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The Wellness Center at the The ExxonMobil Office Complex in Houston, Texas.
ATCO Commercial Centre in Calgary, Alberta
River Point in Chicago, Illinois
1144 Fifteenth in Denver, Colorado

Sustainable Building Design

Designing high-performance buildings and sustainable workplaces is at the core of Pickard Chilton’s design process. Our commitment to environmental stewardship not only creates built environments that are livable and workplaces that are healthy but also results in innovative and elegant architecture of long-term value. Further demonstrating our leadership in sustainability, for the last ten years, Pickard Chilton’s studio has been entirely powered by clean, renewable, wind energy. Pickard Chilton’s architectural achievements in sustainable design have been recognized with over three dozen awards.

3,500,000
SQUARE FEET OF MASS TIMBER IN DESIGN OR CONSTRUCTION
80,000,000
SQUARE FEET TARGETED LEED GOLD OR PLATINUM SINCE 2008
100%
Pickard Chilton’s studio is entirely powered by clean, renewable wind energy.
40%
OF PICKARD CHILTON STAFF ARE LEED ACCREDITED PROFESSIONALS
BG GROUP PLACE
FIRST LEED-CS PLATINUM HIGH RISE IN TEXAS
AKAMAI HEADQUARTERS
Largest WELL certified building in the Northeast and fourth largest in the US.
2012
YEAR PICKARD CHILTON JOINED THE AIA 2030 CHALLENGE
DEVON ENERGY CENTER
Top 10 largest LEED-NC Gold projects IN US
1180 PEACHTREE
1st high-rise office building in the world to be pre-certified LEED-CS Silver, ultimately certified LEED-CS Platinum

Pickard Chilton is a signatory to the AIA 2030 Commitment program and its goal of realizing carbon-neutral buildings by the year 2030. We continually explore sustainable innovations and investigate strategies to achieve net zero energy, water, and reduced-carbon buildings. The firm is an active member of the Connecticut Chapter of the US Green Building Council and an inaugural member of the Connecticut Chapter of the Living Future Institute.

Since 2006, projects totaling over 80 million square feet have been designated or targeted LEED Gold or Platinum, representing corporate, commercial, residential, and institutional buildings in design, under construction, or completed – one of the highest amounts in the United States.

Pickard Chilton has long incorporated into our design approach those qualities and attributes at the core of the WELL Standard for building performance. Nearly 40% of the Pickard Chilton design staff are LEED Accredited Professionals and includes four WELL Accredited Professionals.

Related Work

Learn about our experiences as contributors of the 2030 Challenge for the past 10 years including explorations in mass timber architecture, participation in the C40 Cities Climate Positive Program and our work creating healthful work environments that celebrate human connection through WELL and Fitwel Certification. 

The exterior design of Akamai Headquarters located in Cambridge, Massachusetts with glass framed walls.

Akamai Headquarters is a 19-story mixed-use high-performance corporate office tower comprising approximately 482,000 gsf, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“When we started Pickard Chilton, the word ‘sustainability’ was not in the professional lexicon.” Principal Jon Pickard recently shared with the panel discussion AIA Connecticut Live Action Climate: 2030 Challenge on April 20, 2021.

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The COVID-19 pandemic forced the global workforce to try remote working on an unprecedented scale. Observers, managers, and workers alike were surprised this change did not negatively impact productivity across the board. it appears physical office space is still needed by most employers to support collaboration, innovation, growth, and company culture.

The design of our workplaces can help combat COVID-19 in various ways. Several overarching principles should guide these efforts. First, we should design our buildings to support healthier environments. Some elements can be designed to directly support strategies to combat COVID-19 and similarly spread illnesses. The office building can support social distancing, improve indoor air quality, and strive to create a touchless environment where possible. Equally important, the office building can make occupants feel safer and reduce their anxieties related to crowds and touchpoints.

The glass lighted exterior design of the ExxonMobil Energy Center located in Houston, Texas projecting its reflection.

The 130,000-square-foot ExxonMobil Wellness Center features a three-story glass atrium allowing for views of the campus and the nearby lake.

609 Main is a 48-story Class-A next generation office tower that offers a signature presence in the Houston skyline and contributes to the vitality of the Central Business District

In association with the Medical Institute and a major University, Pickard Chilton recently completed the conceptual building design of a 220,000 gsf human performance medical and sports rehabilitation clinic. Envisioned as the Institute’s research, education, and patient care facility for destination sports medicine and human performance, the state-of-the-art complex provides both the institute and the university with the latest in advanced research, therapy, and medical facilities.

Eighth Avenue Place is Canada’s first and North America’s second LEED-CS Platinum high-rise, covering nearly an entire city block in downtown Calgary.

1180 Peachtree is Atlanta’s tallest skyscraper in fourteen years rising forty-one floors to a height of over 645 feet. It is regarded as a benchmark for innovative high-rise design

The exterior view of a lighted CalPERS Headquarters Complex that incorporates sunshades, light shelves, and greenery.

CalPERS Headquarters Complex is a mixed-use development integrating 550,000 square feet of commercial office space, 25,000 square feet of retail space, 180,000 square feet of housing and below-grade parking.

We are passionate about our clients, our work, and the positive impact of every building we design. If you have a difficult design challenge, contact us to create a solution that realizes your vision.