Welcome to
The Regenerative Building Channel

Bringing Innovative, Smart Engineering to Life

Newcomb & Boyd is honored to have been a part of The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design at Georgia Tech.
Through innovative thinking and technology, our team of engineers helped bring this one of a kind building to life. We welcome you to “The Regenerative Building Channel” where you can find all you ever wanted to know about the makings of one of the most sustainable buildings in the southeast.

About the Living Building Challenge

When The Kendeda Fund partnered with Georgia Tech to create the most environmentally advanced building in the Southeast, they embraced The Living Building Challenge, an aspirational program based on the idea that a building can be regenerative. Imagine a building as efficient as a flower, using just what it needs from its surroundings. A Living Building must produce more energy than it consumes. All water must be supplied by rainwater and all stormwater and water discharge must be treated onsite. Since compliance for certification is based on actual building performance, projects must be operational for twelve consecutive months.
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About the Kendeda Fund

The Kendeda Fund supports transformation. Their Southeast Sustainability programs push the boundaries of ecological design in the Southeastern United States to address deep-rooted market barriers to what is possible.
The Kendeda Fund set out to prove that a Living Building could indeed be built in a hot and humid climate and are using the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design to accelerate adoption of industry transforming design and construction lessons.

Engineering a Living Building

Establish an energy target and design a building to meet that target

Reduce the energy load and verify every design decision with energy modeling

Water usage requires as much scrutiny as energy, and must be aggressively reduced

Think about comfort and factors influencing comfort

Provide Intelligent Building Systems for metering, monitoring, data gathering, and analytics

In a Living Building everything does more than one thing

Solve the humidity problem for a Living Building in a hot and humid climate

Design and plan a 12-month performance period

Georgia Tech is in the business of creating the next — the next idea, the next technology, and the next legion of visionary leaders. Bound together by passion and skill, spurred by our imaginations, and rolling up our sleeves to get it done, our faculty, researchers, and students focus on solving the grand challenges of our time.

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The Kendeda Fund’s founder, Diana Blank, wanted to create largescale change for the climate. The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design is an aspirational project to show what is possible in creating the next.
Take a Virtual Tour of the Kendeda Building with the building director, Shan Arora.
Architectural Wonder, Regenerative Inspiration.

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The Engineers


Todd Mowinski, II, PE

With 20 years of experience in mechanical engineering design, project management, and partner-in-charge responsibilities on more than 270 facilities, Todd has particular expertise in the areas of academia and laboratories. He has presented to international conferences on sustainability in HVAC design and has also published on the topic. Todd was named a Partner in 2016.

Associate Partner | Project Manager and Electrical Engineer

Matt DiPiro, PE

Matt has 16 years of experience in the electrical engineering design of commercial and institutional facilities. He has been responsible for more than 100 projects in new and renovated spaces, including academic buildings. Matt is knowledgeable of sustainable buildings, having designed more than 20 projects that have achieved or are pursuing LEED certification. He finds ease in relating technical topics to those who seek guidance.

Associate Partner | Director, Energy and Sustainability

Brendan Gardes, PE, CEM

Brendan has 18 years of experience in mechanical systems design and project management with a focus on sustainability and optimization. To further this effort, Brendan has received multiple certifications from leading industry organizations focused on energy use and sustainable practices. He has been responsible for more than 40 projects. Brendan strives to understand the client and their core business needs, provide optimal sustainable solutions, and meet project timelines. As a member of the City of Decatur Environmental Sustainability Board, he is an advocate of advancing sustainability within his community. He was named one of 2019’s 40 under 40 winners by Consulting-Specifying Engineer.

Partner | Lead Special Technology Engineer

Donny Walker, PE, RCDD

Donny has over 20 years of engineering, project management, and partner-in-charge responsibilities in communications, security and integrated building automation systems. His experience includes college campuses, science and technology facilities, and advanced technology developments. In 2017 Donny was awarded Progressive Consulting Engineer of the Year by ControlTrends for Demonstrated Industry Leadership in Advancing the Smart Building. He was named a Partner in 2016.

Senior Associate | Plumbing Engineer

Mark Azarraga

Mark has 12 years of experience in the design of plumbing systems. His responsibilities have included the design of more than 50 projects, including higher education, laboratory, and military facilities. Mark is also conversant in the complex design of plumbing systems in kitchens.

Associate Partner | Acoustical Consultant

Jessica Clements, INCE-USA

Jessica has 16 years of experience in architectural acoustics, sound isolation, theatre design, mechanical system noise and vibration control, and acoustical testing. She has particular expertise in the fields of hospitality, higher education, healthcare, and religious facilities, having responsibility for more than 140 projects. Through designs that combine acoustic and aesthetic concepts, Jessica creates atmospheres that enhance communication and form a functional, beautiful space.

Associate Partner | Audio-Visual

Britton Gates, CTS-D, CTS-I

With more than 11 years of experience in the audio-visual industry as a consultant and project manager, Britton develops unique solutions that enable owners and users to provide effective communication through technology. His experience on academic campuses comprises distance learning spaces, integrated videoconferencing, multimedia presentation systems, and Technology-Enabled Active Learning (TEAL) classrooms.

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Communications Engineer

Igor Shvets, RCDD

With 11 years of experience, Igor exhibits leadership and expertise in the design and implementation of low voltage systems. His experience encompasses more than 110 projects. Igor’s accomplishments can be attributed to his belief that success is not a measure between yourself and your peers, but that it is the measure of your former self against who you are today.

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