Students interested in attending
Building Innovation 2017: The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference & Expo, January 9-12, 2017, at the Mandarin
Oriental in Washington, D.C., already receive a discounted price on registration. However, there’s a chance to attend the Conference for FREE as a volunteer.
This is the perfect opportunity for students interested in building industry-related careers to expand their construction knowledge and interact with some
of the industry’s leading experts.
For four impactful days, Building Innovation 2017 is set to deliver an engaging program that will focus on
Collaborating for a High-Performing Future. Plan to be there where
Design® when industry professionals involved in planning, designing, procuring, constructing, operating, maintaining and retiring physical facilities will come together to
develop solutions for the built environment.
In addition to taking advantage of educational sessions, volunteers can hear from industry leaders during keynote addresses; network with industry colleagues
during social events; view the latest in industry products and services on the Exhibit Hall floor; gain inspiration from industry pioneers honored during two award ceremonies and sit in on working Council and Committee meetings to witness the Institute in
Conference sessions include:
Day Two: Tuesday, January 10
Designing for a Changing Climate
Collaborating through Effective Teams
Resilient, Energy-Efficient Communities
Introducing the National BIM Guide for Owners
Navigating the Future of the Industry through Research and Industrialization
Preparing the High-Performance Workforce
Day Three: Wednesday, January 11
Designing and Managing Facilities for Occupant Needs
Collaborative Design for Health
Creating World-Class, Resilient Medical Facilities
Healthcare Facility Life-Cycle Planning and Financing
Day Four: Thursday, January 12
Keys to Creating Resilient Communities
Utilizing Information Technology for Better Building Performance
Managing and Securing Facility Information and Systems
Incentivizing High-Performance Buildings and Communities
Setting the Foundation for Resilience through Building Codes
Achieving High Performance through Innovation
Other opportunities to hear from industry leaders include the Tuesday Opening Keynote Breakfast; the Tuesday Exhibit Hall Walking Lunch where Exhibitors
will present the latest industry technologies; the Wednesday Plenary Luncheon; the Thursday FEDCon® Keynote Breakfast; and the Thursday Beyond Green™ Awards Luncheon, where the 2016 recipients will present their award-winning projects. (Volunteers also are
welcome to attend Day One: Monday to get a first-hand view of how the Institute works to improve the built environment and find ways to get involved in the process by attending leadership meetings.)
The Institute is looking for student volunteers to serve as room monitors, scan badges and assist with other duties as needed. For their three-day time
commitment (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday), volunteers receive a full conference registration, including lunches, and will be provided time to attend sessions and keynote addresses.
Students interested in volunteering should email their name, university, major, professor and contact information to Gretchen Hesbacher at
[log in to unmask], subject line: “I want to volunteer.” Volunteer requests are due no later than Friday, December 9,
Please note, travel expenses and hotel accommodations are not included. If you need a hotel room, be sure to take advantage of our room block and the discounted
rate at the Mandarin Oriental, which is providing a special conference rate of $175. Mention the "Building Innovation Conference & Expo" when making your reservations. Reserve your room by the deadline,
Friday, December 9, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. ET, to secure this rate and availability. Make your reservations
online or call (202) 787-6140.
Due to the time constraints, international students requiring a VISA will not be considered.
Not a student, but still interested in volunteering? Submit an email. Decisions will be made on an individual basis.
View a full list of activities being held
at Building Innovation 2017.