Benjamin founded Cyclone in 2012, after working as a design consulting engineer for ten years, with a vision of making the world more efficient. He established Cyclone to provide a unique service to help design, build and operate high-performance buildings. His background in design and experience with solving complex issues has allowed him to build a company that challenges the built environment to explore new ways to save resources.
Over his career, he has helped create some of the most energy efficient and unique buildings in the world. Projects include supertall high-rise buildings, net-positive energy designs, LEED Platinum Certified buildings and an Internationally award winning design for the Walgreens Net Zero Energy Store [link to case study]. In 2015 he was named 40 under 40 by Consulting Specifying Engineer Magazine and he frequently shares lessons learned from his work in seminars and presentations.
Benjamin served ASHRAE, a 57,000 member International engineering society, as the Director and Regional Chair of Region VI from 2016 to 2019. He has contributed to several technical committees that have helped establish important industry standards and guidelines, most notably areas of expertise focused on commissioning and refrigerated cold storage. In 2013 he co-authored the first guideline for modeling refrigerated cold storage facilities for LEED Certification for the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) and International Association for Cold Storage Construction. (IACSC)
When Ben isn’t running Cyclone you’ll likely find him running a road race. While earning his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering he was also competing in track and field and cross country for the Iowa State Cyclones (get the company name now?) He has since competed in seven marathons including Chicago, Paris and Boston and two Ironman triathlons in Madison Wisconsin.