Perkins Eastman announced today that it has earned Gold certification under the LEED for Commercial Interiors rating system for General Electric’s Energy Financial Services Division’s 280,000-square-foot headquarters space in Stamford, Connecticut. The architects’ Stamford office collaborated with LEED consultants Sustainable Design Collective to pursue the designation, which GE deemed critical in order to complement its management of a $4 billion portfolio of renewable energy projects across the world. The relocation project reorganized GE’s work environment by shifting from a 90 percent office layout to a 70 percent open plan, which assisted Perkins Eastman in delivering increased natural light to the space’s interior.
Other green design features included the purchase of 100 percent wind power and other lighting efficiencies, a 30 percent reduction in water consumption, and 20 percent recycled-content materials incorporated into the space’s interior finishes. 75 percent of construction waste diverted from landfills and Perkin Eastman’s design accommodates alternative transportation options. The building into which GE relocated and executed the buildout is located at 800 Long Ridge Road and owned by Norwalk-based Building and Technology; construction was completed in just nine months.
The GE project is just the second in Connecticut to earn a Gold rating under LEED-CI, and one of 111 in the country to date according to USGBC.