Designing for Diversion: Start Here, Start Now


Tue Apr 23 2024 at 04:00 pm to 06:00 pm


Greenfire Management Services | Milwaukee, WI

Join AIA Milwaukee for an Earth Day event.
About this Event

Join AIA Milwaukee for an Earth Day event. For the last 25 years, WasteCap Resource Solutions provides waste reduction and diversion assistance to facility management, design, construction and demolition teams to achieve economic, environmental, or third-party certification goals.

Design and construction teams are in the unique position of preparing buildings and environments for their clients' use for the next 20 to 100 years. The construction of a building and its eventual destruction will account for a significant portion of the overall environmental impact of the building, but the choices made in its design and layout will also determine whether the owners and operators will be limited or supported in their waste reduction efforts as they change over time.

We will cover broadly the opportunities for efficiencies in the design, construction, and demolition phases of a building, as well as the background market conditions that affect the ability to reduce waste in these phases.

  • Key principles in design: simplicity, flexibility, unit dimensions.
  • Key principles in operations: variety, communication, accessibility.
  • Key principles in construction: order control, rejection/return, planning.
  • Key principles in demolition: deconstruction/reuse/salvage, staging, predictive analytics

While many of these concepts should already be familiar to architects and contractors, some are likely to be new, while the rest will prove a reminder not to forget them in the push to complete a project.

Schedule: 4:00pm gather, 4:30pm presentation, 5:30pm networking, 6:00pm end

Learning Objectives:

  • Assess with the client the variety of waste streams that need to be managed by a facility, based on current and future markets, and incorporate design elements that allow future growth and adaptability in the facilities waste management.
  • Identify ways in which the design could cripple the user's ability to divert waste, using example situations from existing projects, to better inform their clients of alternatives to the project scope or layout.
  • Critique construction and demolition waste management plans for their effectiveness in diverting project waste, using the schedule and existing markets as a guide, to meet or exceed the project's diversion goals.

Submitted for AIA/CES approval.


For parking, enter Gate 3 located at N. 32nd St. and W. Wells St. You will have to buzz into security and let them know that you are there for your event. You can park either below ground or on the top of the parking structure.

To get to the Community Gathering Room, Please enter through the glass doors in the middle of the building directly across from the parking structure (you will need to buzz security again) and then take the elevator to the 2nd floor east (take button 2A in the elevator). Take a right off the elevator, walk down the hall, and follow signs for the Community Gathering Room.

No refunds day of event.


Where is it happening?

Greenfire Management Services, 3215 West State Street, Milwaukee, United States

Event Location & Nearby Stays:

AIA Milwaukee

Host or Publisher AIA Milwaukee

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