Urban Green Council: Standards and requirements have been improving for some time now—how do the latest changes differ from previous ones in terms of how projects are run?
Julie Nelson: With each change of building performance requirements, our industry rethinks the design process and the way that clients, architects and engineers work together. I don’t think it is accidental that these code changes are happening at the same time that the integrated design process is being recognized with points in LEED v4 and in the WELL Building Standard. Engineers and architects will need a more robust working relationship with collaboration starting at the beginning of a project, a shared design process and a deeper emphasis on construction quality.
Two years after occupancy and shortly after receiving LEED gold certification, the team reunites on the blue roof of The Jefferson to celebrate the collaboration that made for such a successful project.
The LEED designation acknowledges the project’s accomplishments in areas focused on human and environmental health including: indoor air quality enhanced by building materials vetted for aesthetic value, durability and cost; and tough to achieve stormwater credits, through the implementation of a blue roof that helps to reduce overflow in the city’s drainage system. This is just one of many projects in BKSK’s portfolio to achieve recognition for its environmentally robust design approach. Learn more here.
A congratulations goes out to the entire project team who made this possible.