St. Petersburg, FL — The U.S. Green Building Council – Florida Gulf Coast Chapter hosted its fourth annual LEEDership Awards on October 23rd, 2013 at the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg Campus’ University Student Center.
The Chapter’s annual event recognized and honored the outstanding green building projects, forward-thinking businesses, innovative design teams, and instrumental Chapter members who have displayed green building and sustainable development leadership on the Gulf Coast of Florida through their practices of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® certification—a leading international third-party green building certification.
Paul Shahriari, a green building technology leader who currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Product Development and Sustainability at SmartBIM based in Atlanta, GA, emceed the event. Past Chairs and Chapter partners participated in the programming, including Michael Carlson, Travis Barnes, Jennifer Mcallister, Phillip Cleveland, John Toppe, Philippe Jean, Chris Ressler, Kent Walling, Josh Bomstein, and Lacey Willard. Award judges, a collection of well-respected and experienced practitioners in sustainability, included Rob Hink, Robyn Downey, Suchi Daniels, Stephen Koontz, John Scott, Michael Carlson, Brian Dunbarm, and Don Herrmann.
The Chair of the Chapter, Lacey Willard of CBRE, Inc., offered: “The vision we continue, to hand the next generation a healthy, self-sustaining Florida, is being realized and recognized every day we see another firm incorporate sustainability into their branding, or achieve a LEED certification for their projects, or invest in LEED accreditation for their personnel, or advocate for conservation in policy-making. We recognize these best examples, fashioning a next generation who themselves will help to build and benefit from a healthy, self-sustaining Florida.”
The theme of the evening centered around the Chapter’s celebration of its 10-year Anniversary. Over 140 green building practitioners, professionals and Chapter members attended the event, which included a Networking/Cocktail Hour, a seated dinner, the Chapter’s Annual Meeting and the Awards Ceremony.
The evening’s sponsors included: Duke Energy, Metwest International, Taylor Mathis, LG- Stan Weaver, TLC Engineering, Two Trails, Creative Contractors, Rowe Architects, Skanska, CBRE, Inc., Biltmore Construction, and Buccaneer Landscaping.
The USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapters wishes to congratulate and recognize
The 2013 LEEDership Awards Winners:
Outstanding Green Building Projects
· LEED For Homes; Affordable: Hope Landing
· LEED For Homes: The Pearl
· LEED For Commercial Interiors: Cbre, Inc.
· LEED For Core & Shell: Metwest Two
· LEED For Existing Buildings : Lakepoint Two
· LEED For New Construction: Sun N Fun Wellness Center
· LEED For New Construction – Government: I-75 Rest Areas
· LEED For New Construction – Higher Education: USF Health Center For Advanced Medical Learning And Simulation (CAMLS)
Forward-Thinking Businesses & Municipalities
· Business Of The Year: Everglades University Sarasota Campus
· Municipality Of The Year: Lee County
Innovative Design Teams
· Design Team Of The Year: The Beck Group
Instrumental Chapter Members
· Chapter Member Of The Year: Travis Barnes
· Tampa Branch Member Of The Year: Sandra Ballestra
· Myakka Branch Member Of The Year: Tony Stefan
· Southwest Florida Branch Member Of The Year: Tony Richardson
· President’s Award: Colleen Mackin, Executive Director
More information on the 2013 LEEDership Award Winners, including project information and project photos, as well as event photos can be obtained by contacting the USGBC-Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Executive Director, Colleen Mackin, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
Celebrating its 10 years of existence, the mission of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the USGBC is to lead the region toward sustainability by encouraging and advancing environmentally-friendly knowledge and values as they pertain to the built environment and its relationship and impact on nature and human kind.
The Chapter hosts regular networking events, educational opportunities, building tours, seminars and other efforts to expand green building knowledge, practice and success on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Learn more by visiting http://www.usgbc-fgc.org