What's New at Kath Williams + Associates

What's New at Kath Williams + Associates


Recent Experiences

Kath Williams has been accepted as a presenter at Greenbuild 2017, Boston, Nov. 8 to 10. As part of a new "Special Set Session" in the educational program, Kath will serve as moderator and speaker for "Sustainable Housing for All: An Example and A Challege."  Session is Friday, November 10, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Highlights of the session are presentations by Chinwe Ohajuruka, architect of award-winning development in Nigeria, and Belem Salamon, executive director of Guatemala Green Building Council.
Kath Williams is serving as a Fulbright Senior Specialist peer reviewer for 2017. She is honored to be part of the decision making team in the category of Environmental Sciences.  Originally Kath was named the first Fulbright Senior Specialist in the early 2000s. Her work included teaching at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, and University of Technology-Sydney in addition to supporting the development of the first GreenStar exam and early growth of the Green Building Council of Australia.

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) has designated Kath Williams + Associates  a LEED® Proven Provider™ for the LEED BD+C rating system family. This designation was developed to streamline the LEED project review process for experienced organizations that demonstrate consistent excellence in administering LEED projects.  

“Quality is at the core of the LEED certification process, and Kath Williams + Associates has exhibited expertise in helping to bring healthy, high-performing buildings to the market,” said Doug Gatlin, vice president of program delivery, USGBC and GBCI. “The LEED Proven Provider model represents a great partnership between Kath Williams + Associates and GBCI, because it allows GBCI to maintain a rigorous certification program and gives Kath Williams + Associates  the opportunity to deliver LEED projects to its clients faster.”

Kath Williams has been selected a USGBC ProReviewer.  Serving in that role, Kath has quality assurance input into the educational offerings of USGBC and its Education Service Providers.

The USGBC-Montana chapter held its Annual Summit February 8 & 9. Kath Williams was surprised with the first USGBC Montana Pioneer Award, given for "...a person who led the way for sustainability in Montana." 

At last year's Summit, Kath Williams and Lesly Mroczkowski were 
presented "the Commercial Building Merit Award and Special Jury Award of Education and Outreach Impact for the Jabs Hall project." The annual award recognizes projects and teams who have produced exceptional examples of sustainability within the state of Montana. 


Kath Williams visited KW+A projects in Guatemala during January 2017. She also presented "Current opportunities in green building industry" for a graduate class at Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala City. As an honorary member of Guatemala Green Building Council, Kath attended the 2017 Kickoff Breakfast and was the keynote speaker.



 A successful session Greenbuild 2016 in Los Angeles.
Celebrating "PARKitecture" and Beyond: Building for Resilience and Stewardship, Kath was moderator and co-presenter with
Shawn Norton, National Park Service
Catherine Greener, Xanterra Parks & Resorts



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Museo Arte de Guatemala

Dr. Kath Williams has been named to the Advisory Board for the new Museum Art of Guatemala. Located in La Antiqua, Guatemala, the new museum will be home to the largest private collection of Guatemalan art as well as play host to important contemporary collections from around the global. Architect and President Amelia Weymann de Palacios presented Kath with the formal invitation at the museum.
More information can be found at www.funbaguatemala.org


Museum of the Rockies Board of Trustees 

Since August 2013, Kath Williams as served on the board of trustees for the Museum of the Rockies, Inc. and was recently elected Vice President of the Board. 

Located in Bozeman, Montana, the Museum is a world-class museum known for its vast collection of dinosaur fossils  and houses some of the world's most famous dinosaur specimans.
Kath Williams + Associates was a proud sponsor of the 2013 Children's Exhibit, "Raising The Roof," which gave children a hands-on opportunity to design and build structures.
Kath recently shepherded the design and construction of a new addition to the Museum, the Curatorial Center for the Humanities. This 16,000 square foot addition allows for ready access by curators to the monumental collections of Montana history while preparing them for exhibit. THe CCH was turned over to the university on July 5, 2017, having earned LEED-GOLD on June 27, 2017. 


ENR Award Ceremony
Energy Innovation Center at Idaho National Laboratory
National Winner of "Greenest Project" 2014


The Energy Innovation Center (EIC) was targeted to be LEED-GOLD from concept stage, under the leadership of Developer and Contractor REL Facilities, Inc. and Ormond Builders. With a creative, experienced design and construction team,the project earned LEEDv3--PLATINUM in 2014.  
The project also was awarded the "Go Beyond Award" in 2014 by the International Insitute for Sustainable Laboratories. 
Lesly Mroczkowski and Kath Williams led the LEED process from concept through certification. They previously served as the LEED-AP team for Idaho National Laboratory's Energy Research Laboratory, which earned LEED-GOLD in 2012.


In the January 2015 announcement of their Best of the Best Projects, Engineering News Record (ENR) stated the results were "the culmination of a seven-month effort put forth by dozens of industry judges and the ENR editorial team to identify the pinnacle of design and construction achievement in the U.S." Projects completed between June 2013 and 2014 qualified in a host of categories. EIL was named National Winner 2014 in the "Greenest Project" category. Battelle Energy Alliance nominated the project to ENR.

ENR Award 2015

In 2015, Lesly and Kath were LEED-APs on the Jabs Hall project that won the "Best Institutional Building in Northwest Region." The building houses the College of Business at Montana State University and earned LEED-Gold certification. 


2014 Living Building Challenge Heroes

For the past seven and a half years, the Living Building Challenge has inspired significant change in how buildings are designed, build, rehabbed and operated. In addition to the six projects that have been all or partially certified under the Challenge, there are more than 200 projects in the works around the world demonstrating possibilities for the built environment.

These successes are the result of tireless efforts made by individuals who not only have adopted the Living Building Challenge, but have also profoundly demonstrated how its principles can be used to rethink business as usual. These individuals have nurtured the Living Building Challenge as a movement - locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and hace led by example. In May 2014, the International Living Future Institute honored eight individuals for their tremendous efforts to help pave the way to a restorative future. Dr. Kath Williams was thrilled to be one of the eight.


ASTRA Women of Excellence: 

Global Strategic Alliance Award Recipients

This dynamic network of women-owned businesses, corporate and government agency supplier diversity professionals, and other partner organizations share a singular mission: to advance opportunities for women in business. The service starts with WBENC certification, the most credible nationally recognized certification women can obtain for their businesses.  In 2014, ASTRA inaugurated the "ASTRA Women of Excellence--Global Strategic Alliance Award", which was announced in May and was presented to Kath Williams in September at the Women In Construction Conference in San Ramon, California. Kath shares the award with Terena Bell, CEO of In Every Language (IEL), as the two have collaborated to complete a LEED project in the Netherlands with IEL completing the LEED document translation from Dutch and German to English.


IGBC Awards Ceremony

IGBC Hall of Fame Award
On October 24, 2013 the Indian Green Building Council honored Kath by recognizing her as the first inductee into the IGBC Hall of Fame. 
Current IGBC Board Chair Dr. Prem Jain wrote, 
"Dear Kath, You are one of the Founders of the Indian Green Building Council. You have held our hands during our infancy and have led us on the Path of Green.
All of us at IGBC owe to you and other founders, our sincere gratitude for guiding us in our journey of 12 years from inception. We have the privilege of standing on the shoulders of the giants of Green Building Movement in India and reach for the stars. Thanks to you, today with our 1.6+ Billion square feet of Green Buildings, we have our place of distinction amongst the Global Leaders.
In order to express our deepest gratitude for the years of your selfless service for the Council and for our country, indeed for humanity, IGBC has instituted the "Hall of Fame Award."  Mr. Jamshyd Godrej, Chairman, IGBC and the senior leadership of IGBC, have chosen three distinquished members for the award in its first year."

The three awards were presented by the Governor of the State of Tamil Nadu, Konijeti Rosaiah, to Dr. Kath Williams, to founding chair of IGBC Mr. ParasuRaman Ramachandran, and to USAID's Program Director and Chief Energy Analyst, Mr. Srinivasan Padmanaban.


GGBC Honorary Member Plaque

GGBC Honorary Membership

The Guatemala Green Building Council honored Kath Williams in May 2013 by bestowing upon her an honorary membership.
Kath  Williams + Associates is pleased to have teamed with 1/2 Ambiente Archiquitectura, 
Guatemala City to successfully complete 7 LEED-certified projects including
1st in the country of Guatemala (Puma Energy Headquarters, Guatemala City)
1st in the country of El Salvador (CITI Core Multiplaza ES Branch, San Salvador)
 1st in the country of Honduras (CITI Offices San Pedro Sula, Honduras)
Largest project in Central America (Centra Norte Mall and Transit Center, Guatemala City)
1st LEED-Gold hotel in Central America (Kawilal Hotel, Amatitlan, Guatemala)


USGBC National Governance Committee

 Kath Williams recently completed her term as a member of the Governance Committee that commenced in January 2013. Kath was honored to return to service for the USGBC, where she served as Vice Chair of the Board under the first three chairmen Rick Fedrizzi, Steven Winter, and Jim Hartsfeld.


 Go Beyond Awards

National Recognition for Special Projects

Idaho National Laboratory's Energy Innovation Laboratory (EIL) was selected to receive the 2014 Go Beyond Award for New Construction. The complex laboratory built through a public/private partnership earned LEED-Platinum. This follows the Blackfeet Community College Math/Science Building which was selected by the award evaluation committee of International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) to receive a 2012 Go Beyond Award for a New Construction Project.  The project also earned LEED Platinum, the first project on tribal land to so qualify.


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LEED Fellow Designation
Kath was selected for the inaugural class of LEED Fellows 2011.
The LEED Fellow is the most prestigious designation awarded by GBCI. This designation honors outstanding professionals who have demonstrated mastery-level technical knowledge and skill; exceptional leadership in the green building community; sharing of best practices through teaching, mentoring, or research; and an ongoing commitment to service and advocacy for green building and sustainability. As a LEED Fellow, Kath will serve as an ambassador applying her knowledge and experience to advancing the vision of green building for all within a generation.


  “LEED Fellow” and the LEED Fellow logo are trademarks owned by the U.S. Green Building Council and awarded to individuals under license by the Green Building Certification Institute.


World Green Building Council
Recognized WGBC Founding Leaders

Kath Williams was one of three early officers/leaders of the World Green Building Council at a ceremony in Toronto October 2011.  Chairman Tony Arnell from Australia presented each with the council's CHAIRMAN'S AWARD for services and support of the council during its formative years.



Kath Williams was a keynote speaker for Taiwan's ITRI-SPRIE conference in Fall 2010. The conference, which was by invitation only, was hosted by two research institutions--Stanford university's Program on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurialship (SPRIE) and the Idustrial Technology Research 
Institute (ITRI) of Taiwan. The focus was industrial technology and eco-cities of the future. 



Artemis Institute

Kath Williams continues to serve on the National Board of Advisors for Artemis Insitute, an educational institution located in Bozeman, Montana and Jackson, Wyoming. Students from around the world come together in an unsurpassed educational opportunity in design/build. Check out the outstanding Remote Studio opportunity as well as others on the following...


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National Service

Kath Williams served for ten years (2001-2011) as executive vice president of I2SL, a non-profit organization that is the co-sponsor of Labs21, the US Department of Energy and US Environmental Protection Agency's sustainable laboratory initiative. She retired in the fall of 2011 however continues to be a strong supporter. Become a supporter of DOE/EPA's Labs21 at



Living Building Challenge

Kath Williams strongly supports the Living Building Challenge and the activities of the International Living Building Institute. This leadership organization lives up to its name in putting forth green building standards beyond any currently known or practiced. Kath served as Living Building Challenge "Road Show" faculty in the early years of the challenge. In 2014, she was given one of eight "Living Building Hero" awards.




Special Recognition
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Washington, DC



Although not ultimately the chosen team, Kath Williams + Associates competed as one of the six finalists to design the new Smithsonian Museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC. In partnership with Moody-Nolan, Inc. of Columbus, Ohio, and Antoine Predock of Albuquerque, New Mexico, the team developed the above rendering of concept and model for the green building which will house the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. Although not ultimately chosen by the jury, this concept design was highly acclaimed by the public and the jury, who gave the team a standing ovation.