Last week I was out of the office on site with a client and then in the HOK St. Louis office. During my tours, I found a great example of how achieving LEED Certification doesn't actually equate to having a good workplace.
The client office (LEED-CI Silver):
Note: photograph is similar to the office, not the actual office due to security regulations. The actual office has prettier carpet, nicer lighting, and plainer doors...but you get the point.
The HOK St. Louis Office (LEED-CI Certified):
While the client office had ticked off enough points to achieve LEED Silver, it clearly missed any points for daylight and views. Walking through the office was like being in a maze: beige hallway after beige hallway of doors. I found myself completely turned around on more than one occasion, and also craving a bit of sunlight!
The HOK STL office, on the other hand, is completely open seating for approximatley 300 people. Some of the sustainable principles used in this facility include:
- Building or Structure Reuse
- Construction and Demolition Waste Recycling/Reuse
- Daylighting (daylight factor of 2% in at least 75% of spaces)
- Efficient Lighting
- External/Internal Shading
- Local Materials
- Low-Emitting Materials
- Recycled Materials
- Renewable Materials
- Salvaged Materials
- Transit-Oriented Development
Although it has a lower level of certification, the HOK STL office would be a much more pleasant workplace for me. What about you?