Water Independence, Session 2


September 12, 2017
1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Credit: 4.0 HSW/SD
Dallas Center for Architecture
1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy
Dallas, TX 75201

Brought to you by: Committee On The Environment

Talk About It

There are no comments yet, be the first!

Water Independence is a comprehensive four-part series that continues the successful Getting to Zero education series for 2017.  This series will provide an overview of the importance of water conservation, proactive methods for water management, policies impacting water conservation and innovative strategies to reduce water consumption to net-zero water.  These learning opportunities will occur through case studies, presentations, and discussions with industry leaders.



Part two of the AIA | Dallas four-part series, Water Independence, Session 2: Site discusses opportunities and methods of achieving net zero site water usage, natural based rainwater management solutions, and case studies illustrating best practice approaches to site water conservation.


Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Define opportunities for improved site water conservation in the built environment
  • Identify practical approaches to effectual rainwater management
  • Understand methods of utilizing rainwater collection for improved site water conservation
  • Establish clear, specific, and measurable project site water conservation goals


Jereck Boss, ASLA, OJB Landscape Architecture:  Jereck is a Managing Principal in the Houston office, overseeing marketing, day-to-day office and project management, project design, the development of construction documents, and construction administration. With twenty-two years of professional experience, Jereck is responsible for managing various institutional, corporate campuses, mixed-use, and large-scale urban design projects, including complete streets, walkability and innovative streetscapes.  He currently serves as the Principal-in-Charge for the Dominion Resources Headquarters in Richmond, VA; the State Farm Headquarters, an 18-story office tower on approximately 7 acres in north Dallas; and Milwaukee Entertainment Plaza, a mixed-use development in Milwaukee.  Among Jereck’s notable projects are the gardens at ConocoPhillips, a 63-acre campus in west Houston; the Asia Society Texas Center in Houston; Project180, a ninety million dollar redevelopment for all of the streets and pedestrian realm of Oklahoma City’s central business district; Peoria Complete Streets, the redevelopment of downtown Peoria, IL, which involved a 302-acre streetscape Master Plan Project across 4 districts with 28 street alignments; CityCenter, a 67-acre urban development along the Las Vegas Strip; BG Group Place, a downtown Houston tower with eleventh and thirty-ninth floor roof gardens; and 609 Main at Texas, a 49-story, LEED Platinum office tower in downtown Houston with a green roof, green wall, and entry plaza.

Nate Hines, Principal and Irrigation Consultant, WaterCentric.:  Nate Hines graduated from the University of Oxford receiving a first class designation for his senior thesis. While living in the UK, Nate managed a number of international design projects in London, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East. Nate is highly recognized for his work integrating sustainable solutions into the design process of large scale and unique projects by working closely with the planning team during the Design Development phase of a project.  WaterCentric, is a firm of engineers & designers with expertise in site water resource management and irrigation system design.  With offices in Dallas, Austin, Colorado and Arizona, the firm has dealt with tough climactic region conditions in attaining sustainable solutions to a variety of challenges. The firm utilizes a proprietary, philosophically driven engineering process developed to create self-sustainable site solutions for a wide range of differing project types.  

Paul Freeland, PLA, ASLA, Senior Landscape Architect, Kimley-Horn:  Paul has 18 years of experience at the local, national, and international levels, ranging from prominent campus and corporate projects to hospitality, retail, mixed-use, and urban living. Paul brings an energetic and enthusiastic approach to all phases, from early conceptual design to final production of construction documents, allowing him to excel at the management and problem solving process’ that are unique to each project. He emphasizes the principles of high design with pragmatic execution, sustainability, regional and adaptive material selections, and creative frameworks of site concept are all intrinsic parts to his approach and design philosophy.  Joining Kimley-Horn as a Practice Builder in 2015, Paul has worked on a broad range of project types, including the JPMorgan Chase Campus (Plano, TX), the TD Ameritrade Campus (Southlake, TX), and the Capital One Corporate Campus (Plano, TX).  Paul also excels at high-end Multi-Family developments, including Stationhouse @ Frisco Station (Frisco, TX), LVL 29 Tower @ Legacy West (Plano, TX) and MLINE Tower (Dallas, TX).  Prior to Kimley-Horn, as a Principal for Studio Outside, he had designed and managed some of the region’s most influential projects, including the New Parkland Hospital (Dallas, TX), the Blue Cross Blue Shield Regional Headquarters (Richardson, TX), the restoration of Dealey Plaza (Dallas, TX), One Arts Plaza (Dallas, TX), and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (Fort Worth, TX).  He has also lead design and management efforts on the award winning Sea Scout Base Galveston for the Boy Scouts of America (Galveston, TX), the Dallas Cowboys Headquarters and Multi-Use Event Center (Frisco, TX) and the Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Preserve (Orange, TX).

Wade Peterson, RLA, Principal and Director of Landscape Architecture, Pacheco Koch:  Mr. Peterson joined Pacheco Koch in 2012 with the task of building landscape architecture and planning services within the firm.  He has practiced landscape architecture for more than 21 years, successfully completing a variety of project types in several different countries.  Although his experience has varied, his expertise has emerged in areas of public spaces, corporate environments, and parks and recreation.  He has also presented on technical design topics at national, state and university forums and is recognized for his technical abilities.  Mr Peterson's clients include both government, institutional and corporate entities, as well as, consulting with other design professionals on challenging projects.

Kirk Johnson, AIA, LEED Fellow, Director of Sustainable Design, Corgan

Dave Humphries, Chief Operating Officer, Perot Museum of Nature and Science:  Dave Humphries joined the Perot Museum in October 2014 as Chief Information Officer, and in the winter of 2016 took on the interim role of Vice President of Revenue Operations. Through this interim position, Dave took on the additional responsibility of overseeing the revenue generating sectors for the institution. Because of his success and strong leadership while serving in both roles, a new position was created – Chief Operating Officer – that he has assumed. In this new position, he oversees all business operations and leads the systems and technology strategy, as well as, evaluate and redefine the digital experience for our guests. Before joining the Museum, Dave served as Managing Director, IT at the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation where he had responsibility for all information technology. Earlier in his career Dave spent 15 years at Fidelity Investments in multiple technology roles ranging from running support organizations to process design and implementation. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business from Indiana University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

Coy Talley, ASLA, Principal, Talley Associates:  Coy Talley is founding principal of Talley Associates and is responsible for the overall design leadership of the firm. He has been actively involved in a variety of projects including the programming, master planning and design of academic campuses, healthcare facilities, corporate facilities, hospitality, large mixed-use development projects, museums and parks. He is adept at analyzing problems, interpreting and communicating ideas through creative design and graphic solutions, and refining these ideas through the design process.  Coy has strong experience working for both private sector and public sector clients. He leads a collaborative planning process that defines and challenges a development program related to market conditions, while working to create a well-executed master planning framework that works within the development requirements clearly defined by City and regulatory agencies.

 Thom Powell, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Director of Sustainable Design, GFF Architects