Meters measure the quality of the air and water and how much
energy USGBC is using, and employees track waste and recycling.
HR uses employee surveys to capture data on how people commute and experience their workspace.
As you walk off the elevator and through the glass doors into
the USGBC lobby, you’ll notice an open, airy staircase leading to
the sixth floor—a welcome alternative to the closed-off stairs on
the edge of the building. In the lobby, a wood backdrop features a
waterfall and live plants grow in pots next to the stairs.
Along the lobby are several conference rooms with glass doors
that have images of oak leaves etched into them. The largest is the
boardroom, which allows for different setups of round
or rectangular tables. Stackable chairs are stored in a
small space in the adjoining storage room. To minimize
noise, the room’s ceiling tiles are slanted and the walls
are slightly angled and fabric-covered.
The building envelope—the physical separator
between the indoors and outdoors—conserves energy
in three ways: double-pane glass, shades that auto-
matically raise and lower throughout the day based
on a sensor, and a pass wall of air that creates an invisible barrier
between outside and inside temperatures.
Head into the employee work areas, and you’ll see that there
are no cubicles abutting the windows—which means more peo-
ple get access to direct light. This design also decreases energy
needs, since workstations situated right against windows
require more heating and cooling. The ergonomic worksta-
tions have LED task lighting—although many employees rely
on the natural light enveloping the space—and Herman Miller
chairs provide lumbar support and adjustable heights and arms.
Multicolored glass dividers indicate you’re entering the less
formal areas of the game room and
kitchen. Whimsical, colorful seating
is all around, and since employees
use laptops, they can choose to work
from whatever space they’re inspired
by. The glistening white kitchen is
divided into three areas: food storage
and prep, eating, and cleanup. Explan-
atory photos show the best way to sort
In 2017, The American Soci-
ety of Interior Designers in
Washington, D.C., became
the ;rst space in the world to
achieve platinum-level cer-
ti;cation for both the WELL
Building Standard and LEED.