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The Commercial Interiors Task Force learned how to navigate the landlord-tenant relationship at the law offices of Nixon Peabody.

Session three of USGBC National Capital Region's Commercial Interiors Task Force was held September 7 at the law offices of Nixon Peabody LLC at 799 9th Street NW, Washington D.C.

The event included a panel discussion, "The Art of the Green Deal: Navigating the Landlord-Tenant Relationship" and a tour of the firm. The Nixon Peabody office was elected 2017 Commercial Interior Project of the Year by USGBC National Capital Region.

Approximately 60 people attended the lively and engaging panel discussion. David Kay spoke on behalf of the Commercial Interior Task Force, and introduced the panel: Moderator Paul O'Brien of GHT Limited; Jeff Lesk, Partner and LEED AP, at Nixon Peabody; Sally Wilson, LEED Fellow, of NGKF; Ken Wilson, Design Principal and Design Director for Interiors for Perkins + Will; Dave Bevirt, Senior Vice President of Leasing, for Brookfield Properties; and Ben Cohen, Vice President Corporate Interiors, of Davis Construction. Each shared some of the building's features, success stories and challenges.

USGBC National Capital Region event at Nixon Peabody

As Lesk recalled, this project was unique for the law firm and pushed boundaries of both sustainability and staff engagement to shift staff mindset towards more sustainable office practices. The project achieved LEED Platinum. In addition, as Brookfield pointed out, the host building was renovated and itself achieved LEED O+M certification under LEED for Existing Buildings. Innovative and cost-saving measures included a glass storefront system, condensate capture and harvesting to irrigate the living wall. 

USGBC National Capital Region event at Nixon Peabody

In closing, USGBC National Capital Region honored Jeff Lesk with the decorative plaque for his Innovative Project of the Year, Interior Design award, announced at A Midsummer Night’s Green 2017.

Attendees broke into two groups to tour design highlights for the project, led by KGO PM, Nixon Peabody’s project management firm. Of great interest was the rooftop solar array installation, which collected solar energy and donates power to 100 low-income tenants.

Special thanks to the series sponsor, Davis Construction, and event sponsors GHT Limited and KGO PM.

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