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Ara Massey


Education, Higher Education, Historic Preservation, K-12 Education, Sustainability studio.

Ara is a Sustainability Director, Senior Associate and Staffing Manager at Hord Coplan Macht.  She joined the firm in 2012 with ten years of experience in construction and design with an emphasis on sustainability and implementation of cost effective sustainable solutions throughout all phases of development, design, construction and operation. By helping set, track and realize building performance and health and wellness goals throughout design and construction Ara ensures optimization of all resources; energy, water and people.  She is a LEED BD+C accredited professional and manages third party sustainability rating system certifications. She regularly speaks to various markets on topics related to sustainability in the built environment with a focus on the business case for carbon footprint reduction, material transparency and designing for optimal human health and wellness.  Ara’s extensive knowledge of cost estimating sustainable strategies helps to reduce premiums associated with this approach to design and construction.  On a day to day basis she is responsible for working with Project Managers and Principals to optimize sustainable design strategies on all project types as well as managing architectural staffing for the Denver office including negotiating resource allocation and working closely with Human Resources to recruit, retain, mentor and develop staff.