Stacie Townsend

Stacie Townsend

Stacie Townsend

Stacie Townsend is our Administrative Assistant and Spec Shaman blog contributor. She enjoys supporting the GreenCE team, first and foremost, by providing excellent customer service to our clients. Beyond that, no task in the office is too small for her to handle. Stacie has a BA in English/Communications/Fine Arts from Washington State University Vancouver and is completing her MFA in Writing from Goddard College. She has multiple writing and photography projects currently in the works, and is slowly building her creative arts company. Stacie is excited to use her vast experience in customer service, writing, fine arts, and teaching to support and promote GreenCE's commitment to increase sustainable design literacy at all levels and to accelerate the transition to a sustainable built environment.

The Spec Shaman

On: Oct 4, 2018
Is Amazon Taking Over the B2B World?

Last week, Amazon announced its investment in Plant Prefab, a Rialto, CA based startup. This isn’t Amazon’s first foray into the construction business. In May 2018, Amazon partnered with Lennar, the nation’s largest homebuilder, to pre-install Alexa in all their new homes. Just days before the Plant Prefab announcement, Amazon released their new line of Alexa-enabled smart home devices.

On: Sep 25, 2018
Highlights of the New AIA Healthier Materials Protocol Guide

Designing and constructing buildings that are sustainable and healthy for the earth and people should be a goal of everyone in the AEC industry.

On: Sep 18, 2018
Accessible Design, Universal Design, and Social Equity in the AEC Industry—Part 2

Last week, Part 1 of this blog pair discussed the lack of accessible housing in America and explained the difference between accessible design, universal design, and equitable design. As a reminder, accessible design is a process in which all the needs of differently abled people are considered, specifically regarding how their access to everyday activities and living is made possible.

On: Sep 14, 2018
Accessible Design, Universal Design, and Social Equity in the AEC Industry—Part 1

Recently, a Ruth Bader Ginsburg quote was shared on social media. It said, “When I'm sometimes asked when will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court] and I say, 'When there are nine,' people are shocked. But there'd been nine men, and nobody's ever raised a question about that.” I am a middle-aged woman who has spent more of my life on the side of feminism and social equity than not, yet this quote blew my mind.

On: Sep 7, 2018
5 Tips to Help You Get Specified on LEED Projects

The world of product manufacturing is a gamble and full of risks. So many variables outside of the manufacturers control can affect the outcome, and this has been the case since the beginning of product manufacturing. But with the speed that the AEC industry is changing, it’s easy to get overwhelmed or wonder if your product will become obsolete in the move toward sustainability, regenerative, and resilient architecture, design, and construction.

On: Aug 31, 2018
How Construction Technology Startups are Changing the Game

In the past, construction has primarily been a skilled labor job that offered a decent wage and required specialized skill set. While it’s an innovative industry, its use and integration of cutting edge technology has been slower when compared to other industries, maybe because there hasn’t seemed like a crossover was needed. Traditional construction has been the way things have always been done, and even with challenges, it presses on. But things are changing, and it’s exciting.

On: Aug 24, 2018
3D Printing and its Impact on the Construction Industry

I’ll admit, 3D printing has intrigued and confused me since I first learned of it. I didn’t understand the materials used or the processes, especially in reference to big things like organs and buildings and medical devices! But last month, I read an article about Project Milestone in the Dutch city of Eindhoven. It is a planned community of five homes built through 3D printer fabrication.

On: Aug 17, 2018
Regenerative Architecture and its Relationship to Product Manufacturers

Regenerative and sustainable. I thought they were the same thing and interchangeable. But was caught in the internet spiral of clicking from one article to the next the other day and I discovered that, while they are similar concepts, they differ in one pivotal way. Linguistically, both terms have meanings that differ a bit from how they’re actually used.

On: Aug 3, 2018
Creating Space to Nurture Our Human Nature in the Built World

In 1925, Henry Beston wrote The Outermost House, in which he chronicled a year spent alone on a Cape Cod beach. His solitary time revealed truths relevant to nature, including human nature. Beston said, “Nature is a part of our humanity, and without some awareness and experience of that divine mystery, man ceases to be man.” All our evolution toward a more civilized society has crippled our connection to an elemental part of the human experience.

On: Jul 26, 2018
3 Tips for Writing AIA Course Learning Objectives

I’m not a fan of NASCAR, but I love people who are. I’ve had to find interesting things about it to endure watching it with them. Did you know that the cars don’t just fly around the track willy-nilly? The drivers have a strategy, much like a business plan.