May 20, 2008 | Lansing,Michigan
Christman Building Awarded LEED Green Building Certification
World’s First Building to Achieve ‘Double Platinum’ Designation
The Christman Company announced today that it has been awarded LEED Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for The Christman Building, its recently rehabilitated national headquarters located in downtown Lansing, Michigan. LEED® is the USGBC's rating system for designing and constructing the world's greenest, most energy efficient and high performing buildings, with the Platinum level being its highest possible rating. The building was formally certified in a ceremony today in which USGBC presented Christman with certifications in two categories, Commercial Interiors (CI) and Core and Shell. This is the world's first building project to achieve this "double Platinum" distinction.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building is an example of sustainable "green" historic building practices, considered by many to be the highest form of sustainable design and construction due to its reuse of an existing structure. The many green features of the project include water use reduction, optimized energy performance, construction waste management, a focus on daylighting and a healthy indoor environment.
"The Christman Company and its design partner SmithGroup are to be congratulated for achieving LEED Platinum certification for both The Christman Building and its office space, " said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO, Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. "The best-practices case of The Christman Building has helped expand the boundaries of what's possible in high-performance, energy-efficient building, and should provide an inspiration for others."
The 1928-built former Mutual Building was recently rededicated as The Christman Building following a major historic rehabilitation which preserved its many historic features - including Pewabic tiled stairways and exterior limestone detailing - while upgrading its interior to a Class A office building. The building is headquarters to Christman as well as long-term tenants Kelley Cawthorne and Michigan Municipal League.
Design services provided by SmithGroup for the building's historic rehabilitation, included architectural design; mechanical, electrical and structural engineering; lighting and interior design; historic preservation design; LEED certification services; and State Historic Tax Application services. SmithGroup (www.smithgroup.com) ranks as the nation's sixth largest architecture and engineering firm (Building Design & Construction, July 2007). The firm is composed of client industry-focused practices serving the healthcare, learning, workplace and science & technology markets. With 251 LEED accredited professionals and 16 LEED certified projects, SmithGroup is a national leader in sustainable, environmentally intelligent design. JJR, SmithGroup's sister company, provided site enhancement services for the project.
The USGBC (www.usgbc.org) is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies and other nonprofit organizations. Since USGBC's founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 13,000 member companies and organizations, a comprehensive family of LEED green building rating systems, an expansive educational offering, the industry's popular Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (www.greenbuildexpo.org), and a network of 72 local chapters, affiliates and organizing groups.
The LEED Green Building Rating System (www.usgbc.org/LEED) is a feature-oriented rating system that awards buildings points for satisfying specified green building criteria. The six major environmental categories of review include: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation and Design. Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels of LEED green building certification are awarded based on the total number of points earned within each LEED category. LEED can be applied to all building types including new construction, commercial interiors, core & shell developments, existing buildings, homes, neighborhood developments, schools and retail facilities.