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Home. People. Announcements. Sustainable Occupancy and Operations. In every role we serve on a project, O’Brien & Company looks for ways to ensure long-term performance and value.

Sustainable Occupancy and Operations

We recognize that maintaining building performance after the doors open brings a different set of challenges and opportunities, often with a very different audience, such as residents, business tenants, property management staff, facility managers and operators. To lower risk as a project transitions from design and construction into occupancy and operations, we offer a suite of highly customizable products and services that generate public awareness, educate building occupants, sustain green operational practices, and track and report on sustainability outcomes. Together, we can help protect a project’s successes and build new value.

Our products can earn points on LEED projects while serving as a practical bridge for maintaining sustainable performance through the operational life of your project.

Stack House Apartments

Smart Buildings Center. Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard. Enterprise Green Communities. Green Advantage. TPCAHC | Shared Resources. Emerald Cities Seattle Helps Plymouth Pioneer a Portfolio-Wide Approach to Sustainability. Analysis by Emerald Cities Seattle determined that cost-effective upgrades could potentially save Plymouth over $100,000 in annual utility costs across our 13 buildings.

Emerald Cities Seattle Helps Plymouth Pioneer a Portfolio-Wide Approach to Sustainability

Story by Kim Lokan, Director of Facilities, Plymouth Housing Group Plymouth has always been committed to being good stewards of resources, both environmental and financial. To us, energy efficiency, healthy built environments, affordability and fiscal responsibility go hand in hand. Our new construction projects meet or exceed Evergreen Sustainable Development standards. In fact, Plymouth’s Pat Williams Apartments in South Lake Union earned LEED platinum certification from the U.S. But Plymouth’s environmental stewardship doesn’t stop with our new construction. You can imagine how delighted we were when they reached out to ask us if we’d be interested in being part of their Affordable Housing Sustainability Program. Plymouth is a complex organization. We’re excited to watch this collaboration unfold! Children and Family Justice Center Project. Recent Updates March 31: King County announces detention bed reductions; juvenile justice reform King County releases Race and Social Justice Assessment and Action Plan report March 24: Read results of Virtual Open House Survey Read more CFJC news Work is underway on the voter-approved, $210 million Children and Family Justice Center, which will replace the Youth Services Center.

Children and Family Justice Center Project

View our latest newsletter (PDF) Background The King County Youth Services Center (YSC) collocates juvenile detention facilities, juvenile courts, and other related functions on approximately nine acres at 12th Avenue and Alder, on the southwestern edge of Seattle's Central District. Make aesthetic improvements that will enhance the neighborhood and community Bring retail to 12th Avenue in a mixed-use development Explore adding housing on the property Enhance open space Improve access through and around the campus Support additional public transportation options. LEED. Proven performance If you’re serious about saving money, conserving energy, reducing water consumption, improving indoor air quality, making better building material choices, and driving innovation, then LEED is the best choice.


Bar none. Third-party certification verifies that your project is designed, built and operating the way it was intended. It is also your first step toward managing your building through its entire lifecycle. Continuous improvement Behind the LEED program is an immense infrastructure developed to support the leaders in the industry as they innovate and create cutting-edge, high performance buildings. Lifetime of returns. International Well Building Institute. Institute For Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Envision® Sustainable Infrastructure Rating System Envision® is the product of a joint collaboration between the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.

Institute For Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI)

Introduction. Built Green. Enterprise Green Communities. Evergreen Sustainable Development. Page Content About Evergreen The Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard (ESDS), currently in Version 2.2, is a green building performance standard required of all affordable housing projects receiving capital funds from the Washington State Housing Trust Fund.

Evergreen Sustainable Development

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King County Tools

Seattle Local Business News and Data. September 24, 2015 Specialty: Green building consulting; policy and program support; education and training Management: Alistair Jackson, principal and owner; Donna Trost, operations director and owner; Elizabeth Powers, principal and owner Founded: 1991 Headquarters: Seattle 2014 revenues: $1.3 million Projected 2015 revenues: $1.3 million.

Seattle Local Business News and Data

Smart, Sustainable Practices. Ellensburg Energy Efficiency & Conservation Strategy. In 2009, the City of Ellensburg received funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to develop an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (EECS) to provide guidance and structure to the City as it continues its efforts to reduce overall energy consumption, thereby fostering cost savings, economic development, and long term sustainability.

Ellensburg Energy Efficiency & Conservation Strategy

Ellensburg paired this funding with an initiative to update their Land Development Code (LDCU) in a unique integration of energy efficiency and land use. The completed EECS provides a snapshot of current energy efficiency efforts, identifies high-level goals, and identifies ideas to pursue in focus areas prioritized by the community in stakeholder research. Chris Edlin, EMERGE Alumni from Inaugural Workshop Reports Back. Chris Edlin, MA of Science in Env.

Chris Edlin, EMERGE Alumni from Inaugural Workshop Reports Back

Engineering, CSBA, LEED AP Homes, and LEED BD+C, recently shared what’s happened to him since he attended the EMERGE Leadership workshop (the first-ever!) In 2011. It’s easy to see why O’Brien & Company would support his attendance at EMERGE; he continues to proactively invest in his education and reflect this investment in his leadership. He was recently one of the first in the county to earn the new Provisional WELL Accredited Professional Credential. O'Brien & Company - Hi-Res Logo.