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SPEAKER: Gary Gene Olp – “The Built Environment”

October 15, 2011

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Gary Gene Olp, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Environmental Architect


Gary Gene Olp directs a successful environmentally focused private
architectural practice in Dallas, Texas. It is a general practice
established in 1987 to effect a fundamental change in the application
of the craft of Architecture based on an understanding of
environmental stewardship. His efforts reflect an enterprising
approach to energy efficiency, passive solar techniques, natural day
lighting, enhanced fresh air systems with an emphasis on reducing
construction waste and the use of natural, non-toxic building

His firm has secured the USGBC Silver LEED certification for the
McCommas Bluff Eco-Training Center, Gold level certification for the
City of Dallas Northwest Service Center, Silver for the City of Dallas
Hampton-Illinois Library, Gold for the new Greater Waco Chamber of
Commerce building, Gold for Dallas Logistics Hub, and Silver for
ADESA at Dallas Logistics Hub. Several other LEED projects are
currently in progress, including the Plano Environmental Education
Center, which is expected to be LEED Platinum.

Two of his residential buildings have also received significant
achievement awards: Heather’s Home was awarded the IBO’s EVHA
Gold Award, Custom Category for Hot Humid Climate, in addition to
being the first USGBC LEED Platinum certified home in Texas, third
in the nation, and was also granted the American Lung Association
Health House award. Mr. Olp’s own home was awarded IBO’s EVHA
Silver Award, Custom Category for Hot Humid Climate in 2005. All of
his residential designs meet the Energy Star standard.

Mr. Olpʼs civic involvement in the City of Dallas reflects his
commitment to a broader vision as a practicing professional. He has
served as a board member on various cultural, educational and civic
boards, committees and task forces, including the non-profit
Sustainable Dallas organization. Mr. Olp is actively involved with the
Boy Scouts of America and is one of the originators and Co-Chairs of
the Committee on the Environment, Dallas Chapter AIA. He is now
Chairman of the board of the North Texas Chapter of the USGBC.

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