AIA Akron April 24 Chapter Meeting

Children’s Hospital Hard Hat Tour

Deadline to Register Is April 21, 2014


Tour guide and presentation speaker, Marge Zezulewicz, AIA, serves as a Medical Planner and Project Manager for the Akron Children’s Hospital Critical Care Tower project.  She also is a member of the Project Leadership Team (PLT), responsible for the oversight of the project.

A graduate of Kent State University School of Architecture and Environmental Design, Marge has provided master planning, programming, design and construction administration services for over thirty years.  Since joining Hasenstab Architects in 2000, she has served as Akron Children’s Hospital’s project architect at both the Akron and Mahoning Valley campuses.  Marge has engaged in multiple Lean Six Sigma Training and Kaizen events with the Mark A. Watson Center for Operational Excellence and supports the Lean culture at Akron Children’s Hospital.


Tour guide, Patrick  Oaks, has worked in the construction industry for over 30 years, nearly 10 of which have been spent with the Welty Building Company as the President of Welty Facility Services Group (WFSG) where he was charged with divisional oversight along with full P & L responsibility.  He is committed to cost effective management of resources, delivering quality, value based performance and ensuring the successful implementation of the client’s vision.

Pat’s nearly decade-long relationship with Akron Children’s Hospital, with nearly 100 projects on their main campus, best suited him to quarterback the $180 Million Ambulatory Surgery Center and Critical Care Tower project that Welty was awarded alongside Joint Venture partner Boldt Construction.  Pat’s involvement in this project will require him to be the fully dedicated Project Executive through project completion.


Tour guide, Cliff Greive, has 36 years of engineering and construction experience. As Director of Construction at Akron Children’s Hospital, his responsibilities include completing design and construction projects on time and on budget with concentrated, detailed analysis of costs, both initial and operational. Maintaining the Hospital’s goals for energy efficient designs and lean concepts, the continuing success of the Hospital’s building programs is thriving. Recent projects include the Renovation of the Operating Suite at the Mahoning Valley Campus, A Behavioral Health Emergency Department and a one-of- a- kind Expressive Therapy Center.

Cliff started as an intern while completing his studies at The University of Akron. During his internship he worked on various projects including the design of many unusual structures and systems for the NASA Lewis Research Center. Following that obtained his Professional Engineer’s license from the State of Ohio.


 Presentation speaker, John Labriola, Summit County, Ohio; Chief Building Official, has 39 years construction and building inspector experience. He has been chief building inspector for Summit County since 2009. His experience in the construction industry extends from 1975 withPedersen Electric; Helper / Apprentice / Journeyman Electrician. John is looking forward to  sharing with Design Professionals the requirements of the Ohio Building Code and specifically Chapter 17 special inspections.



WHERE:  Akron Children’s Hospital, Cedar Locust Building, 157 West Cedar Street, Suite 200.

Surface Parking Lots are available at the north and south sides of the building.  Participants should enter at the north entrance (closest to the parking deck).


SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Attendees should bring hard hats, safety glasses and wear enclosed shoes for the tour.


TIME: 5:00pm – Registration and Social

5:15 – 6:15 Tour new building

6:30 – 7:00 Dinner

7:15 – 8:15 Presentation: John Labriola, Summit County Building Department

8:30 – 9:30 Presentation: Marge Zezulewicz


COST: AIA Akron members – included in 2014 dues. Non-chapter members of AIA Akron – $25.00, to be paid in advance by the April 21, 2014 RSVP deadline. Register


CEUs: AIA CES,  3 LUs/HSW for tour and 2 presentations. This event is equal to 3 contact hours for other organizations requiring continuing education.


AIA CE logoHard-Hat Tour of Akron Children’s Hospital Critical Care Tower / 5:15 – 6:15

The tour provides a first hand glimpse of an Integrated Lean Project Delivery (ILPD) construction site.  We will explore strategies that explain how eliminating waste in construction promote a safer project site and improve the construction experience at this healthcare facility. Learning Objectives: 1.  Identify the difference between traditional and ILPD construction sites. 2.  Learn strategies that improve safety and efficiency for the first users of the building – the construction personnel. 3.  Investigate the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire suppression building systems within the hospital building. 4.  Understand Life Safety Systems that protect the general public in hospitals.


Presentation: John Labriola / Ohio Building Code- Updates / 7:15 – 8:15

Chapter 17- Special Inspections. Learning objectives: 1. Identification of Special Inspections Required. 2. Review the responsibility of the Design Professional, as related to Special Inspections. 3. Understand what are the special Inspections and the Plan Review Process. 4. To make the Design Professionals aware of the requirements of the Ohio Building Code and inclusion thereof into submitted construction documents.


Presentation: Marge Zezulewicz, / Building on the Promise: Lean Facility Design and Construction /8:30 – 9:30

Collaboration, exploration and continuous improvement are key characteristics of the Lean Facility Design & Construction process.  By re-allocating involvement and resources among the users, designers and constructors, the traditional design and construction process is improved for the addition at Akron Children’s Hospital. Learning Objectives: 1.  Understand ‘Lean’ and Integrated Project Delivery and how this integrated design process benefits the end users of buildings. 2.  Discuss how involvement of key stakeholders throughout design and construction can improve the health, safety and welfare in buildings. 3.  Understand contractual relationships of ILPD team members. 4.  Demonstrate strategies that improve decision making with this non-traditional design and construction process. Demonstrate strategies that improve decision making in design.

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