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November 12, 2009
LEED Certification - Important Lessons Learned
Speaker Panel from URS Corporation:
  • Ryan Archer, Sustainable Designer Learn More
  • Angela Rivera, Sustainable Designer Learn More
  • Danette Hauck, Mechanical Engineer / Project Manager Learn More

  • Introduction by: Sandy Stevenson, Senior Vice President Learn More

    LEED Certification - Important Lessons Learned

    Please join URS for a live webinar presenting an overview of the evolution of the LEED methodology in recent years.

    Learn how the transition from v2.2 to v3 has the potential to impact your standard project design and cost assumptions in practice. We will compare and contrast v2.2 and v3 requirements and discuss the implications of the revisions.

    With almost 200 USGBC-registered projects since 1.0 pilot and 2.0 versions, URS's project teams and sustainability experts have gained significant experience with the LEED rating and documentation systems.


    This presentation discusses lessons learnt critical to successful LEED certification, including: Starting early; Ensuring thorough documentation and specification; Persistently tracking progress throughout design and construction.

    As a result of this presentation you will be able to:

    • Describe the main differences between LEED-NC v2.2 and v3 (BD+C)
    • Alert project teams of discipline-relevant changes
    • Target common implementation pitfalls in practice

    Architects, Engineers, Developers, Owners, Facility Managers


    Ryan Archer, Sustainable Designer, URS Corporation  

    Ryan is an Architectural Project Designer and has been a leader in sustainable design at URS for over 9 years. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he has been a LEED AP since 2004, and is responsible for the LEED certification efforts of some of URS Michigan's highest profile projects. Ryan’s project experience covers a broad range of project types including: Education, Commercial, Hospitality, and Health care, with a specialty in Sustainable Architectural Design. Ryan often supports the planning, coordination and execution of the LEED certification effort.

      Angela Rivera, Sustainable Designer, URS Corporation  

    A Sustainable Design Architect and LEED AP, Angi Rivera has over five years experience in the fields of Architecture and Sustainable Design for new and renovation mixed-use, residential, federal, educational, industrial, and medical facilities. In the UK, Angi provided sustainable design advice and BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) assessment services to design teams and project managed EcoHomes, Bespoke BREEAM, BREEAM Offices/Schools/Industrial, and NEAT Assessments (National Health Service Environmental Assessment Tool).  Currently she is involved is several LEED NC and LEED EB projects.  Angi also specialises in daylight analyses using IES <Virtual Environment> (Integrated Environmental Solutions), 3D simulation software, to quantify daylight factors and the impacts of design revisions upon daylight performance, as well as provide qualitative evaluations at the urban scale to determine the impacts of overshadowing within proposed developments.

      Danette Hauck, Mechanical Engineer / Project Manager, URS Corporation  

    Ms. Hauck has over ten years of experience in mechanical engineering. Since joining URS, Ms. Hauck has been involved with numerous healthcare, higher education, government, and commercial projects where design considerations were made based upon best practices and value engineering; energy and system analysis; and actual working conditions. In addition, Ms. Hauck is a LEED Accredited Professional and has managed or participated in LEED Certified projects for both public and private clients.

      Sandy Stevenson, Senior Vice President, URS Corporation

    Sandy Stevenson serves as Senior Vice President and Director of URS' Facilities Business Line. A registered Architect and LEED AP, Sandy has more than 38 years experience in facility design and planning. He often acts as Project Principal of complex educational, commercial and institutional facilities projects. Sandy is intricately involved in the development of projects and project organization, and is a member of the internal URS design review team. His project expertise includes project management, "fast-track" design management and architectural design of educational, health care and commercial facilities. He is a member of the National Committee for Architecture in Education, and is a frequent lecturer on the current and future trends in design and planning of facilities.


    Founded in San Francisco in 1951, URS Corporation (URS) has been in continuous operation for more than 50 years. Today, URS is a leading provider of engineering, construction and technical services for public agencies and private sector companies around the world.  In April 2008 URS was ranked No. 1 in the ‘Top 500 Design Firms’ by Engineering News Record for the eighth consecutive year.


    URS offers a broad range of planning, engineering and architectural design, environmental, construction, program and construction management, systems integration, operations and maintenance, management as well as specialized technical services for the U.S. federal government, state and local government agencies, Fortune 500 companies and other multinational corporations. We provide services for transportation, hazardous waste, industrial infrastructure and process, petrochemical, general building, water/wastewater, military facilities and equipment platforms, and defense and security programs.


    URS has approximately 55,000 employees in a network of offices in 34 countries worldwide.


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