Brandon Rich, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, Fitwel Ambassador

Brandon’s brother, an architect, and a scholarship from the Walter Scott Jr. Scholarship Program were heavy influences on his decision to pursue architectural engineering. Skilled at math and problem solving, Brandon concentrated on electrical engineering and lighting design. His journey also encouraged a passion for helping students understand how they can impact a design, connecting him with future industry leaders.

Brandon takes new lessons and ideas from every project he works on, especially projects that require high performing teams of dozens of consultants. River Point in Chicago taught him how tall projects go together, like a 3-D puzzle the team needed to solve. Scott Data Center brought lessons on how to coordinate and work with an owner to negotiate with utility providers for large power needs. Working with architects on Northwestern Mutual helped develop Brandon’s collaboration skills, resulting in engineering solutions with minimal impact on the architectural vision.

1201 Cass Street was one of Brandon’s most impactful projects because he applied the WELL Building Standard™ to a project, while also creating Alvine’s new headquarters and a demonstration space for the community. He enjoys the challenge of designing custom buildings like 1201 Cass and developing innovative, original solutions for the integration of people, space, air, water, and light. As people spend much of their lives inside, Brandon would like engineering to continue using new materials, technologies, and historical data to make buildings safer, healthier, more efficient, and restorative of the environment around them.

Highlights

  • United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Flatwater Chapter Member
  • Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Member
  • Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) Member
  • Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Member
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Member
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Member
  • Midland Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award Recipient, 2020
  • Durham Architectural Engineering and Construction Outstanding Alumni Award Recipient, 2020
  • Consulting-Specifying Engineer Magazine 40 Under 40 Honoree, 2018
  • University of Nebraska Architectural Engineering Program Guest Lecturer
  • University of Nebraska Architectural Engineering Program Design Team Mentor and Freshman Mentor
  • Durham School Explorer Post Volunteer
  • Creighton University’s Sustainable Energy Science Program Volunteer
  • Involved in the Joslyn Art Museum’s Young Art Patrons Leadership Governance Committee
  • Involved in several Jewish Community Center Programs
  • Involved in the Miss America Organization’s Miss Omaha and Miss Douglas County Scholarship Programs (20+ Years)

“The excitement of each day not going exactly as I may have anticipated keeps me on my toes, and I enjoy that challenge.”

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