Make plans today to meet up with DLR Group higher education design experts and attend our sessions at the Rocky Mountain APPA 2018 Annual Conference  September 24-26 in Aurora, Colorado.

Premnath Sundharam and Liz Brack are presenting Innovative Phase Change Materials for High Performance Design, where attendees will learn the history of Phase Change Materials and basic building science concepts that are being applied to reduce energy consumption in buildings across the country. Presenters will share a case study of a new approach to thermal storage for heating and cooling buildings at Canyon View High School.

Sundharam also is presenting Designing Net-Zero Energy Campuses. Verified net-zero energy buildings are increasing in number, although many remain small in scale at 25,000 SF or less. We’ll elevate the conversation from a building to campus level. Microgrids, which are enabled through connected energy producing buildings, allow facility owners to think holistically about planning for net-zero energy campuses, while balancing community partnerships, technology advancements, and design. Audience members will engage in a meaningful conversation and change the thinking about net-zero energy by applying the core net-zero energy campus concepts globally. Successful net-zero energy strategies and concepts will be targeted.

Developing partnerships with local businesses to deliver workforce training programs provides internships and opportunities for students and a pipeline of talent for employers. In developing their new campus, Arapahoe Community College directly engaged local industries to understand their needs and develop programs and spaces that supported local workforce training. The resulting Arapahoe Community College Castle Rock Collaboration Campus will bring together educational, business and community elements to enable delivery of higher education, vocational training and work-force training. In her session titled Engaging Industry on Campus, Amy Hoffman will present the processes, successes and lessons learned at the new Collaboration Campus.

In addition, Hoffman is presenting Importance of Culture: Renovating and Reconfiguring Workplace. Higher education institutions all over the country are either considering or undergoing dramatic renovations to their office and collaboration workplace. The discussion will feature lessons in office renovations at Colorado University, Anschutz Medical Campus, and within the technology and corporate office industry.

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