TVS design of Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America Home Office in Chicago receives Gold LEED-NC Certification
The new Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America Home Office complex has received a Gold rating under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New Construction (LEED-NC) standard. The two buildings totaling 360,000 square feet were designed to capture the dynamic nature of the company's culture while encouraging employee collaboration and productivity in a sustainable environment. To achieve LEED-NC certification, Takeda and the TVS design team implemented several sustainable design strategies into the project. For example, 50% of the building's power comes from "green" energy sources. Other sustainable strategies for the buildings include - preferred parking for low-emission vehicles and carpools, bicycle storage and changing facilities, energy-star roof, water efficient fixtures and irrigation, high performance curtain wall, low-E insulated glass and sun-screening fins, raised floor system, energy-efficient lighting, occupancy sensors and daylighting controls, skylights at central stairs (‘free’ daylight), construction waste management plan, specifying materials with recycled content, manufactured regionally, low VOC and an indoor air quality management plan. The project includes two arcing buildings, connected by a link. The arc of the buildings embrace the naturally landscaped site while maximizing views and daylight inside.
LEED-NC is the nationally recognized standard for certifying high-performance green architecture that is healthy, creates a productive place to work, less costly to operate and maintain, and reduces the environmental footprint, according to the USGBC.