Professional Architect & Landscape Architect Practitioners Assembly (PALAPA)
Thursday, September 11, 2014, 8:00 AM to 2:45 PM
Los Angeles Environmental Learning Center (ELC) - Hyperion Treatment Plant (HTP), 12000 Vista Del Mar, Los Angeles 90293

The Professional Architect & Landscape Architect Practitioners Assembly (PALAPA) will serve as a forum to bring AIA|LA, APA-LA, ASLA  and City of LA Bureau of Sanitation (LASAN) leadership together to highlight our watersheds needs, opportunities and constraints, and to put storm water into a Low Impact Development (LID) context for working professionals.

WHAT:  The Professional Architect & Landscape Architect Assembly (PALAPA)
WHEN: Thursday, September 11, 2014, 8:00am - 2:45pm
WHERE: Los Angeles Environmental Learning Center (ELC) - Hyperion Treatment Plant (HTP),
(12000 Vista Del Mar, Los Angeles 90293)

Lunch graciously sponsored by Contech Engineered Solutions LLC and Rain Bird
In our City’s first ever, full-day Professional Architect and Landscape Architect Partner Assembly (PALAPA)
, LASAN will call upon some of our City’s most visionary and technically savvy leadership to highlight our watersheds needs, opportunities and constraints, and to put storm water into a Low Impact Development (LID) context for working professionals.  Local leaders within Los Angeles’ societies of architecture and landscape architecture will be identified by their respective programs for their abilities to communicate and to share information with other professionals who are responsible for designing and engineering our City, with the goal of focusing on Low Impact Design (LID) practices, and One Water principles.  Slides from individual projects will be rapidly presented, with the goal of identifying their opportunities and challenges, and to illustrate LID’s potential benefits as a sustainable and climate-buffering tool for the building and landscape design trades. Issues that arise from these sessions will help to identify the appropriate public entities to speak to LID problems and resolution scenarios.

After lunch, professionals will engage in an informal working charette, using a workshop to identify focused opportunities and issues needing further resolution, with an avenue to facilitate LID implementation – and to assist in identifying relevant City and government entities for our next engagement.

In the second half-day professional seminar, the City will invite our in-house department representatives as technical professionals who will respond to the issues identified in the first session. A panel will be formed to both explain the City’s perspective on the issues and challenges, and to engage the local program representatives with the goal of moving towards viable solutions. The panel will be selected to address any technical challenges, permits and regulatory hurdles encountered while implementing LID in order to make these practices more available, practical, and implementable.

LASAN’s environmental mission, and green infrastructure programming supports this professional outreach approach, and these first meetings will offer a pilot with lessons for improving the process.  Building on a solid framework established in these sessions by some of the most visionary leaders in Los Angeles, the active design leaders will gain sound information funding and permitting goals.

LASAN supports such efforts, and seeks to invite as many leaders as possible to share their visions on these topics.  Technical discussions on materials and methods, testing, monitoring, are subjects that should become tools of the pro-practices groups in order to to be prepared to address the many technical LID related topics that arise, and that were discussed during the planning for this event.  Ultimately, PALAPA’s are needed to support more informed, watershed-based, cross-disciplinary and professional projects and discussions. Through “innovation, integration and inclusion”  PALAPA’s may be refined to enhance citywide implementation and effectiveness, and should expand to include other professional societies such as our esteemed colleagues within the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Planning Association (APA) and or other active professional societies or memberships.



7:30 am – 8:00 am
Coffee & Networking

8:00am – 8:10am
Introduction: LASAN’s Vision of Environmental Opportunities for the Design Professions
Enrique C. Zaldivar, P.E., BCEE – Executive Director, LASAN

PANEL ONE: A LID Vision for Los Angeles

8:10am – 8:20am
LID: The Big Picture, Problem, and Opportunity 
An Overview of Regional Water Supply and Quality Issues and Impacts on Buildings, Sites and Habitat
Adel Hagekhalil – P.E., BCEE, LASAN

8:20am – 8:30am
VISION Part One:  Low Impact Development, Stormwater and Regional Connectivity 
Barbara Romero, Commissioner Los Angeles Board of Public Works

8:30am – 8:40am
The Regulatory Landscape:  An Inventory of Existing and Prospective Regulatory and Legislative Challenges & Requirements
Shahram Kharaghani – P.E., BCEE

PANEL TWO: Funding our Future 

8:40am – 8:50am
An Inventory of Prospective Funding Opportunities
Adi Lieberman – Coalition for our Water Future 

8:50am – 9:00am
Defining the Holistic Approach to Economic Revitalization  
Doane Liu – Deputy Mayor, Mayor’s Office of City Services

9:00am – 9:10am
The Roles of Non-profits in Driving LID and Revitalization
Mike Antos, The Council for Watershed Health
9:10 – 9:20am 
Greywater as an Opportunity for Sustainable Home Water Systems 
Laura Allen, The Greywater Action Network

9:20 - 9:30am

9:30am – 10:20

City's LID, Permitting, QSP/QSD Requirements
SWPPP’s and Construction Requirements
Michael Scaduto, PE - Watershed Protection Division, LASAN
Kosta Kaporis, PE - Watershed Protection Division, LASAN

10:20 – 12:30pm

To demonstrate the VALUE of water stewardship beyond permits and enforcement and to Identify realistic opportunities & constraints. 
1. Mark Hanna, PhD., P.E., LEED AP - Geosyntec LA
2. Katie Spitz, AIA, ASLA Katie Spitz and Associates
3. Melani Smith Melendrez and Associates
4. Wing Tam PE, Watershed Protection Division
5. Claire Latané, ASLA, LEED APEPT Design
6. Ted Hyman, FAIA (or) Jill Edelman, AIA ZGF Architects
7. Jeff Hutchins, ASLA Mia Lehrer + Associates
8. Kevin Poffenbarger, PE, QSDEPD Consultants
9. Isabelle Duvivier, FAIA - Duvivier Architects
10. Melanie Winter, Water LA
11. Maryjane MacLeod, LEED Green Associate - Stormwater Consultant, Contech Engineered Solutions LLC
12. Scott Forsyth - RAIN BIRD

12:30 – 1:30pm
LUNCH - graciously sponsored by Contech Engineered Solutions LLC and Rain Bird

1:30pm – 2:45pm
Grey Water, Structure, Landscape and Roof (Jeff Hutchins, ASLA)
Sustainable Parking Lots (Isabelle Duvivier, AIA)
2:45pm – 3:45pm
Hyperion Site Tour