Highest LEED Rating Goes to Architectural Firm’s Office Space in Northville

July 25, 2011 / William Thomson, Green Homes Expert

Engineering and architectural firm HKS has received the highest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) from the US Green Building Council for its office space in Northville, Michigan.

Highest LEED Rating Goes to Architectural Firm’s Office Space in Northville

The 12,500-square-foot Northville office space is located in the historic Water Wheel Centre.

The building, designed by Albert Kahn, was built in the late 1930s for Henry Ford, Sr. to manufacture tractor valves and components for the Model T, and was formerly called the Ford Valve Plant, which has remained a significant landmark in downtown Northville to date.

The facility was then purchased by R.D. Cox, who converted it into office space for a variety of design firms.

The building currently flaunts its expansive glass windows that allow daylighting and views to the river and park. The facility also has a fully operational, decorative 19-foot-high by seven-foot-wide water wheel.

The Water Wheel Centre downtown provides ease to tenants with its diverse shops, boutiques, galleries, theaters, restaurants, businesses and professional offices.

Steve Jacobson, director of the HKS Detroit office, said: “HKS is committed to sustainable design and being stewards of the environment.

“Our new office’s design incorporates many of the nation’s leading green design concepts including using paints, adhesives, stains and finishes that are free of, or very low in, volatile organic compounds; using many Energy Star-qualified equipment and appliances; purchasing materials with a high percentage of recycled content; and implementing fixtures that reduce excess water use.”

Carol Kartje, senior vice president and director of interior design for HKS Detroit, added: “The new office location is a meaningful and inspiring place that reflects our commitment to our people, our communities, to sustainable design and to our rich regional heritage.”

The office space now provides a wide array of professional services to clients throughout the Midwest region of the United States as well as around the globe, including programming, master planning, space planning, interior design, architectural design, construction documents and construction administration.

HKS ranks among the top five architectural and engineering firms, according to Building Design+Construction magazine, and among the top 11 architectural firms, according to BD World Architecture magazine.

Since its founding in 1939, HKS has completed construction projects that total more than $69 billion in more than 1,069 cities in 46 states, the District of Columbia and 65 foreign countries. The architectural firm operates from 23 offices worldwide.

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