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ON THE MOVE STANTEC EXPANDING COMMISSIONING AND ENERGY SERVICES Marcus Myers has joined Stantec – a global engineering, architecture, and consulting firm – as director of commissioning and energy services for the Western US. Myers is based in Stantec’s Chandler, Arizona, office where he will lead the project management, business development, and integration of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering services, and projects focused on envelope design, enclosure commissioning, and energy. Throughout his career, Myers has contributed to advancing energy and carbon solutions within the built environment. When assessing a building, Myers takes a holistic approach to a buildings performance, looking at how all the components of the systems are integrated and work together with the goal of maximizing the overall building operations. Myers uses his extensive experience in building commissioning (both envelope and MEP), high performance design, and energy modeling to help clients realize the best solutions. “Marcus’s experience leading commissioning and high-performance energy projects nationwide will be an invaluable resource as we look to grow our expertise in this critical area,” said Brian Larson, a senior

vice president in Stantec’s Buildings group. “His passion, expertise, and drive to deliver high quality results will help us tremendously as we continue to expand our footprint in the commissioning and energy services arena.” Myers graduated from Arizona State University with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Marketing and Architecture, followed by master’s degrees in Architecture and Science of Built Environment. His other credentials include, Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA), Certified Energy Manager (CEM), LEED AP BD+C accreditation, and Living Futures Accredited (LFA) through the ILFI. In addition to his professional endeavors, Myers is an active member of the Central Arizona Chapter of the American Society of Heating and Refrigeration Engineers (ASHRAE). He has served as the ASHRAE Arizona Student Activities Chair and Co-Chair of the Grassroots Government Advocacy Committee (GAC) for the last three years. Myers is a member of Arizona United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and sits on the Arizona USGBC Market Leadership Advisory Board as the Arizona Student activities chair for colleges and universities. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Building Commissioning

Association (BCxA) Southwest Chapter and is involved in training the next generation of building commissioning professionals as a faculty associate in the Del E. Webb School of Construction at ASU. Stantec developed its commissioning and energy services practice over the last 20 years as an extension of the firm’s engineering and high-performance building sectors and expertise. The organization’s commissioning group focuses on three essential points integral to quality assurance applications and unparalleled building performance: communication, documentation, and verification. The Stantec community unites approximately 22,000 employees working in over 400 locations across six continents. We collaborate across disciplines and industries to bring buildings, energy and resource, environmental, and infrastructure projects to life. Stantec’s work – engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics, from initial project concept and planning through design, construction, and commissioning – begins at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships.

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and call someone to catch up, go to the gym, clean up and organize the piles on your desk – the possibilities are endless. ❚ ❚ Take a nap. This one may or may not be for you. If you’re able to take a power nap (at your desk, in your car, in an unused conference room) then go for it! Resting your eyes and your mind, even for a short stint, can hit the reset button on the rest of your day and give you that jump-start you need. “You must make a conscious decision to start resting more. If necessary, block out downtime on your calendar so you’re able to make and keep the commitment to yourself, and you just might find that rest really isn’t a four-letter word after all.” ❚ ❚ Sleep more. This may seem similar to taking a nap, but getting seven to eight hours of sleep per night, consistently, does wonders for your overall mood, disposition, and patience levels. You’ll probably find that if you’re more relaxed, your team will be more likely to come to you for advice (and you’ll be able to make better decisions). You must make a conscious decision to start resting more. If necessary, block out downtime on your calendar so you’re able to make and keep the commitment to yourself, and you just might find that rest really isn’t a four-letter word after all. MEGAN CHANG is an associate and professional engineer at TETER. Contact her at

directly tie into costly change orders, E&O claims, re-work, and satisfied clients (to name a few examples). You may feel like you just don’t have the time to take a break, and you’re not alone. Just take a look at what our lunch breaks have turned into: webinars, eating with one hand while trying to type with the other, meetings, or just skipping lunch altogether. Our schedules are often so overloaded that taking a break seems to be a luxury or guilty pleasure instead of the norm. Yet really, in the grand scheme of things, 15 minutes here and there isn’t going to sideline your day, nor is it going to sideline your team. Taking a break from the day to day minutiae and letting your mind wander can often bring a fresh perspective and the extra boost you need to make it through the day a happier, healthier you. Here are some things to try: ❚ ❚ Take a walk. One thing my office, TETER, has encouraged are walks. These are optional and usually occur at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., with half-mile or one-mile options. Besides getting people up from their desks, giving their minds a break, and moving around, the walks have allowed time to catch up with coworkers, a chance to get to know someone better (the sidewalk usually only allows people to walk in pairs), a schedule for regular mentoring opportunities, and a venue for impromptu meetings to discuss projects. If that sounds too much like working while walking, just enjoy the scenery! ❚ ❚ Make lunchtime screen-free time. Give your eyes a much- needed break! Go to lunch at a restaurant, pick up the phone

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