Employee Spotlight | Matt Marek

 

Name:

Matt Marek

Title:

Principal / Vice President of Capital Strategies

Length of time at Performa:

10 years

Alma Mater:

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Favorite Hobby:

Weight training: I’ve been doing this since I was 19 and despite a busy schedule, I still find time to do this.

 

Performa is unique in that we are a fully-integrated architectural and engineering firm. What value does that provide?

I’m an electrical engineer by training. What drew me to Performa is our commitment to be a fully-integrated A/E firm. As a principal within the firm, and leading our engineering team, it is personally and professionally fulfilling for me to see engineering elevated. In our business model, engineers are not passive observers; they are active participants during the earliest stages of a project contributing directly to the design purpose. Like a tailored suit, our integrated designs are unique, specifically tailored from the inside out and all of the pieces work together in concert, rather than a collection of separates. Ultimately, the result is a space that functions better, is more adaptable to change, and is more easily maintained.

The entire notion of integrating architectural and engineering services is rooted in a desire to have the deepest possible impact and better client outcomes. Sites and building systems have a direct and dramatic influence on our clients’ purpose and people. We deliberately integrate programs, space, environment, site, and systems so we can elevate the outcome in a tangible and meaningful way. Our recent work at the Oshkosh Corporation Global Headquarters is a great example of this. Our engineering team was involved from day one with our architectural team to ensure the facility maximized its potential for operational and energy efficiencies. We developed energy and sun-study models to optimize building orientation and create the dramatic lobby experience. The systems were designed for flexibility to break-up building components and areas for multiple metering options. Our structural engineers, sitting next to our MEP engineers, inspired innovative solutions allowing large penetrations of structural members with ductwork to maximize ceiling heights. The building automation systems encompassed a large assembly of building components which allow the building to be more intelligent in its management. A few examples include occupancy-sensing lighting controls to throttle back HVAC systems and automatic shade controls to minimize heat gain.

Fully integrated architecture and engineering allows us to fulfill a clients’ needs during any point in the cycle of planning, design, construction and ultimately the management and operation of a facility. It delivers on the promise of a “relationship continuum”.