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Virtual LEED Tour of Washington University’s East End Transformation

  • 12 Oct 2021
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Zoom


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Evening Educational Program

Virtual LEED Tour of Washington University’s East End Transformation

This virtual tour will provide an overview of the major transformation to the East End of Washington University’s Danforth Campus, which includes a large underground parking garage, five new buildings, and an addition to the Kemper Art Museum. Four of the buildings received LEED Platinum certifications and the fifth recently completed building is in the process of being certified, anticipating LEED V4 Gold certification. The presenters will provide an overview of the project, as well as a more detailed look at the sustainable design strategies employed in the buildings and landscape.


  • Prioritize LEED rating system specific credits achieved, specifying the credit/feature within a rating system, the name of the rating system, and the version of the rating system.
  • Discuss site master planning for the large multi-building project and investigate the certification process, including the strategy for master site credits, timeline, partners involved, and submission process.
  • Review challenges and opportunities that arose during the course of the East End Transformation.
  • Explore architectural design strategies that balance existing collegiate gothic buildings with modern buildings.


Railesha Tiwari, Sustainable Design and Construction Project Manager, Washington University in St. Louis 

Railesha joined the Washington University’s Office of Sustainability and Facilities teams in 2017 in a unique position as a Sustainable Design and Construction Project Manager. Her role is to foster sustainable design principles across all projects and help not only achieve the university’s sustainable operations goals, but set new goals that will expand WashU’s role as a national leader.

Railesha has a Doctorate degree from the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA. Her doctoral research focus was to develop an integrated design process model for the early design phase of Net-Zero Energy Buildings. Soon after graduating in 2015, Railesha joined the Green Building Services team at Harvard University. She led and successfully managed the LEED certification process, prioritized sustainability goals and helped deliver sustainable building projects of varying scale. She led collaboration of multi-disciplinary stakeholders, conducted sustainability charrettes and sustainability meetings utilizing her project management capabilities. As a graduate student, Railesha had the opportunity to work with Skidmore, Owings and Merill in San Francisco for a summer internship where she was actively involved in large-scale sustainable projects that were intended to have net zero-carbon footprints.

Railesha was awarded the King Student Medal of Excellence in Architectural + Environmental Research by ARCC in 2015. She is also a recipient of the Internship scholarship award from Baskerville, Richmond and has won multiple graduate scholar awards. She has presented her research at many conferences such as the iiSBE Net Zero Built Environment 2014 Symposium in Florida; the International Conference on Water, Informatics, Sustainability and Environment in Ottawa, Canada; Fifth International Conference on Constructed Environment at University of Philadelphia and Ninth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, Chicago. As a registered architect in India, her design experience includes residential, commercial, hotel, and resort projects. Her ongoing research and outreach interests focus on environmental design, Net-Zero Energy buildings, healthy building materials and Carbon-Neutral building design.

Phil Valko, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Sustainability, Washington University in St. Louis 

As Assistant Vice Chancellor for Sustainability, Phil works with faculty, staff, and students to advance operational sustainability for Washington University and to foster the next generation of sustainability/climate leaders. Phil also leads and participates in a number of national and regional partnerships to accelerate climate action and sustainable practice, including serving as the program chair for the Midwest Climate Summit, serving on the University Climate Change Coalition Steering Committee, and co-chairing a St. Louis regional energy & emissions working group. In addition, Phil teaches an interdisciplinary community-engaged course on renewable energy and de-carbonizing the electric grid and regularly guest lectures on a range of topics. During Phil’s tenure, Washington University has completed nearly 20 LEED projects, including eight LEED Platinum projects, completed over 2.5 megawatts of on-site solar projects, and transformed significant areas of landscape from turf to biodiverse, performative landscapes.


Submitted for AIA CES credit approval

Eligible for 1 GBCI CE self-reported hours


Tuesday, October 12, 2021

5:30 - 7:00 pm


Virtual event via Zoom.

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FREE for USGBC-MGC Members

FREE for Full-Time Students

$10.00 for Non-Members


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