O’Brien & Company, in conjunction with ECH Architecture, was hired by the US Coast Guard to perform an analysis of the Shore Ops building in Seattle. This building was previously certified under LEED-NC in 2006. Staff collected data about the facility to determine which credits were more easily attainable due to the previous certification, and identified challenges and opportunities for LEED-EB: O&M certification. The final report included a detailed plan for how the Coast Guard could move forward in pursuing certification.
In 2008 the Coast Guard decided to certify this building under LEED EBOM as a pilot project for their other facilities. Operational changes are underway and the team is aiming for LEED-EB Silver.
O’Brien & Company also developed a two-page LEED-EB: O&M Fact Sheet to help communicate to other Coast Guard facilities how the rating system might be able to help them save energy, water, and create healthier work environments.