Can an office space sport high-design interior aesthetics with serious eco-cred? Yes, and the new offices of Burgess Group–a company specializing in Medicare-based reimbursement software, based in Alexandria, Virginia–have gone to prove it, garnering Interior Design Magazine’s Best Green Project of the Year.
The certified LEED Gold building includes slate, soapstone, wood and cork in their natural state which, according to Burgess, signify the organization’s “stability, permanence and authenticity.” The interior space was designed by SmithGroup, which introduced bright, modern colors into the mix as a contrast to the natural materials, and worked to improve communication and workflow with open spaces and WiFi-enabled lounges.
Green features include low-flow plumbing fixtures and dishwashers, placing the building’s potable water requirements 55 percent below standard needs. Sensors throughout the building respond to levels of daylight and room occupancy, dimming lights when they’re not needed. Some furniture from Burgess’ previous location was recycled in this one; all new furniture was manufactured within a 500-mile radius of the site. Even more admirably, 92 percent of the construction debris was diverted from the landfill.
The office building is located close to bus lines, a DC Metro station and a train station, giving employees an easy way to keep a good green thing going.