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On November 19, 2013, Dallas SWE hosted a speaker meeting at La Madeleine near SMU’s campus with guest speakers Paulina Diaz, P.E. and Laura Geiger.  Paulina and Laura work for ccrd, an engineering consulting firm, on projects promoting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) with a special focus in the healthcare industry.

Their informative presentation gave an overview of the LEED rating system, what it takes to become a credentialed LEED professional, and some of the specific projects they have been a part of at ccrd including the Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, TX and the Baylor Cancer Center in Dallas, TX.   It was really interesting to hear about the different challenges LEED engineers face when designing modifications to existing buildings or new buildings from scratch.  Paulina and Laura highlighted the delicate balance between the state of existing infrastructure, cost, functionality, and environmental concerns.  Thanks to Paulina and Laura for enlightening us on your experience with green energy design, and thanks to Dallas SWE Vice President Barbara Read for setting up this month’s meeting location and learning opportunity!  You can view the LEED topic PowerPoint presentation here.

After our speaker presentation, Dallas SWE President Jennifer Vilbig went over some SWE business and awarded afew lucky attendees with door prizes!  You can view this month’s meeting agenda at our Newsletter page.

If you haven’t already RSVPed for the December 12 Holiday Party, hosted jointly by Dallas SWE and DFW ATW, you can do so at the Eventbrite website!  It will be a great time to celebrate the successes of 2013 and enjoy each other’s company for the holidays so don’t miss it!!

Last but not least, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!  We hope to see you again soon.

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