Jim Blount, a principal with Ellenzweig and Life Sciences Market Sector Leader, has 30 years of professional experience passionately devoted to architecture for the sciences; he has been involved in the programming, planning, and design of over three million square feet of space for science research and teaching. A particular area of his interest and expertise is the exploration and development of progressively innovative and sustainable design solutions for research facilities.
As one of the founding officers of the I2SL New England Chapter, Jim helped to build the New England Chapter of the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories and is the immediate past president; he has participated on laboratory safety committees, developed laboratory planning and safety standards, contributed to the development of laboratory space, energy and cost benchmarking and metrics, participated as a juror in numerous R&D Lab of the Year competitions, and served as an invited speaker at many national and international forums addressing the future of laboratory environments and sustainable design.
Jim is certified with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, is a registered architect in Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire and Vermont and is a USGBC LEED accredited professional. On the weekends, Jim is an alpine ski coach and race official at Okemo Mountain/Vail Resort in Vermont.