Verdical Group Fall 2020 Newsletter

Verdical Group’s Fall 2020 Update


Los Angeles Southwest College Student Union Building

Verdical Group is working with LA Southwest College and HGA Architects to provide LEED Project Management, LEED Energy Modeling, LEED Daylight Modeling, and Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) services for the LA Community College District (LACCD)’s LA Southwest College Student Union building, which is pursuing LEED BD+C Silver certification.

The Student Union building is a two-story, 31,000-square-foot facility that will encompass a mix of student lounge and study spaces, a gaming room, dining and a café, kiosks, conference spaces, and offices.

Verdical Group is providing Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) Project Management to achieve CHPS verification equivalency; Energy Modeling for Title 24 and Net Zero; and Daylight Modeling for a new building at Malibu High School.

The NAC Architecture project, owned by the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District, will span approximately 70,000 square feet and feature both classrooms and multipurpose spaces. Verdical Group is also collaborating with the design team to advise on sustainability measures to achieve net zero energy performance.


It’s with great sadness that we share our Verdical Group team member Frank Hooks passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2020. Frank was a Commissioning expert with two decades of experience and a smile that never disappeared from his face. He will be dearly missed. Read our tribute here.


Our annual  Net Zero Conference  is just two weeks away! As a friend of Verdical Group, we’re pleased to offer you 10% off the virtual event. Visit our website to see this year’s  Keynotes and Speakers ,  Program ,  Trailblazer Awardees,  and more.

During registration, use code  2TAKE10 for the Two-Day Main Conference Pass or  ALLTAKE10  for the Full Access Pass.


Verdical Group is pleased to launch our new ABCs of ZNE workshop, a free seminar that will dive into the methodology, perspective, technology, and future forecasting of zero net energy (ZNE) buildings. Our Energy Analyst & Project Manager Frank Schwamborn will cover the future of the grid, perspectives on achieving ZNE, and how concepts discussed throughout the event can be applied to your projects.

Sessions will be available throughout the Fall — register today to claim your spot!


Each year, Verdical Group compiles our Impact Data, from tracking energy, water, and waste savings in our projects to calculating our team’s educational engagements and hours spent volunteering. By continuing to monitor how we are impacting the environment through our work, we can share the growing impact that the firm is having on the world. See this year’s update here.

This year’s Net Zero Conference was recently featured in Metropolis Magazine.

The article discussed the history of the event, trends in net zero, and news about NZ20 speakers, sessions, exhibitors, and awardees. Check it out here.

USGBC National’s Corey Enck wrote on their blog about his upcoming NZ20 workshop on LEED Zero.Enck will be presenting the workshop, which will cover program requirements and a framework for applying lessons-learned on September 15.  Read more here.

The International Living Future Institute’s Trim Tab publication highlighted our upcoming Net Zero Conference, focusing on their involvement as a Program Partner, from educational sessions and workshops to tours and case studies. See more here.

U.S. Green Building Council Los Angeles Chapter (USGBC-LA) Executive Director Ben Stapleton recently wrote a blog post about the upcoming Net Zero Conference. USGBC-LA will be hosting sessions, networking events, and more at the event. Read the blog post here.

In July, we wrote about our commitment to anti-racism. Our ongoing efforts to hold ourselves and others in the sustainability and building industry accountable for making real change were recently highlighted on the B the Change Medium channel. Read more here.


W E N D E L L    E W I N G
Director of Commissioning

We’re pleased to welcome Wendell to the VG team! Wendell will be leading our Commissioning (Cx) department and will act as the point person for all new and existing projects requiring Cx or Building Envelope Commissioning (BECx).

Born and raised in the windy city, Wendell has been working as a mechanical engineer since 2005. Prior to joining VG as our Director of Cx, Wendell worked with the City of Chicago, P2S, EnerNOC, and LAUSD. He holds a B.S. and Master’s in Mechanical Engineering.

H A N N A    L E O N A R D
Marketing & Events Intern

Hanna is assisting the Marketing and Events teams as they work to deliver the Net Zero Conference virtually this year. Her responsibilities also include helping to manage our social media channels and making updates to VG’s websites.

Hanna is a recent graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she earned a B.A. in Geography/Environmental Studies. Prior to starting with Verdical Group, Hanna worked at Warby Parker, Cru, and the Dr. Henslick Vision Center.

M E R E D I T H    C O O K
Marketing & Events Intern

Meredith is helping the Events and Marketing teams with research, data input, and marketing to
assist with the execution of the Net Zero Conference and the Façade Tectonics 2020 World Congress.

She is a recent graduate from Occidental College, where she received her B.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy. She previously interned at Defenders of Wildlife and East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, as well as serving as a tour guide for Occidental. 

S H R U T I   N A K A R  
Project Management & LEED Intern

Shruti will be assisting the VG Project Management team on a variety of project research, analysis, and documentation, including LEED, Fitwel, WELL, Living Building Challenge, CALGreen, CHPS, and Energy Modeling.

She is currently a student at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) pursuing her Master of Arts in Design for Sustainability. Her work history includes a role as a Sustainability Coordinator at SCAD Serve, a student-led community service initiative, and as a Junior Interior Designer for Ryde Design Group in Mumbai, India. She holds her LEED Green Associate credential.

K A T E    Z E I L E
Project Management & LEED Intern

Kate will also be assisting our Project Management team with project research, analysis, and certification documentation.

She is a student at UCLA pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Science with a concentration in Environmental Systems & Society, as well as a Minor in Geographic Information Systems & Technology (GIS&T). She previously served as the Recreation and Community Services Intern at the City of Santa Clarita and completed Sustainability Action Research at UCLA. She holds her LEED Green Associate credential and is actively involved with USGBC-LA.


Genuine, varied conversations around sustainability and wellness are of increasing importance in these times. Metropolis’ Perspective events will be held virtually so the entire A&D community across North America and around the globe can get involved and be educated at a time when interest in sustainable products and materials and building and manufacturing is on the rise and of even greater importance.

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