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

Jason Freeland, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP BD+C

Vice President, Director of Healthcare | Heery International, Atlanta
Age: 36
BArch, University of Kentucky

Director of Heery’s Healthcare design studio responsible for leading design of healthcare projects from conceptual to schematic design through construction documentation. Projects include master planning of military healthcare facilities as well as private-sector hospitals and academic medical centers.

Provided programming, design, and planning for Aqua Bella Medical Campus, Los Angeles, and Atlanta’s Northside Hospital and Shepherd Center Spinal Center.

Working toward MBA at Emory University.

Musician and performer, 500 Songs for Kids and Not For Sale Campaign.

Design workshop leader and volunteer, Hope Elementary School, Title II Charter School for Underprivileged.

Presenter, Heery University in-house training program.

Enjoys “circuit-bending”—modifying electronic circuits to produce unpredictable and enjoyable results in processing audio.

Cannot live without a string instrument and amplifier.

Favorite vacation spot: Cinque Terra, five seaside towns on the northwest coast of Italy.

Runner and mountain biker.

Competed in the 1990 U.S. Junior Olympics in Tae Kwon Do.

Krista Sprenger, LEED AP BD+C

Vice President, Director of Sustainability and Projects, Americas | Lend Lease, New York, N.Y.
Age: 35
BS, BA, Regis University, Denver

Leading all sustainability efforts for Lend Lease in the Americas.

Member of the team that positioned Lend Lease to be chosen one of the initial 14 partners in President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge.

Project director, Horizon Uptown Development, Aurora, Colo. ($1.7 billion sustainable mixed-use project).

Embedded social sustainability into 10 Lend Lease (US) Public Partnerships military housing projects.

Member, Lend Lease Senior Leadership Team, Regional Investment Committee, and Global Sustainability Team.

Member, World Response Foundation, Aurora (Colo.) Economic Development Board, and Big Brothers Big Sisters Aurora/Montebello Community Resource Board.

Volunteer, World Response Foundation and Transform Asia, educating orphaned girls in Cambodia.

Favorite hobbies: skiing, hiking, tennis, camping, backpacking, biking, snowshoeing.

Favorite cuisine: Thai.

Favorite movies: “The Three Amigos” and “The Usual Suspects.”

Favorite books: Historical biographies and mysteries.

Goal: ski every continent (except Antarctica) by 2015.

Lifeguard for eight years.

Frank Rygiel, LEED AP

Senior Project Manager | Batson-Cook Company, Tampa, Fla.
Age: 37
BS, East Carolina University

Managing three-year USF Polytechnic Continuing Services contract, which includes teaching, research, academic, administrative, recreation and residence facilities.

Senior project manager for the Portland, a 12-story affordable housing project in St. Petersburg.

Oversaw Stowers Elementary and Barrington Middle School construction, a $31.6 million contract in which two schools were built simultaneously and share kitchen facilities and mechanical systems.

Accepted into Leadership Pasco, a Pasco County, Fla., leadership development program. Helped raise $250,000 for construction of a new K9 facility for the Pasco County Sheriff’s Department.

Completed Ken Blanchard’s Situational Leadership program.

Member, Executive Board, Pasco-Hernando Community College Foundation; Vice Chair, 2012; will assume the chair in 2013.

Sergeant-at-arms, Sunrise Rotary of Wesley Chapel.

Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity of East and Central Pasco.

Unusual talent: Can name and locate any part on a 1981 Datsun.

Won a putting contest that put him in the 2010 Transitions Pro-Am playing alongside PGA Tour player Paul Guydos.

Was captain of his high school swim team.

Sherri Privitera, LEED AP, NCARB

Associate Principal | Populous, Kansas City, Mo.
Age: 39
BA, MArch, University of Nebraska

Responsible for planning NCAA Division I athletic projects with a construction value exceeding $4.3 billion since 2006, including collegiate football stadiums, training facilities, and athletic master plans.

Project manager for Baylor University’s new football stadium.

First female architect in the U.S. to be named Associate Principal at Populous.

Guest lecturer, University of Missouri-Kansas City engineering class on design of sports facilities and Purdue University engineering class, “Arena Design 101.”

Member, Populous Philanthropy Committee.

Advocacy Committee member, National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators.

Board member, Oceans of Mercy, which serves HIV/AIDS-affected children in South Africa.

Volunteer, South Africa Missions, assisting children affected with HIV/AIDS.

Past race director, Run For Mercy 5K & 10K Walk/Run, raising $32,000.

Favorite movie: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”

Favorite food: her mother’s fried chicken, pork chops, and mashed potatoes.

Favorite vacation spot: Coronado, Island, Calif.

Can change a tire, brush hog, haul hay, lay shingles, and swing a hammer.


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