Schemmer’s Pat Birch, AIA, LEED AP quoted in Lincoln Business Journal

Lincoln Business Journal | March 1, 2017

Firms, industry navigate regulatory environment, environmental needs

Pat Birch, AIA, LEED AP

Pat Birch, AIA, LEED AP, was quoted in the Lincoln Business Journal’s Construction and the Environment section, discussing recent market growth and regulations, and the impact they have on the AEC industry.

Birch mentioned the recent growth of a wide range of projects in the mixed-use, senior living and multi-family housing markets, budget shortfalls and challenges in the agricultural economy, and the benefits of passing bonds to improve aging facilities.

In line with the implications of these types of projects, Birch emphasized the economic significance of construction.

“It employs a lot of people in a lot of sectors,” she said.

Birch also highlighted Schemmer’s “greening” or environmental sustainability shift that started nearly a decade ago. She credits states’ and municipalities’ adoption of the International Energy Conservation Code as playing a key role in mainstreaming these and similar trends.

“Market forces have also been key,” she said. “Firms have decided it’s the right thing to do – to be stewards of our earth in the ways that they can to make a difference.”

To read the full Lincoln Business Journal article, view pages 19-20.