Wyndham Headquarters Becomes N.J.’s Most Energy-Efficient Building

The corporate headquarters of hospitality giant Wyndham Worldwide in Parsippany earned 99 out of 100 points from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star rating. This rating makes the facility New Jersey’s most energy-efficient office building for 2015, according to a statement from Wyndham Worldwide. The building is also the highest-ranked building in New Jersey for 2015.

The Benefits of Building Envelope Retrofits

By Jessie Fetterling
John Bendt, vice president of building retrofit strategy for Minneapolis-based Apogee Enterprises Inc., believes that many buildings are undergoing retrofits before owners and teams have considered all critical building aspects, especially the building envelope. As an expert in the building-envelope retrofit arena, he recommends that building owners look at HVAC, lighting and building envelope retrofits altogether to see the possibility of savings.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Opens Buerger Center

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) opened the doors at the new Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care on July 27. Located on Civic Center Boulevard, just across from the Main Hospital, the Buerger Center is a major part of the newly named Raymond G. Perelman Campus, Houston-based FKP Architects designed the new facility, while New York-based Turner Construction Company provided construction management.

LEDs Power Milwaukee School of Engineering Field

Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) athletes have seen their facilities undergo major renovations and upgrades in recent years.

Prison Ecology Project Addresses Environmental Issues in Prisons

By Jessie Fetterling
The Prison Ecology Project was formed earlier this year in order to ad-dress the problems that arise when prisons negatively impact the environment. Not only can in-mates face possible health and safety risks, but the land and surrounding communities can be im-pacted as well.

Ohio University Launches Energy Infrastructure Projects Initiative

Construction on Ohio University’s (OU) campus in Athens is underway as the university works to meet green energy standards approved in June 2014. The university’s Energy Infrastructure Projects Initiative maps out how OU will meet future Environmental Protection Agency regulations, effective Feb. 1, 2016.

Winners Announced for Architecture at Zero Competition

On Oct. 23, San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) announced the winners of the fifth annual Architecture at Zero competition for zero net energy building design.

Cooling Towers Play Role in Industrial Water Conservation Efforts

By Jeff Elliott
Evaporative cooling towers, which can use millions of gallons of water per year, have provided the most cost effective cooling technology for industrial processes. However, with severe droughts throughout the United States, the issue of reducing water usage is now at the forefront.

Denver Skyline Adds New LEED Office Tower

The Connecticut-based private investment firm Starwood Capital Group plans to develop a new office building in the Union Station neighborhood of Downtown Denver, called 16 Chestnut. The company is working through a controlled affiliate and East West Partners, a Denver-based development company specializing in, building, selling, managing and supporting high quality real estate to complete a third collaboration project in the Downtown Denver area.

Pittsburgh Welcomes New Green Skyscraper

After beginning construction in 2012, PNC Financial Services Group is set to open its LEED Platinum certified building as its headquarters in downtown Pittsburgh. The tenants have started moving into the building as of the last week of September but the move will not be complete until January 2016.