AIA Akron April Chapter Meeting

A Joint Meeting with Akron-Canton CSI & USGBC

Thursday, April 19, 2012


Register Now for APRIL 19 Bridgestone Technical Center Tour – Deadline to RSVP – 4/13/12 or call – 330-699-9788


Matthew C. Sutter, our tour guide is originally from the Washington DC area, Matt graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelors degree in Architecture and moved to Ohio in 1992. Matt is a LEED AP, is a registered architect in several states and Partner at SōL Harris/Day Architecture in Canton, Ohio where he has led the focus on green building practices. He led the design team for the Bridgestone Akron Technical Center and is involved with the design of the Aultman Compassionate Care Hospice Facility, both of which will be LEED certified projects. Matt lives in North Canton where he enjoys playing hockey with his four boys on his backyard ice rink.



Bridgestone Technical Center: The research laboratory for testing new advanced tire compounds and the prototype and quality control engineering offices are designed to reach LEED Gold Certification. The design incorporates many “green” strategies including: Vegetated Roof, Filtered Chemical Hoods to Eliminate Stormwater, Runoff Bioswales, Cistern for Rainwater. The interactive tour of the new Bridgestone Techical Center will review the sustainable features and code-related atrium features. The objectives: 1)Life Safety – The tour will highlight the smoke exhaust system and the sprinkler system requirements that are necessary for life safety in the Atrium. 2) Site Design – The tour will highlight the sustainable site features that increase the water infiltration on the site. Rain Gardens, Bioswales, a Green Roof and an Above Ground Cistern will be reviewed. 3) Energy Efficiency – The tour will highlight the envelope systems including triple pane glass panels, air infiltration membranes, rain screens and lightweight roofing systems. 4) HVAC Systems – The tour will highlight the unique HVAC system that is a heat sink system which results in a 30% energy savings over a conventional design. Limited to 23 people per organization, first come first serve.



Location:          Bridgestone Technical Center |10 East Firestone Boulevard| Akron, OH 44317

Time:                 5:00 – 5:30 Registration | 5:30-6:30 – Tour | 6:30-7:30 Dinner

Cost:                  AIA Akron & Akron-Canton CSI members included in dues

Non-chapter AIA Akron & Akron-Canton CSI and guests – $25.00

To Register:    Contact Carolyne Tinsley at 330-699-9788 or

by noon, Thursday, April 13, 2012

Learning Units:  1 AIA LU/HSW/SD will be issued for this seminar. This seminar is equal to 1 contact hour for other organizations requiring continuing education.

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