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March 18, 2009
Cost-Effective Green Building Strategies: Healthcare and Federal Government Applications
Speakers for this Event:
  • Jeff Hammond, Senior Architect, Facility Planning and Development Department, Spectrum Health  Learn More
  • Ryan Archer, Sustainable Designer, URS Corporation  Learn More
  • Angela Rivera, Sustainable Designer, URS Corporation  Learn More
  • Mark Wutz, Sr. Mechanical Engineer / Project Manager, URS Corporation  Learn More

  • Introduction by:

  • Sandy Stevenson, Senior Vice President, URS Corporation Learn More

  • Cost-Effective Green Building Strategies: Healthcare and Federal Government Applications

    Through the years, sustainability and sustainable design have earned the stigma of being very expensive to implement because the first thing the general public thinks of when they picture sustainable design is photovoltaics and highly complex automated control systems.  This common misconception continues to hinder the incorporation of sustainable design strategies today, even though there is a multitude of simple, cost-effective strategies that can be incorporated.  They do not have to cost any more and, when incorporated early in the design phase, can even be included with cost savings, particularly when lifecycle costing is considered.


    Institutional and Government funded projects more often than not include considerable budget constraints compared to privately funded developments.  These constraints, plus security (AT/FP) and Health and Safety requirements, inherently reduce the potential for upfront investment and significantly increase the influence of short payback periods.  However, the diverse programs and locations these builds offer encourage design and construction teams to explore opportunities to address site and climate specific challenges through affordable and often passive design techniques to achieve sustainable and energy efficient design.  URS has successfully implemented this process on numerous projects.


    Through project examples we will illustrate our multi-disciplinary approach to the successful implementation of sustainable and holistic strategies on several projects.


       The healthcare and new hospital construction industry
                  - Facility Directors
                  - Developers
                  - Hospital Administrators

      Government and publicly funded institutions
                  - Facility Directors
                  - Developers



    Jeff Hammond, Senior Architect, Facility Planning and Development Department, Spectrum Health  

    After spending nearly 20 years as an architect at various firms and as a principal in a small firm, Jeff joined Spectrum Health as a Senior Architect / Planner in the Spectrum Health Facilities Planning & Development Department. In this role he has been responsible for the planning and design of both new and the renovation of existing facilities that include a new ambulatory care center, hospital based procedure areas and related clinical spaces, hospital based laboratories and support spaces. Currently Jeff is the Senior Architect / Planner for the Spectrum Health Medical Center which includes Butterworth Hospital, the current Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and the Meijer Heart Center. Jeff is past president of AIA Grand Valley and has been a guest lecturer / juror at the University Of Detroit Mercy School Of Architecture.

    Ryan Archer, Sustainable Designer, URS Corporation  

    Ryan is an Architectural Project Designer and has been a leader in sustainable design at URS for over 9 years. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he has been a LEED AP since 2004, and is responsible for the LEED certification efforts of some of URS Michigan's highest profile projects. Ryan’s project experience covers a broad range of project types including: Education, Commercial, Hospitality, and Health care, with a specialty in Sustainable Architectural Design. Ryan often supports the planning, coordination and execution of the LEED certification effort.

      Angela Rivera, Sustainable Designer, URS Corporation  

    A Sustainable Design Architect and LEED AP, Angi Rivera has over five years experience in the fields of Architecture and Sustainable Design for new and renovation mixed-use, residential, federal, educational, industrial, and medical facilities. In the UK, Angi provided sustainable design advice and BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) assessment services to design teams and project managed EcoHomes, Bespoke BREEAM, BREEAM Offices/Schools/Industrial, and NEAT Assessments (National Health Service Environmental Assessment Tool).  Currently she is involved is several LEED NC and LEED EB projects.  Angi also specialises in daylight analyses using IES <Virtual Environment> (Integrated Environmental Solutions), 3D simulation software, to quantify daylight factors and the impacts of design revisions upon daylight performance, as well as provide qualitative evaluations at the urban scale to determine the impacts of overshadowing within proposed developments.

      Mark Wutz, Sr. Mechanical Engineer / Project Manager, URS Corporation  

    Mr. Wutz is currently the Head of the Commissioning and Energy Services Business Line at the URS Cleveland Office and has extensive experience in overall Mechanical system design; commissioning and troubleshooting; construction supervision; construction cost estimating; indoor air quality analysis, life cycle cost and energy analysis.  Mr. Wutz has more than 16 years of experience in energy conservation, design and commissioning, both as a consulting engineer and as a contractor.  In addition Mr. Wutz is a LEED Accredited Professional and has extensive expertise in HVAC Controls and implementation of energy optimization strategies including ASHRAE 90.1 and LEED energy analysis.

      Sandy Stevenson, Senior Vice President, URS Corporation

    Sandy Stevenson serves as Senior Vice President and Director of URS' Facilities Business Line. A registered Architect and LEED AP, Sandy has more than 38 years experience in facility design and planning. He often acts as Project Principal of complex educational, commercial and institutional facilities projects. Sandy is intricately involved in the development of projects and project organization, and is a member of the internal URS design review team. His project expertise includes project management, "fast-track" design management and architectural design of educational, health care and commercial facilities. He is a member of the National Committee for Architecture in Education, and is a frequent lecturer on the current and future trends in design and planning of facilities.


    Founded in San Francisco in 1951, URS Corporation (URS) has been in continuous operation for more than 50 years. Today, URS is a leading provider of engineering, construction and technical services for public agencies and private sector companies around the world.  In April 2008 URS was ranked No. 1 in the ‘Top 500 Design Firms’ by Engineering News Record for the eighth consecutive year.


    URS offers a broad range of planning, engineering and architectural design, environmental, construction, program and construction management, systems integration, operations and maintenance, management as well as specialized technical services for the U.S. federal government, state and local government agencies, Fortune 500 companies and other multinational corporations. We provide services for transportation, hazardous waste, industrial infrastructure and process, petrochemical, general building, water/wastewater, military facilities and equipment platforms, and defense and security programs.


    URS has approximately 55,000 employees in a network of offices in 34 countries worldwide.




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