Event Notice: ASHRAE Pittsburgh Chapter Hosts Presentation on "Executing Green Design Build Projects" by ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer:
E. Mitchell Swann, P.E., LEED A.P.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
428 Washington Pike
Carnegie, PA 15106
5pm: Networking & Drinks
Green design and construction is leading the charge of new design approaches in almost every section of the building industry. The successful execution of a green building project, or more specifically a LEED certified project, entails a more integrated approach throughout both the design and construction processes.
A key component of green design is the merging of the architectural and engineering design effort to yield a more holistic design. The better the team coordination, the greater the opportunities to deliver a high-performance building. Another movement in the industry is in project delivery. Design\Build and partnering have become much more commonplace project execution techniques even in public sector projects. Design\build seeks to gain time and cost efficiencies by merging the lines between design and construction. Given that both philosophies – green buildings and design\build – have the integration of services at their core, it is only natural that the two would also merge in the delivery of projects. This program will highlight some of the key ideas, elements and issues that are inherent in both approaches and where and how they interface on a project.
For more information on this presentation, please visit the ASHRAE Pittsburgh Chapter website here.
Inoculate Your Project Team to Prevent Construction Failures
Robert C. McCue, P.E. Consulting Engineer
If you are seeing a rise in problem projects and difficult work-outs, take steps now to inoculate your project team for success and profitability. Basic PMBOK training is certainly necessary but not entirely sufficient to ensure success in today’s fast-paced project environment.
Your team should be alert for the following warning signs of impending project trouble:
Over the past forty years MDCSystems® has evaluated hundreds of failed and failing projects and has found similarities and recurring patterns in the data of these projects.
Mitchell Swann, of MDCSystems®, has been appointed to serve on the Board of The Philadelphia Energy Authority. Mitch’s term on the Board will begin 1 May 2011 and will run until January 2016.
Mitch will be joined by Chris Lewis, Esq., Barbara Adams, Esq., Ken Ogawa, P.E. and Emily Schiller, MBA.
The Philadelphia Energy Authority was created based on legislation introduced by Councilman Darrell Clarke in March 2010 and voted on in July 2010. The Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA or the Authority) has as its mission to find innovative and sustainable ways to help Philadelphia purchase, procure and where appropriate, generate energy to reduce the City’s exposure to energy price fluctuations (especially as electricity rates deregulate), improve the City’s efficient use of its energy resources, enhance the City’s sustainability footprint and improve both the environment and quality of life.
Yup, yet another “sustainability” article. It seems that this subject just won’t die. No, it won’t. But organizations that don’t deal with the subject just might experience that result.
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