The HSBC North American Headquarters in Mettawa, Illinois has been named Green Development of the Year by The National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), as part of the organization’s 21st Annual Awards for Excellence Program. The award recognized the project team – Hamilton Partners, developer and owner; Environmental Systems Design, Inc. (ESD), the building systems design engineer and sustainability consultant; and Wright Heerema Architects.
The new 550,000 square foot office complex, which achieved a LEED® Gold certification, is a campus facility consisting of six floors of office space, a fitness center, full service kitchen and dining facility, banking services, mission critical data center, and career development center with training facilities.
HSBC adopted the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® rating system as
a tool to apply sustainable principles and as a metric to measure the
sustainability achieved through the planning, design and construction
process. ESD designed a host of innovative building systems that
enabled the project to achieve its LEED® Gold rating. For example,
the project reduces wastewater generation by 82 percent and water usage
by 68 percent through the use of low flow fixtures, dual flush toilets
and a 30,000 gallon rainwater reuse system.
Other sustainable features include reduced site disturbance during the
development phase by maintaining open spaces, existing ponds and
undisturbed prairie lands. An energy efficient envelope and MEP
systems design results in estimated savings of 45.1 percent in energy
costs over the ASHRAE 90.1-1999 energy standard. The landscaping
design and combination of green roof and Energy Star white roof work
together to reduce heat islands on and around the building. Superior
indoor environmental quality is achieved using an underfloor air
distribution system, carbon dioxide monitoring and a complete daylighting control
system complete with automated window blinds and solar tracking
system. Green education and outreach to employees and community is
accomplished through flat panel touch screen kiosks within the building
that project real time information from the building automation system.
HSBC encourages employees to use alternative public transportation and
fuel efficient automobiles by providing shuttle service to metro lines,
priority parking for approved efficient cars, and bicycle storage and
changing rooms within the facility.
“The HSBC headquarters is an example of what can be achieved if the
owner and tenant are dedicated to the realization of ambitious
sustainability goals,” commented Raj Gupta, President of ESD. “The
project illustrates how innovative approaches can be employed to create
a truly high performance building – a facility that uses the latest
technologies to achieve significant energy savings and superior
Founded in 1967, Environmental Systems Design (www. esdesign.com) has
provided design solutions on hundreds of buildings in the United States
and on major projects throughout the world. The firm offers consulting
engineering services in mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire
protection, LEEDâ, sustainable design, commissioning, and technology.
ESD supports a diverse range of markets, including commercial, health
and science, education, mission critical, residential, assembly,
cultural, theaters, energy plants and transportation. Its clients
include architects, developers, property managers and Fortune 1000
companies with whom it works to restore the buildings of the past and
create new buildings of tomorrow.