Resource Efficiency

Modernization is the most sustainable strategy - it maximizes the embodied energy of existing buildings - but early energy modeling enables us to optimize energy use on every kind of project.

Investment Strategy

Mars Center, showing the green roof

Wheaton College

Mars Center for Science and Technology

When energy modeling demonstrated the energy savings potential of certain design options, Wheaton College opted to spend an extra $300,000 in initial costs – an investment that is estimated could save as much as $12 million in projected energy costs over the anticipated lifetime of the building.

Energy Decisions

Greening Healthcare


Hackensack Meridian Health

Jersey Shore University Medical Center

With its high-performance envelope, lighting and HVAC systems, Hope Tower is a highly efficient building, far outperforming its peers with a projected EUI of 52 kBtu/sf/yr and projected annual energy cost savings of $75,000.

Emerging Technologies

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

ZEN (Zero-Energy Nanotechnology) Building

Thanks to the client's partnership with Japan's New Energy and Industrial Development Organization (NEDO), cutting-edge tech, energy-saving technologies have been installed in ZEN. This video from SUNY Poly showcases NEDO's tour of the facility.

Resource Efficiency

Building the Green Roof

Prior to renovation, only 15% of Birch Bayh’s 2.33-acre site supported vegetation. With the addition of a 30,000 GSF vegetative roof - one of the largest on a historic structure – 43% of the site now sustains vegetation, supporting the goal of creating a highly desirable, sustainable workplace. The vegetative roof reduces the urban heat island effect, improves air quality by absorbing CO2, reduces storm water runoff from the site, and provides visual inspiration through seasonal flowering plants.

Envelope Efficiency

Facade detail

General Services Administration

William S. Moorhead Federal Office Building

A new energy-efficient building envelope and mechanical system with heat recovery reduces the building's energy consumption by 38% over previous measures, leading GSA to use the project as a case study in the right way to do sustainable modernization.

rendered exterior view of building

US Department of State

US Embassy, Amman


Rapid response to global events is essential to designing safe, secure, and healthy workplaces overseas.

exterior view rendering

Missouri Department of Mental Health

Fulton State Hospital

Specialty Services

This forensic facility is the first of its type in the United States.

Exterior Facade View of Glass Lobby

General Electric

Transportation Energy Storage

Tech Manufacturing

An energy-efficient envelope helps brand a new technology business.

view of classroom and study lounge

Concordia College

Offutt School of Business

Academic Innovation

The addition of an atrium into an existing, closed off building brought natural light deep into this new Business School, creating a warm, open and inviting learning environment.

Benchmark Before You Audit

by Jason Steinbock

We’re seeing a growing trend in cities throughout the nation: mandating energy benchmarking as a way to achieve aggressive energy and carbon emissions reduction. We applaud the use of energy benchmarking as a way to prioritize buildings that have the most potential for improvement – in fact, we’ve been benchmarking buildings since 2004. In our experience, however, we have seen returns superior to those published in a report recently issued by the New York City Mayor's Office of Sustainability.

Updated Federal Office Building in Pittsburgh Saves 28% on Energy

The modernized William S. Moorhead Federal Office Building in Pittsburgh now saves more than 28% of energy compared to its pre-renovation consumption.

Penn State commits to historic 20 percent energy reduction

Penn State has joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge and pledged to reduce its building portfolio’s energy use by 20 percent over the next decade. With a commitment of 28 million square feet, Penn State becomes the largest university in the program, topping Michigan State (20 million square feet) and the University of Virginia (15 million).

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