Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering firm, announces that its Kansas City, Missouri office at 2323 Grand Blvd. has achieved LEED Commercial Interiors (CI) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Currently the firm has four LEED Certified offices with four others applying to receive certification within a year.
* Thornton Tomasetti acted as its own LEED consultant for the Kansas City project, in collaboration with interiors architect 360 Architects (now part of HOK). The firm also served as commissioning agent, utilizing the expertise of its Sustainability and MEP staff. Involved in the effort were Project Director Heather Walters, LEED AP and Vice President Mike Dowdall, P.E. Also on the team were MEP consultants Henderson Engineers and Assurant Employee Benefits, the building’s management company.
* LEED offers credits in six categories, with a total of 110 possible credits. The Kansas City project received 60, making it eligible for Gold certification.
* Many of the credits were earned in the energy category. In keeping with Thornton Tomasetti’s corporate guidelines of using Energy Star appliances, 95 percent of all equipment in the Kansas City is Energy Star rated.
* Lighting design was optimized to result in a 21 percent reduction in power use. Occupancy and daylight controls further reduce electricity load, earning the office 27 out of a possible 33 credits in the energy category. The Kansas City office was also awarded credits for using low mercury lights.
* All furniture meets Greenguard or ANSI/BIFMA testing standards for low chemical emissions, and the carpeting is CRI Green Label Plus certified. The adhesives, sealants, paints and coatings used in the office were low in volatile organic compounds.
* Due to the Kansas City office’s location amid a pedestrian-friendly downtown, Thornton Tomasetti was able to achieve 16 out of 27 credits in the sustainable site category. The firm increased the number of points by adding facilities for bike storage and a shower room for employees choosing to ride to work.
* The innovation and design category offers credits for creative strategies not addressed in the LEED rating system or for exceptional performance. The Kansas City project was awarded all six of the available credits for exemplary performance in community services, access to public transportation, green education and having LEED Accredited Professionals involved in the process.
About Thornton Tomasetti (www.ThorntonTomasetti.com)
Thornton Tomasetti is a leader in engineering design, investigation and analysis serving clients worldwide on projects of all sizes and complexity. Through its 10 complementary practices, Thornton Tomasetti addresses the full life cycle of a structure. We have supported clients working in more than 50 countries, with projects that include the tallest buildings and longest spans to the restoration of prized historic properties. Thornton Tomasetti comprises more than 1,200 engineering, architecture, sustainability practitioners and support professionals who collaborate from offices across North America and in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
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