Meet the Land Use Designer and Environmental Professional – Defining their Role in the Development Process
Join MEREDA’s Emerging Leaders Committee for its next Lunch & Learn Event!
In this second installment of the DevelopME series of panel discussions organized to understand the roles and responsibilities of professionals engaged in development projects, we introduce a land use designer and an environmental professional. While our first panel offered insight from a broker’s perspective, this conversation will focus on when you should consider hiring a land-use design professional and what questions and information they provide to the team. We also explore how (but more importantly, when) it’s best to engage with an environmental professional and how they can guide the development team on the feasibility of development projects after the initial environmental assessment when teams navigate challenges associated with environmental impacts.
Meet the Presenters:
Lucas J. Benedict is a Senior Project Manager and Licensed Professional Geologist at Credere Associates, LLC in Westbrook, Maine. With nearly two decades of experience as an Environmental Professional, he and his Credere ‘associates’ specialize in sustainable Brownfields Programs and redevelopment projects across New England. Lucas not only helps private- and public-sector clients mitigate business risks tied to environmental challenges such as ‘Urban Fill’, hazardous wastes, and building materials containing PCBs, asbestos, and heavy metals, but also oversees Environmental Remediation/Construction contracts for the Federal Government/Department of Defense, managing tasks that include remediation, abatement, general construction, repairs, and demolition.
Henry Hess is a seasoned Landscape Architect and Project Manager at Sebago Technics. With over a decade of expertise in land and master planning, site design, due diligence, planting design, permitting, and construction, Henry’s skills as a Maine Registered Landscape Architect have been instrumental in shaping communities across various cities and towns in Maine.
Since joining Sebago Technics in 2018, Henry’s leadership in Landscape Architecture has consistently delivered creative solutions to complex site challenges. In recognition of his outstanding contributions, he was promoted to the role of Project Manager in 2023. In this capacity, he Is responsible for overseeing the overall development, budget, schedule, and approval of projects while skillfully maintaining strong relationships and communication with clients and regulatory authorities.
DevelopME Committee Co-chairs, Matt Pitzer of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger and Gwen Hulit of Bangor Savings Bank will moderate the program.
This event is Sponsored by Sebago Technics and Credere Associates, LLC.