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Annual Education Panel: A Collaborative Approach to Designing Safer Schools

September 26, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach
505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
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In the wake of the numerous school shootings over the years, there are ongoing strategy discussions with law enforcement, students, teachers, school district leaders, design professionals and the community at large about innovative design solutions for educational buildings that promote both safety and progressive learning environments.

This roundtable will serve as a forum to:

  • Gain insight into the current opportunities, challenges and strategies being discussed by South Florida School District Leaders
  • Discuss how the AEC industry is involved in making the connection between design and security


Join the discussion on how to rethink building design to protect students but not inhibit their educational environment and experience.


Joseph Sanches, LEED AP BD+C, CGC, MBA
President | D. Stephenson Construction


David Dolan
Deputy Chief of Facilities Management | School District of Palm Beach County

Dr. Marielena DeSanctis
Interim College Provost / Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Services | Broward College

Daniel Alfonso, M.S.
Vice President of Facilities Management | Nova Southeastern

Bridget Pelaez
Assistant Director of Emergency Management | Florida International University

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