Session 7 Speakers

wLauARCHITECTWanda Lau, Senior Editor, Technology, Business, and Products, Hanley Wood
Like many others who dreamt of becoming the next [insert name of starchitect here], Wanda found herself on a slightly different path, in large part because she is terrible at math. No, she actually loves numbers, but she can’t quit her love/hate relationship with the blinking cursor. She has an M.A. in journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, an S.M. in building technology from MIT, and a B.S. in civil engineering from Michigan State University. She has trolled construction sites as an owner’s rep, fixed building deficiencies as a consultant engineer, and experienced the PR side as the communications director for an architecture firm. In the early morning hours, Wanda may be found cranking out stationery on a 700-pound, 1896 letterpress printer, which has nearly offed her husband.

Daniel-Davis-BWDaniel Davis, PhD, Senior Researcher, CASE Inc.
Daniel Davis is a Senior Researcher at CASE where he leads research efforts focused on the impacts of technology on the building industry. Having recently completed his PhD entitled “Modeled on Software Engineering: Flexible Parametric Models in the Practice of Architecture” at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, Daniel is particularly interested in the changes to design practice brought about by computation. He has taught internationally on the subject of computational design at universities including RMIT, Melbourne University, and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Daniel’s research has been published in Architectural Design, International Journal of Architectural Computing, CAAD Futures, and writes a regular technology column for Architect magazine.

Louie-Sarracino-BWLouie Sarracino, Project Executive, DPR Construction
With an emphasis in the mechanical and electrical field, Louie’s experience within the commercial construction industry has been built over twenty years with a rich mix of business development, operations, preconstruction and management of multi-million dollar projects. From start up to closeout, quick turnaround and problem solving, he excels in operational efficiency. Leveraging expert analysis and insights, he promotes a lean construction approach and team environment that drives organizational improvements and instills best practices. As a board member if I2SL – formerly labs 21 and ISPE, his sights are set on helping shape the AEC industry in sustainability and lean construction techniques. Core Market Focus: Life Science | Higher Education

DPR Construction is a forward-thinking national general contractor and construction manager specializing in technically complex and sustainable projects. Founded in 1990, DPR is a privately held, employee-owned company that has grown to a multi-billion-dollar organization with 18 offices around the country, making it one of the largest general contractors in the nation and a great story of entrepreneurial success.

John-Tobin-BWJohn Tobin, Vice President of Operations, EYP Architecture & Engineering
John Tobin brings more than 30 years of design, practice, and technical expertise in architecture to his role as VP for Operations at EYP. A licensed architect, he is responsible for the firm’s overall operations and project profitability and is also charged with developing the firm’s project delivery systems and securing and growing professional staff.

Known for his expertise in Building Informational Modeling(BIM), John has equally devoted his energy to improving delivery processes at EYP , especially in transforming the ways in which EYP leverages BIM technology. He is a deeply committed to the integration of architecture and engineering ‘under one roof’, and his role at EYP affords him that opportunity.  A published author and speaker, John has helped position EYP ‘s role in Integrated Project Delivery with BIM. His presentations include “Solving the Puzzle: BIM and Your Business Strategy,” and his articles including ”Proto-Building: To BIM is to Build,” “Atomic BIM,” and “Measuring BIM’s Disruption: Understanding Value Networks of BIM/VDC.”

Before joining EYP, John spent ten years as a faculty member at RPI’s School of Architecture teaching both technology and design. He continues to champion education through his involvement with Albany’s Tech Valley High School.

Josh Bronitsky-BWJosh Bronitsky, LEED AP, Project Manager, DPR Construction
Hi, I’m Josh Bronitsky.
I’m a technical building expert with specific experience in complex healthcare, commercial office and mission critical projects. I believe in a shared leadership model to enable beyond expectation outcomes. The leadership model has been developed through actively leading three Integrated Project Delivery projects over the past ten years with DPR Construction. I passionately believe that we can fix most of the dysfunction in our built-environment delivery system by removing the self-imposed barriers that our industry has erected. Through leveraging the innate abilities of our teams, technology, and allowing disciplines to flourish in a system that empowers their innovation engines, we can deliver projects with a higher value on a quicker timeline without increasing risk.  I’ve been heavily influenced by the time I’ve spent participating on the Lean Construction Institute – Bay Area Chapter Core Team and USGBC-Northern California Chapter Events Committee and through volunteer efforts with Rebuilding Together.

CE RGB 2x2Carl Elefante, FAIA, LEED AP O&M, Principal Quinn Evans Architects
Carl Elefante, FAIA, LEED AP O&M is design principal for a broad spectrum of architecture, historic preservation, and community revitalization projects. Known for coining the phrase: “The greenest building is one that is already built”, Elefante lectures nationally on historic preservation and sustainable design topics. Mr. Elefante served on a working group of President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD), as President of the Potomac Valley and Maryland state chapters of the American Institute of Architects, as Middle Atlantic Regional Director and currently Middle Atlantic Strategic Councilor for AIA National. He was a founding board member of the National Capital Region Chapter of the United States Green Building Council, and formerly on the board of 1000 Friends of Maryland and the Association for Preservation Technology International where he also served as co-chair of the Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation. Mr. Elefante attended Pratt Institute School of Architecture and received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.