Skanska USA, a provider of construction management, preconstruction, and design-build services, moved its Philadelphia Metro office moved to a newly designed, highly energy-efficient space in Blue Bell, Pa.
The new 19,100-sf office was built by Skanska’s Special Projects Group and is expected to achieve LEED for Commercial Interiors Gold certification from the USGBC.
In keeping with Skanska’s commitment to being green, the new office features numerous innovative, environmentally-sound elements. For example, all counter tops, carpet tiles, and stone tile flooring contain 40% recycled content. In addition, Skanska utilized renewable materials for finishes, such as Lumicor accent panels (which are R4 recycled resins made from crushed recycled glass) throughout the office.
The office’s layout also allows for a natural daylight-based lighting scheme. Combined with the use of Energy Star-rated computers and appliances and new energy-efficient lighting throughout the office, the new space is expected to significantly reduce energy costs in the first year. The optimal design also provides Skanska’s employees with an open atmosphere, allowing for more collaboration, interaction and communication amongst coworkers.
The project was completed on schedule in just four months. The architect was KlingStubbins. +