Create + Construct brings together San Francisco’s AEC leaders to discuss trends and share best practices when designing and constructing contemporary facades.
|8:00 a.m.||Registration & Breakfast|
|9:15 a.m.||Session One Keynote
From Concept to Construction: Collaborating for Facade Design and Performance
|11:00 a.m.||Session Two
Supporting Facade Walls: Design Imperatives for Structural Performance
|1:00 p.m.||Session Three
Considering Life Safety: Fire Design for Contemporary Facades
|2:00 p.m.||Session Four
Pursuing Adaptive Enclosures: Thermal Design for Energy Efficiency
|3:45 p.m.||Session Five Panel Discussion
Proving Ground: Performance Mock-Ups as Proof of Concept
|5:15 p.m.||Networking & Cocktail Reception
During the conceptual design phase, an experienced, multidisciplinary team must balance structural, energy, and life-safety requirements to meet overall project objectives. This team also develops constructible details and selects durable materials to achieve the desired architectural effect. This session will introduce the engineering principles and design concepts that affect the aesthetics and performance of contemporary building facades. We will tap into our extensive project expertise to explain the challenges and approaches to designing unique, efficient facades.
Complex facade forms and new cladding types necessitate a fundamental understanding of structural support systems and how they may impact the architectural narrative. There are many critical questions worth posing, understanding, and resolving early in the design process: How does the structure move? What types of attachments are used? What is the support framing sizing? What loads are imposed by the facade on the base building structure? This presentation will identify the vertical and lateral forces that act on facades and the supporting structure, how those elements move relative to one another under different loading conditions, and the challenges in detailing these systems without compromising the air, water, and thermal barriers – or changing the desired aesthetic.
Contemporary facades serve many building functions, including insulating, solar shading, and waterproofing. As a result, facades are often constructed with combustible materials, moveable assemblies, and offsets, creating opportunities for flames to spread unchecked and other safety risks to mount for the building and its occupants. A combination of testing and engineering analysis can help to identify and mitigate these risks. This session will introduce fire coordination and testing for contemporary facades. We will explore how coordinated and thoughtful design approaches can respond to safety issues and address architectural and operational concerns.
As the primary boundary separating interior and exterior spaces, building enclosures play a significant role in a building’s overall energy performance. High-efficiency buildings integrate space, facade, and internal systems to maximize energy savings and help make occupants more comfortable, productive, and healthy. Third-party benchmark certifications rely on high-performing enclosures to achieve specified metrics for energy consumption and human comfort. In this session, we will explore practical thermal design concepts that can make or break energy efficiency and drastically affect human comfort and wellbeing.
Design solutions must be buildable in the real world. Facade design intent, geometry, and materials must come together in a way that allows structural loading, environmental protection, and optimal long-term performance. Performance mockups bridge the gap between conceptual design and construction, and allow project teams to test expectations and fine tune the plans prior to installation. This step is particularly important with innovative facade designs that incorporate new materials or complex integrations between various standard assemblies. In this panel discussion, San Francisco’s design and construction leaders will explore how performance mockups translate design intricacies into constructible assemblies, and ultimately, a successful project.