US Green Building Council - Ohio Chapter - Southwest Ohio Region

Cinemark Oakley Station Achieves LEED Silver Posted by admin on 12/12/14 in Building, Certified, LEED

  • Owner: Cinemark USA
  • Architect: The Beck Group
  • Contractor: Reece Campbell
  • Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing Engineers: Envirodesign
  • Commissioning Agent: Prater Engineering Associates
  • LEED Consultant: The Beck Group
  • Completion: July 2013
  • Size: 59,021 sq. ft.
  • Occupancy: 25 + Peak Visitors
  • Use: Public Assembly: Entertainment/Culture

Cinemark’s Oakley Station is a 14 screen movie theater in Cincinnati, OH. The building includes 13 Next GenTM standard format digital movie auditoriums and one XDTM Extreme Digital Cinema premium large format auditorium. The concession stand is self-serve with cafeteria-style point of sale counters. Sustainable features include increased envelope efficiency, cool roof, bicycle storage, FEV charging stations and high-efficiency HVAC system among others. 

To reduce pressure on undeveloped land, Cinemark selected a previously developed site where infrastructure and services were readily available.  There are numerous community services located within a half mile of the project, helping further promote community connectivity. Locating the project in an area that is densely developed sustains established urban living, facilitates walkable cities and reduces urban sprawl.

The new building employs a number of integrated strategies to reduce its energy usage while providing for greater comfort level of occupants.

  • Enhanced commissioning of the building’s mechanical, domestic hot water, lighting fixtures and controls ensures that the new building is operating for maximum efficiency to further reduce energy use.
  • Additionally, once the building is operational, meters that track different energy uses will confirm that all systems are performing as designed and the building is tracking energy use as predicted.
  • The building’s thermal control systems were designed to meet higher human comfort standards. The effectiveness of the system will be tested by administering occupant surveys and adjusted as needed.
  • All Cinemark properties are non-smoking. Where appropriate smoking areas are designated at least 25’ from buildings are provided.

Cinemark’s commitment to recycling is exemplified throughout the building with dedicated recycling areas for paper, plastic, aluminum, glass, and cardboard items.

During construction, strategies outlined in the Indoor Air Quality Management Plan were strictly adhered to and monitored and Low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) content materials were installed to ensure a healthy building. 

To reduce outdoor contaminants from being introduced into the building, permanent walk-off mats have been installed at all main entrances of the building keeping the quality of the indoor environment as clean as possible. In addition, MERV 13 filters were installed after construction to ensure a high level of filtration of the indoor air, resulting in a higher indoor air quality.



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Barb Yankie Named 2014 Green Person of the Year Posted by admin on 12/12/14 in Chapter, Uncategorized

Barb Yankie

Green Building Consulting


USGBC Cincinnati Regional Chapter is proud to present Barb Yankie as our 2014 Person of the Year. Barb Yankie founded Green Building Consulting and Homes + as an independent rater and is the President of both.  She started in the Energy Efficiency industry in 1999 and expanded into the Green and Sustainable area in 2004.  Barb is currently a member of the RESNET National Board of Directors and has served on the Infrared Scanning Standard Task Force, the Strategic Positioning Task Force, the Infrared Standard Drafting Committee, and the Green Rater Certification Task Force.

Green Building Consulting is a consulting, training, and verification company for energy efficiency and green programs. It is a HERS Rating Provider, LEED for Homes Provider, Enterprise Green Communities Technical Advisory (TA) Provider, Energy Star Rating Company , Passive House US Rater and Consultant Company.

Barb is currently a HERS Rater, RESNET Green Rater, LEED Green Rater, NAHB Green Verifier, LEED AP Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater Mentor, USGBC Faculty Member, LEED for Homes Quality Assurance Designee (QAD), and LEVEL II Infrared Thermographer (ASNT Compliant).  Some additional current and past affiliations include Energy Star Partner, Habitat for Humanity Partner, BPI Technical Advisory Committee member, NAHB Energy Value Housing Award and Builder of the Year Award Judge,  ACI Core Conference Committee Member, Home Builders Association member and a Licensed Realtor.

Life Before Green Building Consulting


The different careers of Barb Yankie

-          The Formative Years

  • Librarian
  • Babysitter
  • Nanny
  • Waitress

-          Computer Programmer  / Computer Training  (1965-1991)

  • Pittsburgh National Bank (now PNC Bank) – Pittsburgh
  • Chase Manhattan Bank – New York
  • Chubb and Sons Insurance – New York
  • Singer Sewing Machines – New Jersey
  • Hoke Manufacturing – New York
  • University of Colorado – Boulder, CO
  • University of Cincinnati
  • U.S Shoe Company – Cincinnati
  • Versailles Technical School – Versailles, IN
  • Champion Paper Company – Hamilton, OH
  • U.S Shoe Company – Cincinnati
  • Chiquita – Cincinnati

-          Realtor & Builders Representative(1991-1999)

  • Star One Realtors – Cincinnati

-          Business Owner

  • Homes + (1999)
    • Homes Inspections
    • Radon Testing
    • Mold Testing
    • Home Warranty Administration
    • Energy Audits
    • HERS Ratings
  • Green Building Consulting (2006)



-          From 1966-1975 Barb had the run of the mill hobby of motorcycle dirt track racing and enduros.

  • For those that don’t know enduros are a usually 100 mile or more timed race across ridiculously unkind terrain.
  • In those days they didn’t have separate womens and mens classes for the race. In fact usually Barb would obviously be the only women crazy enough to enter the race.
  • Finished as high as 2nd out of 30 riders in one of her races.
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