First Platinum LEED® Commercial Interiors Certification in Philadelphia’s Central Business District

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Michael McCurdy
Market Director, Philadelphia

As the USGBC community prepares to visit the City of Brother Love for the annual GreenBuild Conference in November, JLL’s Philadelphia office just announced it achieved the city’s first-ever Platinum LEED for Commercial Interiors (CI) Certification. This marks not only first LEED Platinum CI certification in downtown Philadelphia, but also the first LEED Platinum CI JLL office in the Americas.

With fewer than 230 Platinum Certified LEED CI projects globally, and just 165 in the U.S., JLL’s recent award demonstrates the firm’s commitment to best-in-class sustainability practices.

The project was cross-platform, collaborative efforts of JLL’s Project and Development Services team, Commissioning Services, and Global Facilities teams, and through partnerships with local experts from Re:Vision Architecture, InPosse Engineering, LAM Partners, Lutron, Knoll, Herman Miller and Interface.

The office’s green renovation project began when JLL relocated offices to the 10,500-square-foot space on the 25th floor of 1650 Arch Street last year.  Having recently undergone a few sustainability-focused upgrades; today, the new office is a state-of-the art regional hub for JLL that sets a new local standard for a collaborative workplace and sustainable design.

The “less is more” approach was successful in designing a smaller footprint to accommodate 40 full-time employees. Key elements include:

  • The flexible space design is positioned to accommodate for future growth
  • Efficient layout utilized an adaptive daylighting control system to optimize energy consumption (55 percent less than the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey’s (CBECS) average for existing office space.)
  • Improve indoor air quality, through carefully selected building materials during the renovation.

The trend towards green buildings in corporate real estate shows no signs of slowing. Corporate space occupiers will be looking at commercial interiors as a means to build healthier and more productive workplaces for employees that are less costly to operate and have a reduced negative impact on the environment.

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