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Don McLauchlan

Outstanding Achievement Award

BS ’01 | Mechanical Engineering


Donald McLauchlan is a founder and principal of Elara Energy Services, Inc. He has more than 35 years of experience in MEP design, construction, and commissioning and focuses on energy efficient design in the building environment, including new construction, major renovations, problem solving, green building, and fully integrated sustainable systems. He has led engineering teams on projects for large commercial buildings, schools, universities, and hospitals, among others. Don has received 20 First Place Illinois ASHRAE Excellence in Engineering awards, three First Place Midwest Regional ASHRAE Technology awards, a first place and an Honorable Mention International Society level ASHRAE Technology Award, a Green Design Award from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and a Green Innovation Emerald Award from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

Prior to his work at Elara, Don was owner and president of Arrowhead Environmental Control, a major Chicago area mechanical design-build contracting company, a business that his father founded in 1951. As a licensed professional engineer in several states, Don is a certified energy manager and LEED accredited professional. He has authored several technical articles for the ASHRAE Journal and other trade journals and has been a speaker at numerous industry conferences. Don holds a BS in mechanical engineering from UIC.