Congratulations to HGA! The following article by James Warden was published in Finance & Commerce on October 16, 2014:
The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded HGA Architects and Engineers’ office interior in downtown Minneapolis Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum status.
The office in suite 100 of the historic Ford Center at 420 Fifth St. N. received 85 of 110 points possible under the LEED 2009 for Commercial Interiors rating. Platinum is the highest of the four LEED ratings.
LEED is a certification that recognizes designs that save money and resources. HGA certification recognized sustainable features such as adaptive reuse of the building, salvaged and repurposed wood, low-flow plumbing fixtures and use of natural daylight.
The 100-year-old building that HGA calls home was originally a Ford assembly plant. HGA and United Properties renovated the building, and HGA moved in December 2011. The 1914 building received LEED Gold Core and Shell in December 2012 thanks to features like an energy efficient mechanical system, daylighting strategies, proximity to mass transit and sustainable materials.
“Pursuing LEED Platinum aligns with our firm’s culture of excellence and sustainability,” Patrick Thibaudeau, LEED fellow and vice president of sustainable design at HGA, said in a news release. “HGA is focused on enriching the sustainability of our business enterprise and promoting a sustainability commitment to our clients and ourselves.”
HGA offices in Milwaukee and Los Angeles have previously received LEED certification. The firm’s Washington, D.C. office has applied for LEED certification. Nearly half of its current projects seek green-design certification.