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BIM Delivery Workflows Roundtable

February 19, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am PST

Free – $15.00


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BIM Delivery Workflows

An AIA|LA Practice Committee Roundtable Discussion

BIM has become standard in the delivery of most advanced built projects today. While there are many tools and processes, the idea of getting traction with them can be somewhat daunting, and best practices vary widely. Please join us as we look at a case study of a cutting edge project currently under construction at the California Institute of Technology and how its architects, contractors, users, and operators came together to inform BIM modeling and information-sharing. The team will discuss areas including the following:

  • BIM standards that were used to start up the project and continue it through its full life cycle of delivery
  • Interoperability of information and how the team communicates
  • Benefits of using BIM for designers, contractors, operators
  • The future of BIM technology
  • Liability of BIM between parties

Agenda/ Format:

  • 7:30am – coffee, breakfast & networking (provided by the host firm)
  • 8:00am – Presentations:  SmithGroup, Hensel Phelps & Caltech
  • 9:00am – Q&A and interactive discussion.
  • 9:30am – end


Jessica Butler, AIA, NCARB – Associate, SmithGroup

Jessica is currently a Learning Environments Specialist and Project Manager in the Higher Education Studio at SmithGroup Los Angeles. In her past work, ranging from high-rise corporate, to healthcare, to research laboratories, Jessica has focused on the user experience and how that translates to technical execution throughout the life of a project. With experience across different verticals as well as delivery methods, Jessica brings both her technical and management expertise to each project she touches. Jessica received her Master of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology, after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

John S. Onderdonk, LEED AP – Senior Director for Facilities Services and Planning & Director of Sustainability Programs, California Institute of Technology

John Onderdonk serves as the Senior Director of Facilities Services and Integrated Planning as well as the Chief Sustainability Officer at the California Institute of Technology. In this capacity, he is responsible for the executive leadership of campus planning, energy and utility services, procurement and material management, critical research logistics and sustainability programs.

At Caltech, John has led efforts to de-carbonize campus utilities, plan for infrastructure resilience and adaptive capacity, and integrate 17MW of distributed generation. He has supervised the execution of a $15M energy efficiency fund, served as the lead sustainability advisor for 12 capital projects and coordinated the deployment of a work management and asset tracking system. John also leads the Institute’s regulatory affairs with regard to energy, water, carbon and regional planning.

Prior to joining Caltech, John served as the Southwest Regional Manager for AIG Environmental where he managed environmental risk on behalf of corporate and brownfield redevelopment clients.

John holds a Masters in Corporate Environmental Management from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science and Economics from the University of Oregon.

John is a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design + Construction and a Certified Carbon Reduction Manager. John is the chair of the Los Angeles County Chief Sustainability Officer’s Taskforce and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management.

Catherine Woodworth, DBIA, LEED AP BD+C – Area Superintendent, Hensel Phelps

Catherine is an Area Superintendent with Hensel Phelps recently transferring from their Southeast District in Florida to Los Angeles in 2017.

She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management in (2010). She hired on immediately after graduation with Hensel Phelps as a Field Engineer and during the past 8 years has worked her way up through Office Engineer, Project Engineer, to Area Superintendent. She has worked extensively in the federal sector including projects at the Southern Command Headquarters in Miami, FL, the Tank Maintenance Facility at Fort Benning, GA, the FBI Headquarters in Miramar, FL, VAB High Bay 3 upgrades for the SLS rocket at Kennedy Space Center, FL, and is now constructing the Neuroscience Research Lab for Caltech.

She has worked closely with all the different trades throughout her multiple projects from start-up through installation to closeout. She has also worked closely with owner management, cost tracking/changes, MEP coordination/Cx, and scheduling.

Outside of the project, Catherine has been involved with DBIA for the past decade as she enjoys the design-build delivery method and the ability to work together with the entire team to find solutions. She is currently on the national board & regional planning committee. She also enjoys traveling and is a triathlete, completing her first full Ironman triathlon last spring and will complete another in May.


The Mission of the AIA|LA Practice Committee:

The mission of the AIA|LA Practice Committee is to advance the knowledge and skills of architects and emerging professionals, to enable a better understanding of, and ability to adapt to, the changing landscape in a rapidly evolving industry. Today’s design and construction industry must grapple with rapid technological change in the tools and process of design,  project delivery methods, construction  techniques and processes, and new and constantly changing building materials, products and systems. Parallel to these rapid technological changes, changes in the economic, environmental, governmental and legal environment, and life style changes, add additional and challenging layers of complexity to the design and construction process, all of which impact our practices in ways that are not readily apparent. Our goal is for the AIA|LA Practice Committee to be a forum for discussion, thinking, and sharing of information and ideas, to help architects adapt and evolve their practice and manage risk in this complex and fast changing environment.


Our meetings will be quarterly and will address both new and cutting edge developments as well as a review and reexamination of existing practices, focusing on how to work better, smarter, and avoid or mitigate and manage risk. Membership will be open to practicing architects, allied professionals, contractors, subcontractors and others involved in the design and construction industry. We are looking for talented and forward thinking professionals in the design and construction industry to participate in the meetings and contribute to the advancement of our collective practice. We appreciate and encourage suggestions for topics.

Photo Credit: SmithGroup



February 19, 2019
7:30 am - 9:30 am PST
Free – $15.00
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550 S. Hope St. Ste. 1950
Los Angeles, CA 90071 United States
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