LEED ID+C: Commercial Interiors v3 - LEED 2009
Gensler Charlotte Expansion
LEED Gold 2011
The expansion allowed the firm the opportunity to enhance the employee experience while also cutting back on energy bills, saving both the Charlotte office and Gensler money
Gensler, a successful and well-known architecture and design firm, has a branch in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina located about two and a half hours southwest of the state’s capital, Raleigh. Situated on the 23rd level of the Hurst Tower in the urban core of the city, the space shares a floor with two other tenants, yet was able to work with their unique location in order to create a LEED Gold space.
Residing within a non-LEED certified base building, and occupying only 1/3rd of the floor plate, the Gensler-Charlotte Expansion was challenged to work through some of the limitations that would not ordinarily be present if they were located in a detached space. At 6,400 square feet, the space is comprised of two conference rooms, a large open office space, two project rooms, a materials library, reception space, and kitchen area. Showcasing materials and a design which emphasize a light, modern aesthetic, the space is also unique to their location; they label the various rooms of the space with icons that are particular to the city while also emphasizing a sense of southern hospitality by placing the kitchen area at the core of the space.
The Gensler-Charlotte Expansion’s urban location provides employees with easy access to rail and bus links situated right outside the building along with limited parking availability in order to promote public transportation. Providing employees with optimal daylight and skyline views by placing open office spaces against the perimeter of the office, the space itself also utilizes a lighting control system which uses a combination of motion sensors and dimming controls. Employing Energy Star appliances, low flow aerators, and high efficiency light fixtures in most areas of the space, the Gensler-Charlotte Expansion allows their core beliefs as an architecture and design firm to become evident throughout their space.
The primary LEED aspects the Gensler Charlotte Expansion focused on were location benefits, lighting controls, green appliances, and employing smart design decisions to mix existing and new sustainable materials.