The new headquarters for the United States Green Building Council embodies their brand and mission to reduce the negative impacts of the built environment while promoting health and well-being with a focus on enhancing the human condition. As a result in an evolution of how the organization used the space, the USGBC looked to reduce their footprint and consolidating into one section of their existing space. The space is divided into two areas, one is a refresh of the existing office staff workspace, and the second is a new public facing collaboration area, that demonstrates an evolution of the USGBC brand.
The design team used this project as an opportunity to evaluate USGBC’s previous headquarters as a material bank. Colored glass partitions and reclaimed wood were repurposed as feature elements in the new space contributing to the material’s circularity. Partitions, doors, ceilings, and furniture were salvaged for reuse contributing to the project’s embodied carbon reduction. Carbon neutral and negative products were specified as new materials where possible.