Member Spotlight

Member Profile: Gregory Plavcan

To promote new connections in business and at events, NAIOP DC|MD’s Membership Committee is pleased to introduce a new feature in Developments and on Member Spotlight.  We are pleased to present Gensler’s Gregory Plavcan, Associate AIA, LEED® AP BD+C in our fourth Spotlight.

Mr. Plavcan is a Sustainability Specialist with Gensler, holding degrees in both Architecture and Engineering.  He is a LEED Accredited Professional and has participated on sustainability panels for NAIOP DC|MD and other organizations.

He grew up in New Jersey and graduated Villanova before adopting Washington, DC and graduating the Catholic University of America with a Master of Architecture.  Please make sure to introduce yourself the next time you see Gregory.

Here are his responses to our questionnaire:

Q: Please describe your involvement with the Chapter (committees, awards, service)
A: I presented a seat at the sustainable table on lessons learned from LEED v4 along with the USGBC, SDC committee member Sean Fish (Steven Winter Associates), and co-chair with Katie Rothenberg (HITT Construction). I joined shortly after that panel discussion upon hearing more about the Sustainable Development Committee.

Q: Why and when did you join NAIOP?
A: I joined in March 2018. I hope to have discussions about the business case for sustainability in the built environment, including emerging technologies and practices, with a broader range of stakeholders. I am looking forward to developing more connections between the design community and local governments as sustainability is increasingly included in codes.

Q: What has surprised you about your membership?
A: I have met someone new at every event I have attended so far. I am excited these events are attended by a wide range of backgrounds and expertise levels.
Q: How long have you been in Real Estate / Construction, and what drew you?
A: I have been working in sustainability consulting since 2006. Along the way, I have worked as a third-party consultant, taken a dive into architecture at a three-person architecture firm, and finally here at Gensler bridging the gap between sustainability consulting and Design.

Q: Describe your responsibilities in your current position
A: I am the leader of Gensler’s DC office sustainability consulting team. We help translate sustainability and wellbeing goals into reality and act as a resource for project teams in integrating sustainable strategies. I have worked on a range of project types such as small retail restaurant certifications, law firms, and professional service firms, and government projects throughout the united states and internationally.
We are also developing the firm’s workplace wellbeing model, WorkWell, which focuses on individual and organizational wellbeing within an organization. We believe there is power in prioritizing not just physical, but emotional and mental wellbeing. Developing the business case for this thinking and how space plays a part in the discussion has been really exciting!

Q: Describe a professional success you are proud of
A: I have managed the certification process on many complex projects, but consulting on one of the first Sustainable SITES projects in the rating system's Pilot Program was a great accomplishment.
Q: Are you originally from the Metropolitan area?
A: I grew up in New Jersey, went to college outside Philadelphia, and moved to DC right after for Graduate school. I have been here for 13 years now and while I feel I can fully claim Washingtonian status, I will forever be faithful to Villanova Basketball (Sorry Georgetown folks)!

Q: What is your favorite area cultural site?
A: My favorite cultural site is the Kennedy Center. I grew up singing and performing in musicals all the way through college. When I was young and would watch the Kennedy Center awards on TV, I never considered that one day I would be able to walk to a show from my office or apartment!

Q: Describe your non-work life: hobbies, family, service, etc.
A: Along with my team in DC, we lead Wellbeing Week for the firm each year. I have also run the offices young professionals group covering athletics, service, service, and professional development “extracurricular” activities.
Outside of work, I have regularly volunteered at the national Building Museum since 2013. I’ve also been a member of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington since 2013.

Q: What’s on your TV screen when it’s on?
A: I tend to keep busy, so my TV usually has brainless Food Network or HGTV shows for downtime relaxation. 

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