CHPS Welcomes New and Says Goodbye to Departing Board Directors

August 14, 2013 (Sacramento, CA) At their last meeting, the Collaborative for High Performance Schools Board of Directors saw some significant changes to their roster. Sean O’Donnell, AIA, LEED AP, from Perkins Eastman in Washington D.C., was elected to the Board of Directors of CHPS. Stephen (Steve) Castellanos, FAIA, who has served on the CHPS Board for seven years, completed his term for the Board, and will be stepping off.

“CHPS is honored to welcome Sean O'Donnell as a new board member. We look forward to adding his guidance and leadership to our board of directors,” says Carolyn Sarno, Vice Chair of the CHPS Board of Directors and Chair of the Nominating Committee, and Senior Program Manager at Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP). “At the same time, we are grateful for and humbled by Steve Castellanos’ contributions to CHPS during his time on the board, and we are sad to see him go. We look forward to our continued work with him in new capacities.”

Mr. Castellanos was appointed Executive Director of the California Commission on Disability Access at the beginning of this year. Mr. Castellanos served on the CHPS Board of Directors from 2003-2004 and, more recently, from 2007- present. He served as Chair of the CHPS Board in 2004. From 2000-2004, Mr. Castellanos served as the State Architect for California.

“During his time with the CHPS Board, as well as in his professional and personal life, Steve has shown a singular vision and commitment to the high performance school movement,” said Bill Orr, Executive Director of CHPS. “We are so appreciative for everything he has done for CHPS and for California’s schools.”

Sean O’Donnell comes to the CHPS Board as the leader of Perkins Eastman’s market sector for Primary and Secondary Education Environments. Mr. O’Donnell’s work with and advocacy for existing buildings—how they can be transformed into high-performance schools for the 21st century while retaining their architectural integrity and enhancing their ties to the community—brings a particularly significant expertise to the CHPS Board.

According to Mr. O’Donnell, “Designing high-performance school environments is a personal passion but also a responsibility professionally. I am honored to join the existing CHPS Board Members in helping school districts across the country improve the quality of education for our children—by building the next generation of schools today.”

Mr. O’Donnell is a recognized leader in educational facility planning and the design of great learning environments, with more than 20 years’ experience. He is the founder and chair of the AIA/DC Committee on Architecture for Education, and he has presented at conferences across the country and has served as a juror for many leading school design award programs. Among his school designs are the highly anticipated new school for Dunbar Senior High School in Washington, DC, which upon its completion later this month will feature the largest geothermal field and the first photovoltaic system provided by a power purchase agreement in the District, and the Martin Luther King Jr. School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which is targeting Net Zero Energy. In addition, O’Donnell was Principal-in-Charge of Stoddert Elementary School and Community Center in Washington, DC, designated a Green Ribbon School by the US Department of Education, and the School Without Walls Senior High School, also in Washington, DC, a Grand Prize award winner for Excellence in Educational Facility Design by Learning By Design. His designs have earned multiple awards from prestigious organizations, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the National School Board Association (NSBA), the Council of Educational Facility Planners (CEFPI), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

August 14, 2013 (Sacramento, CA) CHPS welcomed a Sean O'Donnell, AIA, LEED AP from Perkins Eastman to the board and said goodbye to Stephen Castellanos, FAIA, a long-time CHPS board member. ~order=2013-08-14
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