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THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2020

7:30 AM TO 4:30 PM

Farmingdale State College

Roosevelt Hall

2350 Broadhollow Road

Farmingdale, NY

Up to Six (6) Continuing Education Units (CEU/HSW)  available to Architects, Engineers, Construction Managers, Directors of Facilities, and School Administrators. 



Nassau BOCES and the Long Island Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, in collaboration with Hofstra University, New York Institute of Technology, New York University Tandon School of Engineering and SUNY at Farmingdale State College, are pleased to announce the first annual SCHOOL PLANNING AND DESIGN CONFERENCE.


7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast (Included)


8:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Welcoming Remarks and Session 1 (2 Credits)


10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Break


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Session 2 (1 Credit)


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch (Included) and Networking


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Session 3 (2 Credits)


3:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Networking Break


3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Session 4 and Closing Remarks (1 Credit)


Early Bird Tickets: $50.00 (Ends March 30, 2020)

After March 30:  $60.00

Students $ 20.00








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Welcoming Remarks

Christina Coughlin

Assistant Commissioner, NY State Education Department 

Session 1 (2 Credits)

Building Successful School Project Team Alignments

 The presentation will focus on project delivery for K-12 school construction, the importance of selecting the right project team, stakeholder and performance expectations and ensuring that all parties are committed/aligned to the success of the project. 

NYU Tandon School of Engineering faculty members explore the relationships amongst an optimal project delivery environment, high-performance team culture and highly successful performance outcomes. Research conducted with the USTA – Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and the State University Construction Fund is presented along with the resulting process and team optimization framework - Rapid Alignment Initiated Delivery™. 

Through a live interactive polling mechanism, conference attendees will explore project team alignment factors currently being assessed during the construction of the SUCF - $120 Million, SUNY Albany – Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurship Complex academic facility. 











Frank X. DarConte, PhD, RA

Research Professor

NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Department of Civil and Urban Engineering


Frank DarConte, PhD, RA is the inaugural Director of Applied Research for the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering - Institute of Design and Construction (IDC) Innovation Hub. A seasoned industry executive and recognized authority on construction project delivery, he develops programs that forge collaborations between NYU Tandon School of Engineering scholars and its A/E/C Industry partners. Dr. DarConte maintains a project delivery advisory practice and is serving as the lead investigator in support of project team alignment workshops for the construction of the University at Albany - Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurship Complex (ETEC). Process models resulting from his research at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering are currently being utilized by the State University Construction Fund and the Metropolitan Transit Authority. 








Fletcher H. (Bud) Griffis, PhD, PE,  

Research Professor

NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Department of Civil and Urban Engineering

Fletcher H. “Bud” Griffis PhD, PE is Professor of Construction Engineering and Management in the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Until July 2006, Dr. Griffis was Provost, Dean of Engineering and Applied Science and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Polytechnic University. Dr. Griffis retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1986, after serving as Commander and District Engineer of the New York District; prior to coming to New York, he was Area Engineer, Construction Manager, and Contracting Officer for the Ramon Airbase construction in Israel and for 20 years preceding his Israeli assignment, he commanded Corps of Engineers Construction and Combat Units in the U.S., Korea, Viet Nam, Israel, and Germany. 








Andrew Bates, PhD, PE

Adjunct Professor

NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Department of Civil and Urban Engineering

Construction Professional

Group PMX

Andrew Bates, PhD has been passing his knowledge and experience onto students in the Civil and Urban Engineering Department at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering in subject areas of Risk Analysis, Risk Management, Strategic Planning, Infrastructure Planning, Construction Planning and Operations. Prior to joining the faculty at NYU Tandon, he was a Professor at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs where he taught Introduction to Engineering, Air Base Design and Performance, Construction Project Management, Project Management, Contract Administration and Software Applications for Civil Engineers. 








Joseph P. Hogan, CDT

Vice President

Associated General Contractors of NYS

Joe Hogan, CDT is the Vice President of Building Services for the Associated General Contractors of New York State (AGCNYS); a Chapter of the AGC of America. For over 30 years, he has worked as liaison for the Members of AGC before public and private construction users, architects/engineers, and subcontractors. In addition, he regularly reviews and offers commentary on contract documents as well as project delivery and procurement issues. Mr. Hogan also serves as Director of Construction Services for AGC Safety & Construction Services, a subsidiary of AGC NYS, where he has pioneered the use of partnering in New York State. Over the past 25 years, he has facilitated partnering/team building on over $8 billion worth of construction projects in New York State for such clients as the MTA Bridges and Tunnels, the NYS Thruway Authority, NYS DOT, the NYCSCA, SUCF, and NYS OGS. 

Credits: 2 Credits

Session 2

Designing Learning Environments that Engage Students

The discussion will examine design solutions within our aging school buildings and future design considerations that promote effective learning environments and ensure student success.





Kevin J. Walsh, AIA, LEED AP


BBS Architects, Landscape Architects, Engineers


Kevin Walsh began his tenure at BBS Architects, Landscape Architects & Engineers in 1995 and currently serves as the firm’s Partner-in-Charge of Planning and Architectural Design. As a New York State Registered Architect with more than 25 years of diverse experience in architectural planning, design, and management, Kevin is uniquely qualified for his role in the firm. With an emphasis on projects with complex programmatic and functional requirements, Kevin brings a diverse portfolio of architectural experience to major projects in the education, library, civic and hospitality sectors. He is passionate about a community-oriented approach and believes in bringing all stakeholders together as early in the design process as possible in order to generate new ideas, establish collaborative working relationships, and form a strong and well-informed foundation for success. As an instrumental part of the planning and approval of the firm’s most significant commissions, Kevin’s commitment and visionary approach to architectural design has earned him high praise from many BBS’s clients. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the College of Architecture, Art & Planning at Cornell University and is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, The United States Green Building Council and the Association for Learning Environments.

Credits: 1 credit


Session 3

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance in K-12 Public Schools

The presentation will review ADA regulatory compliance standards for K-12 educational facilities, including accessibility and emergency evacuation requirements for disabled students, staff, and visitors.









Dominic Marinelli

Vice President

Accessibility Services

United Spinal Association

Credits: 2 Credits

Session 4

Security Design Strategies for School Buildings

The discussion will focus on school security design strategies necessary to ensure a safe environment for all students, staff and visitors.

Presenter: TBD

Credits: 1 Credit

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