When Chad looks at a project, he tries to find a way to design in the most sustainable way possible, while also focusing on function and budget. Sustainable buildings do not need to incorporate expensive solar panels or equipment, but instead, thoughtful design can reduce energy demand and reduce the building's impact on the environment. His first project with DFDG was Apache Junction City Hall, which was among the first 10 LEED-certified projects in Arizona. The design won an award from Valley Forward, and since then, he has worked on many other LEED projects.
Chad received a Bachelor's degree from Washington University (St. Louis) and a Master of Architecture from Arizona State University. He is a licensed architect (NCARB), LEED-Accredited Professional (LEED-AP BD+C) and WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP). As a volunteer with the USGBC Arizona chapter, he earned Volunteer of the Year in 2013 and served as the Central Branch Chair in 2014.
One-on-One with Chad:
What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time, I enjoy watching my two kids play basketball, volleyball, and cheer. I start every morning in the gym doing a High Intensity Interval Training session.
Have you ever had an epiphany?
When researching the WELL Building Standard, I recognized the unhealthy lifestyle choices I was making. As I earned my accreditation, I also began correcting my diet and working out. I lost 35 pounds in the first 8 months and have kept the weight off for 2 years (and counting).