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Mike Beamer

Architect
  • Mike Beamer

Extensive experience with the design and detailing of high-performance buildings

Mike joined Green Hammer in May 2015, bringing extensive experience with the design and detailing of high-performance buildings. He has consulted on several residential projects pursuing Passive House certification, including the retrofit of a 1920s bungalow into a sustainable-living demonstration house at the University of Oregon. “Addressing the durability and energy performance of building enclosures is a practical way to make a difference as a designer.”

With a film degree from the University of Southern California, Mike got his start in the design-build profession as a production designer and set carpenter for music videos and commercials. Taking projects from design through completion on tight schedules and budgets taught Mike the importance of having a committed team with solid communication and feedback throughout.

Prior to joining Green Hammer, Mike worked for the forensic architecture and engineering firm Wiss, Janney, Elstner & Associates, where he consulted on numerous residential, commercial and public buildings. His work included building enclosure consulting, forensic evaluation and preservation of historic facades. “My work with WJE engrained in me the importance of robust building enclosures,” he says. “Studying how buildings fail was an invaluable experience to have early in my career.”

Mike says he enjoys working at Green Hammer because it allows him to be part of a forward-thinking unified design-build team, pushing the building industry to be more sustainable and responsible. “The feedback loop between the designer, builder and client is so important — working alongside the build team allows our designs to be thoroughly practical, efficient and budget responsive.”

When not working, Mike and his wife are often exploring the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest with their two dogs. 

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