TS07 - Designing for Yourself, A&E Office Environments

Saturday, November 17 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM | Tour Meet Desk « Back

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ESD is global engineering firm focused on the delivery of high-performance buildings and workplaces, and recently moved their headquarters to the Willis Tower. ESD wanted to focus on designing their new space into a healthier and more energy efficient environment pursuing LEED and Fitwel certifications through attention to materials, adaptive work environments, preservation of views, and energy feedback exemplifying their commitment to Improving Society Through the Built Environment.
Thornton Tomasetti expanded its space at 330 N Wabash. It shares that space with Syska Hennessy Group, giving both firms their first LEED Platinum office. Through optimizing performance within the office and working with the building owner to improve fixture and equipment efficiency the project significantly reduces its impact. Attention to materials goes further to improve the indoor environmental quality.
At DLR Group, sustainability is inherent to the culture, but deciding on a certification path for its new office space became a challenge. They decided to pursue their own solution to this, by implementing a dynamic, adaptive framework to design, promote and prove sustainability using a curated list of sustainability performance indicators that aligns with user values, enhancing user experience. This project demonstrates a fresh perspective to sustainability that stems from people. A government issued ID is required - tour attendees will sign in with security teams at each site.

Learning Objectives:

Discuss the challenges of pursuing and integrating multiple sustainable compliance pathways into a single project.

Explore the unique challenges that come with self-performing sustainable certifications.

Identify new materials and innovative technology integrated into each of the projects.

Describe the benefits and drawbacks of current sustainable certification frameworks, with focus new and future pathways to sustainability.

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Event Type: Tour > Session