In Georgia, Epsten Group is expanding operations while keeping it green. This company — which specializes in architecture, interior design, LEED consulting, and energy modeling — was responsible for the the first LEED Platinum office building in Atlanta. Now it has expanded operations while adding another green feather to its cap with its new offices in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward, which also has garnered Platinum certification from the U.S Green Building Council.
World Interior Design Network reports that this 9,000-square-foot building, originally constructed in the 1940s, features a roof-mounted solar power system as well a green roof. Energy efficient systems — such as tight insulation, an air barrier, and natural daylighting — minimize the building’s energy consumption, while low flow fixtures conserve water. The offices were constructed using salvaged wood and low-VOC paints to help ensure indoor air quality.
Like Epsten’s original office building, the new facility is located in the area of Atlanta famous as the birthplace (and burial place) of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., which has in recent years fallen into urban blight — a location that marks a conscious choice on the part of the re-developers. “True sustainability must include revitalized urban centers,” said Dagmar Epsten, Epsten Group’s president and CEO, in a statement. “We look forward to our continued investment in the Old Fourth Ward community and are proud that our growth as a company has allowed us to bring not just one, but two LEED Platinum buildings to the neighborhood.”
In addition to its LEED certification, Epsten Group’s new headquarters has achieved Four Green Globe awards. It was built to accommodate what the company characterizes as its “extraordinary growth” in recent years, due in large part to its LEED consulting services and sustainable building solutions. The company currently employs more than 50 people and has provided over 5,500 LEED certification reviews for buildings in more than 50 countries.