Establish Achievable Goals and Build Consensus in Sustainable Design
To achieve sustainability and LEED Certification milestones, it is critical that specific goals are established, and a consensus is developed among all project team members from the beginning of the design process to the end. At JRCA Architects, we created and refined several specific procedures and programs to ensure that appropriate sustainable systems, materials, and practices are part of every project and all team members are committed to their continued successful implementation.
In 2008, Vernal City with the help of JRCA embarked on a journey to design and construction a new municipal center for the city. The new facility embodies some of the Vernal values of transparency, sustainability, strength, and community. Vernal is applauded for their commitment to go beyond the required LEED Commercial Interiors “Silver” Certification and continues to operate the facility as a LEED-EB O&M “Silver” certified building.
As a firm, we have remained committed to sustainable design practice. We have instituted proven procedures that have been critical to the success of such JRCA projects such as the 70,000 S.F. Vernal Municipal Center (LEED “Silver”), Intermountain Healthcare Draper Clinic (LEED for Healthcare), and State of Utah Ogden Driver’s License Facility (LEED “Silver”) just to name a few.
Through our follow-up and commitment to sustainability in all our projects and in our own office operations, we have developed an awareness of the impact of developing simple, user-friendly systems and maintenance procedures.
JRCA Architects has been incorporating energy efficient design principles into our projects for over 35-years. We are members of the U.S. Green Building Council and President, Jim Child, is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Through our design process, we will consider the whole life cycle of the products and materials identified for this project and design this building at a sustainability level desired. We are encouraged by the increasing number of communities who are implementing sustainable design standards; the expanding number of products, materials, and systems on the market with environmentally sustainable attributes; and their increasing affordability.
Our goal is to create work that embraces its physical, social, & aesthetic potential while seeking to make a lasting contribution to the community.