By Will Soutter
Perkins+Will made an official announcement stating that it had crossed a milestone in completing 150 LEED-certified projects.
Gwinnett Medical Center's Strickland Heart Center located in Duluth, Georgia, is the 150th project of Perkins+Will to be awarded the LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
Though the 150th LEED –certified project is a major milestone for the company, it is also a fact that actually 155 of its projects have got LEED certification, including 20 projects that have been LEED Platinum certified.
One of the important criterion adopted by Perkins+Will which led to Gwinnett's Strickland Heart Center earning the Silver level LEED for Healthcare certification was to avoid the use of building products that contained substances hazardous to human health. The company used the help of its Precautionary List, which is an online tool that contains the list of materials that are hazardous to health, while designing the Heart Centre. The design team of the company also incorporated a comprehensive waste management program through which more than 1600 tons of construction waste was diverted from landfills. The energy efficiency of the building was also improved by 19% based on standard measures.
The Founding Chairman, CEO and President of USGBC, Rick Fedrizzi, congratulated Perkins+Will for its 150th LEED certification. He said that the company will continue to demonstrate high efficiency and provide inspiration through their projects.
Phil Harrison, CEO and President of Perkins+Wil,l said that they consider sustainable design as a serious matter, and that LEED certification was just one example of their commitment. He promised that his team would strive to take designing of sustainable buildings forward.