Member Spotlight

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Member Spotlight

Pete Jefferson, PE, WELL Faculty, LEED-AP, HBDP is a Principal and Building Science Practice Leader at BranchPattern. As a consultant he works with institutions, developers, contractors and design teams to help achieve a vision where buildings are human-centered, environmentally sensitive and mission-driven. As the regional leader, he manages a portfolio of both local and national projects that are pursuing LEED, WELL, RESET, Fitwel and the Living Building Challenge certifications.


Pete has been an active ULI Member since 2013, when he was the Managing Principal of BranchPattern’s Denver office. In over a decade of practice in Denver, his work yielded some of the region’s more notable green buildings and developments. In 2014, Pete and his family relocated to Pittsburgh to start a new office for BranchPattern (previously branded as Forte Building Science, a division of M.E. GROUP).

Pittsburgh has been a great fit for Pete, both personally and professionally. In addition to bringing his family closer to their relatives, Pittsburgh’s reputation as an early leader in the green building movement has proven to be a great place to apply his skillset. Both BranchPattern, as well as Jefferson, are rooted in the community and have been active in supporting the continued growth of sustainable building practices. In just a few years, this has included contributions to Pittsburgh’s p4 Performance Measures, helping grow the WELL Building Standard as one of Pennsylvania’s first WELL Faculty members, and co-authoring the Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Design Guide for K-12 Schools.

BranchPattern places a strong focus on achieving building and occupant performance targets through the application of modeling, commissioning and green building certification, an effort that has been complementary to many of their regional partners’ goals. Some of the more notable examples of where the firm has applied these services include Google’s Bakery Square 2.0 Offices, Carnegie Mellon University’s A.R.M. Institute at Almono, the Children’s Museum’s “museumlab” renovation, McKnight Realty Partner’s Highline Redevelopment and CCAC’s new Workforce Development and Training Center.