No. 559 . 02 May 2012 
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Perkins + Will reskinned and reconfigured a 1986 office building in Atlanta to create this new home for the firm. Photo: Eduard Hueber

Green Top Ten - Office Buildings

by ArchitectureWeek

When Perkins + Will recently sought to move its Atlanta offices, the firm wanted the new facility to serve as a case study for sustainable design, expressing the culture of the firm.

So, the multidisciplinary design practice purchased a 1986 office building down the street — right across from Richard Meier's iconic High Museum of Art, and its Renzo Piano expansion — reconfigured it while retaining most of the structure, and improved the energy-using systems.

The renovated six-story, 79,000-square-foot (7,300-square-meter) building at 1315 Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta meets the 2030 Challenge and recently earned LEED Platinum certification.

This project is one of four office buildings on the AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects list for 2012, created by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE). ArchitectureWeek will also publish the six other projects on this year's top ten list, which are all buildings for education.

1315 Peachtree Street · Atlanta, Georgia

The facade redesign at 1315 Peachtree Street offered the opportunity for several favorable changes, including altering the massing and section of the building, providing connections between pairs of floors, and adding a fifth-floor outdoor terrace. The west facade now features low-e glazing and fixed horizontal and vertical sunscreens.

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The building's HVAC system combines radiant heating and cooling with displacement ventilation. Radiant systems are rarely used in hot, humid climates, because the warm, moist outside air would produce condensation on the cool-water tubing.

The design team carefully adjusted the amount of exposed concrete, the size and spacing of radiant mats, and the number and locations of operable openings, and the firm reports that the system has worked as designed.

No less important than the project's green design goals was a commitment to support the firm's own design work. The Perkins + Will office space, located on the building's top four floors, accommodates work at individual workstations, while also providing several kinds of spaces to facilitate group work, including team rooms where projects "live."   >>>

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