Today, leading design firm Perkins+Will announced that its Atlanta office at 1315 Peachtree Street earned LEED Platinum with 95 points awarded, the most of any project in the Northern Hemisphere to date under the 2009 version of LEED for New Construction.
"Perkins+Will has designed a showpiece building," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). "1315 Peachtree Street exemplifies the kind of environmentally sustainable measures that can be taken during a building retrofit. It has earned its high LEED score and will continue to pay dividends through energy saving measures for decades to come."
The office building, originally constructed in 1985 and located in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, across from the High Museum of Art, has been redesigned into a high-performance sustainability-focused building. Perkins+Will purchased and began renovating the structure in 2009. The firm wanted to showcase its commitment to the environment and the transformative power of sustainable design by incorporating building re-use and renovation efforts into the concept of sustainability. In addition to LEED Platinum, the project is already a recipient of the Urban Land Institute's Development of Excellence Award.
"As Mayor of the city, I am proud that Atlanta is home to the highest LEED score of any building in the Northern Hemisphere at this time," said Mayor Kasim Reed. "Perkins+Will's LEED Platinum office building shows what happens when true innovation in design, sustainability and reuse come together. This designation further underscores Atlanta's commitment to becoming a top 10 sustainable city in the United States. I applaud Perkins+Will on their achievement."
Perkins+Will's Atlanta office occupies the top four floors of the mixed-use building. In line with one of the project's goals of supporting the greater community of Atlanta, other tenants include The Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)