This LEED for Commercial Interiors project in Renton, WA consists of administrative offices for Providence Health Systems. Providence had already established leadership in high performance buildings with an extensive, facility-wide energy conservation program, participation in the Energy Star program, and a new LEED Gold hospital on their campus in Newport, Oregon. The organization’s new offices were being developed in a complex of older office buildings and within a tight budget, but Providence was committed to achieving LEED and striving for Silver certification.
O’Brien & Company began work in schematic design with a series of technical workshops on the building envelope and systems, exterior improvements and building maintenance, and interior design and well-being. The result of those workshops was a plan that positioned the project for LEED Silver certification. As part of O’Brien & Company’s role as LEED Project Manager, O’Brien staff continued to work with Providence and the design team on sustainable building options for the project.
As technical and budget challenges were overcome it became clear that LEED Gold certification could be possible. O’Brien & Company facilitated a “Getting to Gold” workshop to identify additional sustainable building opportunities and associated LEED points. The design team and contractor secured two additional materials points and an extra point for water efficiency while O’Brien & Company worked with Providence on operations strategies for environmentally preferable purchasing, green building education, integrated pest management, green housekeeping and green power purchasing to secure the final points needed for Gold certification. These strategies not only qualify for LEED credits, but provide guidance into the future on how to sustainably operate and maintain the facility.
O’Brien & Company also consulted on Providence’s warehouse and distribution facility, one of the first projects to be certified under LEED ID+C.