Tom Napier is a Research Architect and Principal Investigator with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory in Champaign, IL. Current research includes sustainability in Army facilities’ design and construction, specifically, the reduction of construction and demolition waste through deconstruction, reuse, and recycling. Responsibilities include program development, research, and developing guidance and resources to support engineering and environmental personnel throughout the Corps and the Army. Recent activities include: supporting Army deconstruction projects; developing Army policy and guidance media; technical transfer and training at Army and industry venues, both in the United States and abroad; and improving the resilience of housing exposed to natural disasters. Tom is a past recepient of the Army’s Engineer Research and Development Outstanding Team Award. Previous work includes condition assessment of historic buildings, non-traditional project delivery processes, performance specifying, implementation of innovative construction technologies, and other construction management-related subjects.
Tom is involved in US Green Building Council Central Illinois Chapter and Building Materials Reuse Association; participates on the the Chicago Rebuilidng Exchange Advisory Board; the Construction Industry Institute’s Research Committee, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National C&D Materials Recovery Strategy Committee. Tom has been active in his local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. He received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Architecture from the University of Illinois. Previous experience includes housing design for the University of Illinois, design, Value Engineering and cost analysis with Steven Winter Associates, New York, NY, and teaching Construction Project Management at the University of Illinois.