Facade Tectonics Institute Completes Regional Forum Series With NYC Forum Hosted By The Ornamental Metal Institute of NY

NEW YORK, NY – November 5, 2019The Facade Tectonics Institute (FTI)—a premier member organization for building industry professionals, academic, government and nonprofit organizations and institutions that recognize the building facade system as the lynchpin to sustainable buildings and urban habitat—hosted its final 2019 Regional Forum in New York City at the Princeton Club, which was hosted by the Ornamental Metal Institute of New York (OMINY).

FTI is widely recognized for producing the leading technical events focused on buildings and urban habitat through the lens of the building skin. FTI’s celebrated Forum series focuses on industry issues, trends and emerging technologies as they relate to buildings, their facade systems and the built environment.

The half-day Forum consisted of three expert-led discussions, each relating to a specific topic surrounding the built environment, commercial real estate and industry issues within the New York City community. Panelists provided their insight and future predictions on areas such as managing risk with delegated-design delivery and strategies, the challenges of New York City’s tall curtainwall buildings and exploring the benefits and liabilities of highly glazed facades. The Forum also presented a response to New York City Mayor DeBlasio’s recent announcement surrounding the Green New Deal, which passes the Climate Mobilization Act including legislated mandates for significant reductions in carbon emissions produced by the building sector.

About New York City

The Institute looked forward to its return to New York City for another half-day Forum as to bring awareness to recent industry concerns within its built environment and urban habitat. NYC is a dynamic cauldron where the future of this singular urban habitat is in foment, with buildings as the main ingredient. The City recently announced its own version of the Green New Deal, passing the Climate Mobilization Act including legislated mandates for significant reductions in carbon emissions produced by its building sector. There is no city that is more at stake in advancing the building stock toward truly sustainable performance metrics. Central to a solution is the building skin; the lynchpin to resilience and sustainability in buildings and urban habitat.

About the Program and Speakers

Alex Cox of Permasteelisa North America moderated the panel Delegating Design, which included Stephen Weinryb of HOK, Alberto Franceschet of Permasteelisa North America, Gregory Chertoff of Peckar & Abramson, Chris McCartin of Tishman Speyer NY and Charles Murphy of Turner Construction.

Helen Sanders of Technoform North America presented and moderated the session, Clearly Controversial, which included Stephen Selkowitz of LBNL, Gabrielle Brainard of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Area Pawlynsky of Heintges.

Mic Patterson of the Facade Tectonics Institute moderated the session, Skin-Deep Renovation, which included David Bellman of Vornado Realty Trust, Dan Shannon of MdeAS Architects and Mike Haber of W&W Glass.

“The FTI team was excited to return to New York City as we have received an unprecedented level of support each time we host our celebrated Forum here,” said Helen Sanders, Facade Tectonics Institute. “We want thank the Ornamental Metal Institute of New York for generously hosting the Forum again this year and we look forward to returning in 2020.”

“On behalf of The Institute we want to thank everyone who has participated in our 2019 Regional Forum Series that took place across the country,” said Mic Patterson, Facade Tectonics Institute. “We have established great relationships along the way and brought awareness to key industry topics to help further drive our mission to a more resilient and sustainable built environment. We look forward to seeing the continued support in 2020.”

About Facade Tectonics Institute

The Facade Tectonics Institute (FTI) is the premier member organization for building industry professionals as well as academic, government, and nonprofit organizations and institutions focused on healthy and livable communities. The Institute’s primary objective is to fuel discussion, collaborative research and educational initiatives that bridge fragmented market segments, engaging all the many diverse stakeholders that comprise the building industry. Integral to this mission is the dissemination of historical, theoretical, and practical information derived from this research to the building marketplace, thereby acting as a conduit and facilitator for both learning and further collaborative research pursuits.


About Facade Tectonics Institute

The Facade Tectonics Institute (FTI) is the premier member organization for building industry and professionals as well as academic, government, and nonprofit organizations and institutions focused on healthy and livable communities. The Institute’s primary objective is to fuel discussion and collaborative research that bridges fragmented market segments of the building industry, pairing government, academia, ownership, and industry professionals. Integral to this mission is the dissemination of historical, theoretical, and practical information derived from this research to the building marketplace, thereby acting as a conduit and facilitator for both learning and further collaborative research pursuits.


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