Verdical Group Spring 2022 Newsletter

Verdical Group’s Spring 2022 Update


NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Buildings
JPL is located in Pasadena, CA. Verdical Group provided LEED v4.1 Project Management to achieve O+M EB Gold Certification for buildings 171, 202, and 241, which are collectively referred to as Materials Administration. The certification was focused on multiple operational measures, in addition to improving energy performance, water performance, transportation access, and human experience.

The process required the team to reassess some of their policies related to facility management, including purchasing, facility maintenance, and green cleaning. A waste audit was conducted in order to identify everyday waste, and a plan was put in place for its responsible disposal.

Image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Los Angeles Valley College Academic Complex 1
Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD)’s new Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) Academic Complex 1 is an approximately 81,000-square-foot education project located in Van Nuys, CA.

The team is aiming to achieve LEED BD+C Silver certification for the design-build project. In addition to providing LEED v4 Project Management, Verdical Group is working with Pankow and QDG Architects to conduct Commissioning (Cx) Oversight, Energy Modeling (Title 24 & LEED), Daylight Modeling, and LADWP Zero by Design utility incentive management. Verdical Group has also collaborated with Pankow to complete LEED certifications for LAVC’s Valley Glen Gateway and Community Services Centerin the past.


Happy International Women’s Day!
Our team celebrated with a virtual lunch for our employees who identify as female and a conversation about what it means to be a woman at VG. We’re proud to share that women make up the majority of our company and that four of our six departments are woman-led.

Join Us in Supporting Farms to Grow
We celebrated Black History Month with a donation to the Oakland-based Farms to Grow, a nonprofit promoting the legacy of Black farmers. Show your support for Black-owned organizations working at the intersection of social and environmental justice by making a donation.

VG CEO Drew Shula Honored with Building Design + Construction Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Award
The award is presented annually to leaders in the AEC industry who are making their mark in business, philanthropy, and their communities. Read more and see the full 2021 class here.

VG’s Rebecca Ramsdale Receives USGBC-LA Emerging Leader Award
Our Director of Projects was honored with an Emerging Leader Award at USGBC-LA’s Green Gala. The award is given to member-volunteers who are early in their careers but demonstrate industry leadership in pushing us all forward to a more sustainable built environment. 

LTop 5 Green Building Buzzwords of 2021

In case you missed it — earlier this year, VG Project Manager Kate Zeile put together a list of the “buzzwords” that have characterized the green building industry in 2021. Check ’em out here.

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Shelley Salehzadeh is Director, Growth and Client Solutions at Verdical Group. She is responsible for business development and specializes in helping clients focus on desired sustainability strategies and achieving their goals. 

Her consultative approach and exceptional client relations skills have helped her to manage national and global contracts with clients such as Google, Apple, Survey Monkey, Verifone, Oracle, Tesla, Palo Alto Networks, and more. She graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in Design Studies.


Bobby is the Director of Commissioning at Verdical Group, where he heads up all commissioning and energy auditing efforts.  At Verdical Group, Bobby brings a sustainability mindset to the commissioning process, complementing our project management services. Bobby has provided commissioning services on over $2 billion worth of projects, based on total development cost.

Bobby earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California and volunteers for the USGBC-LA Long Beach Branch.



Margaret is Partnerships & Events Coordinator at Verdical Group, responsible for contributing to all of Verdical Group’s events including the Net Zero Conference. Her role includes partnership coordination, vendor management, day-of logistics, and business development.

Margaret is passionate about sustainability and prioritizes environmentally friendly and socially just solutions in each event she works on. She earned a BA in Communications from the University of Maryland, College Park.



What’s #BehindtheB? Being a B Corp means valuing your workers, customers, environment, and community as much as your profits (or more!) — and having corporate governance that keeps those values in place.

Join us in celebrating B Corp Month by attending their free webinar on Tuesday, March 15 to learn more about what makes B Corps like VG better businesses, how to become a B Corp, and how you can support B Corps in your community! 


Climate Resolve knows “hot.” They’ve presented cool solutions at the UN Conference in Glasgow, lobbied for (and won) billions for climate resilience in the state budget, and aided Los Angeles Times reporters with their remarkable exposé on extreme heat. Now is the time to rededicate ourselves to climate action.

On Thursday, March 17, Climate Resolve’s annual Coolest in LA gala returns—a fun and flashy evening that honors dynamic climate leadership. This year, the event will be taking place at the beautiful Sunset Deck outdoor club at Los Angeles Football Club’s Banc of California Stadium.

As always, there will be great food and drinks and a “great room” . . . a who’s who of Los Angeles in one of the coolest LEED Platinum venues in town. This year will be the biggest and best Coolest in LA yet!


We’re partnering with Metropolis Magazine to showcase sustainability in style. They’re inviting Verdical Group friends and clients to take 25% off one and two-year subscriptions using this link. Enjoy!