Meet The Team

As the project has progressed, more team members have been added. Scroll down to see a list of our team members and their biographies for each phase of the project.

PHASE 1: Terri Meyer Boake, B.E.S. B.Arch. M.Arch. LEED AP, Associate Professor, Associate Director Undergraduate Academic Officer at UofW.

Leading the project as architectural consultant is Professor Terri Meyer Boake, LEED® AP, Associate Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo. Professor Boake is also President of the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE). She teaches in the areas of environmental design, building construction, and new media. Professor Boake has created and maintains a web based case study resource for Sustainable Canadian Buildings, and also maintains web based education resources. Professor Boake has completed two learning resources for the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction and is currently engaged in the development and production of two others. She has co-authored two key Carbon Neutral Directed presentations the AIA Conference in May 2008, and is presenting "The Leap to Zero Carbon" at the Ontario Association of Architects Convention in May 2009.

PHASE 1: Dr. Lei Xu, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Dr. Lei Xu is a Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo, as well as the Associate Director of the Canadian Cold-Formed Steel Research Group.

Dr. Lei Xu received his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering at the University of Waterloo in 1994. He completed his B.Sc. in Engineering Mechanics at Chongqing University, China in 1982. His current teaching activities include: structural steel design, structural analysis, and structural systems for undergraduate students, as well as advanced structural steel design for graduate students.

The research interests of Dr. Lei Xu include: stability analysis, design, and optimization of steel framed structures, analysis and design of cold-formed steel structures, performance-based seismic analysis and design of buildings, and progressive-failure analysis of buildings subjected to abnormal loading.

PHASE 1: Kevin Van Ooteghem, BASc. MASc. Candidate

Kevin is affiliated with the University of Waterloo, Department of Civil Engineering, Cold-Formed Steel Research Group. He has completed an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Waterloo in 2008.

Currently, Kevin is pursuing a Master’s of Applied Science degree at the University of Waterloo with Dr. Lei Xu and the Cold-Formed Steel Research Group in the Department of Civil Engineering. He is the current recipient of an Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (2009-2010) as well as the University of Waterloo, President’s Graduate Scholarship (2009-2010).

PHASE 1: Christopher Black, HBAS, MArch Candidate, LEED-AP

Chris completed his undergraduate degree in Architecture at the University of Waterloo in 2005. Prior to beginning his graduate studies, Chris worked as a sustainable design consultant and designer for two years with a large Canadian architectural firm where he successfully wrote his LEED-AP exam.

At present, Chris is pursuing a Master's in Architecture at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. In addition to researching carbon neutral design, Chris is currently one of the Project Architectural Designers on UW's entry into the 2009 US Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon. This project is a built example of zero-energy housing for Northern Climates.

Chris Black is this year’s recipient of the Sustainable Building Science Educator's Retreat Scholarship (2009).

PHASE 2: Enermodal Engineering,

Enermodal Engineering is Canada’s largest consulting firm exclusively dedicated to creating green buildings and communities, with a professional staff of green building specialists in Kitchener, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Halifax, Vancouver, and Toronto.

They provide innovative solutions to reduce the energy and water consumption and the environmental impact of building designs.

Enermodal’s success is rooted in a hands on and technical understanding of building systems and energy use.

Enermodal Engineering is a “one-stop shop” for the design and operation of sustainable buildings. They offer the most comprehensive set of green building services on the market.

PHASE 3: Whiting Design,

Whiting Design provides modern, sustainable building design in Kitchener Waterloo and surrounding areas.

We are driven to do better, to reduce our impact, to provide you with space that is intelligent as well as beautiful. Our focus is modern, with the understanding that this is the vernacular of our time, and a design method that yields simple, beautiful, economical results. We specialize in residential and small to medium scale commercial projects. We also enjoy working with historic structures, and have had numerous successes bringing new function,light and life as well as vastly improved efficiency to many older homes and buildings.

PHASE 4: MMM Group,

MMM Group provides consulting services to meet the stated sustainability requirements of its clients by providing smart, safe and sensible solutions that maximize resources and consider social/environmental effects.

MMM's "DARES" Sustainability Mandate

  • Durable - Will the project endure over time?
  • Adaptable - Can the project adapt to changing conditions?
  • Restorative - Will the project improve the local community or environment?
  • Efficient/Economical - Does the project maximize scarce funds and resources?
  • Safe and Smart - Does the project pose any risks to the environment or community?