The Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) has been notified that its new State Headquarters and Research Building (SHRB) has been gold certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The award surpasses the silver certification that was required at the time by Texas A&M University for buildings located on its campus.
The LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) certification means that the TTI state headquarters building was designed and constructed to meet specific guidelines of energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and enhanced occupant comfort.
“We were very hopeful to make gold, but you just never know until the review is completed by the USGBC,” says Holly Crenshaw, TTI’s director of Facilities, Safety and Support Services. “The project team, which includes TTI, BRW Architects, Vaughn Construction, and the System Facilities Planning and Construction Department, was very dedicated to meeting the gold certification. And we did it on a silver budget!”
The USGBC will present TTI with a plaque for the lobby distinguishing the building as gold LEED certified.