Heineken HQ Achieves LEED Gold
by Meghan Edwards | Thursday, July 12, 2012
Following an in-occupancy renovation completed in two phases by New York-based interiors firm MKDA, Heineken’s U.S. headquarters in White Plains, New York, has been certified as USGBC LEED-CI Gold. The 50,000-square-foot space occupies the 11th and 12th floors at the SL Green building, which has also earned LEED-EB Gold certification. MKDA worked with sustainability consultant CodeGreen to specify energy efficient systems and lighting, low-VOC emitting paints and flooring, Energy Star appliances, and materials with recycled content. The firm also sourced materials regionally and diverted existing materials from local landfills. MKDA’s second directive was to transition the office from a traditional corporate environment to a branded one that encourages creativity and innovation. Glass walls provide natural light to workstations and clusters of collaborative areas weave throughout the space.
“We took a flexible and non-linear approach to positioning collaborative areas that would encourage better integration and foster a sense of community within the office, allowing employees to work in a more creative way,” says MKDA senior project manager Michael Sanchirico.
Employees are encouraged to utilize the reception area as a “central marketplace,” which MKDA designed with a mix of classic and urban contemporary elements and outfitted with foosball tables and television monitors. Riffing on Heineken’s corporate culture, MKDA added light boxes with graphics and buzzwords such as “community” and “pride” to columns within the space. Conference rooms are named and branded after each brand under the Heineken umbrella, such as Amstel and Star. The firm’s signature green color is used throughout the space and accented with pops of red.