Boulder office receives first LEED® CI v2 Certification.

October 6, 2005

Salvaged pickle barrels, waste blue jean material, and sunflower seed hulls all contributed to Boulder Associates’ recognition as the first in the nation to achieve LEED® Commercial Interiors v2 Certification, garnering a Gold rating for its environmentally and employee friendly offices. Boulder Associates moved into the historic landmark Citizens National Bank Building on Boulder’s Pearl Street Pedestrian Mall in May.

“Sustainable design has become part of Boulder Associates’ culture, and we want to educate and inform our clients about it – our new offices are a model of sustainability,” said Kristi Ennis, AIA, the firm’s sustainable design director.  “We practice what we preach.”

Boulder Associates has created a unique laboratory in its offices; using and testing sustainable design concepts and materials that can be beneficial for its clients.

For their healthcare projects, where patients may be especially susceptible to their environment, Boulder Associates wants to make those spaces as healthy as possible. “It simply doesn’t make sense to create a cancer center with carcinogens,”  Ennis said.  “We make every effort to reduce toxins, improve indoor air quality, and provide stress-reducing environments with daylight, views, calming colors and privacy.”

In the Citizens National Bank Building, Boulder Associates protected and restored the historic value of the space while updating it to be a model of sustainability in terms of material choices, daylighting, energy and water efficiency, recycling and indoor air quality.  This resulted in a distinctive combination of old and new, blending functional efficiency with a high degree of visual interest.

Additionally, the firm was part of the design team recognized with the first LEED® New Construction certification for a hospital, Boulder Community Foothills Hospital.  That project received a Silver rating and won eight design