Speaker Profile: Michael J. Walsh, PE, LEED AP BD+C
After graduating Northeastern University, Mike spent two years working in the family refrigeration contracting business before joining Vanderweil in 1987. He was named Principal in 2000 and has recently been promoted to a role as the firm’s HVAC Technical Director. This role is intended to promote innovative and sustainable HVAC system design solutions throughout the firm focusing on cost effective and energy efficient mechanical system designs.
Mike has spent over 25 years at Vanderweil focusing on the design of HVAC systems for technically challenging and complex projects. Mike’s responsibilities include the development and integration of systems serving laboratory animal facilities, biocontainment level 2 & 3 (BSL-2/ABSL-2 and BSL-3/ABSL-3), biological, biomedical research, public health, interdisciplinary science buildings and forensic laboratories. Mr. Walsh is also an ASHRAE, I2SL (formerly Labs 21) and an International Code Council member and was the lead contact person at Vanderweil for interfacing with the EPA Labs for the 21st Century efforts to promote energy efficient laboratory design. He contributed to the development of the Labs21 Energy Modeling Guides and participated in the development and review of Labs21 Best Practices Guides.
Mike has been involved in the design of several large and small animal facilities ranging from 3,000 net square feet (NSF) to over 60,000 NSF. Animal facility design included barrier facilities and biocontainment spaces including ABSL-2 and ABSL-3 spaces.