GE Energy Financial Services Building by Perkins Eastman 
Achieves LEED GOLD-CI Certification Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 September 2009 06:57

Perkins Eastman announced yesterday, that the 280,000 sf new headquarters of GE Energy Financial Services in Stamford, CT has attained LEED Gold status for Commercial Interiors.
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This is the second project in Connecticut to attain LEED Gold-CI, and one of 111 projects in the United States.

Perkins Eastman’s Stamford office teamed with Sustainable Design Collaborative (SDC) as LEED consultant to develop a strategy that included 100% use of green power from wind, 30% reduction in water usage, 20% use of recycled materials in the project’s interior finishes, 20% use of materials manufactured within a 500-mile radius, “cradle-to-cradle” furniture, use of low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emitting materials, and incorporation of alternative transportation, including provision for bicyclists. More than 75% of waste was diverted from landfills during construction. Green design features include a series of branding walls that explore the company’s history and educate visitors and staff.

Perkins_Eastman_GE_02“The decision to go green dovetailed beautifully with GE Energy Financial Services’ strategy to create an open and collaborative work environment, which affords natural light to all employees,” says Design Principal Elisabeth Post-Marner AIA, LEED AP. “Also, choosing not to build new and housing its offices in an existing building that was renovated, while maintaining much of the existing core and shell, added to the environmentally responsive design. “

According to Scott Dorn, Manager of GE’s Corporate Properties and Services Operation, “What makes the 800 Long Ridge Road project intriguing is that it challenges the myth that execution of a LEED Certified project negatively impacts the completion of an aggressive schedule. 800 Long Ridge Road was built with recycled materials and energy efficiency in mind. The building owner, Building and Technology of Norwalk, CT, completed the total renovation from initial design through construction in just nine months.”

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