Praxis (Building Solutions)

Current Work

Green Building and Sustainability Projects and Programs Still In Process

Cira Centre South – Chestnut Street Tower (EVO tower / The Grove) 


renderings by Erdy McHenry Architects

Integrative Design Facilitator, and lead LEED consultant for 450,000 SF private student housing project (the largest in the U.S.) serving primarily Drexel University and University of Pennsylvania students, seeking LEED Gold certification and housing Philadelphia’s Sustainability Education and Collaboration center. Client: Campus Crest Communities and Brandywine Realty Trust.


2401 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, 
PA - Green Office Building


image courtesy of Bedrock Group, LLC

We are the LEED consultant for this 8 story, 160,000SF multitenant office building in Center City Philadelphia, seeking LEED Core & Shell Platinum. The environmental performance upgrades to the 1890's B&O railroad building include a green roof, high performance windows, an energy management system, and a 17,500 gallon rainwater cistern that supplies all water for toilet flushing in the building. Additional upgrades will include Photovoltain solar panels, wind turbines, and site water capture. 


Ron Rambo Residence


Max is facilitating an Integrative Design for an innovative, high accessibility/independence home for an owner with Cerebral Palsy. The project will be intertwined as educational infrastructure with multiple higher education institutions, and is an official Sustainability Demonstration Project for the City of Lancaster. It will produce twice as much energy as it uses, will function as a hyrdologic healing engine (repairing the hyrdologic cycle as human and other living systems' water needs are met on site), will maximize air quality and material environmental performance, and the site will ultimately provide a significant percentage of Mr. Rambo's diet. The project is seeking LEED for Homes Platinum and will persue Living Building Challenge. The Fundraising and Permitting begining in early 2014. Client's own project website.


renderings by Kate Greim

Ecoxera - Multi-site Retail Sustainability Consulting

Via Praxis | Building Solutions, LLC we are running a retail Sustainability consulting company/division of a $100M/year Company, Davaco, Inc.


Tim Horton’s – Volume Certification Program






Begining with the certification of the Hamilton, ON location, we are supporting Tim Hortons goal of certifying 30 locations by 2016. We believe we will surpass this goal with the 9 restaurant locations pursuing LEED NC or CI Retail certification currently and by ramping up the company's LEED Volume Certification Program. 


PRSM - Professional Retail Store Managers' Association - Sustainability Resource Center

In collaboration with PRSM staff and a council of volunteers from across the retail industry, we are leading development of a broad and valuable set of sustainability planning and implementation tools, process guides, and best-practices. 


Sustainability Coworking Center 


Max is cofounder of a non-profit start-up called The Sustainability Nexus, dedicated to coalescing the abundant but fragmented energy of the regional sustainability movement, through entrepreneurship and innovation. Through a partnership we have just opened our coworking mothership and headquarters, CityCoHo | Philly NexusThis first major piece of infrastructure for the organization is a 13,000 SF coworking space (targeting LEED CI Platinum) for sustainability professionals, and professionals that give a rip about mankind and other living systems, but also want to have fun while trying to change the world.


University of Pennsylvania - AASHE STARS Assessment


We are supporting data gathering, and facilitating target assessment, goal setting, and implementation of improvements for a majority of operational divisions as part of a university-wide STARS program effort.


Weccacoe Flats


We are the lead coordinator of LEED for Homes documentation and certification support, for this multi-unit green residential development in Philadelphia, for Developer Bancroft Green. The project is on track for LEED Platinum. (Architect: Re:Vision)

images from Bancroft Green

A technical sustainability consulting company with clients and strategic partners including University of Pennsylvania, the Pentagon, B Lab, the U.S. Green Building Council, Autodesk, Con Edison Company of New York, Wallace Roberts & Todd, Humanscale.