Leveraging the LEED Volume Program to Reduce Costs & Increase Value

For over 10 years, Prologis, which is one of the largest real estate developers in the world, has implemented sustainable design and construction standards in their developments globally, and they earn LEED certifications for core and shell, tenant improvements, and build-to-suit projects. In 2014, Prologis formed a partnership with M.E. GROUP to develop their own

Shift Work Lighting

Shift Work Lighting: Does Your Lighting Affect Performance? By Marcel Harmon, PhD, PE, WELL AP, LEED AP O+M Introduction The human circadian system regulates our bodies’ various physiological rhythms, affecting hormone levels and our sleep-wake cycles. Lighting, particularly what is perceived by our eyes’ non-image forming photoreceptors or photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs), is a

Let’s Go Out! A Business Case…

Let’s Go Out! A Business Case for Dine-able Restaurants By Stuart Shell, AIA, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C and Meaghan Fitzgerald Walls BS, MSBE, ATP The American restaurant experience has evolved considerably since Woolworth’s lunch counter in 1960, famous ground of social protest. But where are we headed today? Does dining out continue to be

Are Buildings Robbing Us of Cognitive Function?

Are Buildings Robbing Us of Cognitive Function? How research on fresh air is changing the building industry by Marcel Harmon, PhD, PE, WELL AP, LEED AP O+M and Stuart Shell, AIA, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C It’s no surprise that fresh air would improve the satisfaction and productivity of building occupants. However, supplying large doses

LEED, CHPS, Green Globes: What’s the Difference?

LEED, CHPS, Green Globes What’s the Difference? by Tim Bennett, Kincaid Bimler, Sarah Newstrom, Reid Poling, and Jake Summers Denver Summer Interns 2017 Schools are the bastion of learning and the cornerstone of society. We send our children to them to become the leaders of tomorrow. Sure, great teachers are the core of any great
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M.E. GROUP Names New President

Overland Park, KS — Rick Maniktala, PE, MBA, HFDP, CxA, LEED-AP, has been named President of M.E. GROUP by the Board of Directors effective immediately. “We welcome Rick’s experience and leadership to the role of President,” said Aaron Stover, M.E. GROUP’s Controller & Board Member. “As President, Rick will provide strategic leadership for the company


By Pete Jefferson, PE, WELL AP, LEED AP, HBDP Vice President The role of health and wellness in the built environment is dominating discussions throughout the design and construction industry. At the same time, programs like the WELL Building Standard have experienced rapid growth and represent a powerful tool for certifying that a building has


WHY BUILDINGS FOR AUTISTIC PEOPLE  ARE BETTER FOR EVERYONE By Stuart Shell, AIA, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C If people who own, operate and design buildings are not thinking about people with autism, they will be soon. Individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD have the same rights to functional, accessible spaces that the

EVENT: 50 Shades of White: A Field Study

FIFTY SHADES OF WHITE: A FIELD STUDY – DYNAMIC WHITE LIGHTING, COLOR PREFERENCE AND EMPLOYEE ENVIRONMENTAL SATISFACTION Tuesday, June 13 • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Neocon | Chicago, IL Presented by Stuart Shell, AIA, project manager, Forte Building Science, Omaha, NE Paul Anderson, director of well-being, OFS Brands, Hunting Beach, CA Dave Pfund, president,

EVENT: Past the Green Wall: Google Pittsburgh’s Biophilic Workplace

Past the Green Wall: Google Pittsburgh’s Biophilic Workplace 1 LU/HSW HOUR April 5, 2017 Session Four: 3:45-4:45 p.m. Presented by: Pete Jefferson, Forte Building Science; Connor Glass, Perkins Eastman; and Kate Malmgren, Google The status quo in workplace design leaves most occupants disconnected from nature. An early movement towards biophilic design is happening, but many early

EVENT: Member-Only Tour: Google Pittsburgh Expansion

Member-Only Tour: Google Pittsburgh Expansion + Marcel Harmon and Pete Jefferson share unique information about anthropological and ethnographic applications that were applied to the design of the space. March 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST Join Green Building Alliance for a behind-the-scenes tour of Google Pittsburgh’s newest offices. EXPERIENCE This exclusive green building tour

Stuart Shell presents: “Daylighting for Buildings” March 29th

AIA Omaha EATS Seminar #1: Daylighting for Buildings – How the Cloud Brings You Closer Daylight is complicated! – the sun is always moving around. But measuring how ‘good’ it is can be even more difficult. Building owners and operators are increasingly in concerned with daylight access. This because we continue to learn about how

Q&A with an Expert: the WHY behind WELL

Listen to Sara Greenwood of USGBC Central Plains and our own Marcel Harmon discuss the importance of  WELL and The WELL Building Standard on KCUR 89.3’s “Up To Date” program. Click here. As a part of the next evolutionary phase of our outreach and education, Marcel Harmon, PhD, PE, WELL AP, LEED AP O+M, from

Why do We Decide to Build Sustainably?

Why do We Decide to Build Sustainably? By Marcel Harmon, PhD, PE, WELL AP, LEED AP O+M Several years I ago I did a pilot study looking at individual vs. group influences on the decisions that people make whether or not to build sustainably. Essentially I was looking at whether or not the more people

WELL Kick-Off

M.E. GROUP and Forte Building Science, a division of M.E. GROUP, launched the firm’s WELL initiative by engaging each of our offices in a company-wide program designed to align with our WELL Consulting services. The first step was to enjoy a healthy breakfast together and hear and presentations from our  WELL AP certified team members.

Team Co-hosts WELL Building Symposium

Forte Building Science Co-hosts WELL Building Symposium By Stuart Shell, AIA, Project Manager Building owners are increasingly interested in creating healthy spaces. Over the last year we have continued to hear from business owners, educators, and developers seeking ways to achieve more from their investments in people. One response to this growing concern with wellness

Energy Awareness Month 2016

As National Energy Awareness Month winds down for 2016, M.E. GROUP’s commitment to energy efficiency is as strong as ever. Awareness of Energy, its consumption, and how to better conserve it is an all-year commitment our team strives to bring to our clients on every project. When President George Bush first declared October as National
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Pete Jefferson presenting at GreenBuild 2016

The status quo in workplace design leaves most occupants disconnected from nature. An early movement towards biophilic design is happening, but many early adopters have not gone much further than a signature “green wall” in their incorporation of biophilia. Google’s Real Estate & Workplace Services (REWS) Team is challenged to create amazing work environments that

More Team Members Earn WELL AP™

Congratulations to Andres Rodriguez-Burns and Carrie Nakamoto for earning their WELL AP™. Andres and Carrie join Pete Jefferson, Marcel Harmon and Stuart Shell in possessing the knowledge of human health and wellness in the built environment, and specialize in the WELL Building Standard. Successfully passing the WELL AP™ exam demonstrates knowledge in WELL Building Standard

Exploring the Concept of Future-Ready Buildings

By Anand Parthasarathy We live in an “Uber-world” of endless options, choices and “on-demand” everything that people have come to expect. So being able to do things at your own pace and choosing appears to be the most sought after prize. However, one could argue that taking an Uber to be somewhere and designing buildings

Team Members Earn WELL AP Certification

We are pleased to announce that Marcel Harmon, Pete Jefferson, and Stuart Shell, members of Forte Building Science, a division of M.E. GROUP, have earned their WELL Accredited Professional (WELL APTM) credentials through the International WELL Building InstituteTM (IWBITM), placing them among the first in the country to achieve this certification. Successfully passing the WELL

Introducing Forte Building Science

To learn more about Forte Building Science, contact Nate Maniktala at 888.454.8108 or email, nate.maniktala@megroup.com, or visit our new website at forte.megroup.com. M.E. GROUP has launched a new division called Forte Building Science that will now provide the firm’s Building Physics, Commissioning, Occupant Experience, and Certification services. This distinctive group is dedicated to advancing a

Building From Research

With over a century of applied science history, there is considerable knowledge about both child development and building science, but there is relatively little evidence regarding the relationship between indoor learning environments and student outcomes. Stuart Shell, AIA, with our Forte Building Science team, and co-presenter Ed Buglewicz, AIA, of RDG Planning & Design, will examine

Pete Jefferson and Marcel Harmon to Present at RMG 2016

          Pete Jefferson and Marcel Harmon will present Achieving Thermal Delight: Alliesthesia as a Design Approach at the Rocky Mountain Green conference (http://usgbccolorado.org/Rocky_Mountain_Green) on Friday, April 22 at 11:15 am the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center. Join Marcel and Pete as they discuss how most buildings exist to

Predicting the Future of Commissioning

By Ryan Baumgart, Associate Are you convinced that your office building doesn’t work properly? Let me guess, you wear a parka in August and Bermuda shorts in January trying to achieve some level of comfort. Maybe you’re the type with a personal space heater hidden under the desk despite the recent memo from corporate banning

Bioclimatic Design at One End of the Spectrum

By Pete Jefferson, Principal | Vice President We talk a lot about bioclimatic design here at M.E. GROUP, and while a lot of what we design in our projects might be new, the actual concept of bioclimatic design is not. There are many different definitions trying to describe what bioclimatic design is, but I’ve settled

Alliesthesia in the Built Environment

By Pete Jefferson Principal Pete.Jefferson@MEGROUP.com I was first introduced to the term alliesthesia several years ago through research being conducted at Cal-Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment (CBE). Since that time, I’ve partnered with M.E. GROUP’s Applied Anthropologist, Marcel Harmon, PhD to understand the concept better and incorporate it into more of our projects. We

Happy 15th Anniversary, Pete!

Congratulations to PETE JEFFERSON for 15 years of service to M.E. GROUP. Why does Pete love working for M.E. GROUP? “M.E. GROUP has provided me with so many amazing growth opportunities, including learning about and working on the first LEED projects early on in my career; as well as leading teams and setting the direction

Achieving Détente in the Office “Cold Wars”

Hot or cold in your office? You’re not alone. While acoustic complaints are gaining in frequency, thermal discomfort is still typically the number one complaint among building occupants. This issue has been a “hot,” or shall we say “cold,” topic in the news recently. Major news distributors, from the NY Times to the Washington Post