HOK Atlanta Office Earns LEED-CI Gold Certification

Planet's greenest design firm Atlanta office walks the walk

ATLANTA (August 18, 2009) Architecture design and engineering firm HOK's Atlanta office has announced that it has achieved LEED-CI Gold certification. The redesign of the 18,000-square- foot space on the 41st floor of One Ninety One Peachtree Tower in Atlanta was completed in 2008 and is designed to reflect the firm's brand values: "We create, we inspire, we connect and we care."

"HOK Atlanta is extremely proud to have earned LEED-CI Gold certification for our own offices," said HOK Atlanta Managing Principal Steve Cover. "It is essential that we demonstrate our commitment to sustainability in our own workplace in the interest of stewardship and credibility to our work for existing and potential clients."

HOK Atlanta Senior VP and Director of Design, Commercial, Bill Halter was principal in charge; Associate Craig Anderchak was project manager and senior designer; VP for Quality Management, Construction Administration and Technical Director, Interiors and Architecture Scott Southerland was the architect of record; and Senior Associate Mary Sabel managed specifications. Halter, Southerland and Sabel are LEED Accredited Professionals.

"The design employs maximum day lighting, advanced environmental controls, innovative, flexible design and other features to achieve the LEED Gold certification," Halter said.

HOK Atlanta has also decided to offset 100% of its energy usage for the next two years by purchasing renewable energy credits. This will guarantee that the energy used is added to the power grid from a renewable energy facility.

Recently, Engineering News-Record ranked HOK as the global architectural design practice engaged in the most sustainable work. The survey was based on revenue for design services generated in 2008 from projects actively seeking certification from major third-party environmental standards or ratings organizations, such as the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED certification system.

Firm-wide, HOK generated $197.54 million, or 26 percent of total revenue, from sustainable projects in 2008.

In Atlanta, more than 80 percent of the design professionals at HOK Atlanta are LEED Accredited. Notable related HOK Atlanta projects include:

- GSA Social Security Admin. Building, Birmingham, AL
LEED NC Silver pending
Size: 624,000 total s.f.
Services: Planning, Programming, Architectural Design, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design
Completion: 2008

- Emory University Whitehead Biomedical Research Facility, Atlanta, GA
LEED NC Silver - certified
Size: 325,000 s.f.
Services: Facility Programming, Architectural Design, Lab Design Development, Interior Design, Site Planning, Landscape Architecture, Sustainable Design
Completion: 2001

- Cushman and Wakefield Offices, Atlanta, GA
LEED CI Gold - certified
Size: 32,600 s.f.
Services: Comprehensive Interior Design
Completion: 2008

- Allsteel Atlanta Resource Center, Atlanta, GA
LEED CI Gold - certified
Size: 12,950 s.f.
Services: Workspace Consulting, Programming, Comprehensive Interior Design, Graphics/Signage
Completion: 2006

HOK is a global architectural firm that specializes in planning, design and delivery solutions for buildings and communities. Through its network of 23 offices worldwide, the firm serves clients within the corporate, commercial, public and institutional markets. HOK is committed to developing resources and expertise to help lead the world toward sustainable communities and building environments. Founded in 1955, the firm's expertise includes architecture, interiors, engineering, planning, lighting, graphics, facilities planning and assessment, consulting and construction services.


Atlanta Media Contact:
Paul D. Snyder
ABOA for HOK Atlanta
Twitter: @pdsnyder