40 Under Forty: Matthew M. Copeland, P.E., 35


Copeland Building Envelope Consulting, Stow

Lives: Stow

Birthplace: Boston

Colleges: Northeastern University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Copeland has had a hand in dozens of complex restoration projects in significant U.S. buildings, including the New York State Capitol and the Massachusetts State House, but particularly in higher education at places like Harvard University and MIT. When he was director of building envelopment sciences at Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects in Hopkinton, he more than doubled the size of the building envelope sciences group in just one year. Prior to that, he started the building envelope consulting practice at Thornton Tomasetti in Boston. Now, Copeland is striking out on his own, starting in June a building envelope consulting practice out of his home in Stow. His expertise on envelopes – the physical separator between the conditioned and unconditioned sections of a building – makes him a sought-after author and speaker for events like Build Boston and the International Roofing Expo. He served as den leader in the Stow Cub Scout Pack 39 and coached Little League baseball. Copeland maintains a healthy work-life balance and took a one-year sabbatical with his family to Southeast Asia from 2014-2015. At the end of the day, he can't escape his love of architecture, as he has been gutting his home for the last three years, with most of the work done himself.

From 40 Under Forty judge Milka Njoroge: “Matthew has excelled in his career and become a well-published and sought-after speaker. He is committed to giving back to the community.”

What do you want people to say about you when it is all said and done? He was kind.

What is the best advice you've ever heard? “Reality is largely negotiable,” by author Tim Ferriss.
Read about the entire 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty
Michael Alden - Ascentria Care Alliance
Che Anderson - City of Worcester
Victor M. Archila - VMA Electric Inc.
Allison Beckler, DO - YOU, Inc.
Sam Bitar - Webster Five
Mark A. Borenstein - Seder & Chandler LLP
Kate D. Campanale - Massachusetts House of Representatives
Derek Canton - paerpay
Ryan Canuel - Petricore, Inc.
Jennifer Caron - Body Therapeutics
Danielle J. Clark - Clark Career Coaching
Heidi Cooper - Cooper’s Hilltop Farm
Matthew M. Copeland, P.E. - Copeland Building Envelope Consulting
Pat Davis - The DAVIS Cos.
Efua T. Dufu, MSW, LCSW - Ellite Event Planning
Grace Elton - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Ursula Furi-Perry, J.D. - Becker College
Jared E. Gentilucci - Nitsch Engineering
David Gilchrist, MD, MBA - UMass Memorial Health Care
Alvara Gjylapi - Santander Bank
Erica Grinkis - The GazBar Sports Grill
Meredith Harris - Marlborough Economic Development Corp.
Erin Jansky - Worcester Housing Authority
Ben Jones - Boston Scientific Corp
Alexis Kelleher - Crust Bakeshop; North Main Provisions
Bert LaValley - Sustainable Comfort, Inc.; deadhorse hill & simjang restaurants
Jennifer Leger - Fidelity Bank
Brian Lemerise - Quiet Logistics, Inc.
Tom Lubelczyk - The Worcester Jazz Collective
Laura Marotta - Creative Hub Worcester
Ryan Matson - Small Business Insurance Agency
Michael P. McDonough, CPA - McDonough, McDonough & Corsini, LLP
Madeline Mendoza - NewVue Communities
Jessica Morris - MCPHS University
Nathan Oriol - Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center (Oriol Health Care)
Nicholas Pelletier - Pelletier Properties at Keller Williams North Central
Courtney E. Pelley - Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
Lilian Radke - Unic Pro Inc.
Blaine Schnare - Harrington HealthCare System
Bonnie J. Walker - Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Learn how the winners were picked on our judges' page.