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ASHRAE, New vs Old: IECC 2012 vs 2015 & ASHRAE 90.1 2010 vs 2013 @ Radisson Hotel
Oct 3 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Mark Wilhelm, MEP, CEM, CRM, LEED-AP:O+M

Energy & Climate Change Consultant at Quest Energy Group

Mark is a Sustainability and Climate Change Consultant for Quest Energy Group. He previously served as the corporate sustainability leader for Ameresco and led the Climate Neutrality Alliance with Arizona State University (ASU) which will drive the university to climate neutrality by 2035 with a positive NPV. Mark and his team leverage this experience and an integrated, whole-systems approach to develop and implement customized Climate Neutrality Roadmaps for clients who are committed to significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Mark has over thirty years of experience in the energy industry, including twenty years in sustainable building design and operations. Prior to Quest and Ameresco, Mark founded Green Ideas, Inc. where he provided high-performance building consulting to owners and design teams for over 38 million square feet of built space. He directed LEED certification efforts for 80 projects, two-thirds of which earned either Gold- or Platinum-level certification. He has provided sustainability consulting to many Fortune 500 companies, government entities, and education clients.

Mark managed over $16 million of collaborative R&D in energy efficient building technologies for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and served as EPRI’s e-Business Strategic Alliance Manager. He also held many leadership roles at Arizona Public Service Company.

Mark earned a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a professional Master’s degree in environmental planning from Arizona State University. He is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), a Certified Carbon Reduction Manager (CRM), and a LEED Accredited Professional, Operations and Maintenance (LEED AP O+M).

Last May Mark was honored as a 2017 Top 50 Energy Manager for North America by Business Sector Media’s Energy Manager Today Magazine.

October APA/ASLA Networking Breakfast @ Valley Metro Office
Oct 4 @ 7:15 am – 8:30 am

Creating sustainable and interesting planning and landscape design is an opportunity to also create a sense of place. We want our urban space to invite and engage our citizens while enhancing our community. Join our group on Wednesday Oct. 4th with Dr. Jason Schupbach, Director of the Design School at ASU.

Jason will discuss his years of supporting the movement of ‘creative placemaking’ – a collaboration amongst government, foundations, NGOs, and businesses to empower designers and artists to have a seat at the comprehensive community development table. He will show examples of multiple projects from across the country of communities engaging the arts and design to build a better life for the American people, and outline the infrastructure that is being built in the field and at ASU to support this work.

Jason is a nationally recognized expert in the role that arts and design play in improving communities, and was the federal liaison to the design community in his role as Director of Design and Creative Placemaking Programs for the National Endowment for the Arts. Jason has written extensively on the role of arts and design in making better communities, and his writing has been featured as a Best Idea of the Day by the Aspen Institute.

ABA Annual Convention @ Tubac Golf Resort & Spa
Oct 4 @ 8:00 am – Oct 6 @ 5:00 pm

Details: ABA’s annual convention offers you an agenda rich with educational opportunities, as well as several fantastic opportunities for networking.

Who Should Attend the Convention? 

  •      Owners
  •      Presidents
  •      Principals
  •      Preconstruction Managers/Estimators
  •      Business Development/Marketing
  •      Project Directors
  •      Project Managers

Spouses will enjoy a full schedule of activities and are also welcome to attend all events, business sessions and meals. Meet new people, renew old acquaintances, learn about new construction techniques and processes, and enjoy a short get-away while networking with the BEST…ABA members! What About Kids? Bring them! Kids are welcome at all convention events.

Why Attend Convention? It’s an opportunity to meet in an informal, relaxed setting for the purpose of learning from construction experts and exchanging ideas with other construction professionals.

What About Price? The low ABA registration fee of $435 member / $670 non-member ($195 spouse, $35 child) includes two days includes outstanding educational seminars, excellent presenters, social events and meals. Plus, you’ll enjoy the extraordinary company of other fine construction folks.

What to Wear? Casual dress is worn to ALL convention events.

Where to Stay? ? Book your room ASAP!  Click here  to book your room online OR call the hotel to book your room in ABA’s Block of rooms at the Tubac Resort & Spa.  The reservation line is 520.398.2211 (or) 800.848.7893.  Note that you’re with ABA to receive special rates in our block of $155-$225 per night. If you are asked for a group code online or by phone, our attendee code is:  ABA17.   Room Block will be released on August 15, 2017.

Valley Partnership – Community Project Networking Mixer @ The Vig Arcardia
Oct 4 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

The Vig Arcadia
4041 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018
4:30pm – 6:30pm

Cost to Attend: $25 which includes hosted appetizers

(All and donations are are considered 100% deductible)

Don’t miss this networking event where guests, clients and friends are most welcome.  

Before we start swinging hammers or digging holes, we need you to come and raise a glass with us to support our annual Community Project benefiting The Society of St. Vincent de Paul. We have a few major items to purchase and we need your help!  With your support at this mixer, we can create an incredible play space for the youth who live at Sunshine Acres.
We will have lots of silent auction items along with a live wine auction.
How you can help – Click Here to Donate!
Become a Sponsor
Purchase a Commemorative Citrus Tree l Paver $100 Small |  Large $250
Volunteer at Event Day

Contact: Carrie Martin, Vice President of Events and Membership, Valley Partnership

2017 Annual Leadership Panel @ Hyatt Regency Downtown Phoenix
Oct 5 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
AIA Arizona State Conference 2017: Design Matters @ Events On Jackson
Oct 6 @ 6:30 am – 7:30 pm


Join us for the AIA Arizona State Conference 2017 for a unique experience featuring a series of interactive and dynamic conversations focusing on the creative process. Leading our Conference this year is none other than New York’s best design podcast interviewer, Debbie Millman.

Debbie Millman, the host of Design Matters poscast, has agreed to come and do her amazing interviews as the backbone of the program. She has been podcasting for eleven years and is highly subscribed all across the design disciplines.

Join us at Events on Jackson in Downtown Phoenix – Friday, October 6, 2017 – for a full day of meaningful presentations and dialogue.

6:30 am                            Registration Opens

6:45 am to 7:30 am         Warehouse District Walking Tour

6:45 am to 8:00 am         Breakfast

8:00 am to 8:10 am         Welcome (Robin Shambach, AIA)

8:10 am to 8:30 am         Conference Introduction (Rob Miller, AIA) 

8:30 am to 8:40 am         Design Matters Introduction: Debbie Millman

8:40 am to 9:55 am         Interview 1: Aaron Betsky (Taliesin)

9:55 am to 10:00 am       Break

10:00 am to 10:10 am     Lessons Learned – 1

10:10 am to 11:10 am      Looking Forward: Virtual Reality

11:10 am to 11:50 am      State of the State (Robin Shambach, AIA & Committee Chairs)

11:50 am to 12:00 pm      Lessons Learned – 2

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm        Lunch / Micro DesignBUILD 

1:30 pm to 2:45 pm          Interview 2: Anastasia Su + Martin Lesjak (13&9)

2:45 pm to 2:55 pm          Lessons Learned – 3

2:55 pm to 3:00 pm          Break

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm          Looking Back: The Abbey

4:00 pm to 4:10 pm          Lessons Learned – 4 

4:10 pm to 4:15 pm          Break

4:15 pm to 5:30 pm          Interview 3: Rick Joy, FAIA (Rick Joy Architect)

5:30 pm to 5:50 pm          Design Matters Close Q & A

5:50 pm to 6:00 pm          Wrap-Up

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm          After Party

AIA Members will receive 8.5 learning units – if you attend all the sessions and the walking tour. A minimum of 4.5 of those learning units are health, safety and welfare.

We also have hired a bus from Tucson. The bus will pick-up in the parking lot south of CAPLA at 4:45 am and depart at 5:00 am; the bus will stop and pick-up at McDonalds on Cortaro Rd & I-10 at 5:20 am and depart at 5:30 am. Please let me know if you are interested in riding the bus.

No refunds will be issued after Monday, October 2. There will be a $25 cancellation fee for all cancellations from now until October 2nd.

APWA – SAVE International Module | Certification Course @ RHA
Oct 9 @ 8:00 am – Oct 13 @ 4:00 pm
AAED, Placemaking: Unlocking Public Space? @ Phoenix Country Club
Oct 10 @ 11:30 am – 1:15 pm
AZBEX 2017 Public Works Conference @ DoubleTree by Hilton Tempe
Oct 10 @ 11:30 am – 6:30 pm


Join us for the 2017 AZBEX Public Works Conference and learn about upcoming publicly funded project opportunities in the design and construction industries. Hear from owners, prominent design firms, and key players about what work is coming and how you can increase your share.

The half-day conference brings together over 20 public owners discussing what capital projects they have in the works with an emphasis on projects in future planning. Join over 300 attendees, mostly comprised of Architects & Engineers, Contractors, and vendors and learn about what projects are on the horizon, how to partner with other attending firms, and position your firm in this space.

Real Estate Entrepreneurship 101 @ Biltmore Financial Center
Oct 11 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Most in the real estate industry dream at one time or another about setting off on their own and leading their own deals. A few have actually done it and been successful at making it work. Entrepreneurs must find a blend of vision, hard work, and capital to take the first steps. Then they must find the right mix of resilience, optimism, and ability to adapt to continue on after the inevitable stumbles.

Please join the ULI Young Leaders on October 11th for a breakfast panel discussion with four entrepreneurs at varying stages in their careers.  Our speakers will offer lessons gained from growing and leading their own companies, perspectives on embarking on a venture in the current real estate cycle and will reflect on their careers and experiences and offer advice to each other and the audience.


Mark Davis, 
Owner, 48 Development Company
Ben Ellis,
 Designated Broker/Owner, E & G Real Estate Services
Carolyn Oberholtzer, Partner, Bergin, Frakes, Smalley & Oberholtzer
Moderated by:  Carl Perrone, Developer, Transcontinental, Inc.