Billings’ Carlson adds GGP to her growing list of certifications

By: Travis Estvold
5 January 2015

Congratulations are in order for Ronda Carlson, an architect and project manager at CTA Billings. She recently was certified as a Green Globes Professional (GGP) by the Green Building Initiative, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bolster energy efficiency and sustainability by promoting green building approaches in commercial construction.

Carlson adds GGP credentials to her Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) AP BD+C certification. As a LEED AP, she has certified 10 projects, successfully achieving each organization’s green building certification levels. She also has two LEED projects currently underway.

“This certification will allow me to provide another alternative to our clients who are interested in pursuing energy conservation, sustainable design solutions, and recognition for their projects,” Carlson said.  “One advantage of the Green Globes assessment process is that it is geared towards assessing the energy performance over the life of the building and developing ways to improve building performance through continued assessment of operations and maintenance.  I am an advocate for sustainable design and am highly aware of the impacts our buildings have on the environment, so this is a great opportunity for me to further promote how green building can have a positive impact on our lives, the lives of our children, and our planet’s future.”

Carlson’s resume includes  the MET Downtown Transfer Center, and the First Interstate Bank at Shiloh Crossing, both in Billings, MT. Before joining CTA in 2007, she was also involved with several mixed-use/adaptive reuse projects in downtown Billings. She regularly focuses on building code analysis and code interpretations, and has completed analyses on a wide variety of projects including mixed-use buildings, chemical processing labs, large-scale renovations, and educational facilities.

Carlson cites the firm’s culture, community involvement, and a commitment to promoting sustainable design as reasons she enjoys working for CTA. “The firm is always striving for improvement and offers our clients a high performance experience along with excellent design,” she said.

Though the Billings native spent 10 years in Eugene, OR, after her graduation from Montana State University, Carlson admits she’s a Montana girl at heart, and missed the comparative sunshine in the Big Sky State. She currently resides in Billings with her two children, 17 and 15.

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