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When selecting its new headquarters, HKS could have designed a new building on a greenfield site, moved further out to the suburbs or just remained nestled in Uptown.
Instead, the firm’s leadership chose to redevelop a financially bankrupt and vacant high-rise in downtown Dallas desperately in need of revitalization, making a large portion of the building their new home.
HKS’ corporate headquarters – located on floors one through seven in 140,000 square feet of workspace at One Dallas Center at 350 North Saint Paul Street – was awarded LEED Platinum Certification under the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Commercial Interiors (CI) v2009 rating system.
One Dallas Center, a modernist skyscraper originally designed by I.M. Pei & Partners in 1979, is now owned by St. Paul Holdings LP, a joint redevelopment of Todd Interests and Moriah Real Estate Company.
According to Kirk Teske, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, chief sustainability officer for HKS, the headquarters sets a green standard in repositioning underperforming downtown real estate. “From the onset of the project, our goal was to achieve a groundbreaking dual certification via the LEED v3 and LEED v4 rating systems.
“As one of the first pilot projects for LEED v4, the city and the nation will be looking to HKS for our firsthand experience with the new rating system,” Teske continued. “One Dallas Center is the epitome of adaptive reuse. We believe transforming this distressed, 90 percent-vacant property into a valuable asset for the city of Dallas will encourage redevelopment in the area and allow the mixed-use building to remain viable for another 30 years.”
“We are delighted to receive LEED Platinum CI for our office,” said Dan Noble, FAIA, FACHA, LEED AP, president and CEO, HKS, Inc. “As architects, we believe it is our social responsibility to design sustainable environments for our clients as well as our own spaces. This space demonstrates our commitment to a sustainable future.”
Chris Mundell, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, HKS DesignGreen manager, said, “To achieve LEED Platinum, we focused our efforts on water reduction, energy efficiency, sustainable materials, maximizing furniture and equipment reuse and recycling construction waste. The project achieved 83 of 110 possible points.
“Super-efficient LED lighting technology and controls achieve a Lighting Power Density (LPD) of 0.6 Watts/square foot (40 percent below code) while a fully integrated general office lighting and window shade system automatically harvests natural light and controls the window shade system,” continued Mundell. “Low-flow plumbing fixtures were selected to achieve a 40 percent overall reduction in potable water. Alternative transportation is also promoted including walking, biking, busing and light rail.”
Office workstations and furnishings selection criteria excluded all options except those achieving the highest level® of Business & Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) certification. Furnishings achieving a BIFMA level® 3 certification have achieved the highest standards in their environmental and social impacts.
Teske notes, “The headquarters office is also a model for healthy building standards. The firm works in tandem with the Healthy Building Network, the USGBC, the Health Product Declaration Collaborative and BuildingGreen to promote the use of healthy building products and materials. HKS made environmentally informed decisions regarding building products used in the new corporate headquarters.”
Specific sustainability strategies include:
Building Reuse and Exterior Façade
Healthy Building Materials
Indoor Environmental Air Quality
HKS, Inc. is a leading architectural design firm ranked among the top six architectural engineering firms, according to Building Design+Construction magazine. Since its founding in 1939, HKS has completed construction projects totaling more than $75 billion in more than 1,498 cities located in 84 countries. The firm operates from 27 offices worldwide.