Associated Builders office attains early Green Globes certification

Sources: Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

ABC’s 19,300-sq.-ft. national headquarters is one of the first buildings to be certified under Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors, a program available to owners or individual commercial space tenants from the Green Building Initiative (GBI), Portland, Ore.

By focusing on economic, environmental and social sustainability, “ABC was able to choose a location that attracts top talent, increases value for our members and lowers the square footage, while incorporating sustainable materials and methods—such as virtual design and recycling—into the construction process and beyond,” says ABC President Mike Bellaman. “We have an office that furthers strategic goals, minimizes our impact on the environment and provides easy access to multiple modes of transportation and a vibrant community for employees. GBI took into account many of these factors during the assessment.”

Completed late last year, the project entailed an interior fit-out of office and support spaces on the second and third floors on an existing District of Columbia building. Advanced by the ABC Green Building Committee, the Green Globes certification saw an on-site review of the completed facility; interviews with project management team members; and, third-party reviews of product and construction documentation necessary to verify sustainability features.