Green Building Pioneers
Fentress’ reputation as a pioneer in the field of sustainable design was established in the early 1990s with the completion of Washington state’s Natural Resource Building and Denver International Airport’s Passenger Terminal Complex. Since then, Fentress has designed over 50 LEED-certified buildings, valued at more than $7 billion.
Sustainable Design Strategies
In 2002, the Fentress-designed California Department of Education Headquarters became the first LEED Platinum building for the state of California and in 2011, Green Square Complex became the first LEED Platinum certified museum in the country. Later this year, Orlando International Airport’s Terminal C is expected to become the first LEED v4 airport campus in the world.Learn More
Strategies for Expansive Facilities
The 1.2-million-square-foot Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX became the world’s largest certified LEED Gold airport when it opened in 2013, and the LEED Gold-certified Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center in Denver remains one of the most sustainable courthouse complexes in the United States.Learn More
As part of extensively renovating Miami Beach Convention Center, our design team devised numerous strategies that significantly improved the Center’s resiliency to sudden weather events and long-term sea-level rise. The Center, which hosts Art Basel Miami each year, has earned LEED Silver certification.Learn More
Integrated Approach to Sustainable Design
We believe good design is intrinsically sustainable. Our integrated design approach seeks to minimize environmental impact, while improving building performance and protecting local values, culture and biodiversity for the enjoyment of future generations.
Inside Fentress: Education & Best Practices
Among the senior staff at Fentress are numerous thought leaders, recognized by the profession and their peers as being at the forefront of fields including sustainable design. Over 30 members of our team are LEED-Accredited Professionals by the US Green Building Council and five are SITES-Accredited Professionals. Our commitment to sustainability extends beyond our projects to include the spaces in which we work. Our headquarters in Denver employs adaptive-reuse and features well-used bike racks and showers, efficient plumbing and lighting fixtures, and multiple gardens.
2030 Sustainability Plan
In 2005, Fentress Architects signed on to the AIA 2030 Commitment, which provides a rigorous guideline for climate action through energy efficient design and construction.
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