News / 1.18.17

Epstein’s Melissa Gibson Panelist for CSI Chicago Chapter Program

‘Delegated Design and How to Make it Work for You’

On January 24th, Melissa Gibson, AIA, Epstein’s associate vice president, specifier, will be a featured panelist for a Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Chicago Chapter discussion called ‘Delegated Design and How to Make it Work for You.’ This event, which is being held at Chicago’s East Bank Club at 500 N. Kingsbury Street from 5 to 7:30 p.m., will cover the AEC industry topic of ‘Delegated Design’ and how it’s impacting architects, engineers, suppliers and construction professionals.

For those of you not familiar with ‘Delegated Design’ it can be defined as ‘Design of portions of the Work that is delegated to a party other than the designer of record (architect and/or engineer).’ Our industry is seeing more Delegated Design partly because of the push for shortened design schedules, and in those cases it may become more prudent to have an ‘expert’ in the capabilities of certain products to handle the full scope of their systems so that it can be designed faster and built most efficiently.

This CSI discussion will help identify and provide learning opportunities for identifying the various types or levels of design sometimes provided by project constructors, consider if any trends exist in their utilization and review the contractual roles and responsibilities of project participants regarding delegated design. And, Melissa will be representing the architectural ‘voice’ on this panel, a group that is also comprised of a consulting engineer, manufacturer’s representative, and a contractor.

Melissa, who also has NCARB, CSI, CCA, and LEED AP BD+C accreditations, joined Epstein in 2013 and she has more than 12 years of professional architecture experience as a project architect and specifications writer for a broad range of delivery methods, typologies, scale and scope. Her responsibilities have included code analysis, architectural detailing and design, construction document development and management, contract administration, existing building assessment, and specification development and management.

Some of Melissa's more recent work includes writing the specifications for the conversion of a vacant office building into the 290-room Conrad by Hilton hotel at 101 E. Erie in Chicago, specification development for the prototype design of the LEED-NC Gold Certified Maintenance Facility for the Illinois Tollway in Alsip, Illinois, and specifications for Epstein’s Design-Build delivery of a $264M, 750,000 square foot Pork Processing Facility for Seaboard- Triumph Foods in Sioux City, Iowa.  

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