The nature of site and structural design has always been a sustainable effort for SDL long before LEED Certifications and Green Globes. Starting with selecting the best site based on location, available infrastructure, and transportation alternatives; creating open spaces and protecting natural resources by minimizing site disturbance, designing and maintaining measures to provide sediment and erosion control during construction; and permanently addressing storm water quantity and quality controls are all keys to a sustainable site design. SDL also strives to optimize the design of the structure to maximize structural performance using the minimum amount of construction materials, materials that are locally available, designing for longevity of service, and attempting to accommodate anticipated future changes in the building’s re-use.
From a structural perspective, sustainable design concepts include specifying recycled content and specifying materials that are locally available. Structural steel and reinforcing steel produced in the United States typically contain at least 93 percent total recycled content. Recycled industrial byproducts, such as fly ash and slag, can be used to offset dependence on raw materials in concrete mixes.
SDL is proud of our sustainable design history and commitment which resulted in SDL’s Brentwood, Tennessee office being awarded the Tennessee Green Award by the Tennessee Chapter of the International Interior Design Association and achieving the first LEED for Commercial Interiors Certification in the State of Tennessee.
SDL has LEED AP professionals in all three offices (Nashville, Atlanta and Charlotte).