Attempting LEED certification for a project is an outward demonstration of commitment to the environment by sensible designers. McCarthy Architecture continues to keep pace with sustainable practices as the USGBC implements a new rating system now and as the awards system will change greatly over the next twenty years to meet the 2030 challenge.
Over the past decade, the move towards LEED and sustainable building practices has been driven greatly by the financial and environmental benefits that are a direct result of implementing a green design approach. Buildings designed to achieve LEED certification use resources more efficiently and effectively when compared to conventional buildings that are simply built to the minimum building code requirements. McCarthy Architecture understands from research and past applications, that sustainable structures create healthier work and living environments that contribute to higher productivity and improved health and comfort of the building’s occupants.
Master Planning and Site Design
Assessment of facilities and teaming to create an efficient campus structure is our strength. Either through discovery of greater utilization of existing or reorganized space or designing new space, we are eager to be of service.
Recently McCarthy Architecture partnered with the Dallas Theological Seminary to perform an exhaustive Facilities Assessment Analysis that ultimately led to the framework for a campus master plan. The facilities assessment was a collaborative effort that allowed McCarthy Architecture to view the campus culture at length as all staff and faculty departments were interviewed. A campus wide assessment of 800,000ft² over 12 buildings was performed. All physical spaces were accounted for examining present use as well as best and higher use for future needs. This formed the basis to create a comprehensive package of information that became the foundational tool to direct a calculated response to growth. In the process of investigating needs, existing use and efficiencies, campus standards were developed for office and classroom functions and types.
A set of campus standards was developed for the institution. Going forward, campus growth could be accommodated according to a hierarchy of interior spaces formulated from the assessment. Reorganizing existing offices and other work spaces to meet the new criteria created a more diverse use of space and at the same time eliminated the politics of space. The outcome was a real time document that literally accounted for every staff member and every space on campus.