Maximizing Impact on Investment
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
1:00 pm EST

Now more than ever, academic, corporate and healthcare leaders are faced with determining the appropriate facility adaptations to keep their buildings safe and sustainable for occupancy. These upgrades often come at a premium, and understanding key factors are paramount when making the investment.

Consigli’s Director of Sustainability Steven Burke will moderate a virtual panel of construction, health, and finance experts including Joseph Allen, John Macomber, and Steve Trapp that will address these considerations and more:

  • What defines a healthy building
  • Key health performance indicators associated with built environments
  • Worthwhile health & wellness investments to stay competitive
  • Strategies to “justify the spend” for funding support


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About the Speakers
Panelist | Joe Allen, DSc, MPH
Director of the Healthy Buildings Program & Assistant Professor, Harvard University T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Joseph G. Allen is an assistant professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He began his career conducting forensic health investigations of sick buildings in several hundred buildings across a diverse range of industries, including healthcare, biotechnology, education, commercial office real estate and manufacturing. At Harvard, Dr. Allen directs the Healthy Buildings program where he created ‘The 9 Foundations of a Healthy Building’. He is also the faculty advisor to the Harvard Healthier Building Materials Academy. He works with Fortune 100 companies on implementing Healthy Building strategies in their global portfolios and presents internationally on the topic of Healthy Buildings. His work has been featured widely in the popular press, including the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, National Geographic, Time, NPR, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Fortune and The New York Times. Dr. Allen is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology and an Associate Editor of the journal Indoor Air.

He earned his Doctor of Science (DSc) and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees from the Boston University School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biology from Boston College.

Panelist | John Macomber
Senior Lecturer - Finance Unit, Harvard Business School

John Macomber is a Senior Lecturer in the Finance unit at Harvard Business School. His professional background includes leadership of real estate, construction, and information technology businesses. At HBS, Mr. Macomber’s work focuses on the future of cities, particularly as aided by the private finance and delivery of public infrastructure projects in both the developed and emerging worlds. His teaching combines infrastructure finance (including public-private partnerships), investing in resilience (notably in the face of sea rise in some areas and drought in others), economic development, and the impact of new technologies in delivering new infrastructure and making old infrastructure more efficient.

Mr. Macomber is the Faculty Chair of the HBS Africa Research Center. He is also engaged in the Business and Environment Initiative and Social Enterprise Initiatives at HBS and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Harvard University Center for African Studies. He teaches Finance, Real Estate, Urbanization, and Entrepreneurship courses in the elective curriculum and in Executive Education.

Mr. Macomber is the former Chairman and CEO of the George B H Macomber Company, a large regional general contractor; and remains a principal in several real estate partnerships. He serves or has served on the boards of Young Presidents Organization International (YPO), Boston Private Bank, Mount Auburn Hospital, and the WGBH Educational Foundation.

Panelist | Steve Trapp, P.E., LEED AP
Senior Vice President – Construction, Columbia Property Trust

As Senior Vice President of Construction and Development for Columbia, Steve Trapp leads Columbia’s development and construction team. He provides oversight for the planning and execution of all development and construction projects for the Company, as well as for all joint venture and Fund investments.

Mr. Trapp came to Columbia in 2020 from Normandy Real Estate Partners, where he was a Principal, responsible for directing the construction activities of the company. He has over 35 years of experience in the commercial real estate and construction industry. Prior to joining Normandy, he concurrently held the positions of Senior Vice President of Development for Mack Cali Realty Corporation and President of The Gale Construction Company, a construction management firm that is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mack Cali.

Mr. Trapp is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering with Honors and earned his M.S. in Construction Engineering and Management from the University of California at Berkeley. He holds the Professional Engineer, P.E., and LEED Accredited Professional, LEED AP, designations.

Moderator | Steven Burke, LEED & WELL Faculty, CHPC
Sustainability Director, Consigli Construction Co., Inc.

As one of only two people in the world to hold Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC), LEED and WELL Faculty designations, Mr. Burke spearheads Consigli’s sustainability programs at the corporate, departmental and project levels.

He is responsible for establishing metrics for sustainability reporting, providing training and guidance for Consigli’s staff and consultants, and collaborating with teams to integrate advanced energy and net zero strategies into projects through his involvement in Consigli’s energy division, Arch Energy.

Mr. Burke has guided the sustainability process on over 10 million square feet of projects across many different building types and sizes, including but not limited to: K-12 schools, higher education facilities, mid-rise and high-rise residential, commercial interiors, retail interiors and commercial office buildings.

He has a Master of Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University, and he blends business and science to specialize in sustainability, resiliency, and health and wellness strategies for the built environment.