Stanford MS-CEE Civil Engineering Sustainable Design and Construction University of Wyoming Architectural Engineering with Honors Professional Engineer - CA License C86962 LEED Green Associate
Gretchen Heberling Schimelpfenig
Resides in E Palo Alto CA
For Mail Only: PO Box 306
Greensboro, MD21639
Fax: 443-926-9310

Schimelpfenig engineering • energy •
PE • construction

My Portfolio

You may also want to view my awardscareer plans,   music background or  my CV (pdf). More recent career milestones are here. Documents may show my maiden name, Gretchen Heberling. Additional recent technical reports are listed below.

2014 Schneider Fellow

As a selected Schneider Fellow (formerly, MAP Sustainable Energy Fellow) at the US Green Building Council, my research explored the means necessary to achieve increased adoption of geothermal energy utilization in the northern United States via building and grid-scale technologies while also examining associated environmental, social, and financial costs and benefits. 2014 MAP Fellow Geothermal Energy Report View Final Report 2.8MB

2013-Present Parkwood Technology Centre

In 2013, I created the Parkwood Technology Centre project, which began as a design concept for an improved computer lab and community education building for a disadvantaged public school in Cape Town, South Africa. Over the past three years, the project evolved into a retrofit and educational enrichment program designed to enhance the IT skills of students and citizens alike. Part of "Engineers for a Sustainable World". Donate   Details   Engineers for a Sustainable World Final Report Parkwood Campus View Final Report 2.3MB

2013-14 ELOP*6

Member of Team Bedouin, an international group of designers, engineers, landscape architects, and social scientists tasked with presenting a solution for a research park at an infill site located in downtown Palo Alto. Project blog here. Facebook group here. My February 2014 team presentation is   here (password is "elop6")

Victor Schinnerer Internship

As 2013 Milton Lunch Research Fellow, I developed an interactive presentation (here) based on my research of green building construction as it affects the construction insurance underwriting industry. Full report here: Victor O Schinnerer Milton Lunch Fellow Research Report 2013 - Navigating Sustainability Press release: Senior Design Haitian Hospital - Report by Gretchen Heberling - Not for redistribution As hosted at the National Society of Professional Engineers here.

2012 Senior Design

My Architectural Studio II design for a hospital campus in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Full design is here: Senior Design Haitian Hospital - Report by Gretchen Heberling - Not for redistribution

2011 Passivhaus Standards Analysis

Undergraduate paper on the Passivhaus building method and its limited adoption in the USA. Passivhaus Report by Gretchen Heberling - Not for redistribution

2011 Laramie WY Urban Regeneration Plan

My Architectural Studio I design for an infill site in Laramie, WY. PDF report here Gretchen Heberling Report for Laramie WY Urban Regeneration of Fox Theater or view news article

2010 EPSCoR Manufacturing Research

Research on sustainably designing and retrofitting manufacturing facilities from my 2010 EPSCoR grant, sponsored by the University of WY and the NSF. University press here. The EPSCoR website is here. Final research report is here: Gretchen Heberling UW EPSCoR 2010 report

Additional Recent Works

  • Energy Efficient Building Design – Oakland, 2014. Final project for capstone course of Stanford program required my team to design a net-zero energy 100,000 sf mixed-use building on the Oakland waterfront using only Excel. Stanford net Zero Energy building reportReport 4.4 MB
  • High Performance Classrooms. My team, Team TInEE investigated the performance characteristics of traditional and high-performance portable classrooms and performed a cost/benefit comparison, 2014. Classroom Construction Analysis Report Here.
  • LEED Green Associate Credentials Renewed, 2013-2015 LEED Credentials renewed. Original certificate here LEED Credentials 2011 Certificate
  • Stanford Team 9 Life Cycle Assessment for Kreysler, Team Member, Researcher, 2013. LCA comparing CO2 emissions for fiber-reinforced polymer panels to those of alternative exterior building panels Building Construction Panels Life Cycle Assessment
  • 2010 Daylighting Analysis (with Autodesk Revit) of the Albany Mutual Building in Laramie WY (here)
  • Business Owner, Violinist, Capital Players, a MD sole proprietorship, since 2005. Very active 2005 - 2009, performing only occasional gigs since that time. This business helped fund my college education.