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Which firm has been lean, green and ranked among the industry’s Top 10 for six years in a row? Yes – it’s HKS.
The firm ranks No. 9 this year on Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) Top 100 Green Design Firms in the United States. The firm’s healthcare group was ranked No. 3 and HKS Sports & Entertainment ranked No. 5 among the sports, entertainment and civic sector leaders, with the Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium recognized as one of the world’s largest LEED New- Construction facilities.
According to ENR, the list, published in the July 8, 2013 issue, is based on revenue for design services generated in 2012 from projects actively seeking certification from major third-party environmental standards or rating organizations such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification system.
Kirk Teske, HKS’s chief sustainability officer, said, “The survey results note an overall decline in income from green design projects for the top 100 firms. The seven percent drop was the first decline in green revenue since the survey began six years ago. I believe this drop is attributed to a decline in the number of government stimulus-funded projects.”
The ENR article included discussions on current trends in green design including LEED v4 as well as building information modeling and the Living Building Challenge. “Designers are calling for transparency from building manufacturers regarding the chemical content of their products,” said Teske. “Green building leaders officially released the Health Product Declaration (HPD) Open Standard Version 1, an open standard format for reporting contents and chemical hazards in building products in 2012.”
“As a founding sponsor of the HPD Collaborative, we believe it’s the right thing to do,” adds Teske. “We initiated the current trend of architectural firms formally notifying building product manufacturers of our industry’s commitment to healthier building materials and encouraging them to voluntarily disclose what is in their products through the HPD Collaborative. This declaration enables designers to make knowledgeable material selections on behalf of their clients as well as the people who occupy the buildings. To receive LEED v4 certification on our own headquarters, we’ve reached out directly to the dozens of manufacturers who have provided products for our new space.”
As of today, HKS’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design-certified and -registered projects include more than 141 projects totaling over 85 million square feet and numerous buildings designed to earn ENERGY STAR certification.
Teske attributes this success to the firm’s strides in working with clients to identify and implement meaningful sustainable strategies. “Our goal is to inform, educate and persuade, enabling our clients to achieve green success through vehicles ranging from ENERGY STAR to LEED Platinum certification.”
HKS, Inc. is a leading architectural design firm ranked among the top five 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 1,263 cities located in 80 countries. The firm operates from 28 offices worldwide.