Andi Burnham is manager of energy services at Rushing.
Q. How did you become interested in energy analysis?
A. I knew I wanted to be an engineer, but I fell into energy modeling via an internship that turned into a full time job after graduation. I had the opportunity to work on the energy modeling and verification for a major sustainability retrofit at the Empire State Building. It was so awesome to get to calibrate the model every year to trended data from the site, and see the explicit impact of energy measures show up in reality. I’ve always been passionate about the environment and began to realize just how big of an impact the built environment could have.
Q. What do you like about working at Rushing?
A. I love that Rushing contains seven different service groups in house, and that so many of our projects have scopes for multiple disciplines. I can walk across the floor (virtually given the current remote work circumstances!) to ask a team member in electrical a question about PV panel mounting for a project and go back my seat having picked up a nugget about metering best practices. Everyone at Rushing is constantly sharing knowledge. There is so much collected experience on the floor, you’d have to try pretty hard to not learn something new every day.
Q. What do you hope to contribute through your work?
A. I hope be part of the knowledge base and experience developing Seattle’s cutting edge code and policy development. It’s exciting to be at the very forefront of testing what can work at a policy level and seeing how industry “catches up.”
Q. What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend?
A. Nothing beats a weekend sailing on the Puget Sound with fair winds. I also love to cook and enjoy making things from scratch. I’ve perfected a flour tortilla recipe and have developed a custom chili powder blend that makes refried beans a 10/10.
Q. What is the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?
A. I left a partnership track position and took a substantial pay cut to work as a mechanical design engineer. It was the best decision I’ve made for my career so far. Having experience on the design side allows me to better understand project constraints and issues, which in turn provides greater support to clients and our internal teams.
Q. What project are you excited about right now?
A. I’m super excited about a Living Building Pilot project we’re working on that combines a grocery store and multifamily condos. There’s a natural synergy to recovering the waste heat from the grocery refrigeration systems to use for dwelling unit space and water heating.
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