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Keynote Speakers

Friday, April 3, 2020

8:30–9:30 am

Robert Kornfeld, Thornton TomasettiRobert J. Kornfeld, Jr., AIA
Principal, Thornton Tomasetti

Using the knowledge gained in 30 years of experience as a preservation advocate and architect, Robert Kornfeld works with Thornton Tomasetti’s offices nationwide to develop a unique historic preservation practice. He is responsible for historic preservation, exterior envelope restoration, and historical and technical research – combining innovative technology with traditional building methods.

As a forensic architect, Bob has also been involved in the investigation of building failures for institutions, government agencies, corporations, private clients and attorneys. He provides litigation support services, testifies frequently at public hearings, and has volunteered as a consulting party on behalf of preservation advocacy groups.

For decades, Bob has given his time to historic preservation groups including the Historic Districts Council in New York City, the Architectural Review Board of the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson and Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct. He has been a regular presenter at industry conferences and to civic groups, an author of National Register applications, and a guest critic and speaker at Columbia University and the Gotham Center for New York History.

Joel Stout, Thornton TomasettiJoel Stout, AIA, LEED Fellow, WELL AP
Vice President, Thornton Tomasetti

Joel Stout has over 30 years of experience in building design and construction and has specialized in sustainable buildings for more than half of that. He has assisted design firms and public, private and non-profit building owners and developers with such services as strategic planning, LEED project management, building enclosure commissioning, water reuse consulting, specifications review and materials research, guidelines and educational resource development and training. In addition to achieving LEED Fellow status in 2019, Joel has earned the WELL Building Standard credential as well as three different LEED specialty credentials.

Joel has extensive experience in commercial, government, healthcare, transportation and education projects. His Bay Area credits include several LEED and sustainability projects at the San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco City Hall, which is the oldest LEED Platinum building in the U.S., and a LEED NC Platinum-certified media and learning facility at De Anza Community College in Cupertino. Earlier in his career, Joel provided oversight on four major LEED certifications at The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and served as the University of Cincinnati’s sustainable design expert for more than 5 years, during which time he was involved in campus building projects totaling more than $230 million.

Joel was instrumental in bringing the first LEED-certified school and adoption of green building policies to Cincinnati, Ohio, now known as one of the greenest school districts in the United States.

12:30–1:30 pm

Mark Fisher, Cincinnati ZooMark Fisher
Vice President of Facilities, Planning, and Sustainability, Cincinnati Zoo

Presentation Title: Cincinnati Zoo

A product of the University of Cincinnati’s Civil and Environmental Engineering program, Mark spent the first twelve years of his professional career working as a project manager for Turner Construction Company. Many of those years were spent at the Cincinnati Zoo, overseeing the construction of several major exhibits. In 2006, he came on board with the Zoo as the Senior Director of Facilities and Planning.

His role at the Zoo is diverse, including overseeing the development and execution of the Zoo’s master plan, leading the visioning efforts and supporting the operations of the Zoo’s 800 acres of farmland in Warren and Clermont counties, supporting a large team of employees that maintain the Zoo’s grounds and infrastructure, and being ever-present in the Zoo’s neighborhood of Avondale.

Mark is also the driving force behind the Zoo’s nationally recognized sustainability movement. By implementing the most aggressive green building program in the nation, along with producing dramatic reductions in natural resource consumption, the Zoo has transformed itself from an organization that barely had a recycling program, to becoming the greenest zoo in the world.

Mark is involved with several non-profit organizations, in various capacities, including SonLight Power, Gabriel’s Place, Reds Community Fund, Habitat for Humanity, the Aquarium and Zoo Facilities Association, among others.

Technical Session Presenters

Steve Melink, Melink CorporationSteve Melink
Founder and CEO, Melink Corporation

Presentation Title: Melink Project

Steve Melink is the founder and CEO of Melink Corporation, a provider of energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions for the commercial building industry. His headquarters in Cincinnati is LEED-Platinum certified and Net Zero Energy, and over 50% of his employees drive hybrids or electric vehicles. And this year Steve is constructing a second headquarters to accommodate the company’s continued growth and model how to design affordable Zero Energy buildings. Steve is the author of ‘CEO Power & Light – Transcendent Leadership for a Sustainable World’, and in his book he advocates for a clean energy revolution to improve our global economy, security, and environment.

Andrew Burg, MesserAndrew J. Burg
Operations Technology Solutions Vice President, Messer

Presentation Title: Music Hall

Andy began his career with Messer in 1991 as a co-op while studying for his bachelor’s degree in construction management from the University of Cincinnati. He earned his degree three years later in 1994. Andy is experienced in managing complex commercial construction projects including education, medical, office, and entertainment facilities. He has been involved with project management technology applications for more than 20 years and as a result, leads the construction innovation team called Operations Technology Solutions.

Andy’s charge is to apply advanced technology applications to improve Messer’s construction management processes. He develops and manages the company’s advanced capabilities and strategies for collaboratively utilizing Building Information Modeling on projects. Andy’s expertise is sought by owners to develop strategies, leverage building information from design and construction and improve the facility lifecycle management. Andy supports his community by serving on the board of directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Southwest Ohio Chapter.

Jennifer Eismeier, Camp JoyJennifer Eismeier
Executive Director, Camp Joy

Presentation Title: Camp Joy Carbon Neutral

Jennifer Eismeier, Camp Joy Executive Director – Jen joined Camp Joy as the Executive Director in 2017 after serving for five years as the Executive Director of the Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities. She brings 13 years of non-profit experience to Camp Joy, along with a natural resources management education from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and Penn State. Outside of Camp, Jen serves as vice-president of the Millcreek Valley Conservancy District (MVCD) and happily parents her 10-year old son.

Nicholas Cates, GBBN ArchitectsNicholas Cates, AIA, LEED AP
Senior Project Architect, GBBN Architects

Presentation Title: Cincinnati Union Terminal

Nick has a passion for iconic buildings that create an exceptional atmosphere and contribute to the unique feel and flavor of a city. His work on Cincinnati Union Terminal’s restoration has established GBBN as a trusted partner in the revitalization of one of the country’s most beautifully designed landmark buildings. Prior to joining GBBN Nick was the project architect at FXFOWLE for some other high-profile projects in New York City such as the Statue of Liberty Museum and the Lincoln Center: 65th Street Public Spaces renovations. Before that, Nick focused on restoration work with John G. Waite Associates, Architects on landmarked buildings such as the Nassau County Museum of Art and the Tweed Courthouse. Nick graduated from the University of Cincinnati School of Architecture and Interior Design in 1999.

Tracy Steward, CMTA Inc.Tracy Steward, LEED AP, CxA, WELL AP
Principal, CMTA, Inc

Presentation Title: Net Zero Police Station

Tracy Steward joined CMTA following 12 years with a Fortune 100 building automation, security and HVAC corporation. A Principal at CMTA, she leads engineering design teams through collaborations with stakeholders, architects and construction management to implement sustainable, energy-efficient, healthy building design strategies. She leverages her MBA to incorporate business decisions related to high-performance design. Ms. Steward is a mechanical engineer, WELL Accredited Professional and a LEED Accredited Professional. Her controls background is a significant asset in identifying building system issues through an understanding of HVAC system design, commissioning and controls sequencing. She provides a holistic understanding of mechanical systems relating to building envelope and wellness from design through construction.

Michael Patrick Walsh, PEDCO E&A Services, Inc.Michael Patrick Walsh, P.E., LEED AP
CEO, PEDCO E&A Services, Inc.

Presentation Title: Lindner College of Business

Mike works with the executive leadership team to drive the vision of the company into all aspects of the business to maintain alignment and achieve strategic growth. Walsh has over 27 years of experience in architectural and engineering design of facilities for a variety of clients in the Greater Cincinnati area and across the country.

Mike currently holds leadership roles as a member of the Environmental Sustainability Council for the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center as well as the Industry Advisory Board for the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Sciences CAECM. Mike has been published in both the ASHRAE Journal and the Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine.

Born and raised in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky, Mike has grown up in the Greater Cincinnati community. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Mike briefly moved to an adjacent city for four years before returning to Ft. Thomas where he currently resides with his wife, daughter, and two sons.

Doug Marsh, KZF Design, Inc.Doug Marsh
Senior Vice President, Public Marketplace, KZF Design, Inc.

Presentation Title: Lindner College of Business

Doug Marsh is Senior Vice President and leader of KZF Design’s public-sector work, guiding the overall operations of our education, transportation and infrastructure and government markets. He has acted as Principal-in-Charge and/or Project Manager for many of the firm’s largest public projects. Doug joined KZF in 1989 after studying architecture at the University of Cincinnati. He was overall Project Manager for the University of Cincinnati Lindner College of Business project team, and in this role facilitated the entire design process, serving as liaison between UC and the design team, and coordinating with the international design architect firm and nationwide consultant team.

Erin Baird, KZF Design, Inc.Erin Baird, RA, LEED AP BD+
KZF Design, Inc.

Presentation Title: Lindner College of Business

Erin Baird, RA, LEED AP BD+C worked closely with Doug Marsh and the design and construction team for the University of Cincinnati’s Lindner College of business as Assistant Project Manager. She holds a Master’s Degree in architecture and has 12 years of experience in both designing and leading projects for clients in the fields of higher education, commercial & industrial, cultural, and workplace. Erin is currently focused on directing projects for KZF Design’s Civic & Public Safety Group.

Bob Schmitz, KZF Design, Inc.Bob Schmitz, RA
Director of Architecture, KZF Design, Inc.

Presentation Title: Lindner College of Business

Bob Schmitz, RA is Director of Architecture at KZF Design and was Project Architect for the Lindner College of Business project. He leads the architectural practice for the firm and has a hand in projects company-wide, including leading the architecture team for several projects at Cincinnati Smale Riverfront Park, and for corporate clients such as GE Aviation, Microsoft, WCPO-TV and Volvo Trucks North America. Bob’s key university projects include other high-profile projects at the University of Cincinnati including the Campus Recreation Center and the Engineering Research Building, as well as the North Residential District Transformation project at the Ohio State University. Bob is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, College of DAAP Architecture program and began his career at KZF in 1984 with special expertise in Computer-Aided Design. He continues to provide quality control over KZF computer standards and served as KZF’s first BIM Manager.

Dan Groene, KZF Design, Inc.Dan Groene
Senior Project Designer, KZF Design, Inc.

Presentation Title: Lindner College of Business

Dan Groene is a Senior Project Designer for KZF Design and is responsible for the production of architectural construction documents, specifications, construction site observation and coordination. Dan was an instrumental member of the team for the University of Cincinnati Lindner College of Business as well as DAAP Façade Renovation and assessments projects. Dan studied architecture at the University of Cincinnati and has more than 39 years of experience in architectural design and production and construction administration.

David Bareswilt, Turner ConstructionDavid Bareswilt, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Cost Engineer, Turner Construction

Presentation Title: Lindner College of Business

David Bareswilt, LEED AP BD+C is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering’s Civil Engineering program. His 16 years of experience with the Turner Construction Company has seen taking the lead on many challenging and prominent higher education, commercial, and civic projects. He was Turner’s Project Manager for the University of Cincinnati’s Lindner College of Business, as well as Miami University’s Dauck Indoor Sports Center and Gunlock Athletic Performance Center. Additionally, David held the position of cost control manager for UC’s Nippert Stadium Expansion and Northern Kentucky University’s College of Informatics. Currently, he serves as Project Manager for FC Cincinnati’s new West End Stadium, which is scheduled to open for MLS play in 2021.

Pete Rasche, PEDCO E&A Services, Inc.Pete Rasche, P.E. LEED AP, CEM
Senior Mechanical Engineer, PEDCO E & A Services, Inc.

Presentation Title: Lindner College of Business

Pete is a Senior Mechanical Engineer with over 22 years of experience designing, coordinating, and specifying various types of mechanical systems for commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities. Pete has been with PEDCO E & A Services for the past twelve years, becoming a Senior Engineer and one of the leaders in the Mechanical Engineering department. He is currently licensed in 8 states.

Pete is involved in the Cincinnati Chapter of ASHRAE, serving as President of the chapter for the 2018-2019 year. He also holds the title of Certified Energy Manager (CEM), is a LEED AP, and recently participated in ACEC Ohio’s Rising Leaders program.

Pete was born and raised in Cincinnati and attended Tulane University, earning a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, while also playing varsity intercollegiate basketball for the nationally-ranked "Green Wave". He then attended Tulane Law School, earning a Juris Doctor. Pete currently resides in Evendale with his wife and two children.

Anton C. Harfmann, University of CincinnatiAnton C. Harfmann, R.A.
Director of Architectural Engineering and Director of DAAP Infrastructure and Facilities, University of Cincinnati

Presentation Title: Signature Preservation – DAAP Aronoff Center Façade Replacement

Anton Harfmann is a licensed architect and builder who teaches Building Information Modeling, construction/structures, and studio courses in both Architecture and Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. He was the lead faculty member for the University’s participation in the 2007 Solar Decathlon competition and has taught net-zero design studios on several occasions since. His research interests include net-zero architectural design as well as Building Information Modeling (BIM) at the component level and he has published many papers on this approach since the early 1990s. He is an early adopter of computing in practice and education and was recognized by Apple who inducted him into the Apple Distinguished Educator program in 2004. His commitment to teaching has also been recognized by the American Institute of Architects who named him one of the top ten educators in architecture in 2009. Currently, Professor Harfmann is the Director of Technology and Facilities in the College of DAAP and is the Program Chair of the Architectural Engineering degree program that is jointly delivered by the colleges of DAAP and CEAS at the University of Cincinnati.

Amanda Webb, University of CincinnatiAmanda Webb, Ph.D.
Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP), University of Cincinnati

Presentation Title: Over the Rhine/3CDC

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