HID Global Receives LEED Platinum Certification for Its New World Headquarters and North American Operation Center in Austin
- Jul 18, 2014
The first and only industrial manufacturing facility in the state of Texas to achieve LEED Platinum certification is located in Austin, Texas. The distinction has been awarded to HID Global, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions.
The Austin building is the company’s world headquarters and North American Operations Center and it has been designed from ground up with this achievement as goal, which includes site selection, design and construction.
“LEED Platinum certification for our world headquarters further elevates our award-winning facility as a leading Austin sustainability showcase and a Texas business success story,” says Kevin Teehan, senior director of strategic operations and corporate sustainability with HID Global.
According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), only 6 percent of the total LEED certified projects have reached the LEED Platinum level. To attain this certification the buildings need to implement practical and measurable strategies and solutions designed to achieve high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.
“This achievement signifies our ‘Green by Design’ philosophy and continuing focus on sustainability excellence. For our customers, this translates into innovative, secure products and solutions that help minimize environmental impact while reducing operating costs. We share this accomplishment with all of the many people and organizations who worked with us to make this possible.”
ASSA ABLOY, the parent of HID Global has also received the Platinum distinction, expressing its attachment to the sustainable development movement.
General contractor Harvey Cleary Builders from Houston and Austin-based commercial real estate developer Live Oak-Gottesman were involved in the construction of the world headquarters and North American operations center. Austin-based Studio 8 Architects was responsible with the design of the facility, in collaboration with engineering consulting and design service partners Bury, Endeavor Real Estate Group LLC and Carrillo Dean Landscape Architecture (CDLA). Boston Industrial Consulting, Lee Gros, Architect and Artisan, and the Austin Chamber of Commerce were also important in the development.