Understanding Antimicrobial Ingredients in Building Materials in light of the current and future health crises

Learning Units: 1LU/HSW 

This is a virtual event.  Meeting information will be email directly to registrants.

In response to growing concerns over COVID-19, authors of a recent report, “Healthy Environments: Understanding Antimicrobial Ingredients in Building Materials” will present their findings.  No evidence demonstrates that products intended for use in interior spaces that incorporate antimicrobial additives actually result in healthier populations, and may have negative impacts on both people and the environment.


Bill Walsh, Founder of HBN

Bill Walsh is the Founder of the Healthy Building Network (HBN). Since 2000 HBN has been defining the leading edge of healthy building practices that increase transparency in the building products industry, reduce human exposures to chemicals in building materials, and create market incentives for healthier innovations in manufacturing. He has been Visiting Professor at Parsons The New School for Design, is a Fellow of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts, and a founding board member of the Health Product Declaration (HPD) Collaborative. Bill and HBN have been awarded the Design for Humanity Award by the American Society of Interior Designers (2019); WEACT for Environmental Justice Leadership Award (2018); Healthy Schools Network Hero (2013); US Green Building Council’s Leadership In Advocacy Award (2012). Previously he served as a national campaign director at Greenpeace USA, and held staff attorney positions with the US Public Interest Research Group and the Institute for Public Representation at Georgetown University Law Center. He holds a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and LLM in Public Interest Advocacy from Georgetown University.

Mary Dickinson, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Principal at Perkins+Will

As Regional Sustainability Practice Leader, Mary has worked on over 5 million square feet of sustainable design projects, many of which have been 2030 compliant. She managed the creation and launch of the new Transparency Site with updated Precautionary List and is a member of the Sustainable Design Council and Research Board. This role has allowed her the opportunity to quickly respond to the firm’s big ideas, sharing and applying them in-house with local design teams. Her design philosophy is fueled by solutions that allow projects to weather the storm while reducing the impacts of the land they sit on and the people that occupy them.

A lover of animals, plants, and all things nature, Mary is unsurprisingly drawn to sustainability. Even in her own home she is working on reducing her family’s footprint by eliminating the use of plastics, nurturing a garden, participating in composting and recycling, and enjoys continually making home updates that reflect her sustainable priorities.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify interior finishes that may contain antimicrobial additives.
  2. Participants will be able to critically analyze health claims related to antimicrobial products. 
  3. Participants will be able to identify authoritative sources that provide ongoing guidance about the efficacy of antimicrobial building materials.
  4. Participants will be to explain the potential negative health and environmental impacts of antimicrobial building products.

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June 23rd, 2020

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Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center Reimagined

Learning Units: 1LU/HSW (Applied)

This is a virtual event.  Virtual meeting information will be email directly to registrants.

Conceived in 2015 as a master-planning response to looming SB 90 deadlines, the Tarzana Medical Center Reimagined Project is elevating the quality of patient-focused care on its existing campus while keeping all acute care services operational. When completed, the project will have replaced the existing patient tower, emergency department, pharmacy, main entry and admitting department, as well as significantly remodeled and expanded its Diagnostic & Treatment and support services. The Owner, Architect, and General Contractor will present the complexities of this multi-phase project and how strategic collaboration of the project team and coordinated integration with hospital operations and construction management effectively resolved design challenges and set the project on a firm path to successfully achieve the project goals and meet schedule milestones.

5:00 – 5:15 pm: Logon and Networking
5:15 – 6:15 pm: Panel Discussion
6:15 – 6:30 pm: Q+A

1. Summarize California SB 1953 seismic upgrade compliance requirements
2. Optimize the integration of multiple teams and coordination of concurrent pre-construction and construction activities
3. Streamline OSHPD approvals for scope of work in existing healthcare facilities
4. Develop procedures for maintaining hospital operations during multi-phase construction


Managing Principal-in-Charge
Perkins and Will

Russell Triplett’s more than 30 years of healthcare design expertise includes campus master planning, new construction, renovation and complex multi-phased projects in operating facilities, including large academic medical centers, teaching hospitals, small outpatient and ambulatory facilities, and skilled nursing facilities. He has a comprehensive knowledge of OSHPD’s Title 24 codes, procedures, seismic compliance regulations and CDPH/DLC’s Title 22.


Vince Cassone, Jr.
Sr. Design Construction Manager, Real Estate Strategy Operations
Providence Health & Services

With more than 20 years of extensive new and tenant improvement construction projects in the medical, commercial, and industrial sectors, Vincent Cassone is currently managing all aspects of the Providence Tarzana Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Reimagined project. Vincent holds a double Bachelor’s degree in Business, with a specialization in Project Management and a minor in Health Facility Management from Ashford University and The Forbes School of Business.


Erik Chessmore
Vice President, Project Executive
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

Erik Chessmore is responsible for the overall management and direction of preconstruction and construction efforts on numerous Healthcare projects. His responsibilities include maintaining client relations, directing project estimating and scheduling, managing field staff, and overseeing project safety and total quality management. His more than 21 years in the construction industry has included working on many McCarthy healthcare projects throughout the region, in a variety of different capacities. Erik holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Loyola Marymount University.


Design Principal

In practice for over 20 years, Mark Tagawa’s design experience ranges from healthcare and educational facilities, to commercial and corporate interiors. In addition to work completed domestically in the U.S., his portfolio includes projects in Asia and the Middle East. A Hawaii native, Mark is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

June 17th, 2020

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Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity Best Practices: Panel Discussion

In 2018 AIA|LA released the Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity Best Practices Guide which provided a roadmap with actionable steps to support design practitioners in their daily work. Come here from your peers about ongoing EDI Initiatives and what they are doing to improve diversity and equity in the profession.

Confirmed Speakers (check back for additional panelists)

Amy Murphy – USC Architecture ‘Diversity and Inclusion Liaison’

Jessica Tracy – Gensler ‘The Breakfast Club’

Jeri Oka – Jerde

May 22nd, 2019

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