About Us



  • Office Locations in Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA
  • Full service green building consulting firm: LEED, Living Building Challenge, and WELL Project Management, Commissioning (Cx) & Energy Modeling
  • Expert consulting and high quality work product, at a competitive price
  • We develop long term relationships with our clients
  • Our Name: “Verdical” comes from “verd” the Latin root of “green,” and plays on the word “vertical”
  • Experience on 85+ LEED projects
  • Fully Insured
  • Our team designations include: LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, CxA, Assoc. AIA, PE, GGP, CPA
  • Envision. Create. Sustain. Imagine tomorrow with us.
  • Team of 6 full time employees and 6 contract staff
  • Certified Small Business: California Department of General Services, County of Los Angeles, City of Los Angeles
  • 1% for the Planet Member Company: we walk the talk, donating 1% of our annual sales, not just profits, to environmental organizations
  • 10% Service Discount: available for projects located in developing countries (as defined by the IMF World Economic Outlook Report), as well as to other 1% for the Planet Member Companies
  • Limited Liability Company (LLC)
  • Founded in a California garage in 2012







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Drew Shula,<br />Founder & Principal
Holly Hill,<br />Director of<br />Sustainability
Frank Hooks,<br />Commissioning<br />Specialist
Sofia Siegel,<br />Project Manager
Brittany Saulsbury,<br>Project Manager
Martin Smith,<br />Associate<br />Project Manager
Hailyn Chun,<br />Operations Associate
Mahnaz Garcia,<br>Director of<br> Accounting
Erick Penarrieta,<br>Tax


Upcoming Events

Check out last year’s NZ16 conference video



Thursday August 24, 2017


Net Zero Plus Facility
6023 Garfield Ave
Commerce, CA 90040





Verdical Group is a full service green building consulting firm headquartered in Los Angeles, California. We provide our clients with expert LEED consultant services and accept projects anywhere in the world. Call us to discuss the specifics of your project – we’re happy to serve as a resource for you.



We are expert LEED consultants with deep experience managing LEED projects in all rating systems including: BD+C (new construction), ID+C (commercial interiors), and O+M (existing buildings). We have v2, v3 and v4 project experience on a wide array of building types for world class clients including: Cisco, General Electric, JLL, Johnson & Johnson, Ramada Inn, and Seagate. All our staff hold LEED credentials and provide expert guidance on the ever-changing LEED requirements.



Whether you’re completing building commissioning for CALGreen code compliance, or LEED requirements, Verdical Group’s expert team of certified Commissioning Agents can help. We take a collaborative approach to the commissioning process with the goal of delivering a high performing and efficient building to the building Owner. Our commissioning clients include: the County of Los Angeles, Abbot Construction, H. Hendy & Associates, and JLL.



Modeling building energy performance is an important tool when iterating a high performance building design. The Verdical Group team has deep energy modeling experience that allows us to efficiently deliver modeled performance throughout the design process, ensuring the team’s energy performance goals are achieved.



Verdical Group manages high profile, utility funded programs that deliver market transforming results in the energy and water efficiency space. Verdical Group program management clients include the Department of Energy (DOE), LA Better Buildings Challenge program, and Architecture 2030.



Go big or go home. Verdical Group produces three of the largest annual green building events in Southern California each year: our own Net Zero Conference, USGBC-LA’s Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo (MGBCE), and the LA Better Buildings Challenge (LABBC) Technology Showcase. Our events attract 700+ attendees to hear thought leaders discuss the cutting edge of green building design, construction, and technology.





We efficiently manage projects and teams while always connecting our day-to-day work back to the bigger picture – completing projects that have a positive environmental impact.


We believe that nature is our greatest teacher, having adapted to changing conditions for 3.8 billion years. That’s a lot of R&D, and why we study nature to inform our design decisions.


The Living Building Challenge rating system is reserved for a select few ultra-high performing, beyond LEED Platinum projects, that achieve both net zero energy and net zero water performance.



Patton State Hospital Kitchen

Services: LEED Project Management (NC v2.2 Targeting Silver) Location: Los Angeles, CA Area: 35,200 square feet Client: Owen Group
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Perlita Passive House

Services: Living Building Challenge Project Management (Targeting Petal Certification) Location: Atwater Village, Los Angeles, CA Area: 2,000 square feet Client:...
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Prolacta Bioscience

Services: Commissioning (Cx), LEED Project Management (ID+C v3 Targeting Silver) Location: Duarte, CA Area: 40,338 square feet Client: Prolacta
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Teknion L.A. Showroom

Services: Commissioning (Cx), LEED Project Management (ID+C v3 Targeting Gold) Location: Los Angeles, CA Area: 6,898 square feet Client: Teknion
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Cisco, San Jose Campus

Services: LEED Project Management (ID+C v3 Silver Equivalency) Location: Milpitas, CA Area: 120,597 square feet (Building 20), 145,000 square feet...
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Johnson & Johnson Irvine Campus

Services: Commissioning (Cx), LEED Project Management (Targeting ID+C v3 Silver & Gold) Location: Irvine, CA Area: 14,340 square feet (Building...
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Biomimicry Conference

Services: Event Production Location: Los Angeles, CA Years: 2016
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Hogan Lovells

Services: Commissioning (Cx), LEED Project Management (ID+C v3 Silver) Location: Los Angeles, CA Area: 32,185 square feet Client: Clune Construction Company...
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South Whittier Public Library

Services: LEED Project Management (Targeting BD+C v3 Platinum) Location: South Whittier, CA Area: 14,411 square feet Client: Cal-City Construction /...
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Colorado Creative Studios

Services: Commissioning (Cx), Energy Modeling, LEED Project Management (Targeting BD+C CS v3 Silver) Location: Santa Monica, CA Area: 191,982 square...
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Arcadia Mental Health Center

Services: Commissioning (Cx), LEED Project Management (BD+C v3 Silver) Location: Arcadia, CA Area: 11,760 square feet Client: Abbott Construction /...
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A Community of Friends

Services: Green Building Manual Development Location: Six Locations in Southern California Client: ACOF Year: 2014
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The Edition

Services: Commissioning (Cx) Oversight, MEP Manager Location: West Hollywood, CA Area: 417,833 square feet Client: Pankow
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LA City College Plant Operations Building

Services: LEED Project Management (NC v2.2 Silver) Location: Los Angeles, CA Area: 17,000 square feet Client: Pankow / LACCD (LACC)
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North Hills Wellness Center

Services: LEED Project Management (BD+C v3 Silver) Location: North Hills, CA Area: 13,075 square feet Client: Pankow / IBI Group...
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LA Valley College Valley Glen Gateway Building

Services: LEED Project Management (Targeting BD+C v3 Gold) Location: Valley Glen, CA Area: 70,473 square feet Client: Pankow / Quatro...
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LA Valley College Community Services Center

Services: LEED Project Management (BD+C v3 Gold) Location: Valley Glen, CA Area: 28,839 square feet Client: Pankow / Quatro /...
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Miramar College Administration Building

Services: LEED Project Management (BD+C v3 Gold) Location: San Diego, CA Area: 17,258 square feet Client: Pankow / IBI Group
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Seagate Media Research Center 2

Services: LEED Project Management (ID+C v3 Gold) Location: Fremont, CA Area: 403,850 square feet Client: Berylline Consulting / AlfaTech
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General Electric Capital

Services: Commissioning (Cx), LEED Project Management (ID+C v3 Gold) Location: Los Angeles, CA Area: 7,100 square feet Client: H. Hendy...
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Kaiser Permanente Murrieta Mapleton MOB

Services: LEED Construction Phase Project Management (Targeting BD+C v3 Gold) Location: Murrieta, CA Area: 82,756 square feet Client: Pankow /...
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Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo

Services: Event Production Location: Downey, CA Client: SoCalGas / USGBC-LA Years: 2014—2017
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Net Zero Conference

Services: Event Production Location: Los Angeles, CA Years: 2014—2017
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Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge Program

Services: Program Management (Marketing & Operations), Event Production (2014-2016: LABBC Awards, LABBC Tech Showcase) Location: Los Angeles, CA Client: LABBC...
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Pankow Regional Sustainability Manager

Services: Corporate Sustainability Location: Southern California Region Client: Pankow Years: 2014—2017
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SoCal Edge Program

Services: Program Management Location: Los Angeles, CA Client: LABBC / LACI / U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Years: 2015—2016
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ANEW National Project Management

Services: Project Management Location: Nationwide Client: ANEW Years: 2014—2017
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VG’s Holly Hill Selected for EBEWE Speakers Bureau

December 15, 2016
On December 14th, the Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency ordinance (EBEWE) was unanimously adopted by LA city council. USGBC-LA will...
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VG’s Sofia Siegel Was Interviewed By PDH Academy

December 14, 2016
Verdical Group's Project Manager Sofia Siegel was interviewed about the benefits of green buildings by PDH Academy, a national continuing...
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Q4 Firm Updates

December 2, 2016
The Verdical Group quarterly newsletter was just published and its packed with the latest company updates. Our new Living Building...
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VG Guest Lecture at LMU

November 30, 2016
Verdical Group Director of Sustainability, Holly Hill, served as a guest lecturer for Adjunct Professor Stacey Toguchi's Loyola Marymount University...
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VG Presents at High School Career Day

November 10, 2016
For the third consecutive year, Verdical Group Founder & Principal Drew Shula presented to students at the 10th Annual Environmental...
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Drew Shula & Holly Hill Receive CA State Assembly Awards

November 10, 2016
Verdical Group’s Drew Shula and Holly Hill were both awarded with a California Legislature Assembly Certificate of Recognition at the...
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VG’s Hogan Lovells Project Published on USGBC

November 2, 2016
Verdical Group provided LEED project management and commissioning services for the world-renowned law firm Hogan Lovells. Their new office space spans across...
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Verdical Group & Pankow Interviewed at Greenbuild Conference

October 6, 2016
VG's Drew Shula was interviewed alongside Pankow's SoCal Regional Vice President, Jack Mollenkopf, at Greenbuild 2016. Verdical Group is co-located within...
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VG Leads Greenbuild LA Tour

October 5, 2016
VG's Drew Shula lead a portion of a tour around the Greenbuild LA host venue, the LA Convention Center, on...
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VG Fall Newsletter: New Team Members & Greenbuild

September 8, 2016
The VG Fall newsletter is packed with great content, including: new team members, particularly our Director of Sustainability Holly Hill, Greenbuild...
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Net Zero 2016 — Video, Photos & More

September 1, 2016
Verdical Group's latest e-newsletter blast, published on September 1st, 2016, includes a full recap of our Net Zero 2016 Conference....
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Net Zero 2016 Conference Featured in GB&D Magazine

August 31, 2016
VG's Net Zero 2016 Conference was featured in an exclusive article for Green Building and Design Magazine. "The 3rd Annual Net...
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Miramar College Building Published in USGBC Directory

August 26, 2016
VG is happy to see that our LEED v3 Gold Miramar College project has been published in USGBC’s Project Directory. VG...
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Greenbuild Articles Mention VG’s Host Committee Work

August 17, 2016
We’re excited to see that two members of the VG team, Drew Shula and Emily Hand, have been included in recent Greenbuild articles. Project...
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VG’s Net Zero 2016 Conference Featured on KCRW

August 15, 2016
The Los Angeles radio station KCRW (carries National Public Radio in LA) featured VG's Net Zero 2016 Conference in their Design &...
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GreenBiz Published VG’s Biomimicry Article

August 10, 2016
VG’s Martin Smith wrote a piece titled "How is Biomimicry Inspiring Sustainable Design" on our blog "Verdical Group Stories" that was recently...
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GreenBiz Reprinted VG’s Net Zero Article

August 8, 2016
VG's summer intern Paul Lee wrote a piece on our blog "Verdical Group Stories" that was recently reprinted on GreenBiz.com, an...
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VG Featured in USGBC+ Article

August 4, 2016
A recent USGBC+ article features Verdical Group’s LEED Silver certified North Hills Wellness Center project that was completed with Pankow...
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GreenBiz Covers VG’s Net Zero 2016 Conference

August 1, 2016
VG's Martin Smith published an article on GreenBiz.com that covers five companies leading the way in the net zero building world...
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Biomimicry Hike with Janine Benyus

June 8, 2016
Drew Shula joined Janine Benyus of the Biomimicry Institute (and author of "Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature"), David Mayer de...
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Company Updates & Register for Net Zero 2016

June 5, 2016
Check out our most recent VG newsletter with updates including: information and registration for our‬ Net Zero 2016 Conference, LEED...
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USGBC-LA MGBCE Highlight Video

June 1, 2016
Check out the USGBC-LA MGBCE 2016 Conference Highlight Video -- Drew Shula is featured at the 0:35 mark speaking about...
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Biomimicry Conference Featured on Building Green

May 23, 2016
"Could imitating nature help us survive climate change? That was the question asked by Biomimicry 2016: The Road to Resiliency,...
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VG Attends Living Future unConference in Seattle

May 11, 2016
VG Principal, Drew Shula, attended the International Living Future unConference in Seattle, WA. The theme of this year's unConference was...
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15th Annual Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo

April 26, 2016
Verdical Group is proud to have partnered with USGBC-LA to deliver another great event. Verdical Group was an exhibitor sponsor...
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VG Volunteer Day: LA River Cleanup

April 23, 2016
Verdical Group's Emily Hand, Diana Chen, and Drew Shula serve on the USGBC-LA Greening Committee, a subcommittee of the Greenbuild...
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VG Principal Drew Shula Speaks at UCLA Social Innovation Week

April 20, 2016
VG Founder & Principal, Drew Shula, participated on a panel for UCLA's Social Innovation week with ELP Advisors, Climate Resolve...
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Biomimicry Conference Featured on HKS Architects Blog

April 20, 2016
“Biomimicry 2016: The Road to Resiliency” was a half-day conference that took place in California on March 11th of this...
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Verdical Group Featured on GB&D Magazine

April 14, 2016
A bridge between biology and design, leading industry experts gathered to look for sustainability already existing in the world. As...
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Apply Today: VG Internship Program

April 11, 2016
Verdical Group is looking to bring a talented Sustainability & Marketing Intern on board. Review the position here and learn...
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Biomimicry Conference Recap Featured on Form Magazine

April 8, 2016
Biomimicry is a systems-based approach to innovation and design that looks to the past. Specifically, the 3.8 billion years of...
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Biomimicry 2016: Event Highlights & Video

March 22, 2016
View our newsletter to: watch the Biomimicry 2016 Conference highlight video, download photos and presentation slides, and view event metrics....
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VG Certified as a City of LA Green Business

March 17, 2016
Verdical Group's downtown Los Angeles space has been officially certified by The City of Los Angeles as a Green Business!...
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Biomimicry 2016 Conference Featured on Biomimicry.net

March 8, 2016
Check out Biomimicry 3.8's blog post on VG's upcoming Biomimicry Conference which will include a presentation from Jamie Dwyer, Principal...
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Drew Shula Speaking at Counting Down to (Net) Zero

March 1, 2016
VG Founder & Principal, Drew Shula, will be speaking at the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Orange County event,...
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We’re Hiring! – Senior Project Manager

February 27, 2016
We're looking for a knowledgeable and passionate Senior Project Manager to join our team. Click here to view the job...
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VG Quarterly Newsletter

February 26, 2016
Check out our most recent VG quarterly newsletter for updates including: VG's Biomimicry 2016 Conference, our job hiring announcement, USGBC-LA's...
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Sofia Siegel Selected as Greenbuild Session Reviewer

February 15, 2016
Congratulations to our Verdical Group Associate Project Manager, Sofia Siegel, on being selected as a USGBC Greenbuild Conference Session Reviewer....
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Join Us at Biomimicry 2016

February 11, 2016
Join us for Biomimicry 2016, our inaugural convening of professionals around biomimetic and energy efficient, nature-inspired design. Nature has had...
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AMHC Featured on USGBC National Website

February 5, 2016
Check out the USGBC National profile on our LEED BD+C v3 Silver certified project, Arcadia Mental Health Center, for the...
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VG Sponsors Net Positive Conference

January 1, 2016
Verdical Group is pleased to be a Change Agent Sponsor of the third annual Net Positive Energy and Water Conference...
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VP Biden Visits New VG Office

December 10, 2015
A big THANK YOU to our clients for another amazing year and happy holidays from the Verdical Group team! Check...
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SD Miramar College Project Achieves LEED Gold

December 8, 2015
The San Diego Miramar College Administration Building achieved LEED v3 BD+C Gold Certification. VG provided LEED Project Management services on...
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VG Featured in Urban Land Magazine Article

November 13, 2015
Verdical Group's recent Net Zero Energy Building Conference (NZEB-C2) was featured in a great write-up in Urban Land Magazine. The...
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VG Co-Sponsors DC Greenbuild Party

November 10, 2015
Verdical Group is pleased to be co-sponsoring the Greenbuild 2015 Thursday night Monumental Party. Find the VG team at Greenbuild...
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GE Project Featured on USGBC National Website

September 25, 2015
Check out the USGBC National profile on our LEED ID+C v3 Gold certified project for GE. View full project profile...
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Drew Shula Selected for Greenbuild 2016 LA Host Committee

September 23, 2015
Verdical Group Founder + Principal, Drew Shula, has been selected for a position on the Greenbuild LA 2016 Host Committee....
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Inspiring a Net Zero Future — Event Highlights & Video

September 3, 2015
View our newsletter to: watch the Conference highlight video, download photos and presentation slides, and view event metrics for the...
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VG Launches New Website

July 30, 2015
Read our latest newsletter for firm announcements including team and project updates, and check out our newly launched website.
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VG Social Media: Connect With Us!

March 1, 2015
Stay connected with us to follow our story. You can find us on the pages listed below to receive our...
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Greenbuild 2014 New Orleans

December 18, 2014
Verdical Group wishes you a Happy Holiday! Check out our latest newsletter to see updates on our projects, team, and...
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VG Featured in “CLAVE!” Article

August 1, 2014
Verdical Group Founder + Principal, Drew Shula, was interviewed by "CLAVE!," the largest real estate publication in Ecuador. The article...
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Nearly 1 Million Pounds Diverted from PIMCO HQ

July 23, 2014
Verdical Group Project Manager, Diana Chen, played a key role working with our nonprofit partner ANEW to divert nearly 1...
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VG Event: Net Zero Energy Buildings — The Future is Now

July 2, 2014
Join us at the premier SoCal net zero energy building event coming up on July 18, 2014. Verdical Group has...
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Craft Media Article: VG Launches in LA

July 1, 2014
Check out the Craft Media press on Verdical Group's launch in Los Angeles, CA.
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VG About Us Video

February 11, 2014
Check out our newsletter with firm updates including a new "About Us" video.
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VG Featured in Forbes Article

October 25, 2013
Verdical Group Founder + Principal Drew Shula's article titled, "In The Quest For Net Zero, Lessons From A High Performance......
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