GPIC annual seminar series begins Nov. 9

The first installment of the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster (GPIC) annual seminar series, titled "Innovation in Energy Efficient Buildings," will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 9 on the third floor of Navy Yard Building 101, located at 4747 South Broad Street in Philadelphia. The seminar is co-hosted by design firm HOK and explores their award-winning building design. The seminar is free, but registration is required; the event is registered for LEED and AIA continuing education credits.

In early 2011 a group of young HOK architects and Vanderweil engineers competed in the 2011 Metropolis Magazine Next Generation design competition “Getting the Feds to Zero.” Their award-winning design submission was an inspired collaborative effort that closely parallels the mission of the GPIC. During this seminar, HOK will present the winning design concept as a context for a series of focused discussions on:

Analysis -- how to approach retrofit and the tools we use;

Work force -- the “green workplace” & how human behavior impacts design;

Biomimicry -- lessons inspired by nature that inform design;

Energy -- achieving neutrality;

Design -- integration and synthesis of all the above; and

buildingSmart -- BIM and Integrated Project Delivery (IDP) from scanning to operations.

The goal for the seminar is to examine the process of design related to Building Retrofit and how an integrated design process works. Audience dialogue will also help the GPIC and allies to understand and collectively outline our unmet needs.

For more information, or to register, visit online.