The act of “gathering” is critical for organizations, populations, and communities – whether to exchange knowledge, to problem solve or make decisions, or simply to network and socialize. Why we gather, how we gather, and where we gather never felt more important than during a global pandemic when gathering was not possible. How can a gathering space foster learning, collaboration, and connection for communities? What role does architecture, structural engineering, and construction play in these critical spaces? Join SEFW for the 13th Annual Fall Forum that will showcase how science, technology, strategy, and art all play a role in the design of performance venues, convention centers, and community facilities. Special attention will be given to Summit, the stunning 573,000-square-foot project that nearly doubled the Seattle Convention Center meeting space. The project architect, structural engineer, and owner will share insights to its design and how it epitomizes the concept of “gathering” that will benefit the Seattle area for years to come.
Mark Reddington, FAIA
A collaborative and curious designer, Mark has a special interest in the integrative design of highly functional and contextually engaging civic places that enrich the vitality of their urban and campus communities. Mark earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati and joined LMN in 1986. He is a frequent presenter for universities, civic and professional organizations throughout the United States. He works across all of LMN’s market sectors, leading multidisciplinary teams and collaborating with other designers to elevate urban experiences. Some of Mark’s representative projects include Benaroya Hall, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, Vancouver Convention Centre West, Cleveland Convention Center & Civic Core, Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, Sound Transit University of Washington Station, Washington State Convention Center Summit Building, and the Seattle Aquarium Ocean Pavilion.
Derek Beaman, P.E., S.E.
Derek Beaman, P.E., S.E., is a Senior Principal at Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA). The leader of MKA’s Convention Center Specialist Group, Derek’s design portfolio includes new and existing-building renovations of over 60 convention center projects throughout the United States, Canada, China, India, and Qatar, with a combined cost of built work totaling almost $13 billion and a corresponding program area of more than 26 million square feet. With nearly 30 years of experience, Derek has collaborated with world-renowned architects to incorporate unique structural solutions into award-winning projects such as Las Vegas Convention Center, Javits Convention Center, and Seattle Convention Center. Derek earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Master of Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and his Master of Science in Civil Engineering from California State University, Sacramento. He is a registered professional engineer in more than two-dozen states.
Jeffrey Blosser has over 44 years of experience in the facilities management industry. Prior to joining the Washington State Convention Center Public Facilities District in October 2011, some of the positions he held included Executive Director of the Oregon Convention Center, Executive Vice President, Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center/Commonwealth Convention Center, and Director, Kentucky International Convention Center. He holds a B.S. Degree in Business Management and an M.S. Degree in Sports Administration/Facility Management from Ohio University.
Corporate & Individual Partnerships
Corporations are invited to make a donation to SEFW at the time of the Fall Forum, pledging support at one of many levels. There is also an opportunity for several high-profile key partnerships, outlined below. Individuals are welcome to become a "Friend of the Foundation" for a $100 gift. Sponsors-to-date can be seen on the SEFW Donations page.