"The opportunity to come in everyday and positively affect, build, or grow those relationships is incredible."
SENIOR SUSTAINABLE DESIGN SPECIALIST
University of Nebraska (Go Huskers!) | Catholic University of America - Washington D.C.
What's been your most rewarding project(s) while at your firm?
Sealed Air Headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina.
We were able to work with the people who invented bubble wrap and who now promote sustainable operations and packaging on their new, sustainable headquarters. The trees cleared from the site were sent to local millworker who used them to create furniture in the cafeteria and café. It created a wonderful and mindful connection back to the site, as well as an impactful visual reminder of the material life cycle.
Another favorite for me was ECB2, a large government facility where sustainability was leveraged to aid the mission critical nature of the building, lower energy demand, and mindfully using resources. The design team was full of wonderful people that have been great to work with. The clients for those projects really wanted to prioritize sustainable design, but didn’t know where to start. It was great working with them to create efficient buildings that supported their identities and operations. Their commitment to create sustainable and healthy workplaces was an outpouring of the care they had for their staff.
Sometimes we forget how stressful the design and construction process can be for clients, and that they’ll likely do this only once in their lifetime. Having a shared focus on prioritizing their staff always brings them back to their comfort zone, allowing them to talking about their people, their mission, and their goals.
Most interesting place you've traveled for work?
Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Cairo – All in one big trip!
What inspires you about your profession?
Sustainability and Wellness, when done right, is all about relationships. It’s your relationship with your client, the relationship between the occupant and their space, the relationship of your design to the environment. The opportunity to come in everyday and positively affect, build, or grow those relationships is incredible. And watching the joy people experience as they move into their new space, achieve sustainable certification, and strive to be more sustainable inspires me. It’s a reminder that we as designers can help grow and implement concepts of sustainability on each and every project, big or small.