This week, the USGBC announced the 2015 Top 10 States for LEED, and Washington is #4! Washington has been absent from the list for the past three years, making this an even more noteworthy accomplishment.

In total, 101 total projects achieved LEED certification in the state last year. That number represents 17 million gross square feet of LEED-certified space, which is equivalent to 2.60 GSF for each resident of Washington. With a variety of responsibilities across all of our studios, Rushing played a role in over 10% of that total square footage, coming in at over 1.8 million GSF of certified space!

In 2015, the Rushing Sustainability Studio successfully completed management and administration of LEED services of four certified projects:

  • Dimension (3rd and Cedar, LEED-NC Silver)
  • Verve (4th and Denny, LEED-NC Certified)
  • Tilley Road Buildings C and E (both achieved LEED-NC Gold)

Dimension utilized our full interdisciplinary team for architectural lighting design, fundamental and enhanced commissioning, MEP review, and post-occupancy measurement and verification. Rushing was the MEP engineer of record for Verve and provided lighting design, LEED energy modeling, and fundamental commissioning as well.

Beyond those under the guidance of the sustainability team, our design, energy, and commissioning work supported LEED certification for six additional projects:

  • University of Washington Lander Hall, LEED-NC Gold; Rushing mechanical full design, energy services
  • Stone 34, LEED-CS Platinum; Rushing electrical and lighting full design
  • AMLI SLU, LEED-NC Silver; Rushing MEP design build criteria and peer review, energy services
  • AMLI SLU 2, LEED-NC Silver; Rushing energy services
  • AMLI Mark 24 (Ballard), LEED-NC Silver; Rushing MEP design build criteria and peer review, energy services
  • City Center Bellevue, LEED-EB Gold; Rushing commissioning, Energy Star services

We anticipate Washington achieving an even stronger national ranking on the 2016 list given the volume of projects we’re working on that are likely to reach certification by the end of the year. In aggregate, these projects exceed 2.2 million GSF:

  • Cielo; Rushing LEED management and administration, MEP full design, lighting design, energy services
  • Cirrus; Rushing LEED management and administration, MEP full design, lighting design, energy services
  • Luma Condos; Rushing LEED management and administration, MEP full design, lighting design, energy services, commissioning
  • Dexter Station; Rushing LEED management and administration, commissioning
  • Seattle Fire Station 29; Rushing LEED management and administration
  • Thurston-Mason County Triage; Rushing LEED management and administration, commissioning
  • Washington Department of Natural Resources Olympic Region Headquarters Shop Facility; Rushing LEED management and administration, commissioning
  • University of Washington Terry and Maple Halls; Rushing mechanical full design, energy services
  • Alley 111; Rushing plumbing and electrical full design, lighting design
  • Evergreen School; Rushing commissioning
  • 810 Dexter; Rushing electrical and lighting full design

While the USGBC report includes projects within the Building Maintenance and Operations, Building Design and Construction, and Interior Design and Construction rating systems, the numbers do not include LEED for Homes. Our involvement in LEED for Homes projects is growing, much like the rating system itself. In addition to the projects noted above, we’re proud of our contributions to the successful achievement of LEED for Homes Midrise Gold for both Anthem on 12th (MEP engineers of record) and Yardhouse (MEP design build criteria).

Photo (clockwise from left): Dimension, Lander Hall (photo courtesy of Benjamin Benschneider), Verve