LEED Building Tour

WHAT: LEED Tour of the Northwest Corner Building
WHEN: Monday, October 14th from 4:00PM to 5:00PM
WHERE: NWC Building entrance, West 120th Street & Broadway

LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building program that has set out to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated.

According to the Department of Energy, LEED standards aimed at reducing water, waste, and emissions have helped building owners to reduce their energy use by as much as 25% while lowering their operational costs by as much as 19% compared to the national average.

Join us for a tour of the Northwest Corner (NWC) Building led by Joseph Mannino, Vice President of Capital Project Management & Planning at Columbia University Facilities, to learn about Columbia’s commitment to LEED and how the process of becoming Gold-certified has contributed to better building design and performance at NWC.

Also guiding the tour will be Adam Friedberg, the LEED consultant who participated in the NWC Building planning process, Janet Grapengeter, Director of Design and Compliance at Columbia Facilities, and Jessica Prata, Assistant Vice President of Environmental Stewardship at Columbia.

Schedule for Monday, October 14th:

3:50PM – 4:00PM
Assemble at the 550 West 120th Street entrance of the NWC Building
4:00PM – 5:00PM
Tour of a typical lab, possibly a mechanical room, the café, lecture hall, library, Pupin Plaza area and entry lobby, with attention to green design features and considerations, followed by Q&A time.

** Space is limited – preregistration required! **
Please RSVP here: goo.gl/yivth9

Below are the bios of our Tour Guides:

Joseph Maninno
Joseph is Vice President of Capital Project Management & Planning at Columbia University Facilities. With over 15 years of experience, Joseph has managed over $100 million in projects. He is a licensed architect in New York and New Jersey, and his previous experience includes designing institutional buildings and acting as an owner’s representative for the City University of New York.

Adam Friedberg
Adam has over 9 years of experience in sustainability, environmental engineering, and consulting for private, public, and non-profit clients nationally and internationally. His work includes implementing innovative sustainable planning, design and on-going maintenance strategies for buildings, infrastructure and urban and suburban master planning projects. A native of New York, Adam holds a degree in Environmental Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Janet Grapengeter
Janet has more than 20 years of experience in facilities management and operations. Prior to working at Columbia, Janet served as National Director at Jones Jang LaSalle, as a Facilities Manager at P&G, and at the Brystol-Myers Squibb Co. She has a Construction Management diploma from NYU and a degree in Architecture from the University of Virginia.

Jessica Prata
As the Assistant Vice President of Environmental Stewardship, Jessica is responsible for overseeing, launching, and monitoring sustainability efforts across the university in collaboration with students, faculty, and staff. Prior to her current role, Jessica served as the first-named Corporate Sustainability Officer at New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYP).

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