WSP USA played a key role in creating a desirable environment for the headquarters and securing the Gold certifications, providing mechanical-electrical-plumbing (MEP) and fire protection engineering and sustainability services, including energy modeling, daylighting modeling, fundamental and enhanced commissioning, PV LCCA analysis, comprehensive sustainability and health-related design assistance and certification coordination for the LEED-New Construction and WELL Building certifications.
“An emphasis was placed on bringing nature into the building,” said Mark Montgomery, MEP principal-in-charge for WSP. “The new headquarters provides presentation and event spaces that complement the message TCHF is trying to convey, bringing nature, natural light, healthy food, and physical health options into the building for visitors and occupants.”
“It was important to TCHF that their building support well-being, underlining their dedication to healthy living and healthy communities,” added WSP’s Josh Radoff, who led the sustainable and health consulting for the project. “They were really dedicated to promoting health and wellness concepts at all levels, from daylighting to natural ventilation, and central staircases to living walls.”
The building lobby features a 40-foot-tall green wall, a water feature, and a significant amount of indoor planters throughout the building. Art and vegetation, along with connection to daylight, natural sounds, and diversity of space types can be found throughout the building.
“We were tasked with creating a comprehensive healthy building framework for TCHF,” says Radoff. “Our work included developing a strategy that encompassed everything from active design, biophilia, construction materials, and ongoing operations, to support that goal.”