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Every year, R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design recognize excellence in research laboratory design, planning, and construction in an international competition. This year, the Allen Institute in Seattle WA won the prestigious Laboratory of the Year-High Honors Award. RDH is proud to have been a part of this unique project as the building enclosure consultants. Congratulations to Perkins+Will, Vulcan, GLY Construction, and the rest of the project team!
Visit the R&D website for more details and a list of all the winners.
It is with tremendous sadness and a heavy heart that we must share news that Senior Building Science Specialist Serge Desmarais lost his battle with cancer this past weekend. Serge was a longtime colleague and mentor to so many of us. We are fortunate to have had him be part of RDH for more than a decade. He was the consummate professional and we will miss him dearly.
There will be a celebration of Serge’s life at the Hart House (6664 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby, BC) this Wednesday March 1st at 3pm.
As RDH nears 20 years of business, we’d like to recognize the members of our team who have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and contributed to our continued success in the building science industry. Each of the following individuals exemplify RDH’s core values in their work and a passion to uphold our mission in “Making Buildings Better”. Please join us in congratulating our new Principals and Associates.
Colin Shane is a professional engineer with nearly 10 years of industry experience. In 2011, Colin joined RDH Vancouver as Building Science Engineer, leading new construction projects. In 2014, he moved to Oakland to join RDH’s first office in California. Since then, he has been a driving force behind the growth of RDH’s success in the state. Recently, he was the project consultant on the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Stanford, CA and Trinity Terrace residences in Fort Worth, TX. Read Colin’s full biography.
As a Construction Project Manager at RDH, Michael Roche is committed to delivering the best possible product to the client on schedule and under budget. Prior to joining RDH Vancouver in 2004, Michael worked as site foreman for a construction company, where he gained valuable experience of the various issues encountered on rehabilitation projects. Some of his recent projects include the Sheraton Guildford Hotel in Surrey, BC ($5.5 M) and Governor’s Tower & Villas in Vancouver, BC ($29 M). Read Michael’s full biography.
Since joining RDH in 2009, Paul Duffy has been an integral part of our team in Seattle. As a veteran of construction in the Northwest, Paul has had extensive experiencing overseeing design, estimating, construction, and customer service in all types and uses of buildings. This experience has led him into the role of Senior Project Manager, where he manages and directs the Construction Management operations for RDH’s US offices in Seattle and Portland. Some of his recent projects include Mira Condominiums ($1.3 M) in Kirkland, WA, and Apollo Warehouse ($680,000) in Tukwila, WA. Read Paul’s full biography.
As a Senior Project Engineer and Co-Regional Manager of the RDH Vancouver Island offices, Christy Love is a leader with broad experience around energy- and water-efficient mechanical building systems, research, and sustainability. Christy joined RDH in 2014, but has been working in the sustainable building industry for over 10 years. In addition, Christy has been working on growing RDH’s energy services on the Island, as well as supporting our Portland office. Her recent projects include North Park Passive House in Victoria, BC, and the Lord Harley apartments in Victoria, BC. Read Christy’s full biography.
Carrie Spencer joined RDH in 2003, taking on various roles as a project coordinator, corporate administrator, and building enclosure warranty administrator. In 2008, she completed the Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA) program and obtained a Bachelor’s of Technology in Construction Management with Distinction from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). In her role now as a Construction Project Manager, Carrie’s focus is on construction management, project management, and contract administration services for repair, renewal, and rehabilitation projects. Some of her recent projects include Lakeside Terrace in Coquitlam, BC and the Marine Building in Vancouver, BC.
Lorne Ricketts started at RDH as a Student Engineer in 2006, and has since become a Building Science Engineer specializing in new construction, investigation, and research. He completed a Master’s degree focused on airflow in high-rise residential buildings and led a study on large building airtightness here at RDH. Lorne is also a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops as well as an instructor at BCIT. Some projects he has completed recently include the Bella Bella Passive House in Bella Bella, BC, and the publication “An Illustrated Guide to R22+ Effective Walls in Wood-Frame Construction in British Columbia Design Guide” for BC Housing. Read Lorne’s full biography.
As Director of Marketing & Business Development, Brian leads a team dedicated to expanding RDH’s brand in our markets as well as developing strategies to grow our business. Prior to joining RDH in 2014, he worked in the building Indoor Air Quality and Energy Recovery Ventilation sector for 8 years. During this time, Brian helped establish and grow a local start-up from product concept through commercialization, gaining valuable experience. He also took part in influencing the ventilation and energy recovery industry, sitting on steering committees for both AHRI and HVI.
Trained as an architect, Gerry brings over 20 years of design and detailing experience to RDH’s Existing Buildings team. Since joining RDH in 2003, his primary focus has been on design development and the coordination of construction documentation for building enclosure rehabilitation projects. Gerry’s role as a Project Designer also involves assisting field staff with the interpretation of design details. Recent projects he has completed include Discovery Quay and The Catalina residences in Vancouver, BC. Read Gerry’s full biography.