Facade Design & Delivery conference a resounding success

Monday, February 7, 2011

Nearly 100 AEC industry leaders gathered for the inaugural Facade Design & Delivery conference in New York City the last week of January. With facade practitioners being confronted by more performance related considerations than ever before, Enclos recognized the opportunity to sponsor this three-day program that addressed these considerations head on. Topics ranged from facade sustainability to BIM and the building facade, with presenters from the U.S. General Services Administration and a number of high profile architectural firms. Engineers, facade consultants and material suppliers were also included in the program.

Material choice was a primary topic at the conference. A local team from Perkins+Will, led by Technical Director Calvin Smith, presented a comprehensive analysis and evaluation of the materials used in the building facade. Included was a glass performance matrix that logged various performance attributes against available glass products. Tim Macfarlane, Design Partner at Dewhurst Macfarlane and Partners, discussed the evolution of glass as a structural material, including the latest innovations and applications of glass structures.

Two presenters dealt with the subject of double skin facades. Neil McClelland, Principal and Facade Engineer at Arup, discussed the potential of adding a second skin — or over-clad — as a facade retrofit strategy and a means to improve both energy efficiency and building aesthetics. Kerry Hegedus, Senior Associate at NBBJ, showcased several examples of double skin facades he has been involved with, while also calling into question the increasingly frequent application of double skins, its cost-effectiveness and sustainability.

The final day of the conference included Kap Malik, Principle at Gensler, whom traveled from Los Angeles to discuss the increasing visual complexity of the building facade. Malik used the recently completed L.A. Live Tower & Residences — in which Enclos provided design/assist – design/build services — as a project showpiece. The L.A. Live presentation was part of an interactive session which rotated attendees through LEED and BIM related programs to discuss the impact of each on the building facade.

As part of Enclos’ sponsorship of the facade summit, the firm hosted a cocktail reception that provided for some relaxed, high-level networking. Enclos also distributed to each attendee a copy of the 2010 Insight book, the bi-annual publication of the Advanced Technology Studio. Other conference sponsors included DuPont, Pythagoras Solar, Linel, and Onyx Solar Energy.

Based upon the success of the conference, IQPC, the conference organizer, plans to hold the facade summit in New York City annually, and to hold an inaugural conference on the west coast in September 2011.

To review the full conference program, click here.