Firm ends 75th anniversary year with major milestone in sustainable design
VANCOUVER—Leading global interdisciplinary design firm, Perkins+Will has announced Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification of its 100th sustainable building, marking a key milestone for the firm and for the sustainable design industry. The Victoria-based Dockside Green Phase Two Balance project marks the firm’s 100th LEED certified building and is tied for the highest scoring LEED building worldwide with its sister project, Dockside Green Phase One.
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
“Sustainable design is in our firm’s DNA and this milestone marks another step in our story of embedding sustainability into our culture while pushing the design boundaries to the next phase of innovation with regenerative design,” says Phil Harrison, president and chief executive officer of Perkins+Will. “We are dedicated to lead the industry by example, elevating sustainability issues and sharing best practices so the entire design community can progress.”
The milestone of reaching 100 LEED certified buildings represents a significant portfolio of work ranging from hospitals and universities to multi-family residential buildings and retail spaces. Celebrating its seventy-fifth anniversary in 2010, Perkins+Will recognizes its history of innovative designs and significant building achievements:
- Dockside Green, in Victoria, BC is the highest LEED score to date
- Great River Energy, in Maple Grove, MN is a LEED Platinum building that is the first to combine lake source geo-exchange with displacement ventilation. Also it is one of a handful of projects with an urban wind turbine.
- Discovery Health Center is the first LEED-NC certified ambulatory care facility in the country
- Arlington Free Clinic is the first LEED-CI Gold free clinic in the country
- Rush University Medical Center, Orthopedic Ambulatory Building is the largest LEED-CS Gold healthcare building in the country
- First LEED-certified Target Retail Store
“Effective sustainable design is not achieved by simply including an energy efficiency component, but by infusing design strategies that consider resources, climate and functionality from the beginning; this is what we strive for in all our buildings,” says Paula Vaughan Associate Principal, co-director of Perkins+Will’s Sustainable Design Initiative (SDI), an internal initiative to foster the firm’s sustainable culture. “This milestone not only allows us to reflect on our work over the past 75 years, but also inspires us to look ahead at what next for sustainable design and ensure we’re striving to meet the challenge.”
Designing 100 LEED certified projects has been both challenging and stimulating for the Perkins+Will design team. The experience has demonstrated that an integrated process is the key to a successful project. Specifically the team is focused on infusing sustainability into the whole process, rather than adding it on at the end. Additionally, Perkins+Will architects emphasize the need to push for market change in demanding cleaner products and more efficient equipment to ensure sustainability becomes the baseline for design rather than the stretch goal.
For more information on Perkins+Will’s 100 LEED certified projects please visit the firm's website.