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405099_447827935274030_469656085_nAllison Beer McKenzie, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Homes

Architect and Director of Sustainability at SHP Leading Design

Allison has established herself as an authority on sustainable architecture in the Cincinnati community as well as the region. Through speaking engagements, teaching opportunities and interactions with clients, Allison has been able to pass her knowledge about the importance of sustainable design and how it can be utilized to a broad range of professional and community groups. In addition to helping guide SHP’s projects toward their sustainable goals through eco-charrette moderation and project support, Allison has served as a sustainability or LEED consultant for many companies such as Al. Neyer and CB Richard Ellis. Allison has also shown her leadership in sustainable design as a member of the Cincinnati US Green Building Council (USGBC) and the current Chair of the American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) Cincinnati Committee on the Environment (COTE).

In the past year, Allison has helped SHP Leading Design expand their business offerings by helping develop and write the content for a line of iPhone applications called EcoFlash. These applications are geared at helping individuals study for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) professional accreditation exams. This is a milestone accomplishment for an architecture firm to embrace new technology and bridge the gap between service offerings and product offerings.

Allison has also won two design awards in sustainable design competitions in the past year, placing first and receiving best of show in AIA Ohio’s Affordable Green Housing Design competition and placing second in USGBC Cincinnati’s Natural Talent Design Competition which imagined a sustainable redesign of Cincinnati’s Drop Inn Center. As a result of the Affordable Green Housing competition, Allison and her colleague Jessica Farmer are working with Habitat for Humanity of Cincinnati to design a new, sustainable “green” house model. This new prototype will be constructed in Cincinnati this Spring and then the design will be made available to other Habitat for Humanity chapters across the state.

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10418340_10152437055377517_3757206171614365340_n Andrew Hemmelgarn, LEED Green Associate

Mechanical Engineering Graduate at SHP Leading Design

Andrew is a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s mechanical engineering program. His past building design experience at Hixson and KLH Engineers sparked his first interest in sustainable building design. Now he spends the majority of his time following various sustainable activities all around the world and dreaming about how to incorporate them either into design or into his own life.
Andrew enjoys practicing sustainability in his own unique fashion, one aspect being a long-lost practice found in small European communities: owning a “waste” pig. Purchasing a miniature potbelly pig started as an exciting fling but Richard (the pig) has since grown to consume all food waste from both Andrew’s apartment and the SHP office. This lessens the burden of disposal and storage of waste for both the office and landfills. Go ahead and ask him about it sometime, he could tell you more than you’ve ever cared to learn.
Andrew has found the recent developments with LEED and Green Globes to be a very exciting time in the building industry and world as a whole as sustainability hopefully grows to become more than a fleeting buzzword. Sustainability is truly a way of life, one that benefits all of humanity.