Congressionally Recognized Engineer Frechette to Address AMDS Luncheon on Green Design, Innovation

Contact: Andi Joseph
Director, Research & Communications
Washington, DC Economic Partnership

November 2, 2010

The Washington DC Economic Partnership’s (WDCEP) 10th Anniversary Annual Meeting Luncheon will feature Keynote presenter Roger Frechette, President of PositivEnergy Practice LLC, who will address the attendees on high performing buildings, the process for de-carbonization, and on innovative engineering models.

Pearl River Tower, the world’s most energy efficient office tower, Guangzhou, China
Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building and man-made structure, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Frechette was principal design engineer on the world’s tallest building and man-made structure: Burj Khalifa, in Dubai, which draws one-third of all of the water used in the building from its condensate systems, producing enough water to fill 22 Olympic-sized swimming pools annually from the air, while at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP.   Frechette was principal engineer for the Pearl River Tower, the world’s most energy efficient office tower now under construction in Guangzhou, China, where he used advanced wind-powered, solar-collecting, breathable-skin, cold radiation comfort innovations in the design.  He was also the principal engineer for the greening of the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) and the Chicago DeCarbonization & Implementation Plan.

Frechette’s body of work also includes a wide range of projects from government buildings and museums, to laboratories, airports, hospitals, academic buildings and corporate offices, including several in Washington DC, such as the National Museum of American History, RFK Stadium Renovation, Department of Transportation HQ, Oracle Headquarters, Mary Switzer Building, and the Star Spangled Banner Lab.

Frechette is a Senior Fellow with the Design Futures Council, a global network of design community professionals, and a frequent lecturer on high-performance design and green engineering. He is the co-author of Nantucket Principals (2002), which focused on trends and issues influencing green building and sustainable design. In 2004, Frechette was recognized by the United States Congress for his work in sustainability and his work on the Pearl River Tower was featured on a Planet Green episode (Power Tower) this past June.

Special Guest Speaker at AMDS10 is Council Chairman and Mayor-elect Vince Gray, who will close the program by addressing economic development in DC.

The WDCEP also annually releases one of its most popular publications at AMDS: The DC Development Report, which describes the development trends and highlights DC’s$79.2 billion of development activity.  The Development Report comes to life through WDCEP’s Development Showcase, the annual exhibition of the District’s projects underway and in the pipeline, which precedes the Annual Meeting luncheon. Featured at this year’s Development Showcase will be Tesla Motors, which will have on display its Roadster that features 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, 245 miles per charge and 0 emissions.

The WDCEP’s Annual Meeting and Development Showcase (AMDS) is Friday November 19 at the Washington Convention Center, from 10am-2pm.  Click HERE to register, or call 202-661-8670.


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