BETH PENFIELD, LEED AP BD+C, ALEP

Senior Associate

Ms. Penfield has been with B&D since 2007 and leads B&D’s K12 and Municipal Development Advisory Services practice group. Her portfolio of project work includes leading the development of over $25 Billion in long term capital programs and master plans across the U.S. with a focus on urban school districts and cities. She regularly advises clients on delivery methods and best practices in portfolio, program, and project management, guiding clients through the capital investment decision making process and solving complex development issues. She is an Accredited Learning Environment Planner and supports B&D’s program management services group with strategic leadership advice related to facility planning and budgeting.   In her previous role as Project Manager, she managed over $250 Million in capital projects in the role of project manager, including projects awarded as National Green Ribbon Schools and Construction Management Association (CMAA) projects of the year. Most recently she served as an advisor to Austin Independent School District, leading a year-long effort to update their Facility Master Plan with a focus on reinventing the Austin educational experience and providing a 30 year road map of facility modernization projects.  The FMP effort led to a successful $1 Billion bond referendum in 2017. She is active in the development industry attending and presenting at conferences, including the Association for Learning Environments and the DC AIA Committee for Architecture in Education.

In June 2006 Central Union Mission was planning to move from its location in a former 1930s-era car dealership to a new building designed as a 21st century, full service social services facility. This new facility would provide the mission with the opportunity to improve its services, increase its programmatic capacity, eliminate physical plant deficiencies, and reduce staffing inefficiencies. B&D was hired to manage all aspects of this relocation. Our responsibilities included: real estate acquisition, community relations management, capital campaign planning, architect selection, program development, lender selection, pre-construction zoning and permitting, and owner’s rep services. Political delays caused the project to go on hold until 2011 when we were brought back to complete our services. The new facility will provide much-needed spaces for neighborhood programs and services including a dining facility, spaces for overnight guest ministries, a social services resource center, job training space, a literacy classroom, meeting space, offices, and medical/dental/legal clinics. The project endured numerous external challenges, including political obstacles, an earthquake, a delayed lease, deteriorated mortar, contaminated soil, zero lot line challenges, and overcoming gas disputes. Central Union Mission successfully opened its new self-financed and -funded $14.5 million facility in 2013.

M.B.A. (The George Washington University)

B.A. Criminal Justice (The George Washington University)

Accredited Learning Environment Planner (ALEP)

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) BD+C Accredited Professional

U.S. Green Building Council, National Capital Region Chapter

Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) National Integration and Steering Committee

District of Columbia Building Industry Association

Women in Sports and Events

Adjunct Professor, The George Washington University

2016
BACK TO SCHOOL OF THE FUTURE: A LOOK AT 21ST CENTURY LEARNING DOWNLOAD
2014
THE POWER OF ENGAGEMENT IN THE PLANNING PROCESS DOWNLOAD
2013
TRANSFORMING A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH
2013
PANEL DISCUSSION: “EDUCATION BUILT TO LAST” FACILITIES BEST PRACTICES
2013
LESSONS FROM A GREEN RIBBON SCHOOL: INTEGRATING SUSTAINABILITY AND EDUCATION
2011
LEWISBURG CORE COMMUNITY INITIATIVES: CONNECTING THE BOROUGH OF LEWISBURG & BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY THROUGH STRATEGIC REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT DOWNLOAD
2011
PUBLIC SCHOOLS: RECLAIMING INNOVATION THROUGH ADAPTIVE REUSE DOWNLOAD
2009
TAMING THE TREND: HOW TO STRATEGICALLY GREEN YOUR SCHOOLS DOWNLOAD
2009
GREENING DC’S PUBLIC SCHOOLS DOWNLOAD
2014
PLANNERS BRIEF LR DISTRICT ON BUILDINGS

A team of facility planners presented the Little Rock School Board on Tuesday with difference scenarios for resolving condition, use and capacity issues at school buildings in the state’s largest school district within its nearly 50 campuses.

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2014
SCHOOL ROOFS AREN’T WHAT THEY USED TO BE

They really don’t make roofs the way they used to.