November 2, 2018

Building Facades from the Ground Up:
The Owner’s Perspective

AIA CES Registered
Attendees earn 3.5 AIA LU|HSU credits 

The building facade system combines attributes of both performance and appearance like nothing else in architecture. Navigating the implementation of a contemporary facade system program is the single most challenging component of building design and construction. Yet, the outcome largely determines the ultimate success of a new building project or deep green renovation. Escalating code requirements, increasingly complex facade system technology, emerging novel delivery strategies, convoluted supply chains and a constantly morphing risk environment combine to challenge the most savvy and experienced building owner/developer. Facade Tectonics Forum: NYC! explores these issues with the aim of improving the facade system implementation process from the unique perspective of building ownership.

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Confirmed Speakers

Alberto Franceschet

Sr. Vice President – General Manager East, Permasteelisa North America

Gabriel Valls

National Head of Subguard, Zurich North America

James E. Frankel, Esq.

Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP

Jeff Haber

Managing Partner, W&W Glass

Jeff Heymann

Vice President - Business Development, Benson

John Allen Wolf

Vice President – Pre Construction Services / East, Enclos

John Pachuta, AIA

Senior Principal, Heintges

Mic Patterson, PhD, LEED AP+

Ambassador of Innovation & Collaboration, The Facade Tectonics Institute

Peter Arbour, Associate AIA

Associate, Vidaris

Phillip Anzalone

Professor of Architectural Technology, New York City College of Technology

Sabrina Kanner

Executive Vice President, Design and Construction, Brookfield Properties

Sameer Kumar

Director of Enclosure Design, SHoP Architects


Program is subject to change.
Day 1
02 Nov 2018
8:00 am - 8:30 am


Opening Remarks

John Pachuta, AIA

Session 1 – Special Delivery

Project delivery and supply-chain management processes are under pressure and undergoing substantive change in large urban building projects, change that can provide important advantages to building owners. Project delivery strategies must be determined very early in a building project. This design-centered session will probe the latest variants of these strategies in a comparative assessment looking at relative successes and failures as documented in recent case study examples. Find out what’s working and how to integrate it in your building project.
9:45 am - 10:15 am

Networking Break

John Allen Wolf

Session 2 – Risky Business

The facade contractor sits at the nexus of multiple converging risk vectors in the building delivery process—some inherent, like the critical path of envelope closure for following trades—some trending, like the escalating complexity of facade system designs. With the owner and design team on one side and an increasingly complex supply chain of vendors and material suppliers on the other, the facade contractor plays a pivotal role in the ultimate success of a building project. A panel of leading facade contractors responsible for some of the City’s largest building projects explores the many challenges and opportunities to improve the way facade systems are designed and delivered.
11:15 am - 11:45 am

Networking Break

Alberto Franceschet

Session 3 – Building Better Buildings

The pathway to a sustainable and resilient buildings and urban habitat winds right through the building facade. Improving building and facade system performance necessitates aggressive innovation at all levels of the implementation process, yet innovation increases perceived risk to a highly risk-averse industry. This session develops the concept of managing the process of innovation. This involves the creation and development of a collaborative culture of innovation that works to mitigate the risk associated with innovative building program content, be it innovative materials, products, designs or delivery processes. Legal, security and surety perspectives on mitigating the risk associated with innovative high-performance facade systems are discussed.

Closing Remarks


The Princeton Club

15 W 43rd Street
James Madison Room, 2nd Floor
New York City, NY 10036