Opportunity Workshops

We are committed to Harlem and its existing residents. We have pledged an extensive package of community benefits that we will deliver as part of our community-oriented development plan. Two important pieces of that plan are the Youth Empowerment and Mentorship initiative, and our Job Training Program, which are more fully described on our website here.

But we aren’t going to wait to start making good on what we have committed to. So, we are now launching our Opportunity Workshops, which are designed to introduce One45’s professional team to the community.

Our engineers, architects, technology innovators, urban planners, financiers, developer and others, will explain what they do, what their role is in One45 and professional/ educational opportunities in their respective fields. Our team will share their experiences and insights, which we hope ignites the interest of students & those already in the workplace, who might then be interested in pursuing educational & career opportunities in well-paying and exciting professional careers.

Then, once we are ready to proceed with the next phase our our project, we will launch a fully-funded internship and mentorship initiative and our job training program that will give existing Harlem residents a pathway to a better future- in the Green economy, architecture, construction, urban planning, development, finance, and more.

What follows is a list of our guest speakers and programming for our guest workshops. Soon we will follow, posting the opportunity workshop schedule.

John Rice

President & Principal, Legacy Engineers - District Green Energy

In John’s 35 years of experience in the industry, he has worked on some of the most prestigious and complex projects in the consulting engineering field. Before founding Legacy, John spent the last 26 years as a partner at an international mechanical and electrical consulting engineering firm where he led projects across all market sectors including higher education, multi-family residential, cultural and commercial projects.

Roberto Otero

Associate Principal, SHoP - Architecture & Planning

Roberto has more than two decades of experience in Architecture leading projects at world-renowned firms across a variety of scales, typologies and continents. He is Associate Principal at SHoP responsible for the design and delivery of high profile projects, notably complex mixed-use including One45 in Harlem and the Hudson's Site in Detroit; and high-rise projects like Codrico Tower in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.  His work has been published and exhibited internationally, Roberto has taught and lectured at institutions around the world.

Tristan Nadal

Founder and CEO, Pointsfive – Property Development

Pointsfive is an MBE-certified full-service real estate and hospitality investment, development, and advisory firm based in New York City. Pointsfive is an investor in and operator of value-add, opportunistic and distressed opportunities across all major asset types in the New York metro area and select cities on the east coast. Tristan oversees all aspects of the firm including strategy, investment identification, business plan execution, and corporate management.

James Palace

Senior Vice President & Operations Manager, UAG – Construction

James has more than 25 years of construction management experience in the New York City market with a focus on demanding, high-profile projects. He began as a tradesman transitioning into management positions through WJ Barney, Turner Construction and Hunter Roberts Construction Group.

Mike Walters

Principal, REDI - Engineering 101

Mike is an experienced Principal in the architecture and engineering industry with a broad range of experiences.

Mike has led internal discipline-specific teams on energy modeling, sustainable design, integrated planning, campus master planning, and business development; as well as external client-focused teams to deliver both large, complicated projects and small, unique engagements throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Mike’s project experience includes energy master plans, carbon reduction plans, design and construction of central energy plants, geothermal heating and cooling systems, laboratory buildings, commercial developments, etc.

Rob McKenna

REDI – Finance

Rob has 25 years of experience in technology commercialization and clean energy development as a strategic planner, business manager and financial engineer.

Rob’s project experience over the past decade includes utility-scale renewable energy development, campus- and community-scale decarbonization through clean energy implementation and building-scale energy optimization.

Bill Parrish

President & CEO, Noble Strategy – Construction

Bill has 33 years of experience in construction management, consulting, facilities planning, workforce development and training. Over his approximately 33 year career, Bill has compiled a thorough knowledge of public/private sector K-12/higher education construction, large commercial projects, including the Mother Clara Hale bus depot on 146th Street and Lenox Avenue.

As a LEED 2.0 Accredited Professional, Mr. Parrish has consistently coordinated and delivered large-scale, multi-stage agency owner facilities where success depends on the balance of environmental sustainability, community stakeholders, civic representation, agency resources and technical staff.

Areas of expertise include facility revenue generation, stakeholder management, portfolio asset management, urban planning, emerging business mentoring and development of workforce training initiatives to successfully complement challenging community focused infrastructure improvements.

Donovan Gordon

MBA, Director of Clean Heating & Cooling

Donovan Gordan is the Director of Clean Heating & Cooling for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). He leads New York States efforts to develop markets that support renewable and efficient clean heating & cooling systems, including air, ground, and water source heat pumps, clean thermal district systems, high efficiency/low emission wood heat systems, solar thermal, and thermal storage, covering all building typologies.

Mr. Gordon is charged with conceptualizing, driving and implementing a portfolio of products to encourage and enable customers and partners to invest in low-carbon heating & cooling systems and also in advancing New York's progress toward achieving its nation leading greenhouse gas reduction goals and fostering viable and self-sustained markets. The goal is to spur business growth and job creation, and protect our environment.

Mr. Gordon also supports NYSERDA’s efforts in executing the NYS Clean Heat Market Development Plan, designed to implement educational, workforce training, and marketing/outreach initiatives for scalable growth of clean heating & cooling technologies partnering with public, private, and academic institutions.

We look forward to seeing you at these workshops.

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