Green building experts form regional partnership

Seven individuals from central Pennsylvania have formed Design Synergies Green Build Partnership to design green building projects and otherwise promote sustainable building in the region, according to a news release.

“We are an eclectic group that brings a diverse mix of talents for green building design to the table along with a passion for sustainability,” Tom Gibson, one of the group’s founders, said.

The group, the news release said, can handle the entire project spectrum from brainstorming initial concepts and gathering public input to designing systems and then construction oversight and system commissioning. They can assemble a team tailored to a specific project and bring in outside capabilities as necessary.

“The group was founded on the premise that while we have made tremendous strides in developing green buildings in the area, with many buildings achieving LEED certification, we have a long way to go to become sustainable,” the news release said.

New techniques, materials, technologies, and rating systems are coming along that bring ever-improving results but also challenges in design.

Members of Design Synergies include Brian Auman, of Brian S. Auman/Landscape Architecture, Lewisburg; Glenn Vernon and Claudia Albertin, of AlbertinVernon Architecture, Logan Mills; Mike Molesevich, of Molesevich Environmental, Lewisburg; Don Mulher, of Integrated Eco Strategy, Lewisburg; and Ted Strosser, of Strosser Architecture & Conservation, Danville;

Auman, the news release said, is an expert in green site design, watershed restoration, recreation, and green infrastructure planning. Molesevich handles brownfield site remediation. Mulhern, according to the news release, is a LEED and Living Building Challenge certification expert. Vernon, Albertin and Strosser are architects, with Strosser specializing in historic preservation.