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Tom Martineau, RA, NCARB, LEED AP
Mr. Martineau has been interested in the quality of life of urban places since the mid- Sixties, when he developed the dual scale evaluation process of his "Urban Activity Model" as part of his graduate work in architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His professional experience began in 1965 as Research Assistant with the State University Construction Fund (SUCF), a Public Benefit Corporation established by the New York Legislature. Later, as SUCF Research Associate, he participated in the development of the Guide for Campus Planning and the Guide for Facilities Planning. He also prepared a Handbook for the Evaluation of Public Facility Programs, and a layperson’s narrative of the multi-billion dollar facilities development program of the Fund. He also served as the agency’s technical representative in the development of performance criteria for lighting, acoustics, and interior finishes.
At the Saratoga Associates, he was a team member for the design and development of the Tifft Farm Nature Preserve in Buffalo, New York – the first U.S. nature preserve within urban boundaries.
At Battelle Memorial Institute, he conducted a wide variety of research requiring or containing evaluation components. Most notable was his multi-million dollar evaluation of alternative materials and technologies for concrete for a Japanese construction company. He directed several HUD-sponsored programs, including an Assessment of Making Multi-Family Housing Accessible to the Physically Handicapped, and an Evaluation of Applying Cooperative Housing Principles to Migrant Farmworker Housing. He served as Assistant Manager of the HUD/Farmers Home/OEO Basic Homes Research and Evaluation Program, aimed at bringing home ownership opportunities to rural families in the United states. He also managed and directed Futurlab, one of Battelle’s largest and most successful multi-client programs on trends in design and technology of industrial research and development laboratories.
From 1985 to 1992 he served as Director of the Institute for Building Sciences at Florida A&M University. He directed numerous contract research programs, including the design of a framework for a new, uniform statewide Florida building code, requiring the evaluation of statewide building code models in other states. He also organized and conducted a statewide conference on the future of educational technology – the first satellite-broadcast event from Florida A&M University. He wrote the conference report, and conducted the program evaluation.
In 1992, he became a tenured Professor of Architecture at FAMU. He retired in 2007, and is now a full-time, independent consultant through his own firm, Productivity House, Inc.
His consulting activities through Productivity House have focused on performance assessments of U.S. school districts, with special emphasis on facilities management issues. This has included an assessment of the community use of school facilities, and of making schools safe and secure for students, teachers, staff, and administrators. Other areas have included transportation and food services. He has worked with fifty school districts since 2004, in Alaska, California, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington.
He first participated in an IMCL Conference in 1989 in Venice, Italy, and has since made IMCL conference presentations on such topics as campus planning, affordable housing principles, public urban squares, and the potential for converting the suburbs to livable communities, in Vienna, Alpbach/Salzburg, Carmel, Santa Fe, Siena, Sarasota, London, Portland (OR), and Charleston (SC). He has also assisted with conference logistics, evaluation of submitted conference papers, and evaluation of submitted projects for awards, consistently since 2000.
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