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When: 6/3/2016
7:30 - 9:00 AM
Where: Brookside Country Club
1133 N. Rosemont Ave.
Pasadena, California  91103
United States
Contact: 626.796.7601

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Design professionals have the responsibility of creating buildings with positive effects. Finding ways of conserving water can offer projects multiple benefits, from passing on some monetary savings to the owners to enhancing environmentally friendly practices from users. Although, weather has recently contributed some relief to this historic drought we in -- there are still so many ways we can make a difference as design professionals. AIA Pasadena and Foothill Chapter proudly presents a panel of distinguished decision makers and selective design professionals to share their thoughts on alternatives to preserve our most valuable natural resource.

Learning objectives
A- Current water regulations within our jurisdiction.
B- Strategically water conservation planning based on project type.
C- Case studies of water conservation within our region.
D- Enforcement of water conservation practices

Friday, June 3
7:30-8:00am breakfast
8:00-9:00am program

Brookside Country Club (adjacent to Rose Bowl)
1133 N. Rosemont Ave.
Pasadena, 91103

COST (includes breakfast)
$20 AIA Member pre-registered
$30 Non-AIA Member pre-registered
$40 at the door
$5 Student (w/ valid ID)




Patty Cortez has fifteen years of diversified experience in the management of public relations campaigns, public affairs and crisis communication plans. Prior to joining the USGVMWD, Patty was a Public Affairs Manager for Edison International where she was responsible for the management and execution of communication/government affairs strategies which educated stakeholders on legislative priorities, maximized corporate reputation and positioned executives with key stakeholders. Additionally, she developed community engagement strategies for new and existing infrastructure projects. Prior to joining Edison, Patty worked as a District Representative for Congressman Gary Miller where she acted as a community liaison for the district. She also worked on creating national PR campaigns for sports and entertainment clients with Formula PR. Patty earned a Bachelor of Political Science from Loyola Marymount University and a Master in Public Administration from the University of La Verne. 



Mr. Swan has over 40 years of experience in project engineering and management of diverse public works and public finance projects. He is currently a Vice President with Psomas, an engineering, surveying and construction management firm with offices throughout California and in Arizona and Utah. In his current position, his primary focus is on water resources master planning for public clients, such as cities and water districts, as well as private land development clients.
Mike has seen the water industry go from a time when water supply was pretty much taken for granted to the present day when agencies have to report per capita consumption monthly to the State and fines can be imposed by the Department of Water Resources if an agency misses its conservation goal.
Mike is also responsible for preparing Water Supply Assessments for developers, wherein they must prove there is an adequate water supply for their project now and 20 years into the future.



Jennifer Packer brings years of experience with diverse project types in project management and document creation. She oversees a variety of projects at Meléndrez, assuring quality control and documentation standards are met, and providing constructability input. Her previous experience at a large construction management company gave her hands on implementation experience on a wide range of private and public projects in various locales, from MGM Resorts International resort construction to Chicago Public Schools renovation. At Meléndrez Jennifer has successfully project managed some of the firm’s largest mixed-use projects, including Wilshire Grand and Metropolis Phase I. Her ability to foster successful teamwork combined with her overall experience makes her a valuable member of the Meléndrez team. 


Thomas Wong was elected in November 2012 to the Board of Directors of the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, Division 3, representing the City of Monterey Park, and named President of the District in December 2015. At the District, Thomas is leading efforts to ensure a clean, sustainable and affordable water supply for generations to come, and has championed efforts to better engage the community on pressing issues, including the state's ongoing drought. Thomas previously served as a member and chair of the Monterey Park Environmental Commission, where he championed efforts to help families and businesses save money and live healthier. He has worked tirelessly to raise awareness about local environmental and quality of life issues to spur community and individual action. Thomas received his Bachelor's degree in Economics with a minor in Geography/Environmental Studies from UCLA and his Master of Public Administration degree from USC.


Mark Gangi founded Gangi Architects in 1990. He designs and constructs buildings for the late 21st century, from zero energy houses to LEED Platinum museums. Mark formed the citizen architect committee at AIA Pasadena & Foothill Chapter, and is a member of the Center for Civic Leadership committee at AIAN. He was the 2009 President of AIA Pasadena Foothill Chapter, and started the ‘No Architect Left Behind’ initiative for ecological literacy. Mark is the AIACC liaison to the California Department of Water Resources. He is a graduate from the USC School of Architecture in 1990 where he has taught sporadically as a guest lecturer since 2006.



Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made at least one week prior to the event will be refunded, less a $10 cancellation and processing fee. No refunds for cancellations will be given after that time. No refunds shall be issued for no-shows. Registration may be transferred to another individual.” AIAPF reserves the right to cancel any event where the minimum number of pre-registration registrants is not met. If such a cancellation occurs, registrants will be notified and given the opportunity to select an alternate and comparable event to attend. In the event such an alternate and comparable class is not available, then the registration fees will be refunded as appropriate. Further, dates, times, classes, program subject matter, instructors, panelists and fees are subject to change, without notice, at any time at the sole and absolute discretion of AIAPF.



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