New president for NIBS, Stephen Ayers, replaces former president Lakisha Woods

The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) announced last month that Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, NAC, CCM, LEED AP has joined its board of directors in the position of Interim CEO. Photo courtesy NIBS

The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) announced last month that Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, NAC, CCM, LEED AP has joined its board of directors in the position of interim CEO. Ayers’ appointment follows the departure of CEO Lakisha A. Woods, CAE.

Ayers previously served as chair of the NIBS Board from 2017 to 2018. He also served as chair of the Construction Management Association of America and the Construction Users Roundtable.

On Feb. 24, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Ayers to serve as the 11th architect of the Capitol. By May of that year, the United States Senate confirmed Ayers, and the president officially appointed him to a 10-year term as architect of the Capitol.

Ayers was responsible for facilities maintenance and operation of the historic U.S. Capitol Building, the care and improvement of more than 570 acres of grounds and the operation and maintenance of 1,727,996 m2 (18.6 million sf) of buildings, including the House and Senate Congressional office buildings, Capitol Visitor Center, Library of Congress, U.S. Supreme Court Building, Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, and other facilities.

Under his leadership, Ayers reduced carbon emissions, improved energy efficiency, and implemented sustainable design practices throughout the Capitol complex.

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