30 LEED Platinum and Gold Buildings in the USA


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30 LEED Platinum and Gold Buildings in the USA

  1. 1. 30 LEED Platinum and Gold Buildings In the USA Margaret Carroll Boardman, Ph.D. “Sustainability in Action” GR2 LLC, August 2013
  2. 2. California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA Platinum The Academy is the largest public Platinum-rated building in the world, and also the world’s greenest museum. It is a double Platinum LEED building, one awarded in 2008 and another in 2011. It is a single building housing multiple venues: aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, 4story rainforest, 3D theater, lecture hall, Naturalist Center, two restaurants, an adjacent garden and aviary, a roof terrace, a museum store, science labs, administrative offices, and extensive library and scientific archive with more than 26 million specimens. Photo Credits: (top) Academy panorama, Wikimedia Commons, (left) Rainforest, Tim Griffith, Time Architect: Cost: LEED Date: Square Footage: Renzo Piano $500M 2008, 2011 400,000 ft2 ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC
  3. 3. Graduate School of Business, Knight Management Center Stanford University, Stanford, California Platinum Opened in 2011 and LEED certified platinum in 2012, the Knight Management Center at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, is an eightbuilding complex. Its mission is to support an innovative MBA curriculum and interdisciplinary learning on environmental leadership and sustainability across seven schools. Architect: Cost: LEED Date: Square Footage: Arup Boora Architects $345 million 2012 360,000 ft2 Photos: LEED details - Photovoltaic panels harvest enough solar energy to power 12.5% of the complex’s annual energy demand. Landscaping replaced with native, drought tolerant plants and trees. Credit: SB, Stanford University. ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC
  4. 4. Platinum The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at UC Santa Barbara was the first building to earn double LEED Platinum certification. It was opened in 2002 as “the first LEED Platinum laboratory building in the nation” and recertified LEED in 2009. Architect: Cost: LEED Date: Square Footage: Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership $26 million 2002 (new) 2009 (existing) Photo credits: Cerami Associates and UCSB ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC
  5. 5. Platinum Adobe Towers San Jose California Adobe World Headquarters consists of 3 commercial towers. This complex is the world’s first commercial enterprise to achieve a total of three LEED Platinum certifications, awarded in December 2006. Construction/LEED costs are difficult to calculate as the West Tower was built in 1996 (retrofitted LEED), the East Tower was built in 1998 (retrofitted LEED), and the Almaden Tower built in 2003 (new LEED certification). Architect/Engineer: Cost: LEED Date: Square Footage: Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum Cushman & Wakefield $1.1billion (new & old retrofit) estimate by Swinerton Builders ($2.3m for retrofit via BusinessWeek) 2006 Photo credit: BusinessWeek 939,358ft2 ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC
  6. 6. Gold Rand Corporation Santa Monica, CA Rand opened a new $100 million headquarters in Santa Monica in 2005. As part of its construction design plan, it incorporated LEED features such as limited underground parking, energy-reduction, and access to natural light. It was awarded LEED Gold certification in 2006. Architect: DMJM Design Turner Construction Cost: LEED Date: Square Footage: $100 million 2006 310,000ft2 Photo Credits: (Top) Business Week via Benny Chan, Fotoworks (above) Turner Construction ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC
  7. 7. Platinum National Renewable Energy Laboratory U.S. Department of Energy, Golden, CO The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is the US government‘s primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. It is a governmentowned, contractor-operated facility (by MRIGlobal and Battelle Memorial Institute). There are 4 LEED certified buildings on its 327-acre main campus . The Research Support Facility houses 1300 employees and has 2 LEED Platinum certifications – one for original construction and another for a 139,000 sq ft expansion. This makes total construction costs difficult to calculate. Architect: Haselden Construction, RNL and Stantec (phase 1), Cost: LEED Date: Square Footage: SmithGroup (phase 2) Estimated $64M (phase 1) + $29M (phase 2 extension) 2010, 2012 Photo credits: U.S. Green 360,000 ft2 (220,000 phase 1) (140,000 phase 2) Building Council, Bill Timmerman and NREL ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC
  8. 8. Platinum Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies Kroon Hall, Yale University Kroon Hall is Yale University’s second building (following the Sculpture Building) to achieve LEED Platinum certification. It stands as a symbol of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies’ ideals and values in built form. Sustainable landscapes are anchored into the concept of the building and surrounding Science Hill including outside courtyards, native plants, species, a green roof and Mars Pond, where grey water from the building is cleansed by aquatic plants. Architect: Cost: LEED Date: Square Footage: Hopkins Architects, Centerbrook Architects and Planners, ARUP, Atelier Ten, and The Olin Studio $33.5 million 2010 68,800 ft2 ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC
  9. 9. Platinum Florida Atlantic University, College of Engineering and Computer Science Boca Raton, FL Architects: Leo A Daly Gallo Herbert Lebolo Cost: $43.5M LEED Date: 2011 Square Footage: 97,000 ft2 Photo: College of Engineering & Computer Science -- (right) building exterior. Credit: Leo A Daly via RobAid. (left) LEED certified interior includes the University Faculty & Staff Club, the Atrium and Atrium Patio, and The DiVinci Room. Credit: GBDMagazine ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC
  10. 10. Platinum McDonald’s Headquarters, Oak Brook, Illinois McDonald's headquarters is a 4-story building known as the Campus Office Building (COB). Located in Oak Brook, Illinois, COB was designed by architect Dirk Lohan and is one of three buildings on 88 acres developed as a wooded office campus site It has been retrofitted to LEED platinum certification. This includes sustainable landscaping features such as woods, water retention basins (2 creek-fed ponds), and an irrigation system. Architect: Cost: LEED Date: Square Footage: Dirk Lohan of Lohan Associates $150,000 2009 704,000ft2 Photo credits: (left) BusinessWeek, (right) Kim Bhasin / Business Insider ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC
  11. 11. PepsiCo Sustainability Center - among the first of its kind in corporate America -- achieved Platinum LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in April 2009. Pepsico Sustainability Center 555 W. Monroe, Chicago, IL Located on Quaker Plaza, the PepsiCo building is 16 floors and was built in 2002. It is houses 1,900 employees and includes PepsiCo subsidiaries Gatorade, Quaker and Tropicana. The PepsiCo Green Team is in charge of meeting sustainability goals, including LEED Silver certification, as well as education fellow employees and the public. Within the building, a 3,000 square foot Sustainability Center - among the first of its kind in corporate America -- achieved Platinum LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in April 2009. Photo Credits: (top) PepsiCo Sustainability Center Image-Base (above) PepsiCo Building where the Sustainability Center is located Loop-Net Architect: Parachin Design Studios LEED Date: 2007 (Silver, building) 2009 (Platinum, Sustainability Center) Footage: 420,000 ft2 (3,500 ft2 for the Sustainability Center) ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC Platinum
  12. 12. Platinum Chicago Center for Green Technology The Chicago Center for Green Technology (CCGT) is the first rehabilitated municipal building in the nation to receive the LEED Platinum certification. This is a renovation of a 1952 building and brownsite that became a municipally owned by the City of Chicago after Sacramento Crushing Corporation closed. As part of the clean-up efforts, the city invested $14.4million ($9 million in clean-up costs, $5.4 million renovation) Architect: Cost: LEED Date: Square Footage: Farr Associates Photo credits: (top) WRD Environmental, David Reynolds (left) Chicago Center for Green Technology $14.4 million 2002, 2013 40,000 ft2 ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC
  13. 13. Harvard University Platinum Gold At Harvard University, there are 64 LEED certified buildings. Another 31 are under review for total of 95 registered for LEED review and/or certification. Certified LEED Platinum in March 2009, Harvard Griswold Hall, part of the Harvard Law School was the first LEED Platinum for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) in New England, first at any University, and only the 19th in the World. The interior space is located inside Griswold Hall, 1525 Massachusetts Avenue on the Harvard Law School (HLS) campus in Cambridge, MA. It includes a conference room, a storefront, and a restroom. It serves as faculty and staff space. Square footage: 1655, architect: Sean Stewart Architects. The Harvard Law School Student Center, opened in 2012 in Wasserstein Hall, the Caspersen Student Center, and the Clinical Wing (WCC) was certified LEED Gold. This is because certain decisions were made to give priority to user friendliness (LEED Gold) over sustainability choices(LEED Platinum). Square footage: 250,000, architect: Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP Photo Credits: Harvard University, Sustainability and Harvard Business Law Review ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC
  14. 14. Platinum Discovery Communications 1 Discovery Place, Silver Spring, Maryland The Discovery Channel headquarters outside of Washington, D.C. received LEED Platinum certification in 2008. In addition to sustainable landscaping, it includes energy efficiency measures such as wind power. It was the first existing building in Maryland to be awarded any level of LEED certification. Architect: LEED Date: Square Footage: SmithGroup 2007 540,000ft2 Photo credits: (top) Business Week (left) Silver Spring downtown ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC
  15. 15. Platinum Great River Energy Headquarters Maple Grove, Minnesota Built in 2008, Great River’s new headquarters is LEED Platinum. It was designed to use 50 percent less energy than Minnesota code requires, and to use 90% less water than comparable facilities. The builder used locally manufactured and recycled materials in construction, including fly ash from Great River’s Coal Creek Station, and diverted 75 percent of the construction waste from the landfill. Architect: Cost: LEED Date: Square Footage: Perkins + Will $57 million 2008 166,000ft2 Photo credits: Perkins + Will ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC
  16. 16. Platinum Novus International St. Charles, Missouri Architect: Cost: LEED Date: Square Footage: Clayco (St. Louis, MO) $20 million renovation 2009 90,000 ft2 Novus International is a joint venture in the animal health and nutrition sector with Japanese companies Mitsui and Nippon Soda. Its US headquarters incorporates LEED Platinum features such as natural lighting and 5,000 square feet of solar panels, the largest number in Missouri. Photo credits: Business Week and A/N Blog ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC
  17. 17. Donald V. Fites Engineering Innovation Center Valparaiso University, Indiana Platinum The Fites Engineering Innovation Center is one of only five LEED Platinum buildings in Indiana. It is the only building on a university campus in the state to achieve this level of LEED certification. Its LEED Platinum features include: Power partially generated by high-efficiency solar panels; lighting, heating and cooling controlled by occupancy sensors; water savings from waterless and low-flow fixtures; underground infiltrators and surface rain garden for storm water runoff; zero-maintenance landscaping with drought-tolerant native Indiana prairie grasses; and use of recycled materials. Photo credit: Valparaiso University, College of Engineering on Flickr ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC
  18. 18. Platinum Hearst Tower New York Gold The original 6-floors of the Hearst Tower were completed in 1928. In 2006, Hearst Tower was the first building to receive a Gold LEED rating for core and shell and interiors in New York City. In 2012, Hearst Tower earned a Platinum LEED Rating for Existing Buildings, becoming the first building to receive both Gold and Platinum certifications. Architect: Real Estate Manager: Cost: LEED Date: Square Footage: Norman Foster Tishman Speyer $500 million 2006 (Gold) 2012 (Platinum) 861,100ft2 Photo credits: So You Know Better Blog and NY-Pictures.com ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC
  19. 19. Gold Empire State Building New York , NY The Empire State Building is the tallest and most well known building in the U.S. to receive LEED certification. The Clinton Climate Initiative, in conjunction with Johnson Controls, Jones Lang LaSalle, and the Rocky Mountain Institute, did an eight-month modeling and projections analysis, tacked on $13.2 million for a greening initiative and came up with a way to reduce the 79-year-old building’s electricity needs by almost 40 percent – saving the owners $4.4 million, annually. Architect/Design & LEED Consulting: Photo credit: ASCE via Wikimedia Commons/Daniel Schwen Cost: LEED Date: Square Footage: Johnson Controls Jones Lang LaSalle Rocky Mountain Institute Clinton Climate Initiative $550 million 2011 2.85 million ft2 ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC
  20. 20. Platinum Located on 13 acres, the new Omaha Public Power District Service Center includes is LEED Platinum certified. Its sustainable and environmental features includes 60-kilowatt array of solar panels, a 1.2-kilowatt vertical-axis wind turbine, LED yard lighting, water-saving plumbing fixtures and recyclable outside siding. Architect: LEED Date: Square Footage: Schemmer Associates Inc. 2011 69,000ft2 Photo Credit: Schemmer Associates ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC
  21. 21. Platinum Armstrong World Headquarters Lancaster, PA Armstrong World Industries is a global leader in the design and manufacture of floors, ceilings, and cabinets. It is also the USA’s largest manufacturer of acoustical ceiling systems. It earned the first LEED innovation credit for superior acoustic design, which improves occupant well being, comfort, and performance. Its headquarters built in 1998 on a 700 acre campus near Lancaster, PA. It was renovated to LEED Platinum certification in 2007. Architect: Cost: LEED Date: 2007 Square Footage: 126,000ft2 Photo Credits: USGBC and Armstrong via PRNewswire ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC
  22. 22. Platinum Gold David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA In 2003, when the DLCC was awarded LEED Gold certification, it the first convention center in the U.S. and the largest "green" building in the world. The DLCC was awarded LEED Platinum for existing buildings in 2012. Both LEED certifications are used to attract conventions, especially groups which have upgrade bylaws looking for sustainable facilities. Architect: Photo Credit (left): Gene J. Puskar/ Associated Press via www.postgazette.com Rafael Vinoly Architects, P.C. Construction Manager: Turner Construction/P. J. Dick/ATS Facility Manager: SMG Cost: $373 million Footage: 1.5 millionft2 ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC LEED Gold (2003) LEED Platinum (2012)
  23. 23. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Pittsburgh, PA Platinum Silver The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a historic landmark. It was founded and gifted to the city of Pittsburgh in 1893 by steel and realestate millionaire Henry Phipps. Its mission is to educate the public on plants, gardening, botany and horticulture. It’s LEED certification include: LEED Silver (2006) - the Welcome Center at entrance of the Phipps Conservatory (footage: 12,465ft2), architect: IKM Inc.) LEED Platinum (2012) – the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (also meets the Living Building Challenge for net-zero energy) and the greenhouse production facility – the only greenhouse to achieve this level of certification. (footage: 24,350ft2, architects: Design Alliance Architects) Photo Credits: (left) Amalia Morsi via Flickr (below) Phipps Conservatory ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC
  24. 24. Platinum Mercy Corps Headquarters Portland, Oregon Architect: Cost: LEED Date: Square Footage: Thomas Hacker $20 million renovation 2009 85,000ft2 Photo Credit: The Oregonian ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC In 2009, Mercy Corps led a successful fundraising campaign to integrate all employees in Portland into one headquarters. Following renovations to the original 1890s building, it received LEED Platinum certification. The building is located near historic Skidmore Fountain, dedicated in 1888. As part of the redesign, new structures were “spliced” in, including salvaged Douglas fir wood and an overlook to the Saturday Market and the Willamette River. Space is shared with Jeld-Wen Foundation and the Lemelson Foundation who donated $13.7 million of the $20 million needed for the building renovation.
  25. 25. Platinum This 2-story privately owned, corporate office building was certified LEED Platinum in 2010. It is home to Houston's largest living (green) roof, as well as many green features such as storing over 465,000 gallons of storm water runoff for irrigation and water closet use, illuminating the exterior with highly efficient LED lighting, and power supplied by 100% green power. Architect: LEED Date: Square Footage: FC Gulf Freeway Ltd Houston, Texas Jacob White Development 2010 24,000ft2 ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC Photo credit: City of Houston
  26. 26. Apogee Stadium, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas Home of the Mean Green Football team, this is the first newly constructed collegiate football stadium in the USA to achieve LEED Platinum certification. Two of the three university-owned turbines generate wind power for the stadium's electrical grid. Platinum Architect: HKS, Inc. Cost: LEED Date: Seats: $78 million 2011 ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC 30,850 with capacity to expand to 50,000 Photo Credits: (top) For Construction Pros and (left) Wikimedia Commons via Runfellow
  27. 27. Platinum Alberici Corporate Headquarters Overland, MO Alberici converted a 50-year-old manufacturing facility into its new LEED Platinum corporate headquarters outside of St. Louis. The existing property contained a large, twostory metal fabrication facility. Alberici divided the facility by removing a middle section, creating a courtyard, creating one side into a 2-story, mezzanine-style office space and the other into a multi-level, car garage. Architect: Cost: LEED Date: Square Footage: Mackey Mitchell $20.8m renovation 2004 110,000ft2 Photo credits: Alberici and Filter’s Fast “Greenest Buildings in the US” ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC
  28. 28. Platinum Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas This is the world’s first healthcare facility to achieve LEED Platinum certification. It is part of the Seton Family of Hospitals and is integrated into Austin's Mueller Airport redevelopment zone. Fundraising included a $25 million grant and additional $50 million from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. Architect: Cost: LEED Date: Square Footage: Karlsberger $200 million 2007 473,000ft2 Photo credits: Health Care Design Magazine ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC
  29. 29. Perry Hall, Champlain College, Vermont Platinum Originally built in 1859 in Burlington’s historic district, Perry Hall was purchased by Champlain College in 2004. It was reopened in 2009 as the Welcome & Admission Center for the university. The original historic detail work was preserved and office and conference room space was added to a new addition. LEED Platinum features include energy efficient lighting and climate control systems, especially a geothermal pump from Perry Hall’s deep water wells. Architect: Cost: LEED Date: Photo credits: (top) Building Energy Resilience Square Footage: Goody Clancy $12 million 2012 26,000ft2 (11,600 original, 14,400 new ) (above) Engelberth ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC
  30. 30. Platinum Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Farm Research Campus, Ashburn, VA The Howard Hughes Medical Institute built Janelia Farm Research Campus on 689 acres outside of Washington, D.C. in Ashburn, Loudoun County, VA. It was opened in October 2006 with a focus on interdisciplinary research especially in neurobiology. In 2011 it had 424 employees with space for another 150. The main Landscape Building is 180,000 square feet and it is concealed by a green roof, the second largest in the USA. Architect: Rafael Vinoly Architects Cost: LEED Date: Square Footage: $300 million 2006 180,000ft2 ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC Photo credits: www.hhmi.org and www.natlfire.com
  31. 31. Platinum Johnson Controls Inc. HQ Glendale, Wisconsin Johnson Controls assisted with LEED certification on the Empire State Building. Back home at headquarters in Wisconsin, the entire JCI campus (consisting of 4 buildings) is LEED Platinum certified. Two existing buildings with a combined 160,000 square feet were renovated for the corporate headquarters, and three new buildings were constructed. LEED details include natural lighting, landscaping 33 aces in native plants, water retention zones for run-off, and 12,000 square feet of green roof (which absorbs precipitation, which reduces runoff, insulates the building, and extends the life of the roof). Architect: Photo credits: Arch Storage Gensler LEED Date: Square Footage: 2010 306,359ft2 ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC
  32. 32. Content Disclaimer: All images used in this presentation are for editorial and/or education purposes only . The intent is to cite the references as a way to increase education on the topic of LEED. Credit is given to the original owner and/or links are provided back to original sources. Images are used under the “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 For further information please contact: Margaret Carroll Boardman, Ph.D. mcboardman@gr2global.com
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