Armed with a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering, Steve Torre began his career at a large firm in Washington, D.C., where he learned the fundamentals of real-world engineering and touched a range of prominent large-scale projects, including the 1.85 million-square-foot Herbert C. Hoover Building renovation and multiple lab and infrastructure upgrades at the National Institutes of Health Campus. His first opportunity to make a significant impact came when Steve was assigned to lead the U.S. Consulate in Mumbai, India—a high-profile project with international reach featuring multiple facilities on a U.S. Department of State campus.
Steve’s experience includes working at an engineering start-up, where he embraced the entrepreneurial spirit of growing a young business and working as a project manager in the construction division of an international real estate and development firm. This role allowed him to see a side of the building and development business beyond the engineering world. Then, he returned to his engineering roots with CMTA, where he is a principal in the Arlington, Virginia, office. Notable among his impressive client list is GreenCity, an envisioned “Eco-District” currently in development in Henrico County, Virginia. The project focuses on environmental sustainability, civic engagement, and inclusion and will likely include the world's largest Living Building Challenge-certified office building. The 200-acre development will consist of 2,400 new homes; 2,000,000 square feet of office; 280,000 square feet of retail; and a 17,000-seat arena. Every engineer dreams of making fundamental changes in the built environment—and this visionary project is shaping the next wave of sustainable buildings and large-scale Eco-Districts. Steve’s leadership on this project and others that are pushing the sustainability envelope make him a considerable contributor to CMTA’s leadership and to his clients’ goals for high-performance buildings.