Office Space Fit for a Leading Southeast LEED Architecture Firm
A Sustainable Showcase – Demonstrating what LEED Architecture Firms Can Achieve
Located in Atlanta’s historic Old Fourth Ward and originally constructed in 1946, Epsten Group’s offices are located in a 9,000 square foot office building that the firm renovated. In addition to accommodating a rapidly growing company, The Edge was designed to serve as a showcase project for sustainability in the southeast. As a leading southeast LEED architecture firm, it seemed fitting that Epsten Group would bring this project to a historic and blighted Atlanta neighborhood and be a part of bringing new life and new commerce to a community.
The Edge’s design centers around energy efficiency and how best to obtain it in this aging two-story space. A new stair tower with a roof monitor was designed and constructed to provide natural light and a grand entrance to the second floor. New wall and roof insulation, new systems, efficient light fixtures with daylight-responsive dimming, and a 5kW photovoltaic array contribute to energy savings. The use of reclaimed wood and local materials, low-flow plumbing fixtures, low-VOC finishes, and the addition of a green roof added to the project’s sustainable goals. The result is as visually pleasing and comfortable for occupants as it is sustainable.
When The Edge was completed in 2011, the building achieved LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. In early 2015, Epsten Group was pleased to announce that the LEED architecture firm had earned LEED v4 Beta Platinum certification for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (LEED EB:O+M). Based on research, this is the world’s first project ever to achieve double Platinum with an initial certification under LEED for New Construction and Major Renovations (under LEED BD+C) and a subsequent certification under LEED version 4 EB:O+M. The Edge is also the first ever project to achieve LEED EB:O+M certification under a process that uses an Establishment review and a Performance review, allowing for easy subsequent performance reviews and re-certifications during the building’s entire lifetime. These recognitions position this property as a model for sustainable buildings in the southeast and beyond.
In addition to its original sustainable features, under LEED EB:O+M, The Edge earned points for a wide variety of operational practices including alternative transportation, energy efficiency, sustainable purchasing and an occupant education program.
While The Edge’s double LEED Platinum Certification is impressive, the project has also received awards and recognition from other organizations including:
- AIA Georgia, Citation Design Award, 2013
- BOMA Atlanta, The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Award, Corporate Facility, 2012
- Atlanta Urban Design Commission, Award of Excellence for Sustainable Design, 2012
- Green Globes: Four Globes Certified
- Top Energy Saver for the Better Buildings Challenge: 31%
The Edge is owned by Epsten Properties.
Our Sustainable Design page can give you more information about the philosophy, methodologies and processes that go into building or renovating spaces like The Edge.