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Drew George focuses on sustainable design

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Drew George has more than 25 years of experience in the design and construction industry, with the last 10 years focused on sustainable design and construction projects. He has been involved in more than 100 projects designed to meet the various LEED rating systems, ranging in value from $1.3 million to $165 million and located all over the United States.

As principal of Drew George & Partners, George consults to design teams and owners during the design and construction phases of their projects, offering system and material recommendations as well as verifying and documenting compliance with the LEED rating system. Some of the firm's completed projects include a 60,000-square-foot vocational building for San Diego Community College District (LEED Silver); a 15,000-square-foot senior center (LEED Gold) and a 20,000-square-foot police station for the city of San Diego (LEED Silver); and a 1 million square foot speculative office tower in downtown Chicago featuring green roofs and extensive daylight (LEED Gold).

George has been active in the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) at both the national and local levels since 1999, having served on the national board for two years, as well as founding the Washington, D.C., and San Diego chapters. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, and for seven years also taught LEED Workshops on behalf of the USGBC as a LEED faculty member. Recently, George earned his ASHRAE Certification in High Performance Building Design as well as the AEEE Certified Building Commissioning Professional. He also founded the Big Green Discussion Group, an online listserv for professionals committed to greening large projects (www.biggreen.org)

George joined the field in 1983 as a carpenter's helper and subsequently became a carpenter, foreman and then partner in a residential construction company. In 1990, he moved to Annapolis, Md., and operated his own carpentry company until 1995, when he joined Bovis Lend Lease (BLL). In 2000, George moved to San Diego and worked for the BLL Los Angeles office until 2001, when he was appointed Environmental Manager Americas for the company. In this role, George worked on large green building projects across the country, typically supporting the on site project team. Drew resigned from BLL in December 2003 to open Drew George & Partners, which focuses exclusively on designing and building green projects.

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