Press Release: 10.14.2014

Congrats to Chad Dorgan for Being Named a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Fellow

LEED Fellows represent an elite class of accomplished green-building professionals.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), in conjunction with the Green Building Certification Institute, recently named McCarthy VP Quality and Sustainability Chad Dorgan a 2014 LEED Fellow. This is the most prestigious designation bestowed by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). Fellows are recognized for their exceptional contributions to the green building community as well as for their significant achievements among LEED Professionals.

“The 2014 LEED Fellows are utilizing their extensive knowledge and experience in green building to engage their colleagues, clients and communities to create a better built environment throughout the world,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “We recognize Chad Dorgan’s commitment to LEED and celebrate his achievements.”

To be selected, a LEED Fellow is nominated by their peers, undergo an extensive portfolio review, must have at least 10 years of experience in the green building industry and hold a LEED AP with specialty credential, among other requirements. The evaluation process is carried out by the LEED Fellow Evaluation Committee and supported by the GBCI.

“It’s truly an honor to be recognized by USGBC and GBCI as a LEED Fellow,” commented Dorgan. “What is truly special about this honor is that it is shared with all my partners at McCarthy. Together, we’ve stepped up to the sustainability challenge and continue to reach even greater heights through innovation and commitment to our environment.”

Throughout his 25-plus year career in the engineering, consulting and construction industries, Chad has played a significant role in the evolution of sustainability in the built environment. Prior to joining McCarthy in 2005, he spent four years as a mechanical engineer in the US Air Force and the next 12 as president of Dorgan Associates, a consulting firm focused on the transfer of technology from research to application, and the development and implementation of the commissioning process for governments, institutions and corporations. This effort included authoring ten books, dozens of papers, and being a leader in establishing the commissioning prerequisite and credit in the USGBC LEED rating systems.

At McCarthy, Dorgan led the development and implementation our innovative Quality Without Question Program focused on consistently building the best facilities in America. He also led the effort to develop McCarthy’s unique Green Curriculum, making our firm the first general contractor in the nation to internally create 30 hours of online, builder-focused training dedicated to sustainability. The success of this training program played an important role in McCarthy being recognized as the 6th best training organization by Training magazine in 2014, the highest ranked architecture/engineering/construction firm on the list.

In addition to this recent recognition by the USGBC, Dorgan is also a Fellow member with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), winning a variety of awards including the ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers, Society of American Military Engineers and the Construction Specifications Institute. Dorgan graduated from the University of Wisconsin, with a B.S. Mechanical Engineering and Ph.D. Indoor Air Quality.

The 2014 LEED Fellows will be recognized in New Orleans at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo from Oct. 22-24, 2014. A complete list of 2014 LEED Fellows can be viewed at

Congrats to Chad and thanks to all McCarthy partners for supporting our commitment to sustainability.

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