A Green Office Building Rises In Florida

As an engineering and environmental consulting firm, GAI Consultants understands good design. That understanding is reflected in the company’s new office building, which happens to be downtown Orlando’s first privately-developed green office.

Located on a former infill site, the GAI Building features 105,000 square feet of professional office space and a 300-space integrated parking garage. It was developed at a cost of $30 million and was designed for LEED certification, with eco-friendly elements throughout, such as floors made from corn and Energy Star qualified technology devices.

image via GAI Consultants

In looking to build its 21st nationwide location, the firm was looking for more modern, sustainable space. Ustler Development delivered, creating a downtown structure designed for a smaller environmental footprint than typical urban buildings.
Interestingly enough, GAI Consultants is not just the anchor tenant, but served as the project’s civil engineer. The firm has now signed a long-term lease to occupy 65,000 square feet of the seven-story building.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.