Anthony has a passion for minimalism. He enjoys finding elegant solutions to complex problems and sharing them with others. He applies this philosophy in writing, design and instruction.
A driving force for Anthony is working with people to build an optimal team to achieve a desired objective. He finds great satisfaction in being a part of a team that supports the stretching of individual skill sets that contribute to an innovative work process and product.
Anthony "Tony" J. Zagelow is a native Oregonian with over 35 years’ experience in the design and construction of the built environment. He literally grew up on construction sites as the son of a general contractor and real estate developer. Tony’s experience includes projects in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors.
All through his childhood and collage career Tony worked with his father developing design and construction skills that he has used as a foundation to build his career upon. Those formative years helped Tony develop the ability to understand good design, execute construction and to look for ways to reduce waste and increase profit.
A turning point that helped him clarify the vision for his career was his time spent at IDC, a subsidiary of CH2M Hill. At IDC he was able to gain cross discipline coordination, project management and industrial design skills
Over the span of the last 20 years Tony has worked on an assortment of MEP projects in a variety of roles. Projects ranging widely from single VAV box installations to chiller plant retrofits and roles from drafting to project management. To make a bigger impact environmentally Tony spent several years working as a controls contractor gaining experience with building automation design, and energy analysis.
Tony went on to earn an MBA with a concentration in management to enable him to better leverage his skills in market research, negotiation, project creation, sales, incentive procurement, financial analysis and B2B Consultation.
In 2011 to better understand how natural systems work and to embrace biomimicry and biophilia into his work Tony earned his Permaculture Design Certification (PDC). He uses the 12 permaculture design principals to guide his design philosophy and influence his processes.
Tony’s true passion lies with water. Rainwater harvesting, gray water re-use and water conservation have been and still are much of his life’s focus. He has always felt drawn to and connected with water and is currently focusing his energies on innovative hydro-centric projects. Tony deeply and sincerely believes that the current global water crisis demands that water systems be optimized to ensure water security for the planets future.
Tony volunteers for the non-profit City Repair and the St. Johns Farmers Market, he is an instructor and active 3rd Dan Black Belt in North American Tae Kwon Do, and he is an avid outdoors man, tinkerer/artist, gardener, cook and a voracious reader.