After an eight month design and construction process we have finally moved in to our beautiful new Denver office space. We owe thanks to the Gensler design team and Principal (and Denver office manager) Stanley Welton, who worked tirelessly to get the build-out completed in time for our move on May 1st.
The design team had the difficult task of deciding which LEED points to pursue to create the best office atmosphere and achieve our LEED Gold certification goal. There are many options, from energy efficiency and recycled content in furniture and fixtures to access to daylight and views for seated spaces. Let’s take a look at some of our decisions.
We picked space in a LEED certified building, so our existing water fixtures are already in LEED compliance, with dual-flush toilets and sensor faucets.
We installed daylight controls, occupancy sensors and sub-metering equipment to measure and verify our electricity usage. Our equipment and appliances are 90% Energy Star rated and we’re targeting a 20% reduction in lighting power density. We also purchased 100% Clean Source Energy Credits as an energy offset for the next two years.
We have great daylight and views in our space – a must for LEED certification. The office has low partitions between workspaces and overlooks the Pepsi Center and the mountains. We enjoy the view from our Greenguard Certified Allsteel Acuity task chairs, which are manufactured with very low or no VOCs (volatile organic compounds, which are emitted during the production process and are harmful in high concentrations).
We are also working with Gensler on the design and integration of the LEED signage that will be in the office for the Innovation and Design: Green Education Credit.
Now we’re embarking on the certification process.
Please check back in a few weeks to see our certification results and pictures of our new space!
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