The Walsh Group’s commitment to sustainability is evident in the completion of a new corporate headquarters expansion, which achieved LEED Platinum Certification. An existing warehouse was repurposed into a four-story office building totaling over 93,000 gross square feet. As a LEED Platinum project, many of the finishes contained in the building are comprised of sustainable materials, recycled materials, non-toxic and low emitting materials as well as partially localized environmental control. The finishes within the building typically include cork and carpet flooring in most areas, accents of wood flooring, ceramic tile restrooms, wood and glass main lobby and atrium space. Feature suites and gathering rooms contain architectural suspended ceilings and accented walls.
LEED/Green Educational Courses
The Walsh Group provides its employees many opportunities to educate themselves on the green building movement. We developed and implemented several internal, multi-week LEED Test Prep Course to help our staff gain their credential and give them an understanding of green building practices. We encourage our employees to attend lectures and workshops hosted by local chapters of the USGBC and other organizations and foundations. Several of our employees attend seminars at the annual Greenbuild Conference to further their knowledge of current green practices. Our goal is for our employees to capture the knowledge they gain from these courses and implement it on their jobsites and in their personal lives.
Knowledgeable and Environmentally Responsible Staff
The Walsh Group has over 190 LEED Accredited Professionals throughout the United States. Below are some initiatives our LEED Professionals are taking to help the environment and to save money.
Our LEED Professionals are knowledgeable about affordable products that are good for the environment and can be incorporated into building projects. Several of our LEED Professionals have implemented such products in their homes as well, including bamboo flooring, a rapidly renewable resource, and low-flow plumbing fixtures to reduce water usage.
As an example of an innovative green practice, one of our LEED Professionals collects rainwater from his roof into a rain barrel and uses it to irrigate his landscaping. This is a great water conservation strategy that can be incorporated into virtually any project on a larger scale.
Many of our LEED Professionals head up efforts at their jobsites and their homes to participate in Earth Hour, a worldwide effort. Once a year, during a one-hour period, people and buildings around the world turn off all of their lights to show their support of energy conservation practices. By demonstrating the collective power of a symbolic event like this, people learn to incorporate good energy conservation habits on a daily basis, leading to lasting change.
Continuing to Grow
The Walsh Group believes it is important to provide our employees with tools to remain knowledgeable about innovations and changes associated with the green movement. We understand that green building practices are going to continue to evolve and we are dedicated to educating our employees on the latest green technologies and processes. As the industry advances, our focus on education will help ensure we provide our customers the best value for their green buildings.