AIA Akron


March 6, 2012

Building Tours

SoL Harris/Day & Stark State College

Presentation by Gensler

  (At Stark State College)


RSVP deadline – noon Wednesday, Feb. 29


To register, contact Carolyne Tinsley, 330.699.9788, or  



5:15 pm – Registration for tours

Sol Harris/Day Tour & Stark State College Tour – 1LU/HSW/SD

5:30 pm – Tour of SoL Harris/Day offices – 6:00 pm – Travel to Stark State College – Parking pass required, map to Stark State College here

6:15 pm – Tour of Stark State Business and Entrepreneurial Studies Center

(Stark State College * 6200 Frank Avenue NW * North Canton, Ohio 44720)

6:45 pm – Registration for presentation

7:00 pm – Dinner & Presentation by Gensler at Stark State College- 1LU/HSW

8:00 pm – Conclusion of evening


COST –     AIA Akron members (including student members) – included in 2012 dues.



SoL Harris/Day Architecture’s New Office Headquarters

6677 Frank Ave. N.W. | North Canton 44720



Sustainable Design, Speakers: Domenic Ferrante, AIA-LEED AP and Matthew Sutter, AIA-LEED AP. This presentation will provide an insight tour of (2) recently completed facilities and how the LEED strategies were implemented in each building.  Some of the sustainable design features include building orientation, solar hot water, day-lighting, views, insulated wall systems, pervious pavers, storm water management, material selections, live roof system, heat island affect and energy efficiency.

This tour is designed to provide the attendee an understanding of sustainable design features implemented in SoL Harris/Day Architecture’s office building and Stark State College’s Business Entrepreneur Center. The tour will allow the attendee to experience new building materials and systems, along with observing day-lighting and spaces designed with direct views to the outdoors. The tour will be conducted by Domenic Ferrante, AIA-LEED AP and Matthew Sutter, AIA-LEED AP



  1.  Building Design – The attendee would be able to understand the significance of Building Orientation and how it relates to energy, day-lighting and views. The presenter will provide a discussion on why the building was positioned on the site.
  2. Energy Efficiency – The presenter will describe the energy efficiencies utilized in these (2) new buildings. The attendee will be able to observe the Solar Hot Water System that was used to supply the hot water use in the building.
  3.  Material and Systems – See the results of an insulated wall and roof system to the building and decisions made by life cycle cost that will result in less energy consumption; as well as demonstrate how codes, regulations, controls, life safety and alarm systems impacted these decisions on the design.
  4.  Site Design – The attendee will examine the methods and materials used by the designer to contain storm water on site. This design took in consideration of preserving the site and dealing with some of the environmental impacts.


Tour of Stark State Business and Entrepreneurial Studies Center


Directions from SoL Harris Day to Stark State College:

From the Harris Day Sol parking lot, turn right (south) on Frank Avenue NW. Continue straight ahead until you see the main entrance for both Stark State College and Kent State University at Stark on your left. Turn left and enter parking area. Please follow map to the closest parking areas. Click here for map.

You will need a parking pass for Stark State College, print pass and put on your dashboard – PASS – CLICK HERE


Measuring Workplace Performance

Speaker: Cindy Coleman, Gensler

The presentation will focus on the role design research and targeted measurement has on improved project impact and design innovation. The discussion will be a case study of Gensler’s Workplace Performance Index (WPI).  The WPI measures how people work within organizations and how workplace strategy, planning, and design support its activities. WPI lets those same organizations measure the effectiveness of new and renovated work settings, and benchmark how that performance measures up-before and after a project is completed-against their top-performing peers.

Cindy Coleman is a strategic planner with over 32 years in the design industry. As a strategist, Cindy’s role is to steer effective alignment of a client’s organizational goals to a well-informed design response. Cindy holds a faculty position in the department of Architecture, Interior Architecture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.



  1. 1. Better understand the role of strategy in the design process
  2. 2. Acquire skill in identifying client-valued performance measures
  3. 3. Acquire skill in translating performance measures to design strategy
  4. 4. Discover methods of communicating measures to client and design team

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