2024 40 Under 40: Michelle Fennell, LEED AP BD+C, 37

Senior Associate, BR+A; BS, Wentworth Institute of Technology

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer May 13, 2024

Fennell has over 15 years of experience in the fields of HVAC engineering, energy and sustainability. As a senior associate of BR+A, she has been involved in the engineering of HVAC systems, energy modeling and sustainable project management on many project types including health care, corporate, research and academic facilities. Fennell is a member of ASHRAE, NEHES and has served as secretary of the International Institute of Sustainable Laboratories Laboratory Benchmarking Working Group. Outside of BR+A, Fennell is engaged with various industry groups, including the International Institute for Sustainable Labs (I2SL), which aligns with her passions in the industry. She was founding member of the I2SL New England Chapter, served on the chapter’s board and has regularly attended annual conferences as a speaker. Fennell has also presented at other industry events, including the Massachusetts Hospital Association Annual Design Operations and Construction Conference and an Efficiency Vermont Seminar. Fennell was chosen out of over 250 BR+A employees for the Mario J. Loiacono Jr. Award in 2014 for her dedication to sustainability. She works to mentor and train younger engineers within the company, with a strong commitment to pass her knowledge to the next generation. Outside of work, Fennell enjoys photography, travel and spending time with her family. Some of her favorite places she is visited include the Salt Mines in Poland and Italy.