Sustainable Action Week 2018

 
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Valerio Dewalt Train runs its second annual Sustainable Action Week

Staying current requires constant and conscious effort, especially in the field of architecture and design. It was this precise idea that lead Romina Tonucci, a VDT associate, to the realization that this should be applied in the same way to our sustainable efforts. As a firm that advocates for sustainable practices in all aspects of our work, it became clear that we needed to continually emphasize this dimension of our projects and to share ideas among all of our offices. This lead her to form a committee that would organize what is now commonly known within our offices as SAW, Sustainable Action Week.

Each year this group of VDT staff organize a series of events spread out over a week that aim to raise awareness, to educate and to continually expand our efforts around Sustainable design. This year’s SAW week was based on the theme of water, and simultaneously included events in our Chicago, San Francisco and Palo Alto offices. We‘d like to take this moment to reflect on this past week’s events, and thank all of our partners that took part in this year’s SAW week!

 
 
 Sustainable Action Week
 
 
 

Events
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A brief overview of the events that took place around our various offices

CHI Energy Modeling: Canopy Hotel

Senior Associate Robert Webber and Architect Matt Godfrey presented their work on the Canopy Hotel in Grand Rapids Michigan. They shared their process in using Sefaira Architecture to strategize ways to optimize building performance in the early stages of design.

PA Great Race for saving Water 5K

Staff from our Palo Alto and San Francisco offices decided to kick off SAW with a 5 kilometer race that aims to bring awareness to water conservation as a means to combat California’s extreme droughts.

 
 
 
 
 Sefaira energy model for the Canopy Hotel in Grand Rapids

Sefaira energy model for the Canopy Hotel in Grand Rapids

 
 
 

CHI Horner Park Clean Up

Volunteers from our Chicago office partnered with Friends of the River to collectively clean the river banks.

CHI Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Lunch & Learn

Principal Civil Engineer, Daniel Feltes, gave an insightful presentation on the inner workings of local sewer systems and the MWRD.

 
 
 
 Petra Hurtado of Urban Breezes shares her research on urban environments

Petra Hurtado of Urban Breezes shares her research on urban environments

 
 
 

CHI Lecture: Urban Breezes

Researcher Petra (Stieninger) Hurtado presented her work on environmental psychology and its role sustainable practices related to city planning.

SF BCCI Construction Tour

Kena David and Halie Colbourne gave our SF team a tour of their offices, showing exactly what it took to make them WELL certified.

 
 
 
 
 

CHI Mini Trade Shows

Our Chicago office hosted three different trade shows, where manufacturers were invited to come in to our office and present sustainable products. As part of the event, many gave away prizes that were raffled off to the staff. We would personally like to thank the following companies for coming in:

Kohler, Ruder Group, Live Roof, Virginia Tile, Tarkett, Toto, Horigan Urban Forest Projects, Connealy Design Element, AIS, Brita Vivreau, Omni Ecosystems, Knoll and Falcon.

SF Mini Trade Show

We would like to thank the following brands and product reps for presenting their sustainable products in our San Francisco office: blankblank, AMA Surfaces, MōDE, Leuk Finishes and Nebia.

PA Mini Trade Show

We would like to thank the following brands and product reps for presenting their sustainable products in our Palo Alto office: blankblank, AMA Surfaces, MōDE, Linked Reps, USG and Spiio.

 
 
 
 

CHI MOEN Showroom

Our team was invited to attend a presentation by MOEN in their new showroom space at theMART. Our staff really enjoyed exploring this recently completed VDT project and listening to a lecture with wine and cheese.

CHI Shedd Water Labs & Filtration Areas Tour

Vice President of Environmental Quality, Allen LePointe, knows how to tell a great story! He gave an incredibly engaging tour on the inner workings of the Shedd Aquarium along with their research in microbiology.

SF Aquacell Lunch & Learn

Gibran Farrah from Mega Western taught us about the Aquacell Water Recycling Systems, with a focus on the blackwater system being implemented at the Salesforce Tower.

 
 

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Tour of Hangar 1 Distillery

Our San Francisco and Palo Alto offices toured the space responsible for the very special Fog Point Vodka, which is produced with water harvested from fog!

PA Semper Green Lunch & Learn

Dick Bernauer gave an intriguing presentation on green roofs and living walls.

CHI Lecture about the future of the Chicago River

Policy planning specialist, Andy Donakowski, spoke on behalf of Friends of the River about plans to restore ecosystems and develop habitats for both humans and animals.

PA Tour of Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center

A tour of the largest water purification plans in Northern California.

VDT Pechakucha & Raffle (this was all offices!)

A series of short presentations by VDTers on sustainable topics, participants include: Pam Crowell, Stephen Killion, Noah Jeppson, Christine Rosenberg & Stephen Shatswell. Winners of the raffle were also announced!

CHI Revolution Brewing Tour

Staying true to VDT culture, our Chicago office took a tour of the Revolution Brewery and left plenty of time to sample the merchandise.

 
 

SAW Team
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This year's SAW has been the most successful to date! We would like to thank all of the staff from Valerio Dewalt Train that made this incredible event possible:

 
 
 
 Romina Tonucci

Romina Tonucci

 Robert Webber

Robert Webber

 Denise Rocha

Denise Rocha

 Sheri Andrews

Sheri Andrews

 
 
 Emily Phillips

Emily Phillips

 Francisco Lopez de Arenosa

Francisco Lopez de Arenosa

 Jacob Goble

Jacob Goble

 Michelle Chang

Michelle Chang

 
 
 Victoria Chu

Victoria Chu

 Noah Bentley

Noah Bentley