PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Jacobs announced today that the Company's Irvine office at the Michelson Building in Irvine, Calif. has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Platinum certification for Commercial Interiors. The Platinum rating is the highest achievable level of LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
In making the announcement, Jacobs Group Vice President Tom McDuffie stated, "As the designer and client, we had the unusual opportunity to implement our sustainable building practices in our business and office spaces. We are honored to be awarded the highest level of LEED for work that's designed by our staff for our staff. We couldn't be more pleased with the outcome."
Throughout the design of the 50,000-square-foot Irvine office environment, Jacobs used an "open office" workplace strategy, including the use of full-height and transom glass, maximizing natural daylight. Additional sustainable highlights of the office include the purchase of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified Wood for the millwork and workstations; use of low-emitting paint, adhesives and carpet; implementation of Green Education elements, including real-time energy usage; and use of LED signage and lighting controls to minimize energy use.
"The Jacobs Irvine office's LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership," said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. "The urgency of USGBC's mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and the Jacobs Irvine office serves as a prime example of just how much we can accomplish."
Jacobs is one of the world's largest and most diverse providers of technical, professional, and construction services.
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