Young leaders in sustainability

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Todd Burns
Project and Development Services

The December Forbes “Top 30 Under 30” feature recognizes Helee Hillman, a senior project manager in our Chicago office, as one of the leading young people in the real estate industry. It’s well-deserved recognition.

Among her other successes, Helee has been involved in 23 LEED certification projects to date. Notably, she has led high-profile projects like the certification of McDonald’s LEED Platinum global headquarters and 550 West Washington in downtown Chicago, the world’s first multi-tenant Platinum certification under the EBOM standard. Right now, Helee has 10 certifications under way, and one client is so happy with her past work that they are paying to send her to Europe to lead a certification process there.

Helee is certainly one of our brightest rising stars, but she’s not alone among extraordinary young people who contribute to the success of our Project and Development Services group. Here they find a collegial mix of highly experienced industry leaders, energetic up-and-comers, and specialists in projects ranging from new data center development to hospital expansions to retail multi-store buildouts.

Some projects are driven by energy and sustainability goals, such as Helee’s LEED certification work and the retrofits we’ve done at the Empire StateBuilding and Chicago’s Union Station, among others. Most projects are focused on other goals, but green strategies usually complement those goals, so our LEED Accredited Professionals frequently use their skills even on non-LEED projects. The passion for sustainable development that young people like Helee bring to projects across the board may be our greatest resource in transitioning to a lower carbon economy.

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