Applying Regenerative Design Principles to an Aquarium

Friday, January 26, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PT

The Seattle Aquarium’s new Ocean Pavilion will open on Seattle’s waterfront this summer. Join members of the Aquarium’s design team to explore how the building will operate fossil fuel-free, recirculate its seawater and share energy between its animal and human life support systems—all while keeping animals safe and healthy.

Featured Speakers:

Susan Bullerdick, Ph.D. | Senior Director of Capital Projects at the Seattle Aquarium

Since 2015, Susan has led and managed large-scale, complex capital projects for the Seattle Aquarium. Her prior roles include managing COSEE Ocean Learning Communities, a National Science Foundation-funded project involving the Aquarium and other partners; serving as program director at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center; and managing one of the Seattle Aquarium’s energy-saving projects: LED retrofitting of the lighting throughout its facilities. Prior to her marine-related work, Susan’s professional background included research and program evaluation, and teaching at the university level.

Hanna Kato, AIA, LEED GA | Architect at LMN Architects

Hanna has 10 years of experience spanning a variety of project types, including office, arts and culture, and educational facilities. A detail-oriented and analytical architect, she excels at providing technical support to her team, helping to streamline the design process while increasing efficiency. Hanna is passionate about creating a logical and functional solution for her client that celebrates design while respecting the urban fabric. Her strong technical knowledge and experience in resolving complex design challenges make her a valuable asset in successful project delivery.

Erin LeFever | Regenerative Program Manager at the Seattle Aquarium

Erin oversees the implementation of the Seattle Aquarium’s Regenerative Strategic Plan, keeping the organization on track to meet its goals including zero waste, reducing water and energy, and sustainable procurement. Erin also is the co-chair of the Green Scientific Advisory Group for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is working on her Living Future Accreditation from the International Living Future Institute.

David Mead | Associate Principal and head of the Regenerative Design Group at PAE Engineers

David is internationally recognized for his thought leadership on the integration of engineering and architecture for ecologically inspired design solutions. He heads the Regenerative Design Group at PAE Engineers, where he is a committed advocate for regenerative buildings and brings an innovative approach to greenhouse gas and energy analysis to advance building performance towards a carbon neutral future.