Woolpert’s Chesapeake Office Achieves LEED Gold Certified
September 20, 2011
CHESAPEAKE, Va. (September 20, 2011)… Woolpert announced today its Chesapeake office has achieved LEED® for Commercial Interiors (CI) Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Although Woolpert has certified a number of its offices nationwide, this is Woolpert’s first LEED-certified office space also located in a LEED Core and Shell (CS) certified building.
The firm challenged the landlord and the design and construction team at the outset with an aggressive sustainable design approach. The team worked in a collaborative process to integrate appropriate and cost-effective sustainability strategies into the building. Features contributing to the certification include an aggressive reduction of energy use through high-efficiency lighting, ventilation and air-conditioning systems; ENERGY STAR equipment and appliances; water-efficient plumbing fixtures, which reduce water use by 30 percent; and floor covering, ceiling tiles, drywall and cabinetry made either in whole or in part of locally sourced, recycled materials.
The office also features low- or no-emitting paints, adhesives, furniture and sealants to protect indoor air quality as well as carbon dioxide sensors to provide adequate ventilation at all times, lighting sensors for energy efficiency and commissioning of the office’s energy systems.
The result was a Gold level of performance within the project budget. “Woolpert is not only committed to providing sustainable design solutions for our clients, we are also dedicated to creating sustainable and environmentally friendly office environments for our employees,” said Mike Flannery, Woolpert’s president and CEO.
The Chesapeake office joins three other Woolpert offices in LEED certification: Cincinnati (LEED CI Gold), Indianapolis (LEED CI Silver) and Charleston (LEED CI Certified).