Tuesday, March 22, 2011

UC-Merced's Long Range Development Plan: A Regional Model for Going Green from the Ground Up

Presented by FOTE (Forum on the Environment).

Learn how the University of California-Merced's Long Range Development Plan integrates land use, circulation, open space, and infrastructure planning to achieve unprecedented sustainability outcomes for its new 25,000-student campus and for the adjacent university community of 30,000 people.

The plan provides a regional model for California's environmentally and economically challenged Central Valley, which is expected to grow from 4 to 9 million people by 2050. The plan received the California Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for its innovative land use planning and its "Triple Zero Commitment" to achieve net-zero energy, zero solid waste to landfills, and zero-net carbon emissions by 2020. Learn how the planned synergies of campus and community development integrate educational, research, social, economic, and environmental objectives, and how public-private partnerships are being employed to accelerate results. The campus set aggressive energy budgets for its buildings in a process lauded by the National Renewable Energy Lab, and it is realizing 50 percent energy savings from design benchmarks. With all but one of the campus's first thirteen buildings on track for LEED Gold or Platinum certification, and a 1MW solar array that provides 20 percent of its overall power demand, the campus has become a learning laboratory for the region and for the nation.

Discover how the integration of planning policies and guidelines, design standards, collaborative processes, and economic partnerships are enabling the campus to develop a regionally responsive architecture and urban design, which builds on the successful regional design precedents, while moving the region toward a 21st century model for community development.

Thomas E. Lollini, FAIA, AUA, LEED AP is the Campus Architect and Associate Vice Chancellor for Physical Planning, Design & Construction at the University of California, Merced. Tom is responsible for the planning, design and development of all campus facilities at the University of California’s first new campus in 40 years. Sustainable design and operations have been a hallmark of UC Merced from the initial stages of planning. Prior to UC Merced, Tom led physical and environmental planning at UC Berkeley for ten years and served as visiting faculty for planning and design studios at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design.

E. James.Smith, AIA, AUA, former Campus Architect at UC Merced , directed the design of Phase 1 of the campus, creating a physical vision responsive to its location and mission. Prior to Merced, Jim served as Associate Director, Design and Construction Services at University of California Office of the President in support of the nine campuses.

Prior to UC, Jim was a founding partner of a forty member AEP in Ohio, The Collaborative, following several years as Architectural Design Director of SSOE, Inc., an Ohio based AEP firm of 450 staff.

During numerous practice years, Jim was a member of the adjunct design faculty in Architecture, University of Michigan.

Date: Friday, April 22, 2011
Time: Noon - 1:30pm
Location: AIA East Bay Chapter Office, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland.

Four Learning Objectives:

1. Develop plans and programs, which integrate environmental, architecture and infrastructure systems design strategies through policy-based planning and project reviews.
2. Identify design strategies, which incorporate both passive and active energy management systems to create a regionally based architecture and landscape design.
3. Develop planning and design standards and guidelines for districts and projects, which further community-wide sustainability objectives, and support educational, social, environmental and economic goals.
4. Evaluate the benefits of employing public-private partnerships to support educational and economic development goals, including housing, commercial services, and transportation, energy production and waste-water treatment systems.

1.5 LU/HSW/SD Hours

For more information: 510/464-3600

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