2017 Sustainability Page

    STEWARDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT

    We believe that sustainable design is integral to good design. Fentress Architects ranks among the Top Green Design Firms in the U.S. and has been pioneering sustainable design since the early 1990s. 

    Pioneer in Sustainability

    In 2002, the firm completed the California Department of Education Headquarters—the first LEED Platinum building for the state of California. In 2011, they designed the first LEED Platinum museum at the Green Square Complex in Raleigh, North Carolina. Most recently, Fentress designed the 1.2-million-square-foot Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX, making it the world’s largest LEED Gold airport; and the LEED Gold Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center in Denver—one of the most sustainable courthouse complexes in the U.S. An extensive renovation to the Miami Beach Convention Center (designed to LEED Silver), which hosts Art Basel Miami—the premier international art fair—incorporates measures that improve the resiliency of the building against sudden weather events and long-term sea-level rise.

    Connection to Nature

    We love the outdoors and our influences and inspiration come from our connection to nature. Employees spend time off hiking, camping, and skiing in the majestic Rocky Mountains. 

    Co-creation

    Fentress uses an aligned approach to working with clients and stakeholders. Designers take strong cues from each project to define sustainability goals—from shapes and materials that are ecological to creating environments that support occupants’ health and wellbeing. 

    The Future

    Fentress is committed to the advancement of the profession with a rigorous in-house continuing education program that is recognized by the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Green Building Council.