This week HMC President and Civic/Justice Practice Leader Beverly Prior, FAIA, LEED AP is speaking at the AIA AAJ national conference in Portland, OR. The theme of this year’s conference is the evolving prevalence of several forms of alternative project delivery as those processes have been applied to the justice building environments. Each version of these various methods has much to recommend it, but each also inevitably entails certain challenges with the justice environments adding another level of complexity given the paramount issues of security and safety. The conference will explore those benefits and challenges.

The two sessions Beverly Prior will be presenting on include:

Design Excellence through Design-Build (and Other Integrated Project Deliveries)

Can your design-build team achieve design excellence in a design-build project? What is design excellence in a civic building, correctional facility, a Federal Courthouse? Beverly and other industry experts will discuss the meaning of design excellence and best practices in achieving the mark. The other speakers include Greg Gidez, AIA, DBIA; Rick del Monte, AIA; Curt Fentress, FAIA, RIBA and Kay Compton, AIA.

Sustainable Justice Principles in Practice Part II: A Systems Approach

Sustainable justice principles serve justice facilities and the communities within which they reside, as well as broader justice system goals at municipal, state and federal levels. Through a series of interviews Beverly and other panelists will investigate current developments from the perspective of a systems approach to guide facility owners and operators, and practitioners in their decision-making. The other speakers include Julia Hughes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Elizabeth Minnis, AIA; Wendy Still; Jeanne Woodford; Richard W. Velde and Larry Hartman, AIA.

Beverly Prior is also part of the AAJ Sustainable Justice Committee, which organized the conference’s Saturday Workshop, Sustainable Justice Workshop 2013: Partnering with Research and Technology. The workshop will explore the advancement and application of Green Guide to Justice (GGJ) sustainable principles for justice and how these objectives can partner with the advancement of research in understanding how humans respond to the built environment.

To read more about the AAJ conference, check out the Conference Program >>