About our company
Verdical Group LLC is a green building consulting firm headquartered in Los Angeles, California. The name "Verdical" is derived from the Latin root for "green" and plays on the word "vertical" – signifying the value created through green building strategies. The firm advises on sustainability strategy with our client’s bottom line in mind. Founder Drew Shula's background working for publicly traded commercial real estate companies informs Verdical Group's passion to deliver high performance projects that showcase the business case for green building. The company's mission, "Do Good and Do Well," is realized on each project we complete by saving our client’s money and benefiting the environment -- a true win-win.
While business-centric in our approach, our commitment to the environment is woven into our corporate DNA as a 1% for the Planet, Member Company. Verdical Group donates 1% of its gross annual sales, not just profits, to environmental organizations. We're also committed corporate members of organizations such as the U.S. Green Building Council, ENERGY STAR, and Architecture 2030. As corporate citizens, we feel it's our responsibility to do our part to build a better world.
Verdical Group promotes global sustainable development by offering a 10% discount on our services to clients with a project sited in a developing country as defined by the International Monetary Fund's World Economic Outlook Report. We also offer a 10% discount to other 1% for the Planet Member Companies. We are a California Department of General Services (DGS), Certified Small Business (SB), and a City of Los Angeles Certified Small Business.
At Verdical Group, we're changing the world -- one building at a time. Stay connected to our story by signing up for our quarterly e-newsletter, "Like" us on Facebook, and "Follow" us on LinkedIn.
Drew Shula, LEED AP BD+C, Assoc. AIA
Drew is Principal at Verdical Group, directly responsible for client satisfaction and oversight on all project management engagements. With experience on more than 60 LEED certification projects nationwide, Verdical Group clients include: Ramada Inn, ANEW Foundation, and Kaiser Permanente. Drew is an experienced green building consultant having worked across a variety of project types including: portfolio programs, new construction, existing buildings, tenant improvements, and core and shell projects. Drew has consulted on a wide range of vertical real estate markets including: commercial office, public sector, healthcare, laboratory, hotel, historic preservation, multi-family residential, museum and education buildings.
Prior to founding Verdical Group, Drew was a Project Manager at Fortune 1000 firm, Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL). At JLL, Drew worked on LEED, sustainability, and construction management projects for clients including DirecTV, Time Warner Cable and Microsoft. Drew's previous experience also includes his role as LEED Specialist at Thomas Properties Group (NASDAQ: TPGI) where he worked toward greening the company’s 15 million square foot portfolio of 32 commercial office properties nationwide through the LEED for Existing Buildings Volume Certification Pilot Program. Drew began his career as an Architectural Designer at The Jerde Partnership, a multidisciplinary architecture and urban planning firm specializing in place-making.
Drew is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP BD+C), and Associate member of the American Institute of Architects (Assoc. AIA). A U.S. Green Building Council Los Angeles (USGBC-LA) Chapter Leader, Drew was honored with the Chapter’s Agent Green Award in 2011. He holds a 5-year professional degree in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame.
Erick Penarrieta, CPA
Director of Accounting
Erick is Director of Accounting at Verdical Group with responsibilities that include all tax, business planning, accounting and bookkeeping activity within the firm. Erick is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with past experience at a variety of prominent financial service institutions.
Prior to Verdical Group, Erick served as Controller with corporate accounting responsibilities at Vantis Capital Management LLC, a registered investment advisor with assets in excess of $800 million. Erick’s previous experience also includes Assistant Controller at Oakmont Corporation and Tax Senior at Deloitte & Touche LLP, the second largest accounting firm in the world.
Erick has been a Licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of California since 2004 and has held his California Real Estate License since 2000. He holds both a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business.
Nalin R. Ramkumar
Director of Business Development
Nalin is Director of Business Development at Verdical Group with responsibilities that include marketing, lead generation, client relationship management, and international business development. Nalin has a deep network of real estate professionals in India, the fourth largest market for LEED behind the U.S., China and the United Arab Emirates. Nalin has a range of project type experience including: large scale mixed-use, highrise towers, strategic planning, urban design and planning, infrastructure and interior design projects.
Prior to Verdical Group, Nalin held senior design positions at several world renowned architecture firms including, Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) LLP, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture LLP, and The Jerde Partnership Inc. Nalin has gained diverse international project experience, including projects in 20 cities on five continents. Notable projects include: the Yongsan International Business District in Seoul, the Dubai International Financial Centre in the UAE, and the Indiabulls Centre in Mumbai, designed to LEED Platinum standards.
Nalin’s project work has been widely published and his design teams have won numerous awards including the 2008 Spark Gold Award for Green, carbon-lowering and environmental design; the 2010 Chicago Athenaeum Award for excellence in green design; and the 2012 ASHRAE Illinois Chapter award for excellence in engineering. He holds a 5-year professional degree in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated with distinction.
Verdical Group delivers exceptional value and client satisfaction by working with our deep consultant network to single source the right talent for your project. Whether pursuing a sophisticated sustainability strategy, or value-driven energy efficiency retrofit, we match an appropriate team and scope of services with your needs.
- Comprehensive LEED Certification Services*
- Commissioning & Retrocommissioning
- Energy Modeling
- CALGreen Code Compliance
- Contractor Support Services
- Rebate / Incentive Investigation & Application
- ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
- Energy Audits
- Renewable Energy Analysis (Solar)
- Workshop Training & Education
- Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS)
- Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Testing
- Cradle to Cradle Product Certification
- Build It Green Certification
*All Rating Systems: NC, EBOM, CI, CS, ND, Schools, Retail, Homes, and HealthcareVerdical Group projects showcase the business case for green building:
- Energy and water efficiency create operational savings.
- Cost effective initial investments create attractive long term savings.
- Green buildings provide powerful marketing benefits that can be leveraged to add value to your brand, attract and retain tenants or talent within an organization, and help you stand out against your competitors.
- Green building investments generate higher asset leasing rates and sale prices.
- Green buildings respond to increasingly stringent code and tenant space requirements from both governmental and private organizations that want their employees to be in healthy and productive work environments.
- Green buildings mitigate risk by protecting against future lawsuits, enabling expedited permitting and providing faster leasing and asset disposition.
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Do you thrive at the intersection of business, technology and the environment? Verdical Group might be the place for you. We're always looking for "A Team" talent and partners who are passionate about what they do. Please send your resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Intern applicants welcome. We respond to all emails received.
Verdical Group accepts projects anywhere in the world. Please give us a call to speak with us about your project today. Stay connected to our story by signing up for our quarterly e-newsletter, "Like" us on Facebook, and "Follow" us on LinkedIn.Phone: +1 (818) 390-4943
Address: 245 S. San Marino Ave. Pasadena, CA 91107