Throughout the process, the Foundation emphasized the importance of ensuring that the design of the building—and the idea of energy innovation in the workplace—would be replicable, opening the door for a new generation of more environmentally sustainable buildings. The Foundation estimates that replication would cost $477 per square foot to feature the environmentally-friendly technologies used in this building.
The building began with deconstruction. The 1.5-acre site, set among 1960’s era buildings, was cleared in a way that maximized landﬁll diversion. In fact, more than 95 percent of construction waste was successfully recycled or salvaged, which earned the project the maximum LEED Points for Construction Waste Management. Rainwater is collected for toilet ﬂushing and irrigation, and stormwater is retained on-site. Inside, meeting rooms are outﬁtted for remote collaboration, promising dramatic reductions in travel-related carbon emissions. Additionally, a transportation demand management plan helped eliminate the need for an underground parking garage, further reducing the organization’s carbon footprint. Through integrated building design and aggressive reductions in plug loads, the building’s energy use was designed to be reduced by 65%. In addition, the innovative use of roof-mounted photovoltaic panels offsets any energy used.