Philly’s Smartest Office: Raising the bar for energy efficiency and open office design

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Michael McCurdy
Market Director, Philadelphia


When deciding to move to a new Philadelphia office, JLL had a fairly concrete vision of the workspace they wanted —collaboration-ready spaces, a LEED certified design that achieved energy savings goals, and a multi-functional office that both conveyed and inspired innovation. 

By July 2013, this ambitious list of expectations was met and exceeded, completely raising the bar for energy efficiency and open office design. The project received LEED CI Platinum certification with 85 points, the highest score in the state of Pennsylvania for a LEED CI project. More importantly, employees reported overwhelming satisfaction and pride with their new sleek workplace, proving that offices don’t need to sacrifice aesthetic value and functionality for smart sustainable design.


The path to this space’s creation started with a bold decision that certainly had the potential to reinforce the phrase “too many cooks in the kitchen.” JLL partnered with four firms to complete this project, but what actually resulted was more of a ballet. Each firm brought their own specialties to the table: Re:Vision Architecture’s forte was sustainable design, In Posse contributed its experience in net-zero-energy and deep green projects, Lam Partners brought its expertise in energy-efficient lighting design, and Lutron manufactured and implemented advanced lighting controls.

The 10,500-square foot space reflects this harmonious blend of cool and casual, elegant and cutting edge; it now even doubles as a local Lutron showcase project. This week, you can see the JLL Philadelphia office in person as part of Greenbuild’s Green Building Tour. Register here!

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