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.


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

January Lunch + Learn Schedule

January 11, 2012, “Architectural & Security, Gate & Fencing Systems,” presented by Greg Marchione, Ametco Manufacturing.

The course provides an overview of gate and fencing systems, which are both functional and decorative, and are designed to meet modern security and design requirements while harmonizing with the surrounding environment. At the end of this program, participants will be able to identify a wide range of exterior and interior applications of today’s fence and gate systems based on their functional, decorative, and security requirements. We will discuss today’s fence and gate systems in terms of their composition, materials, coatings, and finishes, classify gate track configurations, hardware, hinges, and locking mechanisms. We will identify the performance elements of various types of fencing systems, and the attributes of a variety of infill panel designs. Finally, we will assess factors such as security, efficiency, aesthetics, and the surrounding environment, and specify the most appropriate gate and/or fencing system for a specific application. 1CEH.


January 25, 2012, Vertical Transportation “Choosing the Right Elevator for Your Building,” presented by Dan Baylor, ThyssenKrupp Elevator.

This course is a high-level overview of basic elevator design and function. After completion of this course, participants will: Be able to distinguish between the different classifications of elevators. Have a basic understanding of the hydraulic elevators. Have a basic understanding of Machine Room-Less elevators. Be able to compare different types of elevator installations, operating costs, traffic analysis, noise, energy savings, ride quality and cab weight allowances. Be able to determine the best fit for your building.  1CEH/HSW.


To register, please notify Carolyne Tinsley 330-699-9788 or
The deadline to register is noon Friday prior to the meeting date.

Location: AIA/CSI Office, 2841 Riviera Drive, Suite 120, Fairlawn OH 44333
Enter at the back of the building, down the stairs, and first door on right. Free parking is available in separate lot directly behind Riviera Bowling Lanes (next to AIA/CSI Office Building)
Lunch & Learn times: 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
Lunch is provided. Arrive about 15 minutes early so you can get your lunch and the presentation may begin promptly at noon.
Cost is FREE for AIA Akron and Akron-Canton CSI members.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be a $10 charge to non-members of AIA Akron and Akron-Canton CSI





2011 AIA Akron & Akron-Canton CSI

To register, please notify Carolyne Tinsley 330-699-9788 or

The deadline to register is noon Friday prior to the meeting date.


Location: AIA/CSI Office, 2841 Riviera Drive, Suite 120, Fairlawn OH 44333

Enter at the back of the building, down the stairs, and first door on right. Free parking is available in separate lot directly behind Riviera Bowling Lanes (next to AIA/CSI Office Building)

Time: Lunch & Learn times: 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm

Lunch is provided. Arrive about 15 minutes early so you can get your lunch and the presentation may begin promptly at noon.

Cost: FREE


November 9, 2011, Daylighting 201: A Simple Guide to Motorized Shades and Controls, presented by Art Tober, Draper Inc.

Discussion to provide a clear understanding of how the benefits of natural light can be maximized and energy conserved through the proper specification of motorized shades and controls. Correctly specified shades can meet the needs of the individual and provide a superior opportunity for energy savings compared to manual shades. 1LU/HSW.


December 14, 2011, Choices of Air Barriers for Commercial Building Enclosure, presented by Doug Clase, DuPont Building Innovations.

This will be a review of the main types of air barrier materials. Based on the application method there are three main types of commercial air barriers. After attending this presentation, you will be able to understand the main types of air barrier membranes and the main accessories required for continuous air barrier systems. You will also learn specific challenges and common mistakes with examples for each system described. 1LU/HSW.

Change in CES Language

AIA Continuing Education Requirement for Members

AIA architect members are required to complete 18 learning unit (LU) hours of continuing education per year for membership renewal. Of those 18 LU hours, at least 8 hours must be in Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) topics. Of those 8 HSW hours, at least 4 hours must be in topics relating to sustainable design (SD).

NOTE: AIA continuing education requirements in many cases differ from the state MCE requirements. For instance, the AIA accepts coursework on general course topics, but many states accept only HSW coursework.


Change in CES Language

Effective January 1, 2012, AIA/CES will no longer be using the term Learning Units (LUs) when referencing credits for approved courses.  Instead, we will be referring to them as Continuing Education Hours (CEHs).  Over the course of the next few months, do not be alarmed if you see this change throughout CES Discovery, tutorials, manuals, and other resources.  As always, do not confuse Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with Continuing Education Hours (CEHs). One CEU equals 10 CEHs, which are contact hours. To register courses and report credit, refer to CEHs, not CEUs.



Tuesday, October 4, 2011

 On Tuesday, October 4, 2011, prior to our guest speaker, AIA Akron will be holding our Annual Meeting beginning immediately after dinner at 6:45.  During the Annual Meeting, our President, President-elect, and Treasurer will be providing an update to the members of the current year as well as the 2012 vote for the new slate of officers.  If you have any questions prior to the meeting, please email Carolyne Tinsley at

Due to unforseen difficulties, Martin Pangrace will not be the speaker at the meeting. We have a change of topic and new speakers.


Building Your Brand House

Brand identity is usually associated with product marketing, yet the intangible nature of professional services makes creating a brand even more important for architects. Join Jean Leathers, President of Practice Clarity, LLC and Professional Affiliate AIA Cleveland, and Rachel Downey, President of Studio Graphique, to learn how to clarify your brand, communicate your brand to establish your position in the marketplace and cultivate relationships that lead to work.


Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to dig down to excavate your authentic brand.
  • Identify tools you can use to build your brand foundation.
  • Explain how to communicate your brand message to establish marketplace position.
  • Explain how brand helps cultivate relationships that build business and trust.

Rachel Downey is the principal and founder of Studio Graphique, a lead branding and wayfinding firm with expertise in shaping how humans interact with public environments. They help communities, developers, architects and institutions create positive and connective experiences, enhance pride in place and increase economic vitality. Studio Graphique has deep experience in the building industry, having worked with more than 60 AEC and D companies in their 14 years.

Rachel holds a BA in visual communication design from Kent State University and believes that truly good design is rooted in rationale that helps meet broader objectives. She has been recognized by the business community as a Distinguished Marketing and Sales Executive, Crain’s Cleveland Business’ Forty under 40 and by the Rock + Roll Hall of Fame as a Riot Girl.

Recognizable projects include the vehicular and pedestrian wayfinding programs at University Circle, the in-store brand experience for 12 Heinen’s stores and numerous interpretive signs along the Ohio & Erie Canalway in Akron.



Jean Leathers is president of Practice Clarity, a national consulting firm dedicated exclusively to helping architects build business from new and existing clients.

She helps firms to clarify business position, establish marketplace presence, and cultivate relationships that lead to work.

Jean began her career at URS Cleveland and then transferred to San Francisco where she sold seismic engineering services, directed marketing and handled corporate communications and investor relations for URS Corporation.
After five years with URS, Jean founded a consultancy in San Francisco providing strategic business development planning, thought leadership development, marketing and coaching, then re-established her practice in Cleveland in 2003. As a consultant, she’s been advising and coaching architects for 16 years. Jean speaks and publishes nationally and is currently working with firms in Ohio, Texas, Nevada, California, and Ontario, Canada.


Location: The Tangier,  532 W Market St, Akron, OH 44303-1893, (330.376.7171)
Time: 5:00 – Social | 6:00 – Dinner | 6:45 Annual Meeting, Report | 7:30 Program
Cost: AIA Akron members (including student members) – included in 2011 dues.
Non-chapter AIA Akron or guests – $25.00.
To Register: Contact Carolyne Tinsley at 330-699-9788 or – Extended deadline noon Wednesday, October 3 , 2011
Learning Units: 1.0 AIA LU will be issued. The presentation is equal to 1.0 contact hour for other organizations requiring continuing education.


“Terminal Tower Exterior Façade Renovation”

Ron Czaplicki, PE and Michael Mazzocco, PE of Barber & Hoffman, Inc. will present an overview of the five-year façade renovation of the landmark Terminal Tower, highlighting the work involved during the intricate restoration of this 52-story structure, including materials used and structural design.  Stringent historical requirements were adhered to, including Ohio Historic Preservation Office standards.  The building was constructed between 1925 and 1930, rising 708 feet above Public Square and is clad with ornamental iron, limestone, and terra-cotta masonry, much of which was replaced during the restoration.  The urban setting and height of the project provided many challenges to Barber & Hoffman.  This very successful project has won the 2010 ICRI Award of Excellence, 2010 Cleveland Engineering Society Restoration Project of the Year and the 2010 Cleveland Restoration Society and AIA Cleveland /Akron Chapter Preservation awards.

Mr. Czaplicki serves as Principal-in-Charge and Project Manager and Mr. Mazzocco is a Senior Engineer for Barber & Hoffman, Inc.

John Labriola, Chief Building Official of County of Summit Building Standards will present ground rules for submissions and what would be expected roadblocks. He will provide an overview of how to deal with the process, responsibility of the architect and completion of required paperwork. He will also discuss the future of electronic plan reviews.


Location: The Tangier,   532 W Market St, Akron, OH 44303-1893, (330.376.7171)
Time: 5:00-5:30 hors d’oeuvres |  5:30-6:30 John Labriola Presentation  |  6:45-7:45 Czaplicki & Mazzocco Presentation
Cost: AIA Akron members (including student members) – included in 2011 dues.
Non-chapter AIA or guests – $25.00.
To Register: Contact Carolyne Tinsley at 330-699-9788 or
by noon Friday, July 29, 2011
Learning Units: 1.0 AIA Learning Units or 0.10 CSI Continuing Education Units for each program will be issued. Each presentation is equal to 1.0 contact hour for other organizations requiring continuing education.

The Present and Future of KSU’s College of Architecture & the Global Practice of Architecture


The Present and Future of KSU’s College of Architecture & the Global Practice of Architecture

Thursday, June 16th, 2011 6:00pm

Kent State University’s CUDC – 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, Ohio

Join us on Thursday, June 16th, as Dean Douglas Steidl, FAIA talks about the current condition of Kent State University’s College of Architecture & Environmental Design, Present and Future, the global practice of architecture and its impact on Northeast Ohio.

This event is $10 for all, but free for students.

Please email to RSVP.

Windemere School LEED Site Tour

Windemere School LEED Site Tour

Tuesday, June 07, 2011 12:00 PM to Tuesday, June 07, 2011 1:30 PM

Windemere School
2283 Windemere Avenue
Akron, OH  44312

The City of Akron has eight schools pursuing LEED certification currently. This is a great chance  to see an exemplary project as it nears completion under the LEED for Schools designation. All green building advocates are welcome…

Join them for a midday site tour at Windemere School led by Jason Huth and Michael Bridgeman of Panzica Construction and John Wheeler of Braun & Steidl Architects. Some of the sustainable highlights include daylighting, stormwater management and energy efficiency.

No cost to attend this time. But space is limited to 30 people. First RSVP, first serve.

RSVP for this event by emailing & mention Windemere on the subject line.



… coming later this month: JUNE 22-24. Please consider attending, sponsoring and/ or exhibiting at this premier regional sustainable conference. More information can be found at or you can continue reading below.


The USGBC Cincinnati Regional Chapter will host the annual Greening the Heartland 2011. Attendees from throughout the 12-state region and beyond will converge on Cincinnati for three days to learn, share, and connect. The conference seeks to provide partners in all areas of the green building industry the opportunity to sharpen their skills, increase knowledge, and meet other professionals. GBCI, AIA & more CEUs available. Visit the Work Zone, where GBCI staff will directly answer your LEED Certification, project specific questions.



  • R. Keith Harrison, Jr., Global Product Supply Officer for Proctor & Gamble
  • Julian Agyeman, professor and Chair of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University
  • Scot Horst, Senior Vice President of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Program

Further details can be found here:



Located in the exhibit hall, GBCI staff will be on hand to answer project specific questions related to LEED Certification. This is a rare opportunity to meet face-to-face and work through some of the complexities that a LEED project may encompass.



36 top-notch sessions selected from over 140 abstracts from as far away as San Diego and Vancouver.  Tracks include: New Buildings ( Commercial), Residential, Existing Buildings ( Commercial) and Community. Presenter details can be found here:



Each class will obtain 1.5 CEUs in most cases. Many of these are self reporting. The full conference will offer 13.5 GBCI credits. It is still to be determined how many of those are LEED Specific. We are currently going through the process of obtaining LEED Specific certification for some of these sessions.



80-100 of the most sustainable businesses, products and consultants from across the region will be collected in one location for networking and discussion. Exhibitors will have their own mini conference to share information and learn from outside sources. More information:



Brett Kordenbrock is our volunteer chair.  He can help you get plugged in. His e-mail address is: We do offer free conference admission for student volunteers.



  • Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens “The Nation’s Most Sustainable Zoo”
  • Melink Corporation
  • The University of Cincinnati
  • Over The Rhine

More tour information:

E4S Akron Network Kick-Off Meeting

E4S returns to the greater Akron area on Wednesday June 8th with a downtown network event hosted at Musica.

They will explore the “state of the community’ as it applies to sustainability and share new learning and insights since we were last together.

Kick-off the 2011 Akron programming on June 8th as they bring back E4S Second Wednesdays in Akron!

Event Details

Wednesday, June 8, 2011
5:30pm – 8:30pm
Musica, on Maiden Lane, downtown, 51 East Market Street, Akron, OH 44308, US

Program agenda and details to follow.

Click this Link for the event page and to register.

05/11/11 Lunch and Learn Meeting

AIA & CSI Lunch and Learn

May 11, 2011

DIRTT Environmental Solutions

Topic: Design, Bottom Line, and the Environment

This course is designed to discover why material choices are not enough to create a truly environmentally sustainable workplace.

You will explore and discuss the evolution of the Modular Interior Construction Industry from being movable parts and pieces to a design opportunity offering end-users better return on investment and an environmental choice that does not simply create a better class of waste.

Course presenter, Julie Nelson, has a BS in Interior Design, 20 years experience in the industry, and six years experience in modular construction

Location: AIA/CSI Office, 2841 Riviera Drive, Suite 120, Fairlawn OH 44333 | Enter at the back of the building, down the stairs, and first door on right. Free parking is available
in separate lot directly behind Riviera Bowling Lanes (next to AIA/CSI Office Building)
Time: May 11, 2011 – Promptly 12:00 noon – Lunch is provided.
Cost: AIA & CSI members are free. Non members will be charged $15. | NO-SHOWS (member & non-member)- will be invoiced $15 + 5% administration fee. Must contact Carolyne Tinsley five by noon April 7 to cancel reservation to avoid being invoiced.
To Register: Contact Carolyne Tinsley at 330-699-9788 or
by noon Thursday, May 5, 2011
Learning Units: 1.0 AIA Learning Units or 0.10 CSI Continuing Education Units will be issued for the Lunch and Learn presentation. This presentation is equal to 1.0 contact hours for other organizations requiring continuing education.