Global architectural design firm HOK has appointed Gerry Faubert, CET, LEED AP, to the position of Director of Integrated Design. In this newly created role, Faubert will collaborate with architects and engineers of record in identifying and applying sustainable strategies to projects, with the goal of conserving resources, improving performance and improving overall environmental impact. Based in the firm’s Toronto office, Faubert will serve as a resource to project teams and clients throughout the global HOK network.
“HOK’s fulsome use of integrated-design will lead to more efficient, low-carbon, resilient buildings, resulting in great value for our clients.” said Lui Mancinelli HOK’s Senior Vice President and Managing Principal. “Potential client benefits of building green include reduced lifecycle operating costs, an improved ability to attract and retain clients and employees, improved shareholder value, and improved relations with regulators.”
A recognized leader of innovative green building projects across Canada, Faubert formerly served as Principal of Keen Engineering and Managing Principal of Stantec Buildings Engineering. He recently collaborated with HOK and Bergmark, Guimond, Hammarlund, Jones Architects on the design of the Jean Canfield Government of Canada Building in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, an award winning 188,368 square-foot pilot project to align with the federal government’s sustainability strategy. The integrated design process enabled the project team to create the most sustainable solution feasible, yielding sustainable innovations and reduced resource consumption, such as a 65 per cent reduction in energy demand and a 78 per cent reduction in potable water demand compared to a typical office building and the largest building-mounted photovoltaic array in Canada. The project earned the Prince Edward Island Lieutenant Governor’s Award of Excellence in Architecture in 2008 and is pursing LEED certification.
Faubert’s recent projects include the Student Centre at the University of Toronto Scarborough and the University of Chicago’s Center for Physical and Computational Sciences.
A frequent spokesperson and advocate for sustainable design, Faubert has lectured at conferences across North America. He is a member of the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians & Technologists, Canada Green Building Council, Canadian Design-Build Institute and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air-Conditioning Engineers. He studied Building Engineering Science and Technology at Vanier College in St. Laurent, Quebec.
In his new position, Faubert joins the firm wide leadership team working with HOK’s global network of sustainable leaders. Located in each of the firm’s regional offices, these sustainable planning, design and consulting specialists direct strategies and projects within their respective regions while also contributing their expertise to other HOK projects throughout the world.