BetterBricks Awards

Celebrate the efforts of standout individuals making a real impact in energy efficiency for Commercial Buildings in the Northwest! These professionals have championed the way towards a smarter built environment both within their own organizations and throughout the community. Their work has led to buildings that offer improved energy efficiency, bottom-line benefits and a reduced carbon footprint.

There will be a special celebratory breakfast on August 21, 2013 at the Hilton Hotel – Grand Ballroom I – 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. honoring these stewards as well as a panel discussion with Mark Edlen, CEO, Gerding Edlen, Jenny Bloomfield, Director of LEED, JE Dunn and Kirk Davis, Managing Principal, Glumac led by Portland Business Journal Publisher Craig Wessel:


This year's winners:

Emerging Leaders

Matthew Braun, Howard S Wright

Osvaldo "Ozzie" Gonzalez, CH2MHill

Nicole Isle, Glumac


Owner/ Developer

Wendy Collie, New Seasons Market

John Lindenthal, Multnomah County

Nancy Stueber, OMSI


Building Management

Byron Courts, Melvin Mark

Jodenne Scott, Shari's

Scott Rogers, InterMountain Education Service District



Mark Fujii, Portland State University

Paul Wallman, Portland General Electric

Peter Wilcox, New Buildings Institute


Building Design

Dave Otte, Holst Architecture

Lona Rerick, YGH

Edward Vranizan, CH2MHill


Special Judges Award

Sam Pardue, Indow Windows


Breakdown of individual award categories are:

  • Advocate
  • Emerging Leader
  • Building Design (Architect, Engineer, Designer)
  • Building Management (Building Manager, Property Manager, Building Operator, Facility Manager)
  • Owner / Developer

For more information about the 2013 BetterBricks award event, visit the Portland Business Journal's official event page.

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About BetterBricks Awards   

We have all heard that our buildings consume more than 40 percent of the energy used in the U.S. - approximately half is used in the commercial sector alone. Needless to say, the pressure is on to address the energy needs of our built environment.

There's a cascade of change taking place within the commercial building industry. Whether it was born out of volatile energy markets, catalyzed by AIA's 2030 Challenge, or validated by building owners who voluntarily disclose energy use before it becomes mandatory, one thing is certain: the opportunity energy efficiency offers to both the bottom line and the environment is unmatched. And it will take leaders from across professions to collaborate, take charge, and ultimately get us there quickly.

The BetterBricks Awards salute the individuals leading the way for high performance commercial buildings with an emphasis on energy efficiency. From the building owners who pay for them, to the designers and engineers who design them, to the building operations staff and service professionals who keep them running at peak performance - all have critical roles to play. The annual BetterBricks Awards celebrate the people behind the best projects in the Northwest. The result: a greater number of buildings that offer improved energy efficiency, bottom line benefits and a reduced carbon footprint.

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Past Awards  

Congratulations to all of our past award-winners! To learn more about these outstanding award recipients, visit the following pages:

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