Green Design

Duracell World Headquarters
Western Connecticut State University
Litchfield Public School
Keene State College, Pondside Residence Hall

We try to minimize the impact of the projects we design through the use of sustainable design strategies. We utilize the latest software to evaluate building materials and systems that are not only more environmentally sound in use but also in manufacture, delivery, and installation. We site buildings to minimize earthmoving and to take best advantage of the sun for interior daylighting and create shade and air movement to promote natural cooling in the summer months.

As architects of buildings for living, work, education, we understand the importance of high indoor quality in promoting the comfort and health of a building’s occupants. Our interior designers help assure good air quality by selecting non-toxic materials and finishes that do not release harmful gases into the air. Our engineers design environmental systems that provide high levels of natural and mechanical ventilation, efficiently and with optimum use of outdoor air to create temperate conditions inside.

As recognition of our efforts towards creating a green built environment, our design for the Duracell Corporate Headquarters in Danbury, Connecticut, was the recipient of the American Institute of Architects Top Ten Environmental Solutions Award, the Boston Society of Architects Sustainable Design Award. Two other projects that have been designed to meet the LEED standards are:

New Residence Hall and Parking Structure,
Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT

Litchfield Public Schools Additions and Renovations,
Litchfield, Connecticut

Six members of our staff, Steven Orlansky, Gwen Emery, Chien-ju Lin, Marta Allstadt, Jim Elmasry, and Navvab Taylor are LEED accredited professionals.