SUSTAINABILITY, HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Sustainable design, and design that improves the health and wellness of a building’s occupants, has long been a focus for Hixson architects, engineers and interior designers.  Explore our background and capabilities in the following sections:

Sustainability, including LEED® Certification

Hixson’s integrated team of architects, engineers, interior designers and cost estimators, many of whom are LEED AP credentialled, help clients explore the latest sustainable facility and system options that align with corporate goals.  Whether those goals are to attain LEED certification, or simply create additional sustainability within a facility, the result is a custom, balanced approach that delivers ROI today and into the future.  Hixson’s sustainability expertise includes sustainability consulting, sustainable design, sustainability audits of existing facilities, and documentation for government financial incentives and/or LEED certification efforts.

Health & Wellness, including WELL® Building Certification

MIT Senior Lecturer, Systems Scientist, and author Peter Senge has noted that “over the life cycle of a building, an initial investment will represent only 2-3% of its total cost, and operating expenses will represent 6-7%. The associated cost with employees working within it, however, will represent 80-90% of all costs. Therefore, anything that changes the productivity of that 90% will have a much more significant payback…”

This is one key reason why Hixson has placed an emphasis on occupant health, safety and comfort for the past 20 years, joining together many elements of overall workplace and building systems into a cohesive project strategy that focuses on improving worker productivity.  In addition, Hixson was an early adopter of the WELL Building Standard.  This program, pioneered by Delos® and administered by the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI), is an evidence-based approach to enhancing the health and wellness of a building’s occupants with the goal of improving performance.  Today, Hixson has multiple WELL AP’s on staff to assist companies wishing to design features into their facilities which will lead to positive improvements in the health and wellness of building occupants.