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The Design Side of Lean Construction

A LCI Northern California and AIA East Bay Joint Program

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Cost: Free. Event sponsored by Turner Construction.

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Please join us as we hear from architects on how Lean Construction has impacted their practices. Each panelist and Lean practitioner will present how Lean Construction techniques are used in their design processes and discuss cultural shifts within their organizations.


Denis J Stroup, AIA is a Senior Associate at HGA Architects and Engineers with over 24 years of experience, the last 15 years delivering acute healthcare projects in California.  He is often called on to head up multidisciplinary teams for larger projects in the role of a design team leader.  He possesses a strong leadership proclivity leveraging lean project delivery tools and methodologies in all projects he is involved in both large and small.

Eric Peabody’s passion is applying optimism, reason, and creativity to architecture that promotes the advancement of society. His experience includes highly technical projects which involve complex integration of architecture, equipment, and building systems. His leadership and problem solving skills serve him well as a project director for complex clients. As a project architect, he get involved in the details of construction and I bring a practical approach to design and construction that focuses on collaborative problem solving.

Marianne O’Brien, FAIA is a Principal with SmithGroupJJR with more than 30 years of experience in the field of architecture leading projects and practices. She is recognized for her focus on collaborative project delivery through alternative methodologies and the application of Lean Principles. She was a panelist at the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) national conference opening general session in 2011 and has presented nationally and internationally at Tradeline, SCUP, and AIA conferences.

Todd Henderson is a principal at Boulder Associates with 21 years of architectural experience, mostly in the healthcare market. A self-described ‘change agent,’ Todd led Boulder Associates’ successful shift to BIM and now works to further lean-inspired transformation of his company’s culture and beyond.

2016 Energy Standards Overview

Friday, September 16, 2016
$25-$60; Prices vary, see below
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California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards are updated on an approximately three-year cycle, and the new standards take effect January 1, 2017. Representatives from the California Energy Commission will present a two-part, four-hour program on what to expect with the new standards. Registrants may choose to attend the whole program (residential and non-residential), or, just half of it. Either way, everyone is encourage to have lunch with us!

Residential ($25 AIA Members and Employees of Chapter Member Firms; $35 Non-members)


Non-residential ($25 AIA Members and Employees of Chapter Member Firms; $35 Non-members)

FULL Day: $40 AIA Members and Employees of Chapter Member Firms; $60 Non-members

Design Tour: Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Location: 2530 Ridge Road, Berkeley CA
Cost: $5 AIA Members / $10 Guests
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1.5 CES LUs

Join AIA East Bay for a tour of COTE Top Ten Winner, Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation. Designed by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, this project was conceived by the College of Engineering as an interdisciplinary hub for students and teachers from across the university who work at the intersection of design and technology.

Founded on the conviction that design can help address some of society’s most pressing challenges, the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at UC Berkeley, is devoted to introducing sustainable design innovation at the center of engineering education and university life. It is designed as both a collaborative, project-based educational space and a symbol to the region of the University’s commitment to sustainable innovation.

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Design Tour: Chris French Metal

Saturday, September 17, 2016
Location: 2500 Union Street, Oakland, CA 
Cost: $5 AIA Members / $10 Guests
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1.5 CES LUs

You’ve seen Chris French Metal’s work in home tours projects and design award winners and now here’s your chance to get an inside look at the studio where it’s all created. CFM is a premier metal working shop that specializes in highly-crafted architectural metal with experience in both traditional and contemporary fabrication technologies.

This tour will focus on fabrication techniques, materials, equipment, opportunities and challenges of working with metal.  We will experience first-hand what is involved in the detailing and execution of high-end architectural metal work.

CFM is a full-service shop offering consultation, design, shop drawings, fabrication, finish work and custom patina as well as delivery and installation. They facilitate extensive coordination with architects, engineers, designers and other building trades.

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Photo cred: Mariko Reed

Ideate, Inc. Launches Online to Revit Architecture Fundamentals Course

Ideate, Inc., an AIA East Bay annual sponsor and the presenters of our monthly Revit User Group, announced today that it has launched an online version of its highly rated Revit Architecture Fundamentals course.

Scheduled over six sessions, this course offers a flexible alternative to the company’s traditional three-day class. It allows students to minimize their time away from projects.

“We developed the online delivery of this popular course because of customer feedback,” said Jennifer Anderson, training manager, Ideate, Inc. “People want to take the course from Ideate, but some can’t to take three full days away from their jobs to attend our classroom session. And those who aren’t near our Autodesk Certified Training Centers would like to avoid travel expenses.”

This course, which will be offered monthly starting in August, is designed for 1) Architects, principals, designers, and drafters interested in BIM, 2) Experienced CAD users looking to increase their skills and marketability by learning Revit, and 3) Revit Architecture users needing a refresher of fundamental topics. It covers the same material as the classroom training and is delivered by the same Autodesk Certified Instructors who have extensive industry and teaching experience.

Attendees will learn about the concepts of Building Information Modeling and the tools for parametric building design and documentation. Through hands-on exercises, they will walk through the steps to create, modify, and document the parametric models, building on daily discussion topics in the creation of an architectural building model.

“It’s important for us to know how our customers define success, because we base our success on theirs,” said Bob Palioca, president, Ideate, Inc. “They told us they wanted an online version of this course, and we are pleased to deliver it.”

To register for this course or to learn more information, please visit the Ideate website.


ARE Bootcamp: Structures

this bootcamp is sold out

Begins Monday, August 22, 2016
$50 AIA Members & Employees of Chapter Member Firms/ $75 Non-members

Cost includes a set of Structures ArchCards flashcards and access to study materials and knowledge experts.
Space is limited to 14 participants.

From August 22 to October 17, AIA East Bay will hold a weekly ARE Bootcamp, providing a structured, rigorous study group for the Structures section of the ARE, with the goal of every person passing.

Participants must schedule to take the Structures section of the ARE between Tuesday, October 18 and Friday, November 18, 2016. Participants must provide proof of test registration to AIA East Bay by the second day of the Bootcamp.

The Arc House: A Small Miracle in Housing

a Small Firm Forum

Thursday, September 1, 2016
Free AIA Members / $3 Guests
BYO Lunch
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What’s Net Zero, fire-resistant, self-sufficient, factory-built, has cutting edge technology, uses recycled and green materials, is economic, reuses grey water, harvests rain water and is SIMPLY STUNNING?  The Arc House! Built to the standards of California factory housing, these incredible 400 – 500 square foot houses live like a space twice as large. It starts with a 10 foot exposed arch beam ceiling, with flexible built-ins everywhere, and virtually, an all glass wall on the open side which brings the outside in; the effect is dramatic!

Hear the designer, Jim Gregory of Shelter Dynamics, share how The Arc House was conceived, brought to life and how it functions.archhouse

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this presentation, attendees will…

1. Learn how photovoltaic panels plus battery back-up can power the home 24 hours a day.

2. Learn how rain water is harvested and grey water is recycled on a small scale.

3. Gain an understanding of at least three energy-conserving elements of a small home.

4. See at least two space-saving innovations in boat design that can be used in small homes.

Member Profile: Robabeh Sarvi, Assoc. AIA

mpMy career as an architect is related to my early childhood experiences and travels. I always loved the trips I would take with my parents and siblings. Each summer we would journey to a new place. My father loved driving and long trips, taking me and my other five siblings to show us different towns and villages and sometimes other countries. I was a very curious child. As I grew older my interest in exploring expanded. I wanted to see and learn more. I visited Germany, Russia and Turkey which wasn’t too far from my home town in Iran. The path led me from Tehran, where I was born and raised, to continue my education in Dubai. I was moved by the new architecture and technology that was being developed there. It all looked surreal and it motivated me to pursue my design education. Ultimately, art and design are a part of my life that has been present through all of my travels; It has never left me. From magnificent ruins of Persepolis to Istanbul and Moscow with their colorful tiles and details, to the twisting forms of the towers in Dubai, it has all inspired me.

After graduating in 2007 with a BFA in interior architecture from the American University in Dubai, I worked as an intern and had a few interior projects on my own. But I always felt that something was missing. I was excited by the work I saw being done by Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry and Thom Mayne. They designed comprehensive projects and total experiences. I was drawn to a more complete vision of space and form and realized that architecture could provide that. I wanted to be an architect. I applied to AAU in San Francisco in 2009, and while it was a big leap to make, being so far from family, my father encouraged me to pursue my dreams. After two years of working through the challenges of a new country, a new culture and a new language, I had my Masters in Architecture. I worked as a designer and last year, I founded ROBABEH, my design and development studio. Having a studio has given me the opportunity to participate in amazing work and I’m where I always wanted to be. I believe that design and architecture can change the way people live and work and make a better place for people of all race, classes and beliefs. I hope my work will accomplish these objectives in time.

Firm Profile: LDA Architects, Inc.

fp LDA Architects is a professional corporation providing comprehensive services in planning, architecture, and interior design. LDA is the continuation of a practice established in 1951, and today offers a full scope of design services from an experienced group of dedicated professionals. The firm is a minority-owned company registered with the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.

Over the years, the firm’s practice has developed with the notion that the best buildings result from a fully interactive collaboration with enlightened clients and highly-skilled builders. To this end, the office is structured to allow principal involvement on every project in order to establish ongoing communications with the client; to listen for and respond to user needs and client desires is primary. The company’s fully computerized office organization is built around providing management that is responsive to clients’ budgets and schedules.fp3

LDA Architects first concentrated its early work on single-family and multi-family housing throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. By the 1960s, the practice expanded to include banks, postal and educational facilities, HUD-funded housing complexes, low-rise and high-rise office buildings, and conversion of existing buildings to new uses. During the past decade, the practice has included civic works such as government offices, museums, parks, bridges and meeting facilities.

Since its earliest projects, LDA has produced designs that are inherently sustainable. Each project receives care and attention to solutions that are respectful of the earth’s resources. Each finds comfort and beauty in the qualities of a design that takes full advantage of the project site and its micro-climate.

fp2LDA Architects also provides a variety of services that enhance and extend our architecture. We can provide architectural programming, site & building selection assistance, master planning, facilities surveys, space planning, tenant improvements, interior design, selection & acquisition of furnishings & equipment, move coordination, graphic design, or artwork commissioning and acquisition.

Green: BREEAM US and Future of LEED EBOM

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Judhajit Chakraborty. Assoc. AIA, LEED® AP WSP Built Ecology

Building Research Establishment Environmental  Assessment Method or simply put BREEAM is the world’s oldest and the most widely used green building rating systems. Established in 1990 in the UK by the Building Research Establishment (BRE), BREEAM has to-date certified 544,600 projects world-wide. Compare that to the 75,000 certified projects for LEED.

Recently BREEAM announced its arrival in the US market through a partnership with BuildingWise, a Bay Area-based LEED certification consultancy organization. Together they formed a new organization, BREEAM USA ( and will focus on the BREEAM In-Use Standard to address the 5.6 million existing commercial buildings in this country that are not using any benchmarking tools for certifying their sustainability efforts. BREEAM-USA through the In-Use Standard ( will focus only on benchmarking and certifying existing commercial buildings.

Barry Giles, CEO of BREEAM USA, founder of Building Wise who also helped launch LEED–EBOM, mentioned that BREEAM USA will open up the option for many of the existing buildings in USA that don’t currently use a building certification program. This is because the available systems (LEED) are seen as cumbersome, expensive and require prerequisites that many buildings find impossible to achieve.  And that LEED for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (LEED – EBOM) requires an energy star score of 75 as a prerequisite which by definition bars 75% of the existing building stock from complying with LEED.

What is BREEAM In-Use?

BREEAM In-Use is an independent science-based assessment method which assists property investors, owners, managers and occupiers to drive sustainable improvements through operational efficiency, including how to continually manage the operation of their building effectively, reduce energy costs and consequently carbon footprints. Key differences between BREEAM In –Use and LEED EBOM

No Prerequisites Many prerequisites
Science Driven Consensus Driven
Third Party ON SITE Verification for Certification Third Party OFF SITE Verification for Certification
Open to all existing commercial properties Minimum requirements must be met
Fast results At least 6-9 months
Both Benchmark and Certification Only Certification

The BREEAM In-Use Process

It all starts with a questionnaire which the building owner pays $1,000 for access up to a year. The questionnaire is in three parts. The first part covers the assetsbuilding info, construction date, materials, glazing type etc. This results in a somewhat ballpark assumption of how much energy the building might consume. The second part, which is the most comprehensive and covers the building operations. The third part covers the tenants. Each question leads up to another question. Therefore, the building is being scored as the questions are being answered. The initial score through the questionnaire is then verified by a third party BREEAM assessor licensed by BREEAM USA who will come on-site and verify the data. The data will be sent to BREEAM USA for quality control and final certification based on the rating table above. BREEAM covers a total of nine environmental categories including energy, water, waste, materials, pollution, health and well-being, land use and ecology, transport and management.

With BREEAM and its fairly simple and streamlined certification method, it will surely jolt the existing buildings certifications market currently monopolized by LEED EBOM and USGBC. It remains to be seen how much BREEAM will be able to infiltrate and challenge LEED as it has done so remarkably in the UK and other European