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6.06 In Pursuit of a Sustainable Academic Workplace: Arlington Public School District

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
3:45 PM-4:45 PM
Track: Council/Industry Specific
Format: Case Study
Organization: IFMA
Knowledge Level: 200 level
Session Description: This is a case study on the pursuit of a more sustainable academic workplace for Arlington Public Schools. It will showcase how APS is using the colocation of their administrative offices as an opportunity to redefine their customer interface, encourage internal staff collaboration, and ultimately realize efficiencies in space and resource to enable more effective and sustainable interactions. The program will focus on identifying ways to think holistically about sustainability, and to consider process and behavior in addition to physical design as a strategy for achieving transformation.

Relocated in December 2011, the APS colocation at Sequoia plaza was designed to achieve a LEED Silver rating for Commercial Interiors, and includes the colocation of approximately 150 staff from two locations into a single site. In addition to administrative workplace, the Sequoia site supports the central service and registration functions for Arlington citizens, professional development training and resources for teachers.

The project team – comprised of key representatives from Arlington Public Schools, AECOM, and Quinn Evans Architects – will focus on:

  • Creating a vision…The importance of leadership and user engagement
  • Realizing the opportunity…Designing for a future state 
  • Getting there…Enabling and supporting change to process and behavior
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the importance of leadership and user engagement to create a compelling case for change.
  • Recognize the difference between organizational and environmental sustainability.
  • Explore an effective process for designing toward a future state with multiple facility variables.
  • Gather change management and design lessons learned when dealing with staff and the community.
  •     Presentation


    Adam Stoltz
    Director, Strategy+

    Having led project work for technology, pharmaceutical, government and academic organizations, Adam is an expert in workplace strategy and organizational change in the public and private sector. He is an active contributor to IFMA’s professional community as a member of the Corporate Facilities and Academic Facilities Councils. With a B.A. in social psychology and a Master's of Urban Planning, his background allows him to dig insightfully into the wants and needs of people and their relationship with built, natural and social environments.

    John Chadwick, AIA, RIBA
    Arlington Public Schools
    Design and Construction

    John Chadwick is an architect and long-standing member of the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Institute of British Architects. He has been Director of Design and Construction at Arlington Public Schools since early 2011, where he has led the system’s current capital construction projects and been heavily involved in planning for the system’s huge growth in enrollment through the 2012 Capital Improvement Plan. Prior to joining Arlington Public Schools, John worked in private practice with Perkins Eastman, first in New York City and then as managing principal of the firm’s DC Metro office, which he founded in Arlington in 2005. Previous to Perkins Eastman he worked with firms in New Jersey, Kentucky, California and the United Kingdom. John has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, a master’s degree from Cornell University and is a past Scholar in Architecture at the British School at Rome. He is deeply committed to architecture for education that links design and environmental sustainability with learning, and to design excellence emerging from the community design process.

    Carl Elefante, FAIA, LEED AP
    Quinn Evans Architects
    Principal, Director of Sustainability

    Carl Elefante is Director of Sustainability for Quinn Evans Architects and design principal for a broad spectrum of projects including architecture, historic preservation and community revitalization. Mr. Elefante lectures nationally on historic preservation and sustainable design topics. He served on the Sustainable Communities Task Force of President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development, sits on the Board of Directors of the Association for Preservation Technology International and 1000 Friends of Maryland, and serves as 2012 President of AIA Maryland.

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