A mechanical engineer by training, Green was named president of RMH Group—a Denver-based mechanical, electrical and industrial process consulting engineering firm— in 2006, after having spent 26 years working for the company in various roles.
“I started in 1980, and I’ve been there ever since,” explained Green.
He began as an engineer, but over the last four decades has had the opportunity to lead several new initiatives for the company, including creating its first ever marketing and IT departments, building the industrial process division, and most recently, Green has pioneered the company’s growth in green, sustainable and LEED® engineering.
A commitment to the company’s vision, which doubles as its tagline—“Building a Greener Future”—is what continues to motivate Green every day.
“We like to think that we are creating a better world and saving the planet through engineering,” Green said.
This core value began with the RMH’s founder, Bob Rice, more than fifty years ago.
“He [Bob Rice] was an innovator in energy efficiency,” said Green. “He was proposing to do things like turn garbage into hydrogen and run the 16th Street Mall shuttles off of it instead of diesel fuel.”
In fact, even his vision for RMH’s office building was revolutionary. Built in 1983, the building was a joint venture with the Solar Energy Research Institute (now the National Renewable Energy Laboratory). It was meant to be a demonstration project for highly efficient buildings, and today it still has an ENERGY STAR® rating of 99 and is in the top 1% most energy-efficient buildings in the country.
RMH Group extends their energy innovations beyond their own office building to each of their clients, always looking for new ways to create more sustainable solutions.
After all, “one of the best things about consulting is that you are successful if you help your clients be successful. So, we’ve tried to help all of our clients achieve great things,” Green said.
Recently, RMH Group worked with Davis Partnership Architects to turn the University of Colorado Boulder Recreation Center into one of the most energy-efficient facilities in the country, if not the world.
“The CU Rec Center uses less energy per square foot than most buildings out there—and it is a 300,000 square foot facility with an ice rink, hot yoga rooms and indoor and outdoor heated pools,” said Green.
These are Green’s favorite type of projects: when he has the opportunity to build relationships and collaborate with architects. That’s why he has been an AIA Colorado Professional Affiliate member for many years.
“Architects are very creative and that’s why we like to work with them—to help create something together that each of us couldn’t do individually,” Green said. “Quite often it is the architect that has the primary vision for the project. And we team with them to help them realize their vision for the project. Architects come to us when they have a very efficient project or technically complex project to produce. And when they say ‘what can we do to make this rec center super efficient,’ we work with them hand-in-hand to achieve those goals.”
Green believes engineers and architects work so well together because they are both on the design side of a project and understand the iterative process.
That’s one of the reasons he is a huge proponent of Integrated Project Delivery—where the owner, architects, engineers and contractors form a team to develop solutions together, from the beginning stages of designing a project through construction and completion.
“It’s a situation where everybody is at the table and we are able to make the cost, quality and value decisions that serve the owner’s needs together,” explained Green. “It helps the owner make a more informed decision, and that’s really exciting for our industry!”
Green is very involved in the design community and devotes his time to growing and improving the profession. In addition to being an active AIA Colorado Professional Affiliate member, Green serves on the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Colorado Board, is the founding president of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), Rocky Mountain Regional Chapter and is a past board member of American Institute of Architects Denver and the Denver Architectural Foundation.
For Green, the sky is the limit on what architects and engineers will accomplish together in the coming years, especially with advances in technology and energy efficiency.
“Frankly, I really like hanging out with architects. They are a lot of fun!” Bill said.