Perkins+Will’s Atlanta office at 1315 Peachtree Street has been certified by the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) program. The SITES program is a collaboration of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin, the United States Botanic Garden, and the American Society of Landscape Architects. The program fills a need for design and construction guidelines and a system for rating and recognizing exemplary sustainable landscapes based on their performance in improving the environment and human health. SITES certification can be applied to projects of all sizes and on locations with or without buildings.
1315 Peachtree Street is a living model for small urban sites that emphasize sustainability. Essentially “upcycling” an outdated office building on Atlanta’s signature boulevard, the site now showcases elegant stormwater solutions and innovative use of materials on a highly constrained urban location. Where a parking deck and driveway once focused on auto access at the front of the building, a new civic plaza was created as an open-air living room for tenants and the community that reconnects the building to the street. The site provides walkable transit access for employees and clients, creates tenant space for civic uses and additional outdoor spaces for social engagement. The newly renovated building is also LEED® Platinum certified with the highest score in the Northern Hemisphere at the time of certification.