Sustainable Design

Environmental Synopsis

The built environment has a profound impact on our natural environment, economy, health and productivity.

In the United States alone, buildings account for :

  • 72% of electricity consumption
  • 39% of energy use
  • 38% of all carbon dioxide emissions
  • 40% of raw materials output
  • 30% of waste output
  • 14% of potable water consumption

Changing the Built Environment

Our design teams at Beecher Walker recognize our responsibility to design buildings that are conscious of the natural environments in which they are built, and responsive to the various climatic influences. However, sustainability does not always have to mean increased project cost. It involves the way the project and its systems are planned, to reduce the building’s impact on nature and save clients on operating costs over the life of the project.

Environmental Benefits:

  • Enhance and protect ecosystems and biodiversity
  • Improve air and water quality
  • Reduce solid waste
  • Conserve natural resources

Economic Benefits:

  • Reduce operating costs
  • Enhance asset value and profits
  • Improve employee productivity and satisfaction
  • Optimize life-cycle economic performance

Health and Community Benefits:

  • Improve air, thermal and acoustic environments
  • Enhance occupant comfort and health
  • Minimize strain on local infrastructure
  • Contribute to overall quality of life

LEED™ – The Beecher Walker Design Process

  • LEED™ design meeting presenting initial credit outline and submittal schedule. Submittal requirements and documentation will also be discussed. Discipline champions will also be assigned at this time.
  • LEED™ design meeting evaluating credit costs for each credit pursued.
  • LEED™ design meeting discussing submittal schedule.
  • LEED™ design submittal meeting.
  • LEED™ construction submittal meeting

Thanksgiving Park is an eight building LEED™ Silver Certified complex. This 744,000 square foot campus consists of 5 office buildings and 3 retail buildings.


201 Commerce Center is a twenty building, 1.6 million square foot Flex Tech Park that includes office, retail and warehouse. The entire complex is LEED™ Silver Certified.