Though Unico Sustainability Project Manager Jodie Clarke has worked on the cutting edge of green building, it’s her mentors and peers that define the job for her.
“I was definitely drawn to want to do good in my career,” said Clarke, who is a LEED-AP and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Media Communications from the University of San Diego. “I knew I wanted to do something that helped people or the environment in some way.” Her path surfaced when she began consulting on a friend’s LEED projects.
“I liked the variety of professionals I came into contact with: owners, architects, mechanical engineers, contractors… Each one has a different role on an individual scale, but comes together to create a structure of space, integrating their experience and talent,” said Clarke, who adds that the lessons she’s learned in her career go beyond technical knowledge. “I have had a lot of mentors and each one has given me guidance in various aspects of business and management, and – most important to my work philosophy – customer service.”
Now 10 years into her career, Clarke specializes in New Construction LEED consulting, although she also has experience in Core and Shell and Commercial Interiors.
“After working for myself on LEED buildings nationwide and consulting for firms such as Integrative Design Collaborative, YRG, and McKinstry, I joined O’Brien & Company where I consulted on mostly New Construction, Core and Shell, and Commercial Interiors projects for seven years.”
One of Clarke’s proudest accomplishments was securing the LEED Platinum certification of Seattle’s Fire Station 20—the nation’s greenest fire station.
“I worked closely with the design team, owner and construction team to make this project a success,” said Clarke, who steered the development as a project manager and LEED consultant. “The owner was financially and personally invested in building the nation’s greenest fire station, and we did it with a Platinum score of 98 points! It was a fantastic team to work with.”
Clarke’s work at Fire Station 20 demonstrated her exceptional level of dedication to each project.
“The Apps bay (where the trucks are kept) was calculated as a non-compliant space as it was over lit,” recalled Clarke. “I learned from the architect that the overhangs would provide enough shade for it not to feel too bright in there, so we bought a light meter and took measurements after the space was built out. I spent two days on-site with a walking measuring stick, my light meter, and floor plans, where I marked the actual foot-candles (fc) of each spot in every regularly occupied space in a 2-foot x 2-foot grid. That exercise proved that actual light in the Apps bay was compliant with LEED requirements for credit and we earned an extra point!”
At Unico, Clarke contributes both experience and optimism and will be working on the company’s most advanced green building projects. Her most recent project is guiding Stone34, the Fremont-based world headquarters of Brooks Sports, through Seattle’s Deep Green Pilot Program (DGPP). An offshoot of the Living Building Challenge certification, DGPP incentivizes sustainable construction and building operation above and beyond the strictest LEED standards.
“We are getting close to a full year of occupancy,” said Clarke, who added that she’s thrilled to work with a building that incorporates the latest developments in sustainability technology. “This has been a great example of the type of project I had hoped to work on at Unico, and I look forward to celebrating the certification.”