Walter Steimle | U.S. Green Building Council
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Walter Steimle

  • AP-BDC Certified

I have enjoyed working in construction management and design for the last 24 years. As a professional civil engineer, buildings are my specialty and creating win-win results for everyone including the environment is what I like to do. Most architects, engineers, and contractors I have worked with like having me on the job because I am dedicated, efficient, and a good open communicator.

Some recent LEED projects (some still not listed but pending) and teams that I've dealt with on a daily basis are:
- $148M MLK Hospital Revitalization - 5 retrofitted buildings and 3 new including central plants. RBB Architects and Hensel-Phelps Construction.
- $200M new Cedars-Sinai Hospital AHSP tower that expects to be LEED Gold. HOK Architects and Hathaway-Dinwiddie Construction.
- 1,000,000 sf Federal Building retrofit including seismic upgrade with minimal waste. Cannon Design Architects and Stronghold Engineering as GC.

Some other projects that being older may not have tried for LEED status, but were well insulated for sound and had state of the art HVAC to keep things quiet, were Segerstrom Symphony Hall in Orange County and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Disney Concert hall even has quite the elevated garden area open to the public that makes for a green oasis above the city noise.

In these and many other projects I worked closely with designers and contractors to make sure structurally we met their needs and to reduce materials and costs as much as possible. There can be a lot of waste in construction, but when everything goes well, everyone wins; including the environment typically as resources are reduced along with waste. Steel and especially rebar may have a lot of recycled content and concrete may also along with other byproducts to provide LEED points, but making a mistake and cutting the steel twice only to have to throw it away because of a mistake benefits no one and creates inefficient recycling.

So perhaps few things are as eco-friendly as a good OAC team, and the LEED program does well at putting everyone on the same page in regards to some points. Hopefully by obtaining my LEED certification I can communicate better on these points and find new employment where such knowledge and communication is valued.