Larson Design Group’s (LDG) building design for Dominion Transmission’s new office in Sabinsville, PA has received LEED® Gold Certification. LEED is an internationally-recognized green bulding certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. Studies have shown that LEED buildings decrease turnover and absenteeism, while enhancing productivity by creating a healthier workplace.
“LDG’s Architectural group have a strong background in sustainable design that meets the needs and budget requirements of our clients,” said Lawrence Lee Huber, Architect. “This building is a case in point of our ability to meet our clients’ requirements in a sustainable design.”
One of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, Dominion Transmission operates a natural gas storage facility that serves 11 states. The company also operates electric generation and transmission and has ventured into renewable energy projects such as hydro and wind power.
“By pursuing a high level of sustainability, we were able to achieve LEED Gold certification, which surpassed our initial project goals,” said Serena Wray, LEED AP, Architectural Designer.
The 12,000 square foot building features numerous sustainability measures, including the introduction of natural daylight with skylights, sun tunnels, and triple-pane operable windows. Cellulose insulation, made from recycled newspaper, increases energy efficiency. Plumbing fixtures lower the building’s water use by 46% over a conventional office building, while highly-efficient HVAC and lighting systems contribute to an energy savings of 32%. Low-VOC finishes provide an aesthetic comfort on the inside, while recycled stone veneer and siding beautify the exterior. Occupancy and daylighting sensors help to reduce electric use in the building, and a computer-based building management system controls and monitors the HVAC system. The facility’s site plan features native plant species which require no irrigation when fully established.
LEED® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Green Building Council.
Larson Design Group is a growing, multi-disciplined architectural, engineering, and surveying firm, providing innovative design solutions for the private and public sectors. Our staff has diverse knowledge in environmental systems, architecture, surveying, site development, structures, transportation and inspection. Headquartered in Williamsport, other offices include Selinsgrove, Bloomsburg, Lititz, and Bethel, Pennsylvania, and Corning, New York. LDG is ranked in the Top 500 Design Firms of 2010 by Engineering News Record (ENR), and in the Top 250 Firms by Architectural Record. These honors are awarded to A/E firms that demonstrate the highest levels of performance. LDG was selected for the second consecutive year into the 2010 PSMJ Circle of Excellence. At LDG, each client’s vision is made real.