Revitalize Your Campus: Repositioning in Higher Education

Revitalize Your Campus: Repositioning in Higher Education

As colleges and universities look toward a post-COVID world, many are rethinking their capital programs for their building stock. As these institutions consider a return to some form of normalcy, they must balance current and future needs for their campuses while also grappling with larger sustainability issues related to climate change. To solve for these concerns, colleges and universities can reposition existing buildings to maintain the historic fabric of campus architecture and modernize existing facilities while reducing carbon footprint and waste stream. In this webinar, we will provide an overview of a repositioning project from architectural, structural, and building enclosure perspectives and explore the case study of Iona College’s LaPenta School of Business to provide examples demonstrating the challenges typically faced in each phase of a repositioning project. We will also discuss selected antiquated structural systems.


After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand design challenges and opportunities in campus repositioning projects.
  • Understand selected archaic structural systems.
  • Recognize the potential challenges of upgrading existing building enclosure systems to meet current energy codes.
  • Discuss technical and aesthetic issues related to renovating and adding to existing building systems.

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for attending the live webinar. Registration is free. Please note that space is limited – email events@sgh.com to join our waitlist if the session is closed when you register.

About the Speaker

Sean O'Brien
Sean O'Brien | Building Technology Division Head, New York

Sean leads the Building Technology group in SGH’s New York City office. He has extensive experience in the architecture and engineering field, specializing in building science and building enclosure performance, including analysis and simulation of heat, air, and moisture migration and energy efficiency issues. He has a particular interest in iconic New York City cultural buildings, helping to make them more sustainable with high-performing enclosures. Sean has investigated and designed repairs for a wide variety of building types and has published papers on topics including mechanical system impacts on building enclosure performance and condensation resistance of windows and curtain walls. He is an active member of several professional organizations in New York and nationally. In addition to his extensive experience in building enclosure design, Sean brings to each project his genuine desire to improve the built environment, meet his client’s specific needs, and help educate both clients and team members along the way.

Kevin Poulin
Kevin Poulin | Principal

Kevin Poulin is the head of the Structural Engineering group in SGH’s New York City office. He brings a deep understanding of structural design to his projects, which involve renovating existing buildings; designing new buildings; and conducting structural peer reviews, condition assessments, and feasibility studies. He is passionate about the restoration and adaptive reuse of existing buildings  to preserve the rich architectural history of New York City, as seen through his signature work on numerous New York City landmarks. He is a past president of the Structural Engineers Association of New York.

Joanne Fernando
Joanne Fernando | Technical Director & Senior Associate

Since joining Gensler in 2011, Joanne Fernando has been an integral part of the design team for numerous higher education and K-12 projects. Joanne’s roles ranged from schematic design through construction documents and construction administration to assisting the clients with project move-in. She is fully engaged in the design process and is committed to pursuing sustainable design on every type of project. Her clients include Dwight-Englewood School, Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center at Columbia University, Iona College, and West Virginia University Business School. With a passion for shaping the next generation of design talent, she also oversees the firm’s mentoring and development program for emerging technical leaders.