Sustainable design was delivered on a budget in this renovation of an aging industrial building for a prominent plastic packaging manufacturer. The project was brought about by a need to expand and update, as well as a desire to reduce the ecological footprint of the company by adhering to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System issued and monitored by the U.S. Green Building Council. During the programming phase of the project, it was determined that a LEED designation of “Certified” was a target goal.
While the majority of the renovations took place in the offices and manufacturing space of the light-industrial facility, the exterior also received work to improve the eco-friendliness of the business. The parking lot was repaved and reconfigured with fewer parking spaces and specific areas designated for high-mileage vehicles and car poolers. Old single-pane windows throughout the late 60s-era facility were replaced with thermally broken 1”, low-e, insulated windows. A new roof with greater insulation and an entirely new high-efficiency HVAC system were installed to achieve numerous key LEED credits.
The 1969 industrial building received updated finishes and fixtures that were all selected for their eco-friendliness and compatibility with LEED goals. Circular ceiling clouds, complementary flooring patterns, exposed structure, and updated finishes and fixtures bring bright, bold, contemporary color and design elements to the office and collaboration areas, making the space more conducive to creative thought and more appealing to visiting clients.