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June 14 Forum Will Introduce Draft Guide for Bird-friendly Building Design to Architects, Planners and Bird Enthusiasts

Audubon Society of Portland, City of Portland, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service collaborate with local architects to develop new resource guide

Portland, Ore. Jun 05, 2012

A draft Resource Guide to Bird-Friendly Building Design will be introduced at a forum for architects, developers, building managers, planners and interested Portlanders on June 14 during an evening event featuring a keynote speaker and panel discussion at KEEN Footwear. The resource guide is a customization of American Bird Conservancy’s 2011 template Guide, and the culmination of collaborative work between Audubon Society of Portland, the City of Portland, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), with funding from the USFWS Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds program.

Built landscapes can pose unique hazards for birds, and collisions are known to be a significant cause of death for birds. Research indicates that up to one billion birds die as a result of window collisions in the United States every year.

Bird-friendly building guidelines have already been developed in New York City, Toronto, Chicago, Minnesota and San Francisco to guide architects and developers in the innovative incorporation of bird-friendly elements into their design approaches. Bird-friendly designs can meet multiple objectives: emerging trends include synergistic use of patterns on windows to reduce solar heat gain, create branding, provide privacy and mark windows for birds.

Who: Audubon Society of Portland, City of Portland and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

What: A forum to introduce the new Resource Guide to Bird-Friendly Building Design, with a keynote address by Bruce Fowle of FXFOWLE Architects, and panel discussion with regional experts

When: Thursday, June 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: KEEN Footwear at 926 NW 13th Avenue, Portland

“This is an exciting new tool to advise Portland designers and architects in the voluntary development of bird-friendly buildings,” said Mary Coolidge, assistant conservation director at the Audubon Society of Portland. “The aim is to reduce deadly bird collisions with reflective and transparent window glass.”

"The resource guide provides creative, practical solutions to help advance and complement City goals for sustainable development design in Portland and ensure that people and the natural environment are healthy and integrated into the cityscape," says Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Director Susan Anderson. "The resource guide is not about new regulations. Instead, it is a catalyst for community education, engagement and action."

The June 14 forum will feature:

Keynote Address

Bruce Fowle, FAIA, LEED
Founding Principal, FXFOWLE Architects
Bruce Fowle is the founding principal of FXFOWLE Architects, an internationally recognized, award-winning architectural, interior design, planning and urban design firm committed to design excellence, social responsibility and sustainability. FXFOWLE is responsible for such innovative projects as the New York Times Headquarters Building and the Center for Global Conservation in the Bronx Zoo, both of which incorporate bird-friendly design elements that meet other design and efficiency goals.

Panel Discussion: Implementing Bird-friendly Design

Christine Sheppard, PhD
Bird Collisions Campaign Manager, American Bird Conservancy
Christine Sheppard earned her bachelor's degree and doctorate in Biology at Cornell University. She has been both curator and chair of ornithology at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo, and serves as science advisor on the board of the Bird-safe Glass Foundation. In 2009, she joined ABC as bird collisions campaign manager and recently published Bird-friendly Building Design. Dr. Sheppard teaches American Institute of Architect continuing education classes in bird-friendly design and provides bird-friendly design consultation. She is an expert on bird behavior and conducts research into preventing bird collisions. She helped create San Francisco’s Standards for Bird-safe Buildings and led a team in developing LEED Pilot Credit #55 Bird Collision Deterrence.

AnMarie Rodgers
Manager of Legislative Affairs, San Francisco Planning Department
AnMarie Rodgers has initiated and shepherded legislative efforts that resulted in new city laws for green landscaping, urban agriculture and bird-safe buildings. She reviews upwards of 50 planning and land use ordinances a year. Ms. Rodgers has more than 10 years experience, including leading an 8-year community planning effort for the Market and Octavia Plan. This project rezoned a neighborhood after the removal of a freeway, promoting transit-oriented growth that increased density while working within the historic fabric of the neighborhood.

Alan Osborne AIA, LEED AP
Hennebery Eddy Architects
Alan is a creative designer and problem solver who is responsible for award-winning projects throughout the Northwest. As a principal at Hennebery Eddy, Alan leads all phases of design and ensures that client expectations are met. Alan graduated with honors from the University of Oregon, School of Architecture. He recently led a successful bird-friendly retrofit at Lewis & Clark Law School, which required careful balancing of treatment effectiveness and user acceptability.

To see the draft Resource Guide for Bird-Friendly Building Design and to learn more about why it is important: http://audubonportland.org/issues/metro/bsafe/bfbdd

To register: http://portlandbirdsafe.eventbrite.com

For more information, contact:

Bob Sallinger
Audubon Society of Portland

Eden Dabbs
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability


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