Josh Dretchen, LEED AP

Proud Father | Culinary Enthusiast | Reliable

"At Columbia, I am surrounded by people that truly care about their clients, their work, and the end results we deliver. Each day presents new challenges that we need to collectively overcome to deliver on our promises, but working through them as a team is what makes us great."

Josh Dretchen, LEED AP

Director of Energy

Joined Columbia in 2013   

Josh has nearly 20 years of experience in the construction industry. He has exceptional analytical and organizational abilities, strong contract negotiating skills, and is committed to exceeding project goals. Josh provides building owners and developers with design/build and contracting services to decrease their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, save money, and meet their long-term energy goals. Josh’s favorite aspect of his role at Columbia is working with clients to help them visualize how they can reduce their energy costs, all while helping to contribute to ambitious climate goals.

According to Josh’s fifth grade yearbook, he wanted to be an Architectural Engineer when he grew up, based on his affinity for Legos. While not exactly accurate, he got much closer than most people’s childhood predictions! Josh enjoys traveling, exploring and learning about different food and wine, and taking what he learns home with him to give it his best shot in the kitchen. His attitude towards both food and life in general is ‘try everything at least twice’. Josh can also do a full side split – bet you didn’t see that coming. Well, neither did we, but we now have video evidence that it’s true!