HKS Named LEED Proven Provider by Green Building Cerification Institute

By HKS

HKS, Inc. has been named a LEED® Proven Provider™ by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

What does this mean to our clients?

  • A faster approval process for projects submitted by HKS for LEED review (instead of 25 business days, it will take 10 to 15 business days).
  • The HKS team will have a higher level of access to the GBCI review team, allowing them to vet and resolve challenging issues with one-on-one input from the reviewers.
  • It confirms HKS’ proven track record in LEED administration for our clients, and speaks to the firm’s level of quality design and documentation

According to HKS Chief Sustainability Officer Kirk Teske, AIA, LEED Fellow, the firm is among an elite group of 23 Proven Provider teams for BD+C. “This designation was developed to streamline the LEED project review process for experienced organizations that demonstrate consistent excellence in administering LEED projects. To achieve this designation, the GBCI conducted a thorough review of the firm’s documentation process.”

“Quality is at the core of the LEED certification process, and HKS has exhibited expertise in helping to bring healthy, high-performing buildings to the market,” said Doug Gatlin, vice president of program delivery, USGBC and GBCI. “The LEED® Proven Provider™ model represents a great partnership between HKS and GBCI, because it allows GBCI to maintain a rigorous certification program and gives HKS the opportunity to deliver LEED projects to its clients faster.”

“The LEED® Proven Provider™ program is designed to encourage and reward high-quality LEED project submissions, and minimize the need for additional work during the project review process,” said Ellen Mitchell-Kozack, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, HKS sustainable design manager. “HKS and LEED reviewers work together to enhance the LEED certification experience, simultaneously allowing us to further invest in quality control and continuous improvement while providing LEED reviewers more opportunities for direct engagement with, and support for, project teams.”

Ranked eighth in ENR’s Top 100 Green Firms, the firm’s LEED-certified and -registered projects total more than 102 million square feet and $24 billion. HKS is credited with the design of the largest LEED-certified project in the world – a LEED-Silver certified resort hotel in Las Vegas, as well as the nation’s largest LEED-Gold certified healthcare facility, located in Duluth, Minn. The firm was also among the first in the industry to request that building product manufacturers disclose product information through a standard reporting format called the Health Product Declaration.

HKS

HKS is a team of more than 1,400 architects, interior designers, urban designers, scientists, artists, anthropologists and other professionals working together across industries and across the globe to create places that delight, heal and stimulate peak performance. The firm has nurtured a culture of extraordinary people with curious and creative minds who are passionate about delivering elegant solutions. HKS has a dedicated research team that digs deep to discover processes and ideas that improve outcomes for everyone. In everything HKS does, it is mindful of the fragility of all life and of the planet.