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  • With its LEED® Gold certification, the Virginia Beach Convention Center (VBCC) continues to elevate the industry standard by continuing its on-going commitment to becoming as environmentally friendly as it is innovative.
  • Budget Crunch: Green Ways to Save $75,000 was saved by installing a program on their computers to automatically shut them down at 5:30pm daily. An additional $500,000 was saved by adjusting the temperatures in their buildings. All of these changes are free or cost very little money.

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USGBC Hampton Roads Board Meeting
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Market Leadership Advisory Board Elections are Open!

Hampton Roads Virginia Chapter has integrated with USGBC and we now have a new "Market Leadership Advisory Board". The Nominations Committee has assembled a slate of candidates for the MLAB and we will be circulating them to the membership in the coming month.The following individuals have applied to serve on the Market Leadership Advisory Board for the Hampton Roads Virginia Chapter of U.S. Green Building Council. Each member is eligible to serve for a two-year term on the MLAB, under the Operating Guidelines of the Chapter.

A profile for each Candidate is listed below, as well as the continuing board members from HRGBC. Chapter Members can click HERE to vote for the slate of candidates. VOTING CLOSES ON JANUARY 7, 2016!



2016-2017 Hampton Roads Virginia MLAB Candidates:

KORI (KORINNA) NICHOLS is a project engineer at Roof Services Corporation.  Born and raised in upstate New York she received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 1991.  She grew up and went to school in the Adirondack Mountains; Smoky the Bear and the LitterBug Campaign were a big part of her younger life.  She is an amateur nature landscape photographer, so keeping the planet sustainable environmentally, ecologically and economically is an interest of hers. She is a LEED AP, BD+C since 2009, notary republic and an ODU candidate for a double major in accounting.  She has been a Director, Treasurer and a Co-Captain in various organizations - personally and professionally.  She has participated and chaired committees such as communication, golf and education. Although she doesn't have any children, conserving the planet for all is a major interest of hers; if not for the beauty in her photography but for all living things.

ERROL PLATA, LEED AP + BD&C, is a BIM Manager with the GIS Team for NASA LaRC's Virtual Facilities Management.   Errol works with NASA LaRC's New Construction and Renovation Projects and advises on BIM and LEED related items for these Projects.  He also works with the GIS group, and other groups at NASA LaRC to support their BIM needs as related to meeting goals to efficiently maintain their large inventory or buildings and all the systems within for Operations and Maintenance.Errol has a Bachelor of Science (BS), Interior Design from Hampton University and he is a founding member and Current Chair of the Hampton Roads Green Building Council.  He is one of the top assets to this continually growing organization.

GUY J. (JEFF) HALL, leader of Sustainable Building Solutions is a seasoned business owner who received a Masters of Science Degree from ODU in 1983 and has led a successful environmental consulting business for over 11 years that worked with individuals, private companies, local, state and federal agencies. He worked with a leading engineering firm and was the Director of Technical Services on comprehensive studies for the telecommunication industry. Mr. Hall is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED-AP with specialty (BD&C) and Certified Energy Manager (CEM) with over 25 years of consulting experience bringing cost effective solutions to business operations. Mr. Hall is an adjunct faculty member with the Old Dominion University Business Gateway program where he instructs courses on Sustainability, Life Cycle Costing and preparative courses for the LEED Green Associate exam.

WESLEY ROSS is the Information Technology Director of the Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast. Wesley has 16 years of experience in information technology and more than 20 years in the workforce from hospitality to financial systems. Originally from the Gulf Coast of Alabama, Wesley relocated to Virginia in 2009 after completing a Bachelor of International Business and Master of Public Administration in order to pursue a PhD in Public Policy at Old Dominion University. In 2010, Wesley joined the Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast as IT Director, overseeing network administration, customer service, and web presence. Wesley is also a member of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration as well as the Hampton Roads Green Building Council.

RAM SURENDHRANATH , AIA, LEED AP BD+C received his Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design  from Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (’07). He was awarded a B.S in Architecture from  Madras University (’98) and an M.S. in Architecture from the State University of New York,  Buffalo  (’02). Ram Surendhranath  has had sixteen years of extensive experience in architecture and urban design, has been an architecture educator for five years. His background encompasses a broad range of projects in India and the United States. In 2015, he opened his practice, Cuboid Global Architects in Virginia beach, Virginia, with projects in India, Sri Lanka, Virginia, and, the Middle East. Prior to that, Ram Surendhranath worked as an Intern, designer, and architect for such prestigious American architecture firms as Reynolds, Smith & Hill and Clark Nexsen. Before moving to Virginia, he worked with offices in Columbia University,  New York and Chennai, India. Ram Surendhranath was a past member of Indian Institute of Architects, Chennai chapter in India. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects , the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards/NCARB, a member of Council of Architects, India and is a registered architect in State of Virginia and India. He is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and is certified LEED AP BD+C

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Continuing Members from the 2015 HRGBC Board:

Tara Chadbourn is an attorney and Construction Practice Group Chair with ReavesColey PLLC in Chesapeake, VA, where she concentrates her practice on construction law, litigation and commercial litigation. Tara counsels owners, contractors, subcontractors and materials suppliers in various government and commercial construction matters to include bid protests, contract negotiation and preparation, regulatory compliance,  claims handling and litigation of contract, payment and construction defect disputes.  Tara obtained her Juris Doctor and Masters of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School and has been practicing law in Virginia since 2006.  She has been selected by her peers to the Virginia Legal Elite in Construction law (2011–2015) and Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Stars in Construction (2012-2015).  Tara has her LEED Green Associate credential and has worked over the past several years to incorporate sustainable construction issues in her law practice.  Her community involvement activities include service as a Commissioner and Legislative Committee Chair on the Norfolk Environmental Commission, fundraising for the Norfolk SPCA and service as a Board Member for the Hampton Roads Green Building Council since January, 2015.

Michael A. DeLaura has been with Sto Corp. as an Exterior Cladding Specialist since 1996. A 30 year veteran of the Eifs and Coatings Industry, his experience includes 32 years of selling construction products. DeLaura is a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialty in Building Design & Construction. He is an active member of the United States Green Building Council and a past member of the Education Review Team. DeLaura has also reviewed proposals for the last four Greenbuilds. A current board member of the Hampton Roads Green Building Council and serves as Treasurer. He has served as a member of the education and programming committee. DeLaura is also a member of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the United States Green Building Council. A 1983 Graduate of Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. He has served as a guest speaker for many organizations and has authored numerous industry articles.

J.C. Douglass, PWD, LEED AP BD+C is an environmental scientist and project manager at Clark Nexsen, a large multi-discipline firm headquartered in Virginia Beach. J.C. has over ten years of consulting experience, including work in the area of sustainable design spanning across the LEED v2.2 to LEED v4 rating systems. During his period as a credentialed professional, he has acted as the LEED Project Administrator, performed LEED QA/QC reviews, and served as a Project Team Member for multiple projects. He currently serves as a Board member of the Hampton Roads Green Building Council and have been active with the group since 2012. His goal for a term on the Market Leadership Advisory Board is to help guide the evolution of the HRGBC into a fully-integrated chapter of USGBC, while maintaining the unique identity, diversity, and goals of the HRGBC’s membership. He also would like to establish more partnerships and joint events with related organizations, in order to further the HRGBC mission of promoting sustainable planning, design, construction, and operations across Hampton Roads and Virginia.  

Dainan Gibson is accomplished in virtually every facet of marketing, advertising and public relations, and can advise objectively about marketing needs and help meet goals for success!  Dainan is currently a Business Development Coordinator for Servpro of Virginia Beach and also owns her own companies: Dragonfly Health Natural Solutions and Gibson Resources. She is a current board member of the Hampton Roads Green Building Council as well as other professional organization in and around the Hampton Roads area.

Kathy Grubbs is the Senior Vice President of Harvey Lindsay Commercial Real Estate, Norfolk, Virginia from June, 1985 to Present. She is responsible for the overall operations and development of the Property Management Department. The Property Management portfolio currently includes approximately 7 million square feet of commercial properties in the Hampton Roads area, which includes shopping centers, office buildings, office warehouses, and industrial properties. Her responsibilities include managing and directing a staff of 15 which consist of 8 Property Managers, a Facility Manager, a Tenant Services Coordinator, a Property Administrator, 3 Lease Administrators, and an Account Administrator. Kathy is an effective team leader with the proven ability to manage and direct the staff in all aspects of property operations. In addition, she handles the training for all positions within the department, established department policies and procedures, addresses major client/tenant inquires, overseeing the master insurance program, and is responsible for new management accounts.Kathy was also instrumental in the development of HL Construction which is a full service construction company that provides on-site employees and maintenance services for the commercial properties managed by this department and can also handle any construction needs for our clients from Tenant Build-Outs to Property Renovations. Kathy currently serves as a Board of Director for Harvey Lindsay Commercial Real Estate.

Scott Kattwinkel, P.E., CEM, LEED AP BD+C is an Optimization Engineer with Damuth Trane. Scott has served on the HRGBC Board of Directors for the past two years. He has been a member of the Hampton Roads community for over 40 years and is very interested in helping the Chapter continue to grow and promote the principles of sustainability and green practices. With his background as a consulting engineer and now employed by Damuth Trane (a company that is an energy service provider, contractor and building product and control manufacturer's representative), he brings a unique and diverse perspective to matters the Chapter is committed to promoting.

Amy Taipalus McClure is an attorney at Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. whose practice focuses on construction and business litigation with a recent shift into green construction matters.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in advertising from Florida State University in 2001, and her Juris Doctor from Georgia State in 2004.  She practiced law in Atlanta before moving to Virginia with her husband in 2008.  When she’s not working, Amy serves on a number of committees for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia and spends her time with her husband, Bobby, and their two children, John and Bridget.