Chosen from 223 applicants, these 40 young AEC professionals represent the Class of 2012 in Building Design+Construction’s “40 UNDER 40” competition.

March 28, 2012

Karen Colby, LEED AP

Lean Champion, Senior Project Manager | Gilbane Building Co., Providence, R.I.
Age: 36
BSCE, Case Western Reserve University

Leads Gilbane’s Lean and Integrated Project Delivery initiatives.

Authored “Lean Playbook,” featuring a Lean strategy kickoff guide and tips on implementing Lean construction projects; also developed Gilbane’s Lean portal.

Project experience: InterLink at T.F. Green Airport; GTECH headquarters; Amgen, Inc.; Cox Communications corporate headquarters and call center; and Fidelity Investments.

Winner, Thomas and William Gilbane Excellence Award, New England Builders of the Year, CMAA Project Achievement New England, and America’s Transportation Award in the Innovative Management Category.

Member, Core Group, Lean Construction Institute of New England Community of Practice.

Soup kitchen volunteer, Our Lady of Czestochowa, Coventry, R.I.

Favorite movie: “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

Favorite food: chef’s tasting menu with beer pairings.

Favorite vacation spot: Block Island, R.I., during the fall bird migration.

Takes long runs in order to relax.

Avid birder.

Beta tester for new chocolate products.

Sara Beardsley, AIA, LEED AP

Senior Architect | Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Chicago
Age: 32
BArch, Illinois Institute of Technology

Leading design efforts on AS+GG’s Yongsan project, two super-tall towers (1,476 and 1,082 feet) in Seoul, Korea.

Led firm’s modernization and greening of Chicago’s Willis Tower.

Team member on the design and development of the Kingdom Tower, the >3,000-foot structure under construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Played critical role in the design of the Federation of Korean Industries headquarters in Seoul, the Incheon International Airport in Korea, the Verde Offices, and the Chicago Central Area Decarbonization Plan.

As technical studio head at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, contributed to the design of Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago and led renovation design of Mies van der Rohe’s Dirksen Federal Building.

Recipient, AIA Young Architects Award, 2011.

Winner, Dubin Family Young Architect Award, AIA Chicago, 2010.

Favorite hobbies: traveling to national parks, photography, and drawing.

Favorite movie: “Gattaca.”


Almost became a structural engineer instead of an architect.

Jerry Crawford, LEED AP

Special Projects and Interiors Division Manager | Turner Construction Company, Dallas
Age: 33
BSCE, University of Texas at Austin

Oversees construction projects and interior spaces ranging from $100,000 to $20 million.

Responsible for >$1 billion in subcontractor awards as purchasing manager; has overseen >$200 million in volume as operations manager.

Career involvement in >75 construction and renovation projects—office spaces, data centers, financial institutions, and education projects.

Participant, ACE Mentor Program and Community in Schools.

Mentor, Dallas Independent School District, Greater Dallas Chamber.

Member, Leadership Dallas, North Texas USGBC, TEXO Construction Association, Texas Real Estate Council.

Can’t live without: warm weather.

Favorite hobbies: travel, attending sporting events.

Favorite movie: “Rudy.”

Favorite vacation spot: Hawaii—two trips to three islands in the last five years.

Enjoys horse racing.

Grandfather, Jack Crawford, Sr., was a professional racecar driver.

Lori James, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C

Interior Designer/Project Manager | SmithGroupJJR, Detroit
Age: 30
BA Interior Architecture, Lawrence Technological University
Interior Design, St. Clair College

Named associate and promoted to interior design team leader for SmithGroupJJR’s Detroit office.

Led 10-month design and construction schedule for transforming a 130,000-sf industrial warehouse into a research and manufacturing center for GE’s Research and Aviation Division.

Led interior design efforts for the University of Louisville’s 280,000-sf, eight-story Clinical Translational Research Building, the first LEED-certified building on campus, which won awards from AIA Detroit, AIA Kentucky, Kentuckiana Masonry Institute, and the National Council of Structural Engineers Association.

Interior designer for $13.5 million, 43,000-sf Saguaro Building at Mesa (Ariz.) Community College’s Red Mountain Campus.

Leader, Detroit Office Earth Fair, 2007-2008.

Lead advisor, SmithGroupJJR’s Exploring Post 2005-2008.

SmithGroupJJR leader, We Care initiative to benefit local Boys & Girls Clubs of America (sponsored by Herman Miller).

Favorite hobbies: knitting, yoga, hiking.

Favorite food: Grandma’s German pancakes.

Favorite vacation spots: Sedona, Ariz., and Blue Ridge, Ga.

Can’t live without: her family’s German shepherd puppy, Deegan. BD+C


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