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This past November, I had the pleasure of attending the 2019 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Atlanta, GA. The theme, “A New Living Standard” joins buildings with the health and well-being of the individuals who occupy them. This four-day event featured speakers from across the industry as well as keynote speakers, one of which was former President Barack Obama. I was able to listen to multiple presentations on topics ranging from affordable housing to the building case for sustainability and building performance.
During the “Technology, Lean and the Future of Sustainable Job Sites” session, John Wiegand from Autodesk, said “It costs $24 to fix something in design, $240 in coordination, and $2,400 in the field.” This quote resonated with me because this is at the core of what we do as project managers. By being an advocate for our client and catching issues upfront, we help our client save time and money on their projects.
In another session, I was able to tour the ALMI Ponce Park, a LEED and Fitwel Certified residential community. I learned how Fitwel improves the health of the occupants in this residential community which was tied to both commercial and public outdoor spaces. Some strategies included were increased connections to public transit and walking paths as well as increased bike storage.
In addition to the group sessions, I was able to walk around the exhibit floor, meet with vendors from across the country, and learn about new cutting-edge products. The entire Greenbuild experience was truly fascinating and gave me new insights that I can take with me in my work as a project manager.
-Rachel De Angelo, Project Manager with Watchdog Real Estate Project Management