Virginia Educational Facility Planners
2014 Conference Presentations

Keynote Presentations

Resilience – Why Things Bounce Back
Keynote: Andrew Zolli, Executive Director and Chief Creative Officer, PopTech
Moderator: Duane Harver

Collaborating with a diverse network of prominent companies, well-respected nonprofits, public policy groups and venture-backed startups, Zolli leads cutting-edge innovation that is helping to solve the world’s biggest problems. As Zolli acknowledges, "I think and work at the intersection of foresight, global innovation, social change and resilience. I spend much of my time exploring resilience – how to help people and systems persist, recover and thrive amid disruption." For several years, he traveled from the coral reefs of Palau to the back streets of Palestine exploring these issues – the results are encapsulated in Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back, published by Simon and Schuster in the U.S., and in many other languages and territories around the world.

STEM – A National and International Perspective
Changing Educational Design Attitudes – A Design Revolution
Presenter: Victoria Bergsagel, REFP, Architects of Achievement
Moderator: Keith Webb, Newport News Public Schools

Raisbeck Aviation High School is an exceptional four-year, aviation-themed public high school. There is no school quite like it in the state and only a handful like it in the country that match STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – education with a specific industry. Last year, U.S. News & World Report ranked it the sixth-best high school in Washington. Explore their public private partnership with Museum of Flight, the Port of Seattle and some of the biggest names in aviation and aerospace, such as Boeing, Alaska Airlines and the school’s namesake, Raisbeck Engineering. Victoria will also give us a glimpse into the extraordinary learning environments she has worked with in Spain and other countries.

Of the People, By the People; and For the People
Community-centered Learning Environments for the 21st Century
Presenters: Steven Bingler, REFP, Concordia
Mei Mah, Deputy Director, Cooper Hewitt Museum
Bobbie Hill, Concordia
Moderator: Vijay Ramnarain, Virginia Department of Education

Join Steven Bingler and Mei Mah for an engaging keynote and workshop session addressing the move from once isolated stand-alone classrooms to more integrated, experiential, differentiated and project-based learning environments from both inside and beyond the building in the larger community. Learn how to engage community and find new ways to think about how school administrators, parents, teachers, students and their architects relate to planning and design of these important public spaces.

Facilities Matter – A Systemic Approach to Building 21st Century Schools
Presenters: Alan M. Oshima, Hawaiian Electric Industries
William M. Kaneko, Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs (HIPA)
Ray L’Heureux, Hawaii Department of Education
Moderator: Scott Horan

HIPA will present the history of the Hawaii 21st Century Schools Initiative, in terms of the research, stakeholder engagement, community engagement and public policy. Explore the vision for the statewide plan being designed, which includes components such as land use planning, innovative financing, community engagement and public policy. Investigate the two components to the 21CSI: the pilot projects and the systemic plan. The 21CSI Pilot Projects is a first step to build 3 pilot 21st Century schools, managed by the DOE/BOE over a 5-year period. Complimentary to that, is HIPA's statewide "roadmap" for implementation of the plan for all schools and libraries that HIPA is creating.

The End of Molasses Classes: Getting Our Kids Unstuck
Presenter: Ron Clark, The Ron Clark Academy
Moderator: Duane Harver

With education being so very key in determining the path of a child's future, teachers obviously play integral roles as educators, advisors, mentors, and surrogate parents. Ron Clark is an outstanding example of the underappreciated and underpaid teachers who quietly, selflessly ply their trade the world throughout. Ron Clark has garnered national attention for his tireless work with the rural North Carolina and inner city Harlem school systems. In addition to his many duties as an educator, Ron Clark, Disney Middle-School Teacher of the Year, he has come up with 101 innovative and classroom-tested ways for improving America’s schools and leading our children to greatness.

Matthew Perry stars as Ron Clark in The Ron Clark Story, a movie sponsored by Johnson & Johnson. In 1998, teacher Ron Clark (Matthew Perry) leaves rural North Carolina and moves to Harlem, New York to toil in the inner city school system. But he finds it difficult to get a teaching position and must, in the meantime, work as a lowly costumed waiter at a theme restaurant. A door finally opens when a disgruntled teacher quits his job at the Inner Harlem Elementary School and Clark takes on the most unruly class of the 6th grade. He shares the uncanny adventures he has had in the classroom and speaks of his experiences teaching in Harlem. Within his humorous and heartwarming stories, he delivers a message relevant to each of us. It is a message of hope, dedication and the never-say-never attitude required to achieve goals and dreams.

Breakout Sessions

Session 1 – Visible Learning and the Third Teacher
Presenter: Elaine Fogliani, Crabtree, Rohrbach and Associates

Providing an overview of John Hattie's "Visible Learning" as influenced by the book "The Third Teacher," participants will gain an understanding of how school design can support teachers in creating environments that impact student learning and develop the mind frames for passionate and inspired educators. The design of a school can either facilitate or be a barrier to the teacher as evaluator and activator. Explore how architects and educators can work together to transform the education landscape.

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Session 2 – Student Engagement – Creating Relevant Learning Opportunities During Design & Construction Projects
Presenters: Peter Winebrenner, Hord, Coplan, Macht Inc.
William T. Stann, LEED AP BD+C, Forrester Construction

School construction projects can provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students to get a first-hand look at the design and construction profession and process. Learn how to involve your students. Examine case study examples of an integrated design and construction curriculum and hear feedback by faculty on student experiences.

Session 3 – How an Integrated Team Approach Saved Jefferson-Houston
Presenters: Jay Brinson, Brailsford & Dunlavey
Bob Moje, VMDO Architects

Effectively designing a new school for 21st century learning requires significant coordination and a thoroughly integrated team approach. See the challenges associated with developing and implementing innovative design concepts. Learn techniques for managing client decision-making and external influences and the key components of an effectively integrated project team. Discover some of the latest concepts in designing dining, sustainability, and performing arts spaces in schools.

Session 4 – Wakefield High School – A Community Gateway
Presenters: Paul Lund, Bowie Gridley Architects
John Chadwick, AIA RIBA, Arlington Public Schools

Situated at a primary "gateway" into Arlington, the new Wakefield High School creates a civic presence and engages the community through appropriate placement on its site. As an exciting and comprehensive educational environment, Wakefield provides a significant amenity to its community. Explore the methods for collaboration with the wider community during the design process and the resultant integration of community uses in the high school. Discover the ample project-based learning spaces that can also serve the public.

Session 1 – Student Design Competition Winners

Hear the fresh perspective that the winning students from Virginia Tech and Hampton University have to offer, as they present their winning projects. The session will also include a presentation of the School of the Future Competition sponsored be CEFPI. The winning team from Virginia will present their project. They have been selected to compete in the Southeast Regional Jury to take place at the regional conference in Calloway Gardens, Georgia, June 22-25, 2014.

Session 2 – Optimizing Teaching & Learning through Responsive STEM Strategies
Presenters: Matthew Shields, Physics Teacher, Charlottesville City Schools
William Riggs, Moseley Architects
Steve Davis, AIA LEED BD+C, VMDO Architects
Libbey Kitten, Science Specialist, Charlottesville City Schools

This session presents two recently completed STEM facilities for Charlottesville City Public Schools at Buford Middle School and Charlottesville High School. Matt Shields and Libbey Kitchen will present the educator’s perspective on STEM curriculum. Steve Davis will present the design for the Buford Middle School Engineering Design Academy and Billy Riggs will present the design for the Charlottesville High School STEM Lab. The Commonwealth Engineering Design Academy (CED) pairs the expertise of the University of Virginia’s Schools of Education and Engineering with Charlottesville schools to foster STEM learning and training. Attendees will learn about collaborating and creating partnerships to advance innovative paradigms in STEM, strategic integration of technology, including advanced manufacturing technologies, and how the learning environment created supports these strategies.

Session 3 – Found Space: Infill Design Case Studies to Maximize Educational Outcomes and Conserve Real Estate

Presenters: Gavin Myers, Hughes Group Architects
Joseph Saunders, AIA, LEED AP, Hughes Group Architects

Facilities are always expanding to accommodate student growth and the changing program needs of a 21st century education. Discover the value and environmental benefit of repurposing existing space. Discern the key issues for review when considering reuse or repurposing of space over new construction. Learn effective methods for planning infill projects.

Session 4 – Synthetic Turf – What We've Learned over the Years

Presenters: Ryan Teeter, Leading Design and Development, LLC
Chad Price, Carolina Green Corp., Certified Field Builder
Sam Burris, University of Mary Washington, Grounds Supervisor
Ronnie Pascale, Hellas Construction, Retired Professional Soccer Player

With athletic field space at a premium there has been a growing trend for high schools to convert fields to synthetic turf in order to maximize their usage. From various perspectives, i.e. designer, installer, owner, discover lessons learned relating to synthetic turf design, construction, maintenance, replacement, functionality and safety. Hear why two of the most important issues to address when designing/constructing a synthetic turf field are 1) ensuring adequate drainage through the turf system and 2) ensuring the field is not so hard that it contributes to injuries such as concussions. There are many turf manufacturers to consider, but there are also many turf types to choose from depending on the anticipated use whether it be for one specific sport or for several sports.

Previous Year Conference Presentations

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