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Sustainability Certifications

Our integrated design process begins with sustainability charrettes involving our stakeholders, to identify the project sustainability and resilience goals that embody their mission, and develop metrics that express these goals. Many of these goals involve recognized third-party verification to document successes and gain recognition for these efforts.

Our architecture and interior design projects successfully achieved a range of certifications, including LEED Platinum and Net Zero Energy, many with solar photovoltaic (PV) generation as well as geothermal energy production. We are currently designing our 5th Net Zero campus building, including laboratories, an art center, a business school and a new health sciences center. In 2019 we completed a 500,000 SF corporate headquarters designed for WELL Gold certification, currently undertaking its performance and verification testing.

In all disciplines, we help clients identify metrics or certifications aligned with their mission and their goals for a successful project.

Our landscape architecture and civil engineering projects may be part of a LEED certification, or seek the more ambitious SITES certification involving rigorous standards for water and soil quality, ecological restoration, and resource use. Our SITES certified projects from Austin TX to Shanghai China have successfully met this ambitious challenge.

Our planning and urban design projects that design mixed-use, transit oriented districts may align with LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND). These projects undertake state-of-the-art strategies for a walkable, robust streetscape and public spaces, a holistic approach to multi-modal public transportation and parking, sustainable site infrastructure, and a mix of residential, commercial and institutional uses for a vibrant live-work-play environment.

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