Sustainability

The LSW approach to sustainability focuses on minimizing energy use and maximizing cost savings for our clients.  Many of the features we incorporate in our designs are not included because they are “green”, but because they are responsible design practices.  Some of the most prevalent are natural lighting, passive heating and cooling systems, and quality materials.  We emphasize durability, efficiency and flexibility in order to create buildings that will be relevant and usable for many years.

Our qualified professionals have experience in attaining LEED™ certifications and in meeting the Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol.  Furthermore, we have been fortunate to work with clients who find environmentally-responsible design to be a high priority in facility planning.  Some of our most notable sustainable projects include:

Clark College at Columbia Tech Center – Achieved LEED™ Gold certification.  Students can monitor the building’s energy use and learn more about alternative energy sources like wind turbines and photovoltaic panels.

Gaiser Hall at Clark College – The building incorporates sustainable features, including passive heating and cooling through chilled beam technology and radiant in-slab heating and cooling.  The existing mechanical systems were re-used with studies analyzing natural ventilation and daylighting.

Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School – Evergreen Public Schools’ first project to meet Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol.  The Bonneville Environmental Foundation donated photovoltaic panels that double as sunshades and a system monitor kiosk located in the school’s lobby.