Commercial Development of the Future: People + Planet Thursday, 3 November 2022 from 10:00 AM – 10:40 AM

W-183 C (Level 1)
Session Type
Learning Experience

Integrated design firm, SmithGroup and general contractor, DPR Construction come together to showcase how commercial development focused on both people and the planet drives results. Panelists will share how the firms’ collaborative approaches have resulted in ground-breaking projects including Arizona’s first commercial net-zero-energy office building, an adaptive-reuse project in Sacramento that exceeds California’s Commercial 2030 Net Zero mandate, and the new net-positive energy headquarters in the South Bay. The resilient work environments also foster collaboration, innovation and cement deep connections to the outdoors and surrounding communities. The Sacramento project utilized cross-laminated timber shear walls, a first in the state of California. Come join us for an interesting discussion on how two future-focused organizations are changing the industry by focusing on people and planet, first.

Key Takeaways:

  • Discover a methodology to identify aged buildings that lend themselves to reuse and simultaneously achieve LEED, Zero Energy, and health and well-being goals.

  • Understand the challenges and opportunities of transforming the existing building stock into zero energy living laboratories, in varied climates and contexts.

  • Explore the lessons learned from a body of high-performance buildings and how these lessons have influenced our approach to the future work.


Portrait photo of Mark Adams Mark Adams
Vice President, Workplace Practice Director, SmithGroup
Portrait photo of Marshall Andrews Marshall Andrews
Project Manager, DPR Construction
Portrait photo of Greg Mella Greg Mella
Vice President, Director of Sustainable Design, SmithGroup


Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Manufacturing & Industrial, Portfolio Management

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  • Campfire - Smaller, more intimate facilitated conversations with peers.
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  • Debate - Constructive, moderated debate between opposing viewpoints.
  • Engage Studio - Jump in, get involved, and have fun in these hands-on learning opportunities.
  • Future 20 - 20-minute solo presentations highlighting new and emerging ideas.
  • Learning Theaters - Effective, timely, topical presentations by SME's on Innovation, Sustainability, and Workplace.
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