Project Summaries

GREEN BUILDING PROJECT SUMMARIES

INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES

Food Manufacturing Facility, Richmond, Virginia
  • Provided complete Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) – “New Construction” credit analysis and project guidance to construct new 150,000 sq. ft. factory.
  • Specified and sourced all materials and finishes to be VOC compliant with SCAQMD regulations, contained recycled or renewable content and met FDA/USDA health regulations for food processing facilities.
International Nutritional Supplement Company, Middletown, CT
  • Designed and specified all ‘green’ materials including building envelope, flooring, paints, finishes, lighting and furniture for 40,000 sq. ft. structure.
  • Incorporated passive solar architectural elements and day-lighting to reduce artificial lighting need.
  • Improved energy efficiency of building envelope to decrease HVAC need and performed cost/benefit analysis of fuel cells, photovoltaic panels, and ground source heat pumps over conventional HVAC packages.
Green-Tech Manufacturer, Westfield, MA
  • Designed, sourced materials and completed energy calculations for renovation of existing building to meet minimum standards of “LEED Gold” certification.
  • Conducted solar PV and geothermal feasibility studies, and provided design input on facility layout and product demonstration areas.

COMMERCIAL FACILITIES

LEED “Operations & Maintenance” (400,000 sq. ft.) Office Complex, Purchase, NY
  • Feasibility audit for large commercial office complex.
  • Gap analysis showed lack of practices and policies for all aspects of landscaping, tenant fit outs, lighting, HVAC performance, and cleaning of the building interior.
  • Enrolled client in Energy Star program as basic entrée.
LEED “Commercial Interiors” – Lawyers Office (22,000 sq.ft.) Hartford, CT

Materials specification for recycled content and natural materials, and location of alternates for lighting, ventilation and water analysis.

LEED – “Silver” & “Gold” Retail Outlets
  • South Windsor, CT
  • Albany, NY
  • Mansfield, MA
  • Pittsburg, PA
  • Supervised construction detail and materials compliance of four retail outlets for LEED certification for all retail outlets.
  • Integrated day-lighting analysis and HVAC comfort calculations with ventilation load to ensure meeting LEED standards.
  • Ensured documentation and adherence to management plans and timelines for submittals to USGBC, worked closely with design team and general contractors for all four projects.
Casino & Resort Complex, Lakeville, CT
  • LEED registered building and Environmental Management Program Created policies, goals and methods to manage all environmental impacts of tribal activities on sovereign lands.
  • Project tasks included; waste stream analysis, opportunity assessment, and financial feasibility studies of alternatives.
  • Resulted in diversion of 3 million pounds of food wastes from the local landfill, certification of contractors for source separation techniques, worker orientation program emphasizing environmental stewardship.
Office Condominium Complex, (200,000 sq.ft.) Middletown, CT
  • LEED “New construction” for six-building development of office condominiums.
  • Green elements include Variable Refrigerant Flow HVAC systems for units, rainwater catchment, solar PV and solar hot water, and permeable paving.

INSTITUTIONAL PROPERTIES

Research Center & Clinic at Medical College, Tempe, AZ

Phase I – “Green” Research Center Design
Design, planning and project manager for the adaptive re-use of former restaurant as research center. Design included ecological building materials, low toxicity finishes and design elements to conserve electricity and minimize cooling costs through structural and landscape elements. Financial projections showed self-sustaining facility with 33% less energy need, and air pollution reductions from decrease in commuting.

Phase II – “Green” Medical Clinic Remodel
Designed and selected materials for remodeling and expansion of leased space for 12,000 sq. ft. medical clinic. Materials selection was further refined to meet goal of friendly environment for Multiple Chemical Sensitive (MCS) patients. Remodeled and occupied on time and within budget.

Medical University, Seattle, WA
“Green” Research Lab Sole designer for design of clinical lab space to measure off-gassing of patients undergoing treatment for chemical exposures. All materials, fixtures and furnishings were required to be non-emissive due to sensitivity of laboratory measuring equipment.

“Green” Medical Clinic, Old Lyme, CT
  • Working within a very limited budget, successfully identified key elements necessary to reduce indoor air pollution and increase energy efficiency of the HVAC system.
  • Analysis of solar hot water, and PV panel benefits for building.
  • Building owner was able to recoup costs in less than one year, occupy space while renovations occurred and did not need to disturb tenets on other floor of building.

MUNICIPALITIES

Sustainable Village, West Hartford, Connecticut.

Brownfields / Adaptive Re-use of Factory Building. Community organizer and lead planner in assisting grass roots neighborhood group to plan the adaptive re-use of a 250,000 sq. ft. manufacturing space into a mixed use village combining light industry, apartments, commercial and professional space designed to reduce automobile dominance, and support walk-able community.

Sustainable Coalition, Cambridge, MA

Long Term Development Plan & Community Education
Team leader in the pro-bono project of cataloging every natural, cultural, transportation and manufacturing resources in the city, developing an interactive database for community education, and drafting a plan of Sustainable Development to carry the city into the next four decades. Portions of the plan data and proposed development were added verbatim to the City Councils Five year plan of development. Second component included development of and advocacy for light-rail and other mass-transit options to be included into Boston Central Artery Project.

School Addition & Recycling Center, American Indian Tribe, Mesa, AZ

Provided design guidance and materials selection for non-toxic learning environment, best heat dissipation techniques and necessary sorting and educational facility for recycling activities.

RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES

Private Residence, Piermont, NY
  • Green renovation of 1,800 square foot single family structure, with basement renovation for small medical clinic.
  • Scope of work included selection of low-cost, hygienic materials, paints, flooring and decorations, non-load bearing wall layout and cost estimates.
Private Residence, Simsbury, CT
  • Designed high-energy efficiency and low toxicity 2,000 square foot home for elderly couple.
  • Air tightness and insulation increased to exceed US EPA Energy Star and National Association of Home Builders standards, and made ready for future application of ground mounted solar photovoltaic panels.
  • Handicap access and au-pair apartment are unique features created within constrains of modular home design and construction.
Private Residence, Middletown, CT
  • Eco-house Design and Technology Evaluation, LEED Gold qualified (not registered)
  • Designed 3,500 sq. ft. house to include passive solar heat gain, super insulation, structural insulated building panels, and non-toxic interior finishes.
  • Conducted technical evaluation on use of SIPs made from agricultural waste, high efficiency windows, and building site potential for renewable wind, solar and geothermal power.
Private Residence, Greenwich, CT
  • Materials sourcing and technical consultant for Zero-VOC home
  • Made design and materials recommendations for 6,000 sq. ft. house to eliminate all known sources of possible toxins.

POST-GRADUATE COURSES

“Environmental Toxins in the Built Environment”:

  • University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, Storrs, CT
  • University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT
  • Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Tempe, AZ
  • Presentation of post-graduate level material on toxicology, prevalence, route of exposure, and disease etiologies related to materials and products used in workplace, home and public environments.
  • Audiences included: pharmacists, environmental health, naturopathic, cardiologist, oncology physicians, nurses and medical assistants.

Physician Training Seminar – “Creating a Green Clinic”

  • American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Phoenix, AZ
  • Trained physicians and medical clinic owners on the basics of creating a green purchasing and cleaning program, how to measure your carbon footprint, and how to conserve energy in a small – to mid-sized clinic setting.

Green Building Case Studies