Hugo Neu Corporation Sustainability Seminar: Sustainable Design in Public Facilities

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Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering

Speaker: Katie Stone, AIA, LEED AP, WELL AP, Deputy Municipal Market Director, H2M architects + engineers


Sustainability in Public Sector design is critical to achieve common environmental, social, and economic goals, which include realizing more resilient, equitable, and healthier communities. This discussion will examine various methods, challenges and opportunities for employing sustainable design strategies in the public realm.

Sustainable design in public buildings must respond to a variety of factors, including the programmatic and functional goals of the building, regulatory, budget, and schedule requirements, and the needs of a variety of building users. Through careful planning, communication and execution, implementation of good design practices can lead to benefits such as improved health and mental well-being, stimulating and attractive environments, long-term cost savings, and increased property values. Challenges to sustainable design include multiple and evolving stakeholders and decision makers, the often-time-consuming process of shepherding projects between inception and completion, available funding, municipal bidding laws, and other factors in decision making that are sometimes at odds with the principles of sustainable design.

The presentation will cover design strategies that have been successfully employed in public buildings, common obstacles, and an overview of the role of the architect/designer in facilitating successful sustainable design solutions.


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Ms. Stone is an architect with 15 years of experience in the design of public facilities including public libraries, K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, firehouses, ambulance facilities, and outpatient facilities. She is passionate about buildings in the public realm and their connection to our local communities and enjoys finding creative solutions to meet each of her client’s functional, budgetary, and scheduling requirements. Her responsibilities at H2M include execution of feasibility studies, space planning and preliminary design, community engagement, and oversight of construction document preparation.

As a LEED and WELL AP, Ms. Stone is enthusiastic about strategic implementation of design practices that will have an overall positive impact on both the environment and human health. At H2M, Ms. Stone is an active member of the firm’s Sustainability Committee, participating in initiatives to prepare benchmark reports on H2M’s internal and external sustainability efforts, plan outreach events with local organizations, and establish specification standards for sustainable materials. She has also taught a Commercial Design Studio course at Farmingdale State College.




Hugo Neu Corporation
Geosyntec Consultants 
Brown and Caldwell 
H2M architects + engineers
Lozier Inc.
The Catalyst Group


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