Green Building Certification Institute names HJKessler Associates a LEED Proven Provider

Designation streamlines the LEED project review process for experienced organizations.

October 09, 2015 |

Chicago, IL, 8 October 2015 – The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) has designated HJKessler Associates a LEED Proven Provider for the Building Design and Construction rating system family (LEED New Construction, Schools, Core and Shell). This designation was developed to streamline the LEED project review process for experienced organizations that demonstrate consistent excellence in administering LEED projects. 

“Quality is at the core of the LEED certification process, and HJKessler Associates has exhibited expertise in helping to bring healthy, high-performing buildings to the market,” said Doug Gatlin, vice president of program delivery, USGBC and GBCI. “The LEED Proven Provider model allows GBCI to maintain a rigorous certification program and gives HJKessler Associates the opportunity to deliver LEED projects to its clients faster.”

Helen J. Kessler, FAIA, LEED Fellow and President of HJKessler Associates, said:  “We are thrilled to have been granted this designation and look forward to continuing to partner with our clients, who make our work on LEED projects possible.” 

LEED Proven Provider is designed to encourage and reward high-quality LEED project submissions to minimize the need for additional work during the project review process. It represents an opportunity for HJKessler Associates and LEED reviewers to work together to enhance the LEED certification experience, simultaneously allowing HJKessler Associates to further invest in quality control and continuous improvement and allowing LEED reviewers more opportunities for direct engagement with and support for project teams.

Recently certified LEED projects from HJKessler Associates include:

  • Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy, a 200,000-sf Chicago public high school, LEED Platinum.
  • University of Illinois Bousfield Hall, a new residence hall, Champaign, IL, LEED Platinum.
  • Virgin Hotel Chicago, a gut rehab of an existing historic office building and Virgin’s first hotel, LEED Gold.
  • University of Chicago Lab Schools Earl Shapiro Hall, a new early childhood school, LEED Silver.


Organizations that demonstrate and maintain high-quality project submissions through LEED Proven Provider receive greater access to a LEED reviewer and recognition from USGBC for their sustained record of high-quality project submissions.

Contact: Helen J. Kessler, FAIA, LEED Fellow

President, HJKessler Associates


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