Devon takes gold for headquarters

Larry Nichols
Photo by Mark Hancock


Rhiannon Jacobsen, with the USGBC,
presented a glass disk to Devon Executive Chairman Larry Nichols to
commemorate the building’s inclusion on the list of gold LEED
properties around the world.

“LEED works through a building’s
life cycle and promotes strategies that lead to high performance in
human and environmental health,” Jacobsen said, adding that Devon
was in the top 10 percent of LEED gold projects worldwide.

Jacobsen also had praise for Hines, one
of the development firms on the design of the tower. Mary Hill, vice
president of construction with Hines, said the site formerly was a
polluted Brownfields site. In addition to razing an existing parking
structure, the company went deep into the ground to find and
eliminate contaminated soil and water. She said 66,000 gallons of
contaminated water were removed. Much of the material from the old
garage also was recycled.

The center saves water by using
low-flow plumbing and irrigation. She said those measures save 2.4
million gallon of water each year.

“That’s 41 percent better
performance than any tower comparable to its size,” she said.

LEED certification includes a checklist
of items that account for points toward differing levels of
certification – from a basic level to silver, gold and platinum.
Nichols said it was nice to be able to pick and choose the items that
made most sense for Devon.

He said some items that would be too
cost prohibitive, and not essential to the center’s function, were
skipped in favor of other items that would contribute to energy

One example of an item skipped included
parking spaces reserved for those who carpool. Nichols said that
didn’t make sense in a city where nearly everyone drives their own
car to work.

“If they didn’t make sense for us," he said, "we didn’t do them.”

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