Members Matter: AOBA Member Spotlight on Bill Atkinson

AOBA is pleased to shine a spotlight on Bill Atkinson (at right above), Regional Engineer, Boston Properties.

With 22 years of engineering operations and management experience, Bill Atkinson serves as the Regional Engineer at Boston Properties. His downtown DC porfolio includes 11 properties representing approximately 5 million square feet. His position involves providing technical support, project management oversite and enhanced energy and water efficiency programs. An active member of AOBA and NAPE, Bill has served as an instructor for NAPE, a judge for the TOBY Awards and Engineer Awards, and is currently Chair of AOBA’s Commercial Engineer of the Year Awards program.

Bill began his career as a commercial HVAC Mechanic and completed a two year trade school for HVACR. He accepted an entry level position as a building engineer for Boston Properties in 1995, worked his way up to Chief Engineer in 2000 and was promoted to Regional Engineer in 2007. 

In addition to his HVACR certifications, Bill is a Certified Energy Manager and Certified Building Commissioning Professional through AEE, as well as a Licensed Operating Engineer in DC. Bill holds his SMA and SMT designations through BOMI and is a LEED AP O&M accredited professional. 

AOBA: What draws you to volunteer your time and expertise as Chair of the TOBY Awards Committee? I believe Building Engineers perform the majority of their “real work” behind the scenes. This award gives us an opportunity to show appreciation for all the hard work they do to keep the buildings running at maximum efficiency.

AOBA: Your advice for other members?  Never stop taking classes or furthering your education. You will always learn something and meet new people along the way. And don’t be afraid to reach out to others in the community for assistance.