International Institute for Substainable Laboratories

2017 Agenda

Pre-Conference Day | Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3

Technical Sessions by Topic

Monday: Day 1 Tuesday: Day 2 Wednesday: Day 3

A: 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

1. Planning
2. Case Studies
3. Operations
4. Equipment

C: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

1. Design
2. Laboratory Waste     Diversion
3. Operations
4. Energy
5. TBD

G: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

1. TBD
2. Case Studies
4. Energy

B: 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

1. Planning
2. Case Studies
3. Operations
4. Energy

D: 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

1. Design
2. Case Studies
3. Green Labs
4. Chemical Management
5. TBD

H: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

1. TBD
2. Case Studies
4. Equipment


E: 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

1. Design
2. Case Studies
3. Operations
5. Acoustics


F: 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

1. Codes
2. Case Studies
4. Energy


Sunday, October 15, 2017
Pre-Conference Day

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Registration Open
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Pre-Conference Training Sessions
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. I2SL Chapter Officer Meeting (For I2SL Chapter Officers Only)
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. I2SL Chapter Officer Networking

Back to Top

Monday, October 16, 2017
Conference Day 1

7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Registration Open
7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m. Breakfast
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Opening Plenary Session

10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Morning Break
12 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Technology and Services Fair Open
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Session A1

For the Love of Money: Planning and Funding for Laboratory Design and Construction
  • Common Sense Approaches to Sustainable Lab Design
    Mark Paskanik, CRB
    Nick Caronna, CRB
  • A New Construction Energy-Efficient Lab Building: Funding the Project and Performance After Occupancy
    Heidi Dugan, Konvekta USA Inc.
    Tom McGee, University of Denver
  • Simulating High-Performance Results in an Integrated Project Delivery Atmosphere
    John Swift, BuroHappold Engineering
    Christopher Powell, Brown University

Session A2

Huskies Are Barking Up the Right Tree!: Northeastern University Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex Case Study
  • Northeastern ISEC: Innovative Energy Saving Strategies
    Hilary Williams, Arup
    Andrea Love, Payette
  • Northeastern ISEC: Integrating Design and Performance for a High-Performance Faηade
    Julian Astbury, Arup
    Wes Schwartz, Payette
  • Northeastern ISEC: The Integration of Programming With Design for a High-Performance Building
    Barry Shiel, Payette
    David Navick, Northeastern University

Session A3

Green Light for Green Labs: Laboratory Conservation and Education at the User Level
  • Foster a Broader Culture of Sustainability: Two Case Studies
    Jennifer Su-Coker, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Green Labs
    Niamh Kelly, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Lisa Anderson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • MIT Green Labs Contest: A Certified Success
    Pamela Greenley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Environmental Health and Safety
    Daniel Preston, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering

Session A4

Playing Together in the Laboratory Sandbox: Shared Laboratory Equipment Solutions
  • What "Other" Laboratory Instruments Can Be Shared and How
    Rob Cinq-Mars, University of New Hampshire
  • Using A Total Cost of Ownership Approach for Sustainable Lab Products
    Janet Howard, Practice Greenhealth
    Andrew Madden, Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Sharing Equipment and Space Saves Money and Benefits Science: An In-Depth Case Study of the Biochemistry Cell Culture Facility at the University of Colorado Boulder
    Christina Greever, University of Colorado Boulder
3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Afternoon Break in the Exhibit Hall
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Session B1

Stretch It Out: Flexible Laboratory Design Strategies
  • Planning A Flexible, Sustainable, Cost-Effective Laboratory to Attract New Researchers
    Joseph Gibbons, Wilson Architects Inc.
    Tyler Dykes, Affiliated Engineers, Inc.
  • The Customization of the Flexible at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Life Science Laboratories
    Adrian Walters, Architectural Resources Cambridge
    Jonathan Chan, Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers
  • Creating Lean Laboratories Using Workflow-Centric Design Concept
    Kevin Chriswell, CRB
    Niranjan Kulkarni, CRB
    Chris Ertl, CRB

Session B2

All Together Now: A Holistic Look at Laboratory Building Performance
  • Skidmore Center for Integrated Sciences Sustainable Laboratory Design
    David Lee, R.G. Vanderweil Engineers
    Sarah Lindenfeld, Payette
  • Sustainable Laboratory Design From an Owner's and Architect's Perspective
    Nigel Tai, Diamond Schmitt Architects
    Jeff Miller, University of Toronto Scarborough
  • Whole Building Performance Targets Drive Deep Efficiency and Low Climate Impact in a New Genomics Laboratory Design
    John Elliot, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Joseph Wenisch, Integral Group

Session B3

Knowledge Is Power: Safety, Training, and Engagement for Laboratory Users
  • Engaging Researchers in Energy Savings
    Joseph Balzano, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    Jacob Werner, Wilson Architects Inc.
  • Expanding Lab Safety Training to Include Topics in Sustainable and Efficient Lab Operations
    Rob Cinq-Mars, University of New Hampshire
  • Assessing Laboratory Ventilation for Users
    Ralph Stuart, Keene State College
    Robert Klein, Coastal Safety, LLC

Session B4

Big Data Benchmarking
  • Achieving Energy Savings and Awareness With an Intelligent Campus Program
    Anna Hoenmans, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    Celeste Cizik, Group14 Engineering
  • Lab Energy Sleuths: Better Visualization and Fault Diagnostic Methods for Improving Lab Energy Performance
    Mark Mullins, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Nick Gayeski, KGS Buildings
  • The Value of Monitoring-Based Commissioning Tools for Laboratory Facilities
    Chris Schmidt, B2Q Associates, Inc.
    Sam Deptula, B2Q Associates, Inc.
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Evening Reception in the Exhibit Hall
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Go Beyond and Freezer Challenge Awards Dinner

Back to Top

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Conference Day 2

7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Registration Open
  Technology and Services Fair Open
7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m. Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Session C1

To Think Outside the Box, Climb Outside the Box
  • University of California Riverside Case Study-Sustainability and Design Do's and Don'ts of a BSL2/BSL3 Lab Building
    Don Holden, CRB
  • Providing Sustainable Solutions for Labs With Flexible Electrical Needs
    Elisa Cheng, Jacobs Engineering Group
  • Designing for Efficient Water Use in Lab Buildings: Why Design Teams Miss This Boat
    Paul Erickson, Affiliated Engineers, Inc.
    Lyle Keck, Affiliated Engineers, Inc.
  • Festivus for the Rest-of-Us: What Can We All Learn From Living Building Challenge Strategies
    Joshua Gassman, Lord Aeck Sargent

Session C2

Waste Not, Want Not
  • Rheaply: A Platform for Recycling Laboratory Supplies
    Garry Cooper, Rheaply, Inc.
  • Programs Emerged From R3 (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) Concept at the University of Michigan Sudhakar Reddy, University of Michigan
  • Digging Deep Into Options to Address the Mountain of Ice Packs University Research Labs Receive
    Helina Ayalew, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Panel Discussion

Session C3

It's All In How You Use It: Integrating Operational Controls
  • How Should Organizations Incorporate Flexibility and Adaptability in Lab Design?
    Erik Lustgarten, Gensler
    Adam Harper, Gensler
  • Is the Complexity Worth It?
    Jim Wermes, HDR Architecture
    Rick Pretzman, Arizona State University
  • Reflections on Amgen's Next Generation Workplace Experiment
    Chris Leary, Jacobs
    Parag Sane, Amgen
  • Data Driven Operations at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    Jason Pope, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    Shan Belew, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Session C4

A Whole New World of Energy Performance Monitoring
  • The Boston Green Ribbon Commission's Lab Benchmarking Study
    Alison Farmer, kW Engineering
    Quentin Gilly, Harvard University
  • University of Nottingham GlaxoSmithKline Center for Sustainable Chemistry Carbon Neutral Laboratory, United Kingdom
    Alan Fox, AECOM
  • Predicted Versus Actual Energy Performance in Laboratory Buildings
    Vamshi Gooje, Thornton Tomasetti
  • Lab HVAC Systems and Control Strategies: A Comparison of Actual Energy Use
    Mike Lawless, IMEG Corp.
    Brandon Fortier, IMEG Corp.

Session C5

10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Morning Break in the Exhibit Hall
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Session D1

The Art of Flexible, Sustainable Lab Design
  • Shedding Light (and Fresh Air) on How to Foster a Collaborative Research Environment
    John Swift, BuroHappold Engineering
    Rick Flanagan, Draper
  • The WELL Lab
    Rebecca Hatchadorian, Arup
    Mallory Taub, Arup
  • Deep Plan Versus Daylight
    Oliver Milton, Hawkins/Brown
    Andy Parker, BuroHappold Engineering

Session D2

Let It Shine: Spotlight on Successful Case Studies
  • The Importance of an Integrated Strategy for Effective Energy Reduction: A Case Study of University of Mississippi's STEM Building
    Patrick Duffy, Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers
    Samantha Lukacs, Ellenzweig
  • Extreme Energy Savings at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Research Facility
    Bryan Rydingswrad, Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers
    Allan Ames, Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers
  • Cutting Energy Use in Half: A Case Study of Cornell's Upson Hall Renovation
    Michael Pulaski, Thornton Tomasetti

Session D3

New Nationwide Programs to Support Green Labs
  • Thoughts for Promoting Green Chemistry
    Jeffrey Whitfod, Sigma-Aldrich
  • Next Generation Sustainable Procurement in Laboratories: Realizing the Dream Through the ACT Eco-Label
    Annie Bevan, Sustainability Made Simple

Session D4

Don't Let the Air Out: Design and Management for Chemical Use
  • Implementing a Campus-Wide, On-Line Chemical Inventorying System to Benefit Safety, Chemical Sharing, and Efficient Use of Chemical Resources
    Linh Tran, University of Colorado Boulder
    Robert An, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Safe Design Strategies for Chemical Users in Large Commercial Facilities
    Brian Richard, Kirksey Architects
  • Providing Sustainable Solutions to Manage Chemical Usage in Labs
    Diane Sokal, Jacobs Engineering Group
    Bob Moser, Jacobs Engineering Group

Session D5

12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Session E1

Are We There Yet? Responsible Retrofits
  • Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator Program, Process, and Implementation
    Otto Van Geet, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    Tom Checksfield, Exposure Control Technologies, Inc.
  • Getting From Sustainable Design to Responsible Design: The Transformation of Old Buildings Into Resilient Laboratories
    Victoria David, Iron Horse Architects
    Linda Morrison, Ambient Energy
  • A Winning Approach to the Greening of Labs—A Case Study
    Chris Schmidt, B2Q Associates, Inc.
    Brad Newell, B2Q Associates, Inc.

Session E2

Balancing Act: Case Studies on Combining Sustainability, Design, and Flexibility
  • High Efficiency in Radiological Laboratory Design
    Dirk von Below, Flad Architects
    Michael Finder, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Balancing Functional Needs With Future Flexibility
    James Goblirsch, HGA Architects and Engineers
    Eli Griggs, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
  • Sustainable Strategies for a High-Performing Laboratory Campus for Novartis Institutes of Biomedical Research Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts
    Punit Jain, CannonDesign

Session E3

Keep the Change: Management of Evolving Needs and Trends in Labs
  • Ushering in Discovery: Trends and Challenges Driving the Emerging Scientific Enterprise
    Joe Kline, Washington State University
    Burcin Moehring, HDR Architecture
  • Achieving a Balance Between Expansion and Cost Control – Yale University West Campus
    Christopher Incarvito, Yale University
  • The Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Laboratory Turnover—From Concept to Success at the University of Colorado Boulder
    Matt Meyer, J.E. Dunn Construction
    Mike Early, J.E. Dunn Construction

Session E4

Who Needs Air? Strategies for Integrated HVAC
  • Competitively Priced Sustainable Design
    Barry Barnet, R.G. Vanderweil Engineers
  • Implementing HVAC Control Strategies at Labs in the United Kingdom
    Brad Cochran, CPP, Inc.
    Malcolm Tait, KJ Tait Engineers
  • Share the Air: Cascading Air Strategies Using Neutral Temperature Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems
    Steve Bartlett, Ballinger
    Brad Crowley, Ballinger

Session E5

Tuning Up Laboratory Acoustics
  • Ryerson University Centre for Urban Innovation: Retro-Fitting and Forward-Thinking
    Ruth McMath, RWDI Inc.
    Ronen Bauer, Moriyama & Teshima Architects
  • Optimizing Floor Vibration Performance: A Probabilistic Approach to Sustainable Laboratory Structural Design
    Michael Wesolowsky, Swallow Acoustic Consultants, Ltd./Thornton Tomasetti
  • Smart and Effective Acoustic Designs for Laboratory Buildings
    Douglas Sturz, Acentech
    Rose Mary Su, Acentech
3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Afternoon Break in the Exhibit Hall
3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Session F1

Suck It Up: Safe Ventilation for Laboratories
  • ANSI Z9.5: Reduced Air Change Versus Process Hazards Considerations
    Jonathan Eisenberg, Arup
    Brooks Stout, Research Facilities Design
  • Energy Optimization in Labs: Brown University's Approach Prioritizes Safety
    Linda Olmsted, Brown University
    Matt Fragala, Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc.
  • Balancing Lab Safety With Reducing Ventilation
    Paul Tsang, Jacobs Engineering Group
    Nikhilesh Srinivasan, Jacobs Engineering Group

Session F2

From Trash to Treasure: Case Studies in Reusing and Retrofitting
  • Positive Impacts of Creative Re-Use on Sustainable Lab Design, User Well-Being, and Estate Management
    Oliver Milton, Hawkins/Brown
    Rebecca Wharry, Hawkins/Brown
  • Living Within the Shell: Sustainable Laboratory Design in Tight Spaces
    Michelle Fennell, Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers
    Christopher Hardy, Ellenzweig
  • A Simple Energy Recovery Retrofit to Exceed Current Energy Codes
    Brad Carpenter, DAC Sales
    Jonathan Chan, Bard, Rao +Athanas Consulting Engineers

Session F3

What's In Your Lab? Exhaust Systems and Operations
  • Getting Control Strategies Right Is Essential for Efficient Operations
    Bill Gnerre, Interval Data Systems
    Gregory Cmar, Interval Data Systems
  • Energy Savings and Improved Performance Through Advanced Control Strategies
    Eric Bratt, Merrick & Company
    Yang Lu, Merrick & Company
  • Implementing Wind Responsive VAV Exhaust Systems at NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility Building: A Four-Year Follow-Up
    Otto Van Geet, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    Brad Cochran, CPP, Inc.

Session F4

HVAC and Design Solutions for Energy Recovery
  • High Performance Without High Price
    Kevin Moriarty, Ellenzweig
  • Dartmouth Energy Retrofits of Existing Lab Buildings - Cost Justification and Implementation Challenges: Dartmouth College Burke Hall Energy Renovation
    David Madigan, van Zelm Heywood & Shadford, Inc.
    Bo Petersson, Cornerstone Commissioning, Inc.
  • Applications of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for HVAC Design Optimization
    Kishor Khankari, AnSight LLC

Back to Top

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Conference Day 3

7 a.m. - 2 p.m. Registration Open
7 a.m. - 12 p.m. Technology and Services Fair Open
7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m. Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Session G1


Session G2

From Cleanrooms to Greenhouses: A Potpourri of Case Studies
  • Managing Laboratory Building Energy Drivers: The Not-So-Greenhouse
    Dirk von Below, Flad Architects
    Julia Janaro, Flad Architects
  • University of Illinois at Chicago Pharmacy, Sustainable Design Through Multi-Use
    Susan Turner, Bailey Edward Design, Inc.
  • Creating a Sustainable Col-LAB-atorium
    Tony Atchity, PGAV Architects
    Anwar Garcia, McCown Gordon Construction
  • Energy-Efficient Design of Cleanroom Recirculation Air Systems
    Greg Owen, Jacobs Engineering Group

Session G3

Control Your (New) Self: Upgrading and Updating Laboratory HVAC Systems
  • Fume Dispersal—Is That Giant Flue Really Doing Its Job?
    Andy Parker, BuroHappold Engineering
    Aimee Smith, RWDI Inc.
  • Yale University Sterling Chemistry Lab Renovation – Incorporating Effective HVAC Control Strategies and Integrating User Level Control
    Anthony Koisor, Yale University
  • Control Integration Enables New Strategies for Lab Room Operation
    Jim Coogan, Siemens
  • Extreme Makeover – Lab Edition: A Case Study of Recommissioning and Revitalization of Existing Controls
    Chris Schmidt, B2Q Associates, Inc.
    Andrew Brown, B2Q Associates, Inc.

Session G4

Energy Use Drivers: Occupants, Fume Hoods, and Other Factors
  • Breaking Down Laboratory Energy Use—Impact of Design Criteria on Energy Use and Defined Sustainability Goals
    Michael Walsh, R.G. Vanderweil Engineers
  • A Zero Net Energy Lab Building: The First Year of Operation
    Jacob Knowles, Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers
    Nathan Butt, Sasaki
  • Comparison of Lab Design Drivers in the United States and European Union
    Richard Walder, BuroHappold Engineering
    Justin Molθ, BuroHappold Engineering
  • The Challenge of Designing a Lab With New Energy Code Requirements
    Michelle Fennell, Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers
10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Morning Break in the Exhibit Hall
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Session H1


Session H2

The Case of the Sustainable Laboratory: University of California, Irvine Lab Renovation
  • Using Design Build to Enhance a Lab Deferred Maintenance Project—University of California, Irvine's Medical Sciences C
    Matt Gudorf, University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Irvine's Medical Sciences C Laboratory Renovation
    Nathan Ho, P2S Engineering
    Chet Wisner, Ambient Air Technologies
  • Using Data Analytics to Support the Design Build Construction Process for Labs
    Jim Meacham, Altura Associates, Inc.
    Joe Fleshman, University of California, Irvine

Session H3

Filters, Fans, and Fins, Oh My!: HVAC Technology
  • Advantages of Designing High-Performance Energy Recovery Into Building Infrastructure: Maximize Energy Savings!
    Rudolf Zaengerle, Konvekta USA Inc.
  • Use of Filtered Hoods in an Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory
    Stacy O'Reilly, Butler University
  • Achieving Energy Efficiency in a High-Density Fume Hood Chemistry Building
    Jennifer Cordes, Hord Coplan Macht
    Linda Morrison, Ambient Energy

Session H4

Go Go Gadget: Sustainable Equipment for Maximum Efficiency
  • Sustainability Trends in Steam Sterilizer Design Arthur Trapotsis, Consolidated Sterilizer Systems
  • Steam or Dry Heat Sterilization? A Question of Efficiency
    Marcel Dion, STERIS
  • Laboratory Washer Cycle Optimization
    Dan Ghidoni, Northeast Scientific Associates
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Closing Reception
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Workshop: The New Edition of the NIH Design Requirements Manual

Back to Top


Back to the 2017 I2SL Annual Conference


Platinum Level Sponsors

Siemens Industry Inc.
Stirling Ultracold VWR
Thermo Fisher Scientific

Gold Level Sponsors

Silver Level Sponsors

BR+A Ellenzweig
Loren Cook Company Suffolk Construction
Wilson Architects
WSP AHA Engineers
ARC Arup
Buro Happold Consolidated Sterilizer Systems
Cornerstone Commissioning DAC Sales
Konvekta Sasaki