Facades+ AM
Join us in Kansas City
The program includes three sessions to cover issues unique to the region, including innovative building skins, high performance facades, and the future face of Kansas City. The well rounded, informed dialogue will inform and inspire.

The Facades+ conference series is a robust dialogue encompassing all things building skin—bridging the profession, industry, academia, operations, and ownership. We've distilled the best of the Facades+ 2-day event into a quick-take morning forum with a strong local flair—Facades+AM—this time tailor-made for the Kansas City area.
Our Attendees Include
Building Envelope Specialists
Construction Professionals
Materials Specialists
AIA Members
Kansas City Co-Chairs
Tony Birchler, A. Zahner Company
Miranda Groth, Helix Architecture + Design
1. Materials + Surfaces: Crafting a Facade
2. (Re)Designing Downtown
3. Parametric Facade Optimization at All Scales

Just Added! A Seminar at Zahner Headquarters after Facades+ AM

Design, Develop & Deliver!
A 3D Experience Examining Means and Methods to Deliver Design Intent

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Come to the Zahner Headquarters for an afternoon seminar. The company has been involved in many bold and innovative metal facades, and is opening its doors to attendees of Facades+ Kansas City. Seating is limited, so sign up now! Here's what attendees can expect:

• Discover how lean engineering and fabrication processes develop and fabricate designs.
• Experience how collaborative modeling software enables engineers and plant operators to work together.
• Learn how Zahner creates new products and processes for the architectural community, from robotic manufacturing to software automation.

Following the Facade+AM Conference on Thursday, September 15, this free seminar will take place from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at 1300 East 9th Street, in the Zahner R&D Building. Lunch will be served, and on-site parking is available. Seating is limited to 20 attendees, and is open to Façades+ AM attendees only. To register, please e-mail 3DX@AZahner.com by Friday, September 9, 2016.
The rapidly developing technology of high-performance facades has emerged as the key to building integration, and central to the realization of resilient buildings and a sustainable built environment. The building skin combines attributes of appearance and performance like nothing else in architecture. There is much to discuss. We invite you to join the conversation as we bring this forum to Kansas City for the first time.
7:30 - 8:15


8:15 - 8:30


Anthony Birchler
Anthony Birchler
Kansas City Co-chair
A. Zahner Company
VP Engineering/Sales

Birchler leads Zahner's design-engineering team. Since 1998, he has been responsible for designing many of the patented systems which are now used to complete bold architecture all over the world. Birchler shared responsibility for developing two out of five patents held by Zahner, best known for the ongoing work that he put into developing the ZEPPS® Technology, the firm's dual-curvature building system, which has been used to make several complexbuildings. Birchler works directly with owners, engineers, architects, and general contractors, providing intelligent problem-solving for the production of complex facades.
Miranda Groth
Miranda Groth
Kansas City Co-chair
Helix Architecture + Design

Project Architect
Groth is a project manager and market leader for the firm's higher education practice. She has developed a specialized focus on academic facilities and is recognized for her ability to deliver complex projects on schedule and within budget. Since joining the firm, she's managed over 150,000 square feet of projects for Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and currently manages the renovation/expansion of the Avila University Performing Arts Center and the adaptive reuse of a 1950’s bowling alley into a new home for the Academy for Integrated Arts charter school. Groth's projects have been recognized by the AIA, IIDA, and American School & University magazine.
8:30 - 9:35

1. Materials + Surfaces: Crafting a Facade

New materials and fabrication techniques have created a new realm of creativity in the creation of facades. These industry leaders follow the path of how these new skins are created, designed and constructed.


Bill Zahner
L. William Zahner
A. Zahner Company

Zahner and his 119-year-old firm have received numerous honors and awards for their extensive design build work around the world. He is a world-renowned lecturer on the design and use of architectural metal, digital definition, and 3D engineering means and methods. He has authored two books and numerous articles which are the "comprehensive guides" describing the use of metal in architecture, sharing his wealth of knowledge derived from being a fourth-generation expert. Zahner is also an accomplished sculptor and has served on the Advisory Board of several prestigious organizations.
Josh Shelton
Josh Shelton
el dorado

Shelton received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee in 1995. While at U.T., he received the Pella Traveling Scholarship and spent a year abroad studying and working in Melbourne, Australia. Shelton has practiced architecture in San Antonio, TX and in Lawrence, KS with Dan Rockhill and Associates. He joined el dorado inc in 1999 and became a principal in 2002. Shelton is currently managing social impact urban design projects in Kansas City, Lawrence, Omaha, Denver, Calgary, and Seattle. His projects have been published nationally and internationally and have been recognized by local, regional, and national design awards programs.
Paul Neidlein
Paul Neidlein
JE Dunn Construction

Sr Vice President Operations
Neidlein is responsible for Corporate, Commercial, Civic/Public, Non-Profit, and Dunn Project Solutions as well as supporting operations in the state of Iowa. Current projects his team is working on include Cerner Trails Campus, Kansas City Downtown Convention Center Hotel, Corrigan Garage, Henry W. Bloch Gallery at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Dairy Farmers of American Corporate Headquarters, and numerous tenant improvement projects. Neidlein is a LEED Accredited Professional with over 20 years of experience in construction and is currently on the Board of Directors for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City where he serves as the Operations Committee Chair.
9:35 - 9:50


9:50 - 10:55

2. (Re)Designing Downtown

Breathing new life into older buildings presents unique design and technical challenges. Learn how historic character was maintained in several projects while improving efficiency and overcoming complications from the existing facade.


Kristine Sutherlin
Kristine Sutherlin
Helix Architecture + Design

Known for her ability to keep projects under budget and within schedule, Sutherlin provides firm wide leadership on project management and professional development initiatives. Since joining the firm in 2001, she has developed extensive expertise managing complex renovation projects, including the $250-million phased renovation of the Richard D. Bolling Federal Building for GSA. The project received national recognition for Design Excellence from the GSA and is now being utilized as the model for other mid-century federal office building renovations throughout the country. Other notable projects include the historic renovation of the Brass on Baltimore and the renovation and expansion of the Olson Performing Arts Center. Design recognition for Sutherlin’s work includes over 20 local and national awards from varied organizations.
Glen Heitmann
Glenn Heitmann
Heitmann & Associates

President + CEO
Heitmann & Associates, established in 1966 in St. Louis, MO to serve those involved in the development, design, and construction of all types of commercial buildings, provides building enclosure consultation and curtain wall design/engineering/drafting. Heitmann is actively involved with all the companies’ projects, monitoring progress, and assuring that adequate resources are available to meet project requirements. He also charted the development of the firm to adjust the services to meet changing market requirements and new technology. His direction has enhanced the firm’s international and local market presence including establishing satellite offices in Hong Kong, New York, Chicago, Phoenix and Pasadena.

Greg Sheldon
BNIM Architects
Associate Principal

With over three decades of architectural experience in all phases of design and construction, Sheldon has a commanding knowledge of building systems, curtain wall, glazing, and facade performance. His expertise is evident in the Kansas City projects for which he has served as the Senior Project Architect, including the Science City addition at Union Station, and the Bloch Building addition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Sheldon's generosity and collaborative nature inspires innovation and excellence and his approach is refreshingly practical—wanting to find the simplest, most direct solution to each problem he faces. In 2006, he was recognized as Architect of the Year by KC's AIA chapter and was elevated to the AIA college of fellows in 2013.
10:55 - 11:10


11:10 - 12:15

3. Parametric Facade Optimization at All Scales

Parametric design is a continuously evolving expression often thought as a tool meant for large-scale or complex projects. This panel provides a glimpse into how parametric tools are accessible, relate to projects of any scale, and solve problems of any complexity. With a new generation of architects continuously developing parametric capabilities, we’ll look at how this important resource is being applied in practice through real world projects.


Paola Sanguinetti
Paola Sanguinetti
The University of Kansas

Chair, Department of Architecture + Associate Professor
Sanguinetti's field of research is building technology and the use of computational models for design and analysis. Her current research focused on important aspects of design computation, including parametric modeling and building simulation, and BIM and integrated project delivery for facade systems. Her expertise include performance-based design and risk-analysis for building facade retrofit. Sanguinetti gained professional experience with internationally distinguished architectural practices including Emilio Ambasz and Zaha Hadid. She teaches architectural design and design computation in the Architecture Department at KU. Her courses promote student investigation of sustainable strategies towards energy efficiency.
Phil Kolbo
Phil Kolbo

Associate + Senior Architect Technician
Kolbo is an experienced senior architect technician with an extensive knowledge of stadium, arena, and convention center design. His passion is creating buildings that push the envelope in both design and technology. He graduated second in his class at Iowa State University where he built a strong foundation of sustainability, graduating with LEED certification. He currently leads the parametric modeling and computational design group for Populous’ North America region as a Populous Intelligence Ambassador, creating and streamlining BIM tools unique to sports and convention center design.

Tim Meyers
Project Designer, Associate

Meyers has extensive experience working with multi-disciplined project teams on complex sports facilities at the collegiate and professional levels. His sharp attention to detail and organization combined with his natural leadership abilities make him an effective project designer committed to his projects' success. His expertise with parametric modeling and design has impacted each project he works on, including his most recent projects - Rogers Place and Little Caesars Arena. His responsibilities include master planning, schematic design, design development, construction documentation, and construction administration. Meyers is influential in advancing the way HOK uses technology on sports facility projects.
12:15 - 12:30




Join the dialogue!



Full amount returned if cancellation is processed before 11:59 PM EST August 18, 2016. Facades+ will retain 10% of registration cost after August 18, 2016. No refunds on registration cost will be issued after 11:59 PM EST June 14, 2016.


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Will I receive confirmation of my registration?
Yes, once we have processed your registration and payment, you will get an email confirmation detailing your registration.
Do I need to bring my registration confirmation to the conference?
Yes, it’s always a good idea.
What do I need to bring if I registered as a Student?
Bring a current student ID card with your photo and present it when checking in.
When do I get my badge and/or event tickets?
Badges will be provided at check-in at the site on the day of the event.





PHOTO GALLERY                
Photos from our recent Boston event at the Omni Parker House Hotel:
Methods+Materials Gallery networking and rapt audience at the forum.
Contact us for information and updates on Facades+ AM as we head to Boston, June 17 2016.
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