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17 August 2017

HOK Again Recognized as Industry Leader in Green Design

NOAA Daniel K. Inouye, HawaiiEngineering News-Record’s 2017 report on Top 100 Green Buildings Design Firms ranks HOK as the No. 1 architecture/engineering firm for sustainable design.

HOK is again among the world’s most environmentally forward design firms, according to ENR’s annual survey of sustainability within the design industry. HOK ranked No. 4 overall in the report and as the No. 1 global architecture/engineering firm.

HOK’s sustainability work also scored high in a number of individual market sectors, ranking as:

  • No. 1 A/E firm for Commercial Offices (No. 3 overall)
  • No. 1. A/E firm for Healthcare (No. 4 overall)
  • No. 1 A/E firm for Retail (No. 4 overall)
  • No. 1 A/E firm for Sports, Entertainment & Civic (No. 3 overall)

“Sustainable design is no longer reliant on LEED but shifting toward a broader range of platforms, such as green building codes and standards like IgCC and ASHRAE 189.1, as well as alternative rating systems like BREEAM, EDGE and WELL,” Anica Landreneau, HOK’s director of sustainability, tells ENR.

Landreneau notes, too, that today’s high-performance buildings aren’t necessarily more expensive than traditional buildings. “When our clients can have a more efficient building at the same or lower cost as a code compliant building, they are smart enough to jump on the opportunity,” says Landreneau.

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Earlier this year two HOK-designed projects—the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center in Hawaii [image above] and Ng Teng Fong General Hospital & Jurong Community Hospital in Singapore— were named AIA COTE Top 10 Winners, the industry’s best-known awards program for sustainable design excellence. This fall, the HOK-designed Mercedes-Benz Stadium will open in Atlanta. The 71,000-seat facility is expected to be the first NFL and MLS stadium to achieve LEED Platinum certification.