Chad Dorgan, P.E., Ph.D., LEED Fellow, is Vice President - Quality and Sustainability for McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., a 100% employee-owned national construction company specializing in complex, high technology facilities such as hospitals, research laboratories and industrial plants. In this role, he is responsible for the development and implementation of McCarthy’s innovative Quality Without Question Program and oversees McCarthy’s Virtual Design and Construction efforts, both focused upon consistently building the best buildings in America for the firm’s clients and industry partners. Chad is also responsible for McCarthy’s Sustainability Initiatives and is the Corporate Leader of McCarthy’s Green Steering Committee.
Throughout Chad’s 25-plus year career in the engineering, consulting and construction industries, he has played a significant role in the evolution of sustainability in the built environment. Prior to joining McCarthy in 2005, he spent four years as a mechanical engineer in the US Air Force leading efforts to automate and manage Tyndall Air Force Base for comfort and energy efficiency. In addition, Chad was in-charge of a 60-person operations and maintenance squadron during Desert Storm in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
For the next 12 years, Chad served as president of Dorgan Associates, a consulting firm focused on the transfer of technology from research to application, and the development and implementation of the commissioning process for governments, institutions and corporations. This effort included authoring ten books, dozens of papers, and being a leader in establishing the commissioning prerequisite and credit in the USGBC LEED rating systems.
Since joining McCarthy, Chad has been instrumental in leading McCarthy’s efforts to step up to the sustainability challenge. He spearheaded the development of McCarthy’s unique Green Curriculum, making the firm the first general contractor in the nation to internally create 30 hours of online, builder-focused training dedicated to sustainability. The success of this training program played an instrumental role in McCarthy being recognized as the 6th best training organization by Training magazine in 2014, the highest ranked architecture/engineering/construction firm on the list.
In addition to this recent recognition by the USGBC as LEED Fellow, Dorgan is also a Fellow member with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Chad has also been recognized with several industry awards, including the ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award and the 2004 Benner Award from the Building Commissioning Association for making commissioning business as usual. Dorgan graduated from the University of Wisconsin, with a B.S. Mechanical Engineering and Ph.D. Indoor Air Quality.