IFMA NYC & BOMA Webinar on Building Air Quality in the Post Covid Workplace


May 14, 2020 | 11:00 AM EDT - 12:00 PM EDT
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As tenants return to the office, concerns about the air quality in their buildings has become more important. The conditions of existing HVAC systems, proper ventilation and air purification are topics that will be major factors in a confident return to office protocol.

Listen to our panel of experts talk about how to get the most out of existing HVAC systems, improve filtration and the devices tenants and building operators can rely on to keep tenants safe. Plus, learn how to best offset additional energy costs required to keep these systems working in top condition.


Jessica Bogdan
Business Development Manager, Allsteel & Gunlocke

Jessica Bogdan is a business development manager for Allsteel & Gunlocke in the New York Metro area. Her responsibilities are for developing mindshare with the A&D, end user and commercial real estate community here in New York City.

Jessica has a BFA with Syracuse University and trained and practiced as a commercial interior designer for 10 years before moving into interior construction sales.

Professional Memberships include: IFMA NYC Chapter Board Member & Chair of the Sustainability Committee, IIDA NYC Chapter Sustainability Committee member, Workplace Evolutionaries NYC steering committee member and member of the Urban Green Council.


Richard Drouin
Managing Principal at Elementa Engineering

  • 20 years of experience on as a project manager and lead mechanical engineer, leads the NY office for Elementa Engineering.
  • Specializes in the design of simple, elegant, and cost-effective systems airports, commercial offices, transportation facilities, central utility plants, museums, high-rise buildings, hospitals and master plans.
  • Elementa is part of Integral, an interactive global network of engineering and consulting professionals collaborating under a single “deep green” umbrella.
  • Elementa/Integral portfolio includes over 100 Net Zero Energy buildings (completed or in design), comprising roughly one-fifth of all the net zero energy projects in America.
  • Personal projects portfolio includes: Empire State Building, St. George Ferry Terminal (1stLEED Intramodal project in the US), MoMA PS1, Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts Redevelopment, Columbia University Medical Center, Eldridge Street Synagogue


Desmond Greene
Managing Principal at WB Engineering

Desmond leads WB’s New York and New Jersey offices. He oversees a team of associate principals and project managers as well as our project strategy, and new business pursuits. He is an engineering expert with over 19 years of experience working with WB. His ability leading projects and people combined with his expertise in HVAC system design is why is helping to lead WB’s efforts to improve indoor air quality.

Desmond earned his bachelor’s degree in Building Services Engineering from the National University of Ireland. He also has a Diploma in Engineering from the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Debbie Jaslow Shatz
Facility Management & Sustainable Sourcing Expert

Debbie Jaslow Shatz is a Facility Management and Sustainability Professional with over 35 years of diversified experience.  She has been responsible for creating and implementing workplace strategies and standards, establishing environmentally preferred facilities and procurement guidelines and incorporating “green” language and policies into RFXs and contracts. Debbie has worked for such notable firms as Bloomberg L.P., Goldman Sachs & Credit Suisse First Boston to name a few.

Debbie is a Past President and Founding Member of the New York City Chapter of the International Facility Management Association.  In addition to being active in IFMA, Debbie participates in the New York City Carbon Challenge for Commercial Owners and Tenants, where she is a member of the Commercial Working Group Landlord Tenant Taskforce and is a presence at the Local Law 97 workshops. She is also a member of the U.S. Green Buildings Council and received her LEED©AP designation in 2009. Debbie is a member of the Founders Circle of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council and a member of the Institute for Supply Chain Management (ISM),

John Leitner
Principal at Environmental Building Solutions

John holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University and an MBA in Finance from Montclair State University.

John has been in the Environmental Consulting business since 1989 and has guided commercial building owners/managers through the September 11th tragedy, the Con Ed steam explosion on Lexington Avenue and most recently Hurricane Sandy.

John is currently a Principal with Environmental Building Solutions and active member of Building Owners and Managers of New York (BOMA).

Charlie Marino
Director of Energy Services at AKF Group & Past President of ASHRAE

For the past 15 years Charlie Marino has been with AKF Group.  For almost 7 years of this time as Director of Energy Services.  Charlie Marino is a national leader in energy optimization. As Co-director of AKF’s Energy + Performance group, Charlie oversees a team focused on building system optimization and distributed energy resource design for existing buildings.

Charlie was the commercial sector chair for the NYC Mayor’s Office 80x50 Technical Working Group, and more recently a participant in Urban Green Council’s 80x50 Buildings Partnership to provide guidance and commentary to City Council as they refined Local Law 97, committed to the reduction of NYC’s greenhouse gas emissions.  Charlie is also a past president of ASHRAE NY (2015-2016), and currently serves on the Boards of both ASHRAE NY and Building Energy Exchange to help foster communication between sustainability professionals and the consultant engineering community.

Christopher O. McHugh, PE, LEED, CEM
Partner at AKF

Mr. McHugh is AKF's Partner in Charge of Commercial Base Building services, which encompasses MEP design for central utilities, core and shell, and tenant fit-outs. He has 35 years of experience and has been an active contributing member in many committees and societies in New York City. Mr. McHugh is a past President of the NY Chapter of ASHRAE and has received the distinguished service award from the NYC chapter of ASHRAE. He continues to represent the industry in New York City by contributing to committees such as the Urban Green Council NYC Building Resiliency Task Force, serving as a board member of the New York Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (NYACEC), service to update the NYC Building Codes (2008 & 2014), and most recently becoming the Vice chair of Mechanical Code committee updating the NYC Building Code for the 2020 update. Mr. McHugh has led AKF’s MEP teams through many high profile and challenging projects such as the Guggenheim Museum renovation, Park Avenue Armory Restoration, One 57,a mixed-use ultra-luxury hotel and condominium tower, which won the ACEC Engineering Excellence Silver Award and Central Park Tower , a 1550 foot tall, ultra-luxury condominium tower.


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