and is at the cutting-edge in the application of circadian lighting research in healthcare and workplace environments. His expertise has been leveraged to inform conventions of circadian lighting design for the U.S. General Services Administration; and apply circadian lighting design in healthcare and office environments. Ed believes that translational collaboration with academics and researchers is essential to the success and advancement of circadian lighting design in practice. He was instrumental to the creation of Lark Spectral Lighting, a circadian lighting design tool created by the University of Washington and ZGF Architects.

Jonathan Bartling, AIA

Topic: VR/AR: Next Generation Design – Empathetic Design: It’s not just what you see

  1. Macro level history of technology related to Architecture, Engineering and Construction Industry
  2. Focused overview on Virtual Reality (VR), with some commentary of Augmented Reality (AR)
    a. Process
    b. Tools – hardware/software
    c. Impacts
    d. Opportunities
  3. Case studies looking at how HGA is using VR/AR:
    a. Design tool – better understand adjacencies, scale, proportions, line of sight and real time design
    b. Communication – cross office collaboration
    c. Decision making – better understanding of the building and engagement with client
    d. Testing – putting end users in environment to get real time feedback
    e. Coordination – Virtual Clash Detection and facility management simulation
    f. Empathy – layering physical impairments onto a person with none
    g. Other

Jonathan Bartling, speaker at AEI Forum 2018Jonathan is an Associate Vice President at HGA Architects & Engineers (HGA). As the Director of Digital Practice he specializes in guiding BIM, Computation, Visualization and Fabrication across HGA’s eight offices. As a frequent presenter at local and national conferences, he explains the convergence of design, technology and construction. Jonathan was educated at Iowa State and the University of Minnesota. He is a recent recipient of the AIA Young Architect Award where he was recognized for leadership that enables the delivery of high performance buildings, greater value to the client, enhanced team integration and design excellence.

Ilene Busch Vishniac, Ph.D.

Topic: The Unique Challenges of Healthcare Facilities

Ilene Busch Vishniac, Ph.D., speaker at AEI Forum 2018For the last decade, healthcare facilities construction in the US has run about $40B per year, more than spent on K-12 and post-secondary education facilities combined by over a factor of two. Healthcare facilities present a number of unique challenges that affect (or should affect) their design, construction, maintenance and operation. They tend to be places with a high density of humans, many of whom are ill or frail. Hospitals and some clinics frequently operate 24/7 and are nearly self-contained communities complete with food service, parking, banking, and visitor services. Healthcare facilities have special requirements on building systems to ensure operation in emergency situations and to minimize the spread of infections. Healthcare facilities also need to consider the impact of the environment on patients, including issues of noise, views from patient rooms, lighting, and ergonomic layouts. These and other issues will be discussed in the talk.

Ilene began her post-secondary education at the University of Rochester, where she earned a BS in Physics and a BA in Mathematics. She pursued a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at MIT working in the area of acoustic noise control, then assumed a postdoctoral position at Bell Labs, in the Acoustics Research Department at Murray Hill. In 1982 Ilene was appointed an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Over the next 16 years in Texas, Ilene rose through the ranks becoming an endowed chair holder. In 1998 Ilene accepted a position as the dean of the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. In 2007, Ilene became Provost and Vice-President Academic of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. From July 1, 2012 to May 2014 Ilene served as the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, SK. Ilene’s research career primarily focuses on aspects of acoustics and on diversity issues as they relate to engineering education. She is perhaps best known for her work to control noise in hospitals and for her efforts to revise engineering curricula to suit a more diverse population. She has authored more than 60 technical articles, a monograph and a number of popular papers. Additionally, she holds nine U.S. patents on electromechanical sensors.

Marlene Linders, ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer


  • Overview of Risk Management for Infection Control during Healthcare Construction
  • De-mystifying Healthcare: 3 Critical Keys in doing business with the American Healthcare System

Marlene Linders, speaker at AEI Forum 2018Marlene Linders is the President and CEO of PHILDERS GROUP INTERNATIONAL INC., a healthcare consulting firm. She holds a degree in architecture, nursing science and a Master’s degree in science for clinical psychology. She has been a long time member of ASHRAE, a National Speaker on Infectious Diseases, and one of two women in the USA that are Distinguished Lecturers for ASHRAE. Ms. Linders is also the Executive Director for The Linders Health Institute™ which addresses safety, compliance and exposure risks during construction of healthcare buildings. She has several years of extensive expertise in development and understanding of construction and design for building systems. She has worked on designing high-risk environments as Surgical Suites, Long Term Care, and Transplant for several Level One trauma centers costing in excess of $4 billion dollars. Her former company, PLI Inc, wrote the first Indoor Air Quality online curriculum course for the University of Florida Rinker School of Construction. Ms. Linders has written several white papers and articles on pandemics and emerging infectious diseases regarding the built environment, including a series on infection control for Kimberly Clark Worldwide.

Scott Floral

Topic: Solve Complex Problems with Data-driven Design

Data-driven Design is an emerging methodology that connects the built environment to predictive analytics and operations through computational design. Together, these services combine real-time data in interactive ways; empowering clients to maximize capital investments, improve productivity and design purposeful consumer experiences. It’s not a precise formula, but rather a process for solving complex problems. Join us for an interactive session where we will explore the technology and techniques of Data-driven Design.

Scott joined HDR in 2005 and is currently the Managing Principal of HDR Consulting. Scott started his career with a large Omaha-based healthcare system and has spent the last 20 years connecting and analyzing disparate data sources to assist clients in solving complex problems. He views the world as one relational database and is driven by the desire to rationalize it. Scott is an Omaha native and a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Marcel Harmon, Ph.D., and Stuart Shell

Topic: Health in the Built Environment – The WELL Building Standard

Building owners and designers hear plenty about health and wellness regarding the indoor environment. Sit/stand workstations, open offices, sick building syndrome, daylight access and fitness rooms are just a few examples. It can be challenging to separate fads from genuine innovations, and to evaluate the relative merits of investments in wellness. This presentation provides an overview of wellness as it relates to the built environment, building off strong evidence from research. The WELL Building Standards is presented as framework for organizing strategies to achieve optimum human outcomes from investments in the built environment.

Marcel Harmon, Ph.D., speaker at AEI Forum 2018Marcel leads projects with an emphasis on ensuring the occupant’s perspective is accounted for from early planning through post occupancy. He has been with Forte Building Science since 2007. In addition to being an experienced, licensed architectural engineer, Marcel holds a Anthropology with an emphasis on the built environment. His research on the physiological, psychological and social/cultural impacts of the built environment helps facilitate an evidenced-based approach to projects. Marcel is passionate about engaging building occupants, gathering their stories and personal narratives, and ensures that projects account for their wants and needs. His analysis also brings a quantifiable capability to analyze the built environment’s impact on occupant productivity/performance and health, as well as the occupant’s impact on building performance.

Stuart Shell, speaker at AEI Forum 2018Stuart manages projects that seek an evidenced-based process to building optimization. He helps create spaces of preference by drawing on knowledge in psychology, architecture, physiology, and engineering. Prior to building science, Stuart spent over 10 years as a project architect with an emphasis in schools. Stuart holds an architectural degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and a Masters in Architectural Engineering from the University of Nebraska. His research in occupant satisfaction with indoor environmental quality forms a basis for his competence in acoustics, air quality, thermal comfort, and lighting. His thesis innovates the structure of occupant surveys and revealed patterns in how teachers base their appraisal of the indoor environment on measurable variables. Stuart is an ambassador for the International Living Future Institute, an advocate through Mode Shift Omaha and an instructor for League of American Bicyclists.

Pat Kelly

Topic: Think Whole Person Healthcare Building

Pat Kelly, speaker at AEI Forum 2018Pat Kelly will present on the technology design of the Think Whole Person Healthcare Building. IPDG worked with Think visionaries to analyze and provide design for technology systems to support a very unique and specialized health care delivery model. He will be sharing information regarding the technology from this project that was all about enhancing the overall patient experience.

Pat is an Associate Principal and Group Leader at IP Design Group in Omaha, NE. He provides exceptional leadership as the overall project manager for the careful coordination of all elements of telecommunications, audiovisual, acoustical, and security concerns for projects. He has a unique ability to blend innovation and practicality in his technology design solutions. He accomplishes this by drawing on his 20-year background as both an electrical contractor and a technology systems designer with certification as an RCDD.

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