Although many LEED certified projects are based on the new construction checklist, the U.S. Green Building Council has several different guidelines that existing buildings can use to achieve LEED certification. Two of these are featured this week: LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) and LEED for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (LEED-EB O&M).

Autodesk Gallery at One Market – San Francisco, California

Built in the early 1900s, the Landmark at One Market was previously the home of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company headquarters. It’s been more than 90 years since its original construction and now the building is joining the elite ranks of projects that have attained LEED Platinum certification.

The building, now occupied by Autodesk, achieved the highest level of LEED certification in the Commercial Interiors category. In addition to being the home of Autodesk’s San Francisco operations, the facility also houses the Autodesk Gallery at One Market. The gallery is open to the public and features the design projects of Autodesk customers.

"We are excited for the entire project team that the Autodesk office space in San Francisco has achieved LEED Platinum certification," said Marc H. Flax, Associate AIA, senior vice president and director at HOK San Francisco. "From the beginning stages of this IPD project, the extended team agreed contractually to share both the risks and rewards of this ambitious project. LEED Platinum certification was a goal and certainly qualifies as a huge reward. This level of collaboration and sustainable design is something that we want to repeat on future projects." Source: Autodesk

Watt Plaza – Los Angeles, California

Watt Plaza is a pair of 23-story office buildings that recently received LEED for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (LEED-EB O&M) Gold level certification.

“LEED Certification of Watt Plaza was based on a number of green measures taken to positively impact the project itself, the broader community and reduce global climate change. These measures include: water conversation, waste recovery, alternative transportation options, energy efficiency measures, and an indoor air quality management program.” Source: Business Wire

Drury University Sports Arena – Springfield, Missouri

The O’Reilly Family Event Center at Drury University isn’t constructed yet but thanks to a $600,000 donation from Brad Pitt and his brother, Doug, the facility is now aiming for LEED Gold certification. The project was designed to be green from the start but the initial goal was LEED Silver. via [ecorazzi]

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