By Nick Gilbert
McCarter & English, one of the largest and oldest law firms in America, has been awarded LEED certification for its office in Stamford, Connecticut.
The US Green Building Council awarded the certification and the Green Building Certification Institute has verified it.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an ecology-oriented building certification program that provides a series of rating systems for the design, construction and administration of sustainable buildings.
This is McCarter’s second northeast regional office to achieve LEED certification. In February, the firm received LEED Gold and Silver certifications for its office in Newark.
McCarter & English received LEED certification for executing environmental-friendly strategies including taking part in a renewable energy certification program, energy saving office equipment, water efficiency fixtures and by diverting over 75% of its construction waste and using various sustainable strategies in the design of the building. LEED certified facilities save money for businesses, taxpayers and families, minimize greenhouse gas emissions and provide healthier environment for workers, residents and the large community by utilizing less water and energy.
Basam E. Nabulsi, Stamford Managing Partner, said that the company has expanded its Stamford office to a new space and that the company wanted to ensure that it followed the same criterion that were set for the Newark green office space with the guidance and direction of its construction practice as well as office management services.
The renovation of McCarter & English’s Newark and Stamford offices was led by global architecture, design and planning company Gensler.