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Maryland Regional Design Forum - 9/27

posted Aug 2, 2016, 6:52 PM by robert miller   [ updated Sep 14, 2016, 10:33 AM ]
Maryland Regional Design Forum
Beyond Material – Achieving Excellence in Infrastructure
A joint effort of the ASCE Aesthetics in Design Committee and SEI Maryland Chapter
David Shook, Chair
Linda Kaplan, Member

(2) PDH’s and AIA/CES 2.0 LU/HSW credits (Health Safety and Welfare) awarded with attendance.

Nearly all of today’s urban fabric and infrastructure has been designed as a functional response to the logistical requirements and constraints present at the time of its creation. Our society’s emphasis on function and economy in infrastructure currently resolves only our basic needs. However, infrastructure has a unique potential in shaping and propelling society to higher norms, which is where today’s design paradigm falls short. Taking full advantage of opportunities granted by infrastructure, higher goals of equity can be achieved if principles of vision, rigor, and excellence are foundational. A pragmatic means to higher standards of aesthetics, performance, and cultural impact is needed to ensure infrastructure projects of all scales have the resources and expertise to excel. Design/Build considerations will be explored for synergetic, cost-continuous, procurement methods which maintain and enhance the final construction.

An example process which significantly improved the quality of design in numerous structures is the highly successful General Services Administration’s (GSA) Design Excellence Program. In this program the GSA first helps federal clients select quality design teams and then uses private-sector peers to review design progress. Through this process, goals are set and client-side expertise is brought in to significantly improve the ability of federal building developers to deliver inspirational projects.
The Maryland Regional Design Forum seeks to address these and other key issues pertaining to infrastructure and building communities. Specifically, contemporary issues such as aesthetics, cultural impacts, hazard mitigation, life-cycle performance, and integrated design will be discussed.

This evening event will feature preeminent designer Guy Nordenson who has designed numerous structures for objectives beyond material and incorporated culture and art into his work. Additionally, former GSA chief Robert Peck will join Guy on the panel to discuss the outstanding history of distinction in design stemming from the Design Excellence Program. Finally, infrastructure designer Greg Shafer of Parsons who led the design team on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge will bring his extensive and unique perspective.

A thoughtful dialogue amongst all design professionals — students, researchers, practitioners, and owners — is sought to advance the current state of practice to new design paradigms.
Evening Schedule:
Event Date: Tuesday, September 27th
Pre-event social:         6:00 - 6:30pm
Panel Presentations: 6:30 - 7:00pm
Panel Discussion: 7:00 - 8:30pm
Open Bar and Dinner Included

Cost for this Event:
SEI-MD Member from Sponsored firm = $25
Non-member from sponsored firm = $30
Dues Paying SEI-MD Member from non-sponsored firm = $40
Non-member from non-sponsored firm = $45
Full-Time Students = FREE
Event Location:
The Engineers Society Of Baltimore (ESB)
Garrett-Jacobs Mansion
11 West Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Event Details:
(2) PDH’s and AIA/CES 2.0 LU/HSW credits (Health Safety and Welfare) awarded with attendance.
RSVP via Web Link to Sign-up Form 
Reservations will be considered firm and billed unless cancelled by no later than Friday noon prior to event.
Billing for late canceled reservations will be billed at the highest rate.
Checks or cash payable at the door. Checks payable to: “ASCE Maryland Section”.  Add a note indicating “SEI Design Forum” in the memo spot on the check.
Credit card payment also available via PayPal.
ESB Dress Code: Jacket required, Tie optional.

robert miller,
Sep 14, 2016, 10:32 AM