2019 40 Under 40: Brendan Gardes, PE, CEM, CEA, CGD, LEED AP; 39
Director of Energy and Sustainability, Newcomb & Boyd, Atlanta BS Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta ME Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park
In less than six months after joining his first firm, Gardes began managing projects. Within two years, he was the primary mechanical engineer and day-to-day project manager for a 1 million square foot mixed-use development in downtown Baltimore. After six years, he was promoted to mechanical department head and responsible for the quality of the firm’s mechanical designs. In 2014, after Gardes moved to Atlanta, he joined Newcomb & Boyd as a mechanical engineer. In less than six months, his undeniable value led to his promotion to director of energy and sustainability. Within two years of joining the firm, he was named an associate and a year later, an associate partner. He is the vice chair for the City of Decatur’s Environmental Sustainability Board, which provides recommendations on sustainability opportunities to the city commission. Gardes is also a perennial volunteer for the Decatur Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project. Begun in 2003, the service project provides free house maintenance and repair for Decatur’s needy senior homeowners over the three-day MLK weekend each January. For the past three years, he served as the membership promotion chair for the ASHRAE Atlanta Chapter. Before this position, Gardes was co-chair of the Atlanta Chapter of the Young Engineers in ASHRAE. He loves being outdoors, particularly exploring various trails around Atlanta and beyond. He is currently section hiking the Appalachian Trail and has made it through Georgia and most of North Carolina. When he’s not hiking, you can find him checking out the new culinary spots popping up around Atlanta. Gardes enjoys home improvement projects of all kinds. It provides for a practical and physical extension of his engineering degree.