About Altura Associates

Altura was founded and is managed by a seasoned team of engineers and environmental performance experts who have worked together for more than ten years and combine decades of professional experience.

The firm was founded with a mission-driven agenda to improve energy, environmental, and financial performance for our clients using a data-driven, people-centric approach that delivers immediate and lasting value.

Altura’s approach combines a deep understanding of data with an emphasis on empowering the people within our client organizations.  We focus on understanding what the business needs are and developing solutions which deliver real, lasting value.

Our history of working together has distilled our vision to operate as a mission-driven firm.  Altura’s deep understanding of data systems is leveraged in parallel with our people-centric approach and focus on delivering value.

Our approach is defined by the following ethos:

 


Empowered is enabling our team members to drive the strategy and solutions that enhance our clients’ businesses.
Empowered means all team members directly participate in the success of the company.
Empowered creates a culture of mutual respect among team members and clients.
Empowered is the way we build capacity for our clients to multiply our impact and achieve lasting results.
Empowered is using a people-centric approach to problem-solving.
Empowered means innovation can and should come from anyone in the organization.

Our data-driven process: discover, analyze, implement, train, and verify.
Data-driven is the foundation of our approach.
Data-driven is defining sustainability for our clients in a way that is material to their business.
Data-driven enables investment.
Data-driven enables continuous improvement.
Data-driven means we take action and deliver performance.
Data-driven means being technology neutral and approaching solutions from a solid foundation of performance.
Data-driven is finding the right balance of technology and people to deliver lasting results.

Evolutionary Thinking is listening to our clients and engaging them in the process of developing solutions based on their needs.
Evolutionary Thinking is continuously adapting our approach and skills to be at the forefront of changing markets in order to help our clients gain a competitive advantage.
Evolutionary Thinking means challenging conventional thought processes.
Evolutionary Thinking is aspirational.
Evolutionary Thinking is defining sustainability for our clients in a way that is material to their business.
Evolutionary Thinking is going beyond traditional consulting models.


Team Members

Team Overview

Altura is comprised of a talented team of engineers and consultants with deep experience with energy efficiency, environmental best practices, and sustainable operations. Our leadership team has been together for ten years, and a majority of our staff has been together for at least five years.

Altura Employees

We are proud to have a work environment that attracts and retains the most talented minds in our industry. At Altura, we foster a positive, people-centric culture of mutual respect where qualities of client advocacy, innovation, and hard work are recognized and appreciated.

For our clients, this means you get a dedicated team of professionals who are supported and encouraged at all levels of our organization. This shared passion to excel on projects is the reason we work here, and it is what drives the culture of Altura.

Interested in joining our team? Read more…

 

Principals

  • Ryan Gaylord – Principal

    ryanAs one of the founding Principals of Altura, Ryan focuses on the development and implementation of corporate environmental programs. Leveraging an effective stakeholder engagement process, he helps client organizations establish goals for measuring and improving social, environmental, and economic performance.

    Ryan is experienced and qualified to prepare annual Sustainability Reports using industry-recognized platforms produced by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), and other 3rd party reporting platforms. Ryan helps clients develop effective strategies for sustainable operations, empowering organizations to achieve transformational change.

    He has more than 11 years of experience in the field of environmental science and engineering, including 7 years at CTG Energetics where he led a team responsible for new construction and existing building assignments as well as organizational sustainability.

    Ryan’s clients have included MGM Resorts International, Broadcom Corporation, Hoag Hospital, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Symantec Corporation, and The Irvine Company.

  • Jim Meacham, PE – Principal

    jimJim is a founding Principal of Altura. He is the former leader of the energy services and commissioning team at CTG Energetics, where he was responsible for managing a team which provided services for some of the world’s most efficient and iconic buildings. As a California registered mechanical engineer, Jim has also directly managed scores of commissioning, retro-commissioning, energy auditing, and modeling assignments.

    Jim’s clients have included PNC Financial Services, American Honda Motors, Hoag Hospital, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, MGM Resorts International, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), and the U.S. Coast Guard.

  • Greg Shank – Principal

    gregGreg is a founding Principal of Altura and proven leader in managing complex design, construction, and operations projects with a focus on measuring performance and building team capacity. He has 18 years of experience in environmental science & engineering and the building performance analysis, including 8 years in a corporate setting and 10 years in consulting where he served as the President of CTG Energetics.

    He serves as President of the Board for Altura and brings expertise in facilitation, rating system development, water, and materials science to the technical team.

    Greg’s clients have included The Walt Disney Company, MGM Resorts International, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), and the State of California.

  • Jim Maclay, PhD, PE – Associate Principal

    Jim MaclayJim Maclay is an Associate Principal at Altura. As an energy engineer with 15 years of industry experience, Jim has managed a team of ten engineers and executed a variety of energy efficiency, renewable energy and greenhouse gas emission reduction projects. These projects have helped clients reduce their energy usage and costs while enhancing their environmental sustainability.

    His project experience includes design, code compliance support, energy master plans, energy efficiency retrofits, incentive procurement, life-cycle energy and cost analysis, energy provider selection support, commissioning, retro-commissioning, energy modeling, energy auditing, greenhouse gas inventories, utility program measurement and verification, on-site energy system feasibility analysis and LEED-NC and EB projects.

    Jim has a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. He is also an registered Professional Engineer (Mechanincal, CA) and AEE Certified Energy Engineer. Jim’s clients at Altura include the Irvine Unified School District, Los Nietos School District, Mercy Housing, District of Columbia Housing Authority, and Broadcom Corporation.

  • Team Members

  • Elliot Alvarez, PE – Senior Associate

    Elliot_200Elliot is a Senior Associate with expertise in commissioning, energy modeling, and energy efficiency implementation spanning multiple levels of the built environment project delivery process. He is a registered mechanical engineer in the State of California and has a background in HVAC design. Elliot has applied his experience to some of the highest performance building projects in the world to deliver innovative, yet practical solutions to the built environment from the building to the regional scale.

    Elliot’s clients have included PNC Financial Services, Enterprise Community Partners, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, American Campus Communities, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

  • Jeff Berge – Dir. of Marketing & Operations

    Jeff_200As director of Altura’s business development and marketing efforts, Jeff is responsible for developing proposals, creating and executing the firm’s marketing strategy, and working with clients to develop new business opportunities. He has worked with Altura’s core team for the past 5 years, and has prior experience with CTG Energetics, Intrawest, Trek Bicycles, and eBags.com.

  • Brandyn Carlson, PE – Associate

    brandynBrandyn is an engineer with diverse energy management experience including new construction commissioning, retro-commissioning, energy audits, energy modeling, energy efficiency program development, and energy dashboard design. He is skilled at optimizing controls for large chilled water plants and determining energy conservation measures for a wide variety of lighting and HVAC systems in the built environment.

    Brandyn’s clients have included Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), and American Honda Motor Company.

  • Christopher Hartley – Associate

    Chris HartleyChris is a Senior Analyst at Altura, where he supports automated commissioning processes on a variety of buildings. Christopher received his M.S. in environmental engineering with an emphasis in energy from the University of California, Irvine, where he conducted research on next-generation energy audit protocols for rapid and advanced analysis of building energy use. With four years of experience in energy analysis and audits of commercial and institutional buildings, Chris is also in the process of obtaining his California P.E. license. Before earning his Master’s degree, Christopher was a commissioned officer in the United States Coast Guard.

  • Michele Kato – Associate

    Michele_200Michele focuses on solutions to improve energy, environmental and financial performance across all levels of an organization. She uses her expertise in business to facilitate the alignment of business practices with sustainable principles. Michele has over five years of experience in the sustainability and high performance building industries where she has provided leadership to teams related to new design and construction and existing building projects at the portfolio and individual building levels.

    Michele’s clients have included American Honda Motor Company, Irvine Company Office Properties, U.S. Coast Guard, MGM Resorts International, and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

  • Gia Nguyen, PhD – Senior Analyst

    Gia Nguyen Gia is a mechanical engineer with expertise in distributed generation technologies and controls of dynamic systems. His PhD research focused on the design and controls of photovoltaic panels, fuel cells, and batteries to meet the electrical demands of commercial buildings. His research experience included collaborations with researchers and companies around the world.

    In the position Senior Analyst at Altura, Gia develops methods to predict building loads and explores the use of machine learning in building analytics. His clients at Altura include American Honda Motor Company and Caltech.

  • Tom Pine, PhD, PE – Senior Associate

    Tom_200As a California-registered mechanical engineer, Tom has managed and contributed to a wide range of energy efficiency evaluations, new building commissioning projects, existing building retro-commissioning programs, energy audits, energy master plans, and utility program evaluations. He is well versed in measurement and verification, weather normalized model development, energy modeling, LEED services, and the Energy Star certification process.

    Tom’s projects have included retro-commissioning of the Venetian Palazzo hotel/casino, new construction commissioning of Hyundai’s North American headquarters, and new construction commissioning of the Long Beach Court Building.

  • Adam Rohloff, PE – Senior Associate

    adamAs an Associate at Altura, Adam focuses his efforts on the data-driven evaluation of energy and sustainability performance in buildings and institutions. He has worked on energy use evaluation, greenhouse gas inventory reporting, and climate action planning both at the campus level and with local and state governments. He has also worked closely with several green-industry leading organizations to develop/improve their green rating systems, metrics, and sustainability performance indicators.

    Adam’s clients include Caltech, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Mark IV Capital, UC Irvine, and UCLA.

  • Sandor Rosta – Associate

    Sandor200Sandor is an energy engineering and corporate sustainability professional at Altura Associates. He has more than a decade of experience working with clients to set and achieve goals for energy and environmental performance, including reduction of energy and water consumption, improved operations, greenhouse gas emission reductions, lower utility costs, and corporate sustainability reporting.

    At Altura, Sandor is primarily engaged in helping administer the Energy and Environmental Leadership Program for American Honda Motor Company. In this role he guides enrolled dealers through the program, including conducting assessments of dealerships, analyzing projects for renewable energy potential, and development of green equipment and operations guidelines.

  • Matt Schwartz, PE – Senior Associate

    mattMatt is a mechanical engineer with diverse energy management experience encompassing new construction commissioning, energy modeling, retro-commissioning, and energy auditing. He is skilled at achieving energy conservation through the use of innovative technologies in the built environment. He holds credentials as a Professional Engineer (P.E., Mechanical), Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP).

    Matt’s clients have included Adobe Systems, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the U.S. Coast Guard, and Related California.

  • Tavis Werts, PE – Associate

    Tavis WertsTavis is a mechanical engineer with extensive energy management experience including new construction commissioning, energy modeling, retro-commissioning, energy auditing, monitoring-based commissioning, and utility programs. He is skilled at achieving energy conservation through the use of innovative technologies in the built environment. He holds credentials as a registered Mechanical Engineer (California), and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

    Tavis began his professional career as an energy engineer and project manager at EnerNOC of Irvine, California, and is now an Associate at Altura.

  • Jensen Widtfeldt – Senior Analyst

    Jensen WidtfeldtJensen has deep experience in the green building industry which spans green energy policy and advocacy, energy auditing, implementation, green business development, and an environmental science education. His background includes experience with a variety of alternative energy fields, including biogas system implementation with the American Biogas Council and the rollout of hydrogen fueling stations and FCEVs with the California Hydrogen Business Council. At Altura Jensen specializes in energy and environmental auditing, utility analysis, sustainability practices, and program management.

    Jensen is a key team member for Altura’s project with American Honda Motor Company, where he works extensively with Honda and Acura dealerships nationwide to provide energy efficiency and sustainability guidance that helps dealerships reduce both their operational costs and environmental footprint.