Meet AE Works’ Vice President of Operations
May 20, 2021
May 20, 2021
Princeton University’s Low Carbon Geoexchange Central Plant, George Mason University's Horizon Hall, and the Living Building Challenge Certified Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center - these are just a few of the recent high performance building projects that AE Works’ Vice President of Operations, Sara Lappano, PE, LC, LEED AP BD+C, has led in her career.
Named to Consulting Specifying Engineer's notable “40 under 40” list, Sara has led with her passion for engineering and people to make a positive impact on the highly sustainable projects and teams she’s led in her high performing career. Prior to joining AE Works, Sara served as the Managing Principal of the Washington, DC office of Integral Group, an international engineering and sustainability consulting firm and as a Principal with SmithGroup, a national architectural engineering firm.
“We have a unique opportunity to have a positive impact on the world and environment through the work we do on building projects”
A known industry leader for Low-Carbon/Net Zero Energy Buildings and Campus Infrastructure, Sara has immersed herself in solving complex building problems with a holistic approach to design. This has resulted in her expertise in a variety of market sectors, including higher education, science and technology, multi-family residential, and commercial office projects throughout the country. Sharing this knowledge to impact more projects and inspire future engineering leaders, Sara has presented on sustainability for industry groups and communities throughout the country in addition to authoring several articles on high performance design strategies.
While Sara’s technical background is in electrical engineering, she excels at seeing the “big picture” to make building projects a better value for clients. Leveraging AE Works’ commitment and certification as one of a select few A/E firms in the world to achieve B Corporation status, Sara will focus on bringing her passion for high performance design strategies to partner with our clients and communities to transform the lives of people and organizations through innovation in building projects.