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Wrapping Up on a Winning Note

Friday, May 23, 2014

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CINCINNATI—Ancient glories, today’s experts, and the architects of tomorrow converged Thursday (May 22) in Cincinnati for the close of the inaugural Durability + Design Conference and Expo.

The three-day conference ended on a high note with the presentation of awards to winners in D+D's Student Design Competition, sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company.

First place and a cash prize of $1,500 were awarded to Yun Oh Kim; second place and a $750 cash prize went to Giovanni Morabito; third place and a cash award of $500 were presented to Melissa Long.

D+D Student Competition
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University of Cincinnati graduate architecture student Yun Oh Kim shows off his first-place trophy at the D+D 2014 Student Design Competition. Melissa Long (right, center) took third place in the competition. At rear, from left, are University of Cincinnati Professor Michael McInturf; William Williams, dean of the university's School of Architecture and Interior Design; George Daisey, of contest sponsor Dow Chemical; and competition judges Vince Cammalleri and Steven Danielpour. Not pictured: Second-place winner Giovanni Morabito and judge Richard Rauh.

"The competition reinforces the mission of Durability + Design Magazine and of our annual D+D conference: communicating that both building performace and aesthetics are critical to the quality of the built environment," said D+D Editor-in-Chief Gina Johnson, who emceed the award ceremony at the conference's closing luncheon in the Exhibit Hall.

The Challenge

The competition challenged graduate students from the University of Cincinnati's School of Architecture and Design to reclad one of Cincinnati’s most important Modernist buildings; the iconic Terrace Plaza Hotel.

Entrants had 10 days to brainstorm ways to use contemporary and even futuristic building-envelope materials to extend the structure's service life another 65 years or longer. Originally designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and built in 1946-48, the 20-story steel-frame skyscraper is clad in red clay brick.

Student Design judging

Richard Rauh (left) of Richard Rauh Architects and Vince Cammalleri, AIA, of Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger review entries for the Student Design Competition at D+D 2014.

Poster presentations from 12 finalists were displayed at the conference for judging by a distinguished three-member panel: Vince Cammalleri, AIA, of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.; Steven Danielpour, Director of Firmwide Specifications for HOK; and Richard Rauh, of Richard Rauh Architects.

Danielpour presented the awards. Of Long's entry, he said: "You looked at how we take brick, open it up, and make the building more dynamic." Morabito's design "allowed portions of the facade to bring in light," said Danielpour.

And the winning entry presented "a solution that stands out," addressing the challenge of opening up interior space to the urban environment.

Art and Air Barriers

Thursday's sessions covered a range of building performance and aesthetics issues.

D+D 2014

Vince Paladino of Tremco chats with Daryl Owens of EnviroSolutions in the Exhibit Hall.

EverGreene's Jeff Greene presented "The Power of Paint and Art in Architecture," a lush visual trip through the history of architectural art: from the 40,000-year-old cave paintings of Spain to the latest urban mural by British graffiti artist Banksy.

On the technical side, a morning series of presentations on Performance of Air Barriers featured leaders in the field and an attentive audience.

André Desjarlais, of Oak Ridge National Laboratories, presented extensive project data on air tightness, energy efficiency and durability of wall and roof systems.

Cammalleri focused on the critical details that figure in air barrier success: attending to key junctions and interfaces, which he called "small details with big consequences."

Cammalleri zoned in on lack of design and detailing direction by designers in ensuring that the air barrier is continuous.

D+D 2014

Daniel Nelson of Gaco Western (right) meets with Dow Corning's James Stange (left).

"These are arguably the most important details in your building," said Cammalleri. That is especially true of the roof/wall interface, "inevitably the major source" of leakage, he said.

"The design profession has a tendency to ignore or underdevelop these details," he said. "We seem to be relying on the contractor to build the intent of the designer, and that is blurring the lines."

Coatings and Concrete

Other sessions explored concrete polishing, from restoration to environmental benefits to specification basics.

D+D 2014

Kevin Knight stops at the Air Barrier Association of America exhibit to speak with Ryan Dalgleish (left) and Laverne Dalgleish. ABAA was an association partner of D+D 2014.

Closing sessions in the afternoon focused on high-performance architectural coatings and specifying coatings and other finishes. Presenters included experts from conference premier sponsor Sherwin-Williams, Arkema, ARCOM, HOK, AGC Chemicals Americas, and Atlas Material Testing.

Johnson concluded the festivities with thanks and an invitation to D+D 2015, set for June 8-10, 2015, in Miami Beach.

"Thanks for a great conference," she said. "We look forward to even bigger things for 2015."


Comment from ELIZABETH FRENCHMAN, (5/23/2014, 9:31 AM)

I hope the posters and any supporting materials about the competition are posted soon on the web. Sounds quite intriguing.

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