Mayor Richard M. Daley today appointed Erin Lavin Cabonargi as the new Executive Director of the Public Building Commission of Chicago.
Erin has considerable experience in project management and design in the public and private sector and she has been a great asset to the residents of this City," said Mayor Daley, who also serves as the Chairman of the Public Building Commission Board of Commissioners. "She is also very knowledgeable and passionate about green building practices and I am certain that she will work to ensure that new public facilities are developed in an environmentally conscious way."
Lavin Cabonargi, 36, has been with the Public Building Commission since 2006, serving as its Director of Planning and Design. In that role, she was responsible for the development and execution of policies and procedures pertaining to project development for public facilities, including sustainable design and construction practices.
The PBC's previous executive director, Montel Gayles, was appointed Chief Procurement Officer for the City in January. Under Gayles' leadership, the PBC expanded its commitment to green building, with Lavin Cabonargi playing a key role.
The PBC currently has nearly 70 projects in either the planning, design or construction phase and each will be completed under sustainable construction guidelines.
"In Chicago, we care about revitalizing neighborhoods and the PBC plays a major role in the progress of our city by building state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly community anchors such as schools, libraries and police stations," Mayor Daley added. "These new facilities give residents hope and businesses a reason to invest."
Nearly 40 PBC projects are registered with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, which is administered by the United States Green Building Council. Several of the projects have already received LEED certification, including the Chicago Center for Green Technology, the 22nd District Police Station and seven Chicago Public Library buildings.
Prior to joining the PBC, Lavin Cabonargi worked for the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), where she led the development of a capital program to construct 24 new school facilities. She also helped to develop sustainable design strategies for implementation on various design and construction projects for the CPS.
In the private sector, Lavin Cabonargi worked as an architectural designer, project manager and project director, handling both CPS and suburban school projects as well projects for retail, commercial and financial institutions.
Lavin Cabonargi received her bachelor's degree in environmental design from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, whose program is accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board and provides a focus in sustainable design. She received a master's degree in architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
Lavin Cabonargi was awarded the Edward C. Earl Prize for her graduate design thesis and received a scholarship to study at the Technische Universitat Munchen, which is renowned for its focus on sustainable design. She is a LEED-accredited professional (LEED AP) as certified by the U.S. Green Building Council and has received training through the Registered Energy Professional program as administered by the City of Chicago Department of Construction and Permits.
The Public Building Commission of Chicago oversees construction and renovation projects for the City of Chicago and its sister agencies, including the Chicago Park District, the Chicago Public Library, the Chicago Public Schools and the City Colleges of Chicago.