Beck Group Adds Sustainability Talent

  • Aug 9, 2016

To keep up with client demand for sustainable and healthy buildings, The Beck Group has added two new Sustainability Managers. Mike Brown and Marianna Verlage round out the Sustainability team, led by Norma Lehman, Director of Sustainability.

Meet Mike 

Mike joins The Beck Group as Sustainability Manager and Energy Modeler. He assists project teams in various technical aspects of our projects to maximize building performance.  A 2012 graduate of Texas A&M, Mike most recently worked for Jordan and Skala Engineers where he held the position of Sustainability Discipline Director.

Mike is experienced in numerous green building standards including LEED, Energy Star, National Green Building Standard, Green Globes, Earthcraft and Green Community. Mike has helped a number of clients in the multi-family, higher education and corporate sectors earn LEED Certification.

In working with clients his philosophy is to ensure that both the owner’s operating requirements and sustainability requirements are met, utilizing Life Cycle Cost Analysis.

Passionate about Sustainability, Michael is currently involved in a variety of professional organizations including The North Texas Region U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Dallas National Society of Black Engineers and the North Texas Association of Energy Engineers (NTAEE).

Say Hello to Marianna

A 2013 Environmental Engineering graduate of Harvard University, Marianna brings large-scale project implementation knowledge to Beck, gained predominantly in the environmental sector.

Most recently Marianna worked as a Project Coordinator at Street Coolers Pty Ltd in Sydney, Australia. While there, she managed sustainability projects under a $100,000 government grant, including implementing best practices for mitigating the urban heat island effect and incorporating a sustainability curriculum at a local school. She also coordinated a residential remodel project to take an urban home off-grid and assisted in designing a sustainable, aboriginal community in rural Australia.

Marianna approaches projects by establishing strong relationships from the start. She believes that clear expectations, open communication, and inspired teams deliver successful projects. She interned with Beck six years ago, and is very happy to be back on the team.

“Having Mike and Marianna as part of our team strengthens our ability to meet the demand for healthy and high performance buildings, says Norma Lehman. “With the adoption of new energy codes and the focus on health and well-being, demand for 3rd party verified green buildings is on the rise.

For more information on Beck’s sustainability services please contact Norma Lehman at normalehman@beckgroup.com.