CAMDEN, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--American Water (NYSE: AWK), the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, announced today that is has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for its new corporate headquarters building in Camden, NJ.
"This certification demonstrates American Water’s commitment to sustainability and environmental leadership in all aspects of our business. Achieving this certification required a tremendous amount of collaboration through design, construction, and completion of our new home in Camden," said Susan Story, president and chief executive officer, American Water. “It’s important to recognize our partners: Robert A.M. Stern, Gensler, Driscoll Jingoli JV, and Liberty Property Trust. I also want to recognize all of our employees for their dedication and hard work that made this certification and our new home possible.”
The exterior and interior of the building both received LEED Platinum certification. Notable environmentally friendly building features include:
- A water reuse system, providing water for the building toilets and landscaping
- LED lighting through the building and solar shades on the windows to maximize the use of natural light
- High-efficiency glass windows to reduce the heat impact inside the building
- Low-flow toilets, sinks and showers to reduced water usage
- High-efficiency HVAC systems to reduce energy consumption
“At Gensler, our diverse team of designers recognize that we have the professional responsibility to improve the quality of all life through resource conscious design,” said Jim Camp, Principal, Gensler. “When presented with the opportunity to partner with American Water on their new headquarters, we engaged an integrative design team early in the process to craft spaces that would produce measurable positive outcomes. With its completion we are so pleased to see such an exceptional legacy project that deeply embedded sustainability performance goals into the design.”
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building, community and home project types, LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.
American Water’s new headquarters at One Water Street, is the first and only building in Camden, NJ to be certified LEED Platinum.
About American Water
With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,100 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to more than 14 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.