We chose sustainable strategies including daylighting, solar heating, use of post-consumer recycled content, and reduction of heat islands, among others.

Setting new standards for sustainability by designing the first LEED-Silver certified federally-owned Building.

Central Supply Facility
Argonne National Laboratory
Argonne, IL

Argonne National Laboratories commissioned Wight & Company to provide design services for the 18,000 sf Central Supply Facility addition within the Site Services Department. The addition combined a variety of temporary-turned-permanent Quonset™ huts built in the 1940’s into one efficiently designed facility. The project also included the abatement of three asbestos-containing buildings and their subsequent demolition. The building is the first federally-owned facility to be awarded a LEED-Silver certification. It was certified in 2002 and Argonne completed the LEED documentation themselves.

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Sustainability

Several energy conservation features were included to reduce consumption of electricity by 20% and natural gas by 30%, lowering the building’s greenhouse gas impact by 55 tons per year. The materials used in construction were extracted, harvested, and manufactured within a 500-mile radius of the construction site. The envelope of the building was designed to be as energy efficient as it could possibly be, with low VOC materials and a Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roof. 

The building also includes waterless urinals, designed to save up to 40,000 gallons of water per year when properly used, and space is provided for recycling computers and other electronics within the facility.  This innovative structure helped Argonne win its second White House “Closing the Circle” award for Excellence in Environmental Stewardship through Pollution Prevention in 2002.