Nixon Peabody’s primary goals for the relocation of its Washington, DC law office were to reflect its brand, demonstrate its commitment to sustainability, and promote the wellbeing of its employees. Visible signs of these ambitions include a three-story living wall that reuses mechanical unit condensate water for irrigation and an interconnecting stair that supports employee communication and mobility. GHT provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineering design for the project.
The design provides a total connected lighting load that is 35% better than code. The team utilized glass office fronts, daylight harvesting, lighting controls, and motorized shades to maximize natural light and reduce the need for electric light. 100% LED fixture specification and control sequencing were also integral to reducing the lighting load. The design reduces HVAC energy costs by 21% and supports a 35% reduction in water use through 1.5 gallon per minute (gpm) faucets on pantry sinks and low flow fixtures in restrooms.
The project achieved a certification level of Platinum under the LEED for Commercial Interiors™ rating system.