High-End Residential: Design and Construction Perspectives on Multimillion-Dollar Projects

High-End Residential: Design and Construction Perspectives on Multimillion-Dollar Projects
Photo by John Horner

Join us for a conversation with architects, contractors, and engineers to hear how designers and builders approach high-end residential projects when costs are high and expectations are even higher. For these projects, owners often seek to push the boundaries of traditional design and construction to maximize space and amenities when building or renovating their homes. To satisfy these goals and aspirations, teams of architects, engineers, and builders must work together to find creative solutions that meet expectations for excellence. When the costs of these homes can be in the millions and tens of millions of dollars, satisfying the general building code and standard norms of conventional building typically is not enough for a variety of reasons. These projects require teamwork and creative thinking from all disciplines to successfully deliver high-end results—this will be the focus of our moderated panel discussion.

About the Speaker

Paul Kassabian
Paul Kassabian | Principal
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Paul Kassabian specializes in structural design and investigation on a wide range of structural systems, from buildings for architects to projects on the cutting edge of both structural systems and materials. He develops innovative methods of design and construction using SGH’s in-house Applied Science & Research Center, computational design approaches, and digital fabrication techniques. He is the practice leader of the SGH Digital Lab.

Mazen Sakr
Mazen Sakr | Principal

Mazen is a Principal at AW–ARCH and is involved with all phases of project development for many institutional, commercial, and residential projects at AW. His ability to maintain a holistic understanding of a project while interpreting its design essentials into constructible reality makes him an important member of AW’s team for such projects as Harvard University’s Knafel Center at the Radcliffe Institute, Gemma Observatory, and Emigrant Lake Boathouse. Mazen is founder of the online journal The Lebanon Architect and is a recipient of the Alpha Rho Chi Bronze Medal. He is a lecturer in Architectural Design at Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences and has been a visiting critic at architecture schools locally and in the Midwest.

Brian Twomey
Brian Twomey | Senior Project Manger
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Brian Twomey has extensive experience as a project manager and design engineer for new building design involving projects on occupied urban campuses. His role has included providing analysis, design, and construction administration services for these projects. He is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the American Concrete Institute (ACI), and the Structural Engineer’s Association of Massachusetts (SEAMass).

Adam Wood
Adam Wood | General Superintendent
The Lagassé Group

Adam joined The Lagassé Group at its inception, has risen to the role of General Superintendent, and is now responsible for all the field operations for the company. He has been the primary field superintendent for many of the company’s largest projects. While overseeing operations, Adam runs weekly field operations meetings to review safety practices, quality assurance, subcontractor relations, and project schedules.