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

Sean Quinn, Associate AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Associate, Sustainable Design Specialist | HOK, Washington, D.C.
Age: 32
BArch, University of Notre Dame
MS, Catholic University of America

HOK’s Energy Leader.

Led or assisted in the design of projects ranging in scale from shelters in rural Mexico to the master plan for a city of 100,000 in Saudi Arabia.

Project manager and lead designer for the HOK/Vanderweil-winning net-zero building retrofit design in the 2011 “Get the Feds to Zero” Next Generation Design Competition.

Conducted thesis research at Oxford University.

Consultant to development projects in East Africa, Architecture for Humanity, Engineers without Borders, and Architecture Sans Frontières.

Co-founded HOK IMPACT, a firmwide strategy to promote architecture as a social service.

Has traveled in 45 countries across five continents.

Favorite hobbies: photography, sailing, triathlons, painting.

Favorite reads: The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Milan Kundera) and Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization (Lester R. Brown).

Sailboat racer for 20 years; crewed in the 2008 Star World Championships.

Grandfather studied under Mies van der Rohe.

Joseph Serpe

Vice President | Stalco Construction Inc., Islandia, N.Y.
Age: 33
Certificate in Achievement, Project Management, SUNY Farmingdale Construction
Management Program

Supervises operations at nearly 30 construction sites. Project executive for all Stalco projects, including the $15 million restoration of Pier A in Manhattan, 60,000-sf LEED Platinum-targeted Battery Park City Community Center, and construction management for 760,000-sf global headquarters for CA, Inc., Islandia, N.Y.

Managed $30 million, 176,000-sf Three Village School District Expansion and Capital Improvement project, covering simultaneous construction of seven schools in three separate locations.

At 29, hired by Stalco as project manager to help build firm’s commercial construction business.

Began career at 18 as a state highways/roads construction inspector.

Member, CoreNet Global, Long Island chapter.

Member, USGBC New York City and Long Island chapters.

Member, Contractors for Kids.

Can’t live without: 7-11 coffee.

Favorite hobbies: baseball, hockey.

Favorite food: Chicken Parmesan.

Favorite vacation spot: Italy.

Has an identical twin brother.

Colin Rohlfing, AIA Associate, LEED AP BD+C

Senior Associate/Sustainable Design Director | HOK, Chicago
Age: 30
BS ARCE, University of Kansas

Assisted with the formation of the HOK Sustainable Consulting Group in 2009 to provide life cycle services to clients; currently co-leading firmwide sustainable consulting efforts.

Won a 500-building green assessment project with the Chicago Housing Authority.

Coordinated LEED-CI Platinum facilitation of HOK Chicago’s new office space in 2009.

Facilitated sustainable design efforts on >30 sustainable/LEED projects at HOK, including the 6.5 million-sf King Abdullah University of Science and Technology campus in Saudi Arabia, world’s largest LEED-NC Platinum project.

Joined HOK in 2003 as the firm’s first sustainable design intern.

Coordinated HOK Chicago’s efforts in the City of Chicago’s “Green Office Challenge.”

Volunteer, ACE Mentor Program.

Program chair, USGBC Illinois Chapter (2011-2008).

Co-founder, Chicago Biomimicry Group.

Favorite hobbies: overseas travel—no favorite spot, just likes diversity.

Favorite food: quinoa.

Enjoys Pappy Van Winkles bourbon.

Was once a guest conductor for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Krisztina Tokes, LEED AP

Director, Facilities Asset Management Branch, Facilities Services Division | L.A. Unified School District
Age: 39
BA, University of Southern California
MCP, University of California, Berkeley

Responsible for daily operations and administration of >100-person Asset Management Branch. Includes initiative to conduct a needs assessment and master plan for each of the District’s 588 school campuses.

Oversaw development of $1.3 billion of new school and modernization projects in South and Southeast Los Angeles.

Project manager for the Grand Avenue Committee, a $3 billion public/private partnership focused on revitalizing downtown Los Angeles.

Fellow, James Irvine Foundation, Sustainable Communities Leadership Program.

Grant winner for academic excellence, UC Berkeley.

First place, Bank of America Affordable Housing Challenge.

Favorite hobbies: hiking and swimming.

Favorite food: sushi.

Favorite vacation spot: Mammoth Mountains in the Eastern Sierra Mountains.

“As a working mom, sleep qualifies as a definition of relaxation.”

Retired basketball jersey is hanging in her high school gymnasium.

Hopes to see the aurora borealis.


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