As we muddle through snow storm after snowstorm, stuck in traffic and sitting on broken down trains I can’t help but think about the spring days that are right around the corner. The vision of green grass and flowers blooming reminds me of how nice it is to take a break from my desk and enjoy the park at Post Office Square.
Green and open spaces (terms coined by those in the sustainability industry) are very important to me. Being outside and seeing natural landscaping helps me relax and breathe again during a busy or stressful day. Sometimes we’re so involved in the LEED building process that we must remind ourselves of the impact that it has on the lives of the people working or living in the completed spaces.
Our project team recently completed the construction of a LEED laboratory building which incorporated numerous green and sustainable initiatives. LEED certification is an admirable goal for a project of any size. The owner and project team’s desire to do something that will improve the lives of our children and grandchildren has a cost, requires attention to detail, and an increased time commitment for everyone involved.
When I walked through the completed LEED laboratory building a few nights ago, it was easy to see that features like the additional light, views of the surrounding wooded areas, the acres of open space on the property, and improved air quality made for a far better work environment. All of the hard work during the project really paid off. I began to imagine a harried scientist working on an important cure, taking a break to de-stress in his or her newly constructed building by gazing out the window at the tall trees or taking a leisurely stroll through the property. It made me proud of what we are accomplishing.