Florida Gulf Coast University’s Fine Arts #2 Music Building received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in February 2011. The initial project goal was for the LEED Silver Certification, so achieving the Gold level was especially rewarding for the University. Johnson Engineering was part of the project team that helped navigate the project through the certification process with determinants such as site development – maximizing open space, development density & community connectivity, stormwater management – quantity and quality, alternative transportation – fuel efficient vehicles & parking capacity, and heat island effect non-roof. This is the third building on campus to achieve LEED certification and the University has made it a commitment that all future buildings become LEED certified. Johnson Engineering is proud to work with the University and help them achieve their goal of creating a learning and working space that is deeply rooted in environmental awareness.
Laura is the director of the firm’s planning and landscape architecture group. She joined Johnson Engineering in 2004 to lead the planning services in the firm’s Collier County office and is now the Department Director for all planning and landscape architecture efforts for Johnson Engineering. Laura manages projects that involve development feasibility studies, governmental coordination, preparation and presentation of land use and zoning applications, site planning, master planning, and design. She has 20 years of professional experience in the planning field, in both the public and private sector. Prior to joining Johnson Engineering, Laura served five years as a planner for the City of Naples.