Sustainability

    Stewards of the environment

    Fentress Architects has been a pioneer in sustainable design since 1993, even before it won acclaim for the Natural Resources Building in Olympia, Washington – the first building design in the nation to incorporate indoor air quality improvement as a goal.  Since then, the design studio has completed numerous projects utilizing innovative strategies and technologies to conserve natural resources and save money over the life of a building.  In 2008, Engineering News-Record ranked Fentress as one of the Top 25 Green Design Firms in the United States. 

    Statistics tell some of the story, in terms of the large number of in-house LEED Accredited Professionals and the ever-growing list of Fentress projects that have achieved various levels of LEED certification.

    But the real tale is told by our designs, which demonstrate inventive approaches to construction practices, energy systems and landscape management, from the use of wood reclaimed from a forest fire, to photovoltaic technology integrated into the fabric of a building.  

    LEED Platinum sustainable strategies for the Green Square Nature Research Center and DENR Office Building.