Time with LHB:
Almost three years (three years in June)
What’s your favorite LHB project you’ve worked on?
Industrial Louvers, because I get to leverage my expertise in holistic design with a sustainability focused manufacturer.
Why do performance services matter?
We add value to projects through holistic sustainable design services and systems thinking.
If you weren’t an architectural designer, what would you be doing?
I would be the host of a remodeling show and renovating old buildings (This Old House), running a bed and breakfast, or a studio musician.
I have expertise in research, and my role in the Performance Services Group began with that focus. I have investigated rainwater harvesting systems in Minneapolis, supported Minnesota State campuses with energy and water benchmarking and analysis, and been LHB’s principal investigator on the Plug Loads CARD Grant research project. The highlight of this role at LHB has been to work closely with and lead the Minneapolis Convention Center through LEED v4 EBOM certification.
My role recently has been shifting from research towards integrating sustainable practices in more traditional architecture projects. My latest project, Industrial Louvers, has presented a unique design challenge; undertaking a large expansion and renovation of a mid-century industrial facility in Delano as they pursue Living Product Challenge. As a leader in industrial sustainability, Industrial Louvers has been a great client to bring my expertise to. My role has been to identify opportunities for the building to support high performance industrial processes and advocate for a design that “leaves the door open” for future improvements that will allow them to meet net zero energy and water goals for their product line. Together, with LHB’s team and Industrial Louvers, we are addressing health, wellness, and efficiency through design.
Authored by Thea Rozenbergs, May 1, 2017