Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
CTBUH Seattle Fall Forum
Tuesday, 10 October 2017

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SEATTLE – On October 10th, CTBUH Seattle held its Fall Forum on the topic of Building Resiliency & Design Optimization. The event was hosted by CallisonRTKL in their office space overlooking downtown Seattle.

The first speaker was Steve Moddemeyer, Principal, CollinsWoerman, who led a discussion on the basic tenets of resiliency and its beneficial environmental factors. Moddemeyer framed the conversation around resistance, adaptation, and transformation of the built environment. He additionally discussed the resilient design performance standards for both infrastructure and dependent facilities, and showed how future projects north of Seattle are using these standards.

Steve Moddemeyer, Principal, CollinsWoerman, led a discussion.
The next speaker was Donald Davies, President, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, who focused his presentation first on the current weather calamities and how "short-term" thinking has led to substantial issues with infrastructure and the surrounding buildings, particularly in Houston during Hurricane Harvey.

Davies raised the question, “How can we change our thinking, shifting to solutions that take into account the ‘long term’ lifecycle of the building?” The majority of structures being designed and built today do not take into account full resiliency in preparation for major weather or seismic events, Davies emphasized.

"If you didn’t have a wake-up call yet as to what this means for our built environment of the future, this year should be it," he said.

Donald Davies, President, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, presented on resiliency.
In San Francisco, however, there have been large pushes to design and build according to resilient standards. Davies highlighted four different buildings, each having very different structures, volumes of concrete and steel, and overall costs. The carbon footprint of each building is vastly different, yet they each achieve the same level of resiliency.

As Davies closed the presentation, his message was, "Is resiliency free?"  The answer is certainly "no."  However, materials, structure, and longevity need to be taken into account, while also considering our carbon footprint, as adaptability and transformational designs are the future.

Attendees mingled following the presentations.
Marc Everson Abbott Construction
Bill Maibusch Andersen Construction
Daniel Luddy ArchEcology
David Reddish Caron Architecture
Cameron Darr Collins Woerman
Tim Bissmeyer CollinsWoerman
Natasha Epstein CollinsWoerman
Art Garcia CollinsWoerman
Steve Moddemeyer CollinsWoerman
Alex Pasley CollinsWoerman
Cameron Wu CollinsWoerman
Alex Lacter Edelman / reThink Wood
Bron Heintz GGLO Design
Sean Ludviksen HEWITT Architects
John Morefield Jackson|Main Architecture
John Keiffer JCK Acoustics
Cheryl King JCK Acoustics
Alec Thomas Katerra
Adam Amrhein LMN Architects
Rushyan Yen LMN Architects
Timothy Lewis Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Joey Piotrowski Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Kelsey Price Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Brad Strandquist Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Alex Wiley Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Krzysztof Zaleski Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Beatriz Arostegui Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Kevin Aswegan Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Sean Clifton Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Jess Haas Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Anne Cunningham NBBJ
Nicole Kerr NBBJ
Matthias Olt NBBJ
Erin Pemberton NBBJ
John Thomas NBBJ
Jason Collins PCS Structural Solutions
Mike Palm Sellen
Stephen Welch Skanska Building USA
Luis Adan Urban Visions
John Hornibrook Weber Thompson