SUSTAINABILITY

Rather than append sustainability as an afterthought, we have inextricably interwoven environmental stewardship and sustainability into our design process. We encourage our clients to adopt strategies during design and construction to achieve high standards of environmental sustainability and push beyond the limitations and boundaries of what was previously possible. We are committed to minimizing the carbon footprint of new construction and when possible, we work to revitalize existing structures to prolong their lives and conserve resources.

Championing environmental sustainability is not only the right thing to do, it enables buildings to maintain usefulness and impact over the long term. Our integrated and multi-faceted collaborative approach includes assessment of socio-cultural implications, functional aspects, economic considerations, procedural efficiencies and the life cycle including the embedded energy contained in the building materials. All contribute to creating the unique fabric and sustainability solutions for each project. We propose technologies that are durable rather than replaceable and that add value over time rather than realize only short-term economies. The firm has set an example in the industry with projects like the Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center, the first Double LEED Platinum certified hospital in the world. As part of our strategy to achieve high-performance buildings with low energy and water use, we seek passive, commonsense solutions first, followed by consideration of active, systems-based ideas. Careful to always remember the end user and the purpose of our work, we evaluate how technology and material selections can advance sustainability and consider its lasting impact on operations and maintenance during the project’s entire life cycle.

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