USGBC DC Headquarters – Balancing Strategies for Health and Wellness, Climate, and Carbon Reduction

29 Sep 2023Greenbuild 2023
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USGBC DC Headquarters – Balancing Strategies for Health and Wellness, Climate, and Carbon Reduction

USGBC DC Headquarters – Balancing Strategies for Health and Wellness, Climate, and Carbon Reduction

29 Sep 2023Greenbuild 2023
About the speakers
  • Frank Mobilio
    Frank Mobilio
    Vice President Project and Development Services at JLL
    Frank is an Associate Director/Vice President in the Project and Development Services Group in the Washington, DC office of JLL. He has over 40 years of project management, architectural design and space planning experience. His Project Management duties have focused on Law Firms, Non-Profit Organizations, Building Renovations, Government clients and Government Affairs Offices. His work has won awards from groups such as The Washington Business Journal, NAIOP, and the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
  • Patrick Kunze
    Patrick Kunze
    President at GHT Limited
    GHT President Patrick Kunze is committed to advancing sustainable design practices in the building industry. He contributed to the development of questions for the LEED AP exam and served as a voting member of the Green Technical Advisory Group (TAG) subcommittee of Washington DC’s Construction Codes Coordinating Board (CCCB). Patrick also frequently presents on high performance buildings, mechanical systems, and related trends with clients and industry partners. Patrick has provided mechanical engineering design for 50+ projects that have achieved LEED certification, including the U.S. Green Building Council’s Platinum headquarters. His project portfolio includes commercial interiors, specialized multi-floor tenant spaces, mission critical facilities, office buildings, and historic renovations. A Professional Engineer registered in two states and the District of Columbia, as well as a LEED Accredited Professional, Patrick earned a Master of Business Administration from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University.
  • Rodrigo Letonja
    Rodrigo Letonja
    Associate Principal at Perkins&Will
    As a practice leader in the commercial practice of Perkins&Will, Rodrigo has been focused on incorporating sustainable design and practices in all aspects of the practice of architecture, for both commercial buildings and interiors. Rodrigo is active in the local real estate community, participating in the local USGBC chapter, ULI Sustainability and Resiliency committee, along with NAIOP's Sustainable Development Committee. Throughout his 20+ years of practice, Rodrigo has always been drawn to advancing the commitment of mission driven and non-profit organizations, including the USGBC, through the design of their new offices. With his current role, the firms Living Design platform, provides an opportunity to introduce different perspectives to clients, incorporating all aspects of Sustainability, Well-being, Regeneration, Equity and Inclusion, and Resiliency. His passion is for the creation of beautiful, functional spaces, with reduced carbon footprints.
  • Melanie Mayo-Rodgers
    Melanie Mayo-Rodgers
    Director Facilities at U.S. Green Building Council
    As Director of Facilities, Melanie is responsible for the operations of the USGBC DC headquarters space, including strategic planning, facilities operations, and maximizing efficiencies. Melanie's extensive experience in all aspects of the design and operations of high-performance facilities, allowed her to function in the role of client representative for the development of the project. Her expertise was crucial to assist the team with the development of the project vision, assessment of the design and operational impacts, and to serve as a voice to champion the values of the Organization.

Key takeaways

- Tally Cat Tool, LCA – how team tracked and reduced embodied carbon through specifications and careful re-use of existing layout, systems, and furniture related to their LEED V4.1 project

- Energy Consumption – how the team worked with existing building systems to optimize energy reductions, addressed building limitations and challenges, while looking at opportunities to simplify operation of the space

- Metering and monitoring to collect measurable data for performance scoring and improvement

- Integration of LEED ID+C v4.1, WELL (v2) and – synergies and conflicts between the rating systems. How TRUE certification impacted planning and execution of construction and ongoing operations