Perkins+Will on a roll!

Perkins+Will has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers  for the fifth consecutive year. Announced recently in The Globe and Mail, the Greenest Employers Award recognizes employers with progressive environmental programs and earth-friendly policies that actively involve their employees. This distinction follows on the heels of the firm being named one of BC’s Top Employers for 2013, which honours British Columbia employers that offer exceptional places to work.

A few of the editors’ reasons for selecting Perkins+Will as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers includes that the firm:

  • offsets all transportation and operating carbon emissions using the “Climate Smart” tool;
  • provides transit subsidies and secure bike storage with shower facilities for its employees to encourage alternative modes of transportation;
  • boasts many firsts in its industry, including the first LEED Platinum certified multi-family residential building in North America and the first LEED Gold certified new building in Canada; and
  • has two projects currently registered with the International Living Future Institute’s “Living Building Challenge,” which is a standard set to ensure that buildings have a net positive impact on their surroundings.

“We are very proud to have our efforts recognized, both as a progressive employer and as an innovator in sustainable design and operations,” says Susan Gushe, principal and managing director of Perkins+Will’s Vancouver office. “Whether it’s our continued commitment to the 2030 Challenge or our company initiatives like our Green Operations Plan that ensures our day-to-day operations are environmentally responsible, being sustainable is core to what we do.”

The Greenest Employers recognition follows the news that several of the firm’s completed projects have recently earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification: the Energy. Environment. Experiential Learning building at the University of Calgary earned LEED Canada-NC Platinum certification, recognizing it as one of the most energy-efficient laboratory buildings in North America; the first phase of the Calgary Public Building received LEED Canada-CI Platinum certification, which marks the first platinum award for the City of Calgary; the Buchanan Complex at the University of British Columbia earned LEED Canada-NC Gold, representing a significant milestone in UBC Renew’s efforts to conserve and revitalize the University’s modern building heritage; and the Mount Pleasant Civic Centre, a new multi-faceted community centre facility in the heart of Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant community, earned LEED-BC Gold certification.

“These certifications represent the culmination of an enormous amount of effort from the project teams, client groups, and consultants, as well as our in-office green research department, who managed the LEED certification process,” says Kathy Wardle, associate principal and director of research for Perkins+Will’s Vancouver office. “To have this number of certifications is further evidence of the market shift that says sustainable design is good design.”


Established in 1935, Perkins+Will is a global interdisciplinary architecture and design firm founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance society. With a staff of 1,500 in 22 locations worldwide, the firm serves clients across a broad range of project types and grounds its work in deep research. Perkins+Will ranks among the world’s top design firms and is the recipient of hundreds of awards. Social responsibility is fundamental to the firm’s outlook, work, and culture, and every year Perkins+Will donates one percent of its design services to non-profit organizations. With pioneering tools to advance sustainable design practices, the largest green building portfolio in North America, nearly 1,000 LEED® Accredited Professionals, and a commitment to the 2030 Challenge, Perkins+Will is recognized as one of the industry’s preeminent sustainable design firms.

The Vancouver office of Perkins+Will has 29 years of experience in Canada and is known for design excellence and innovation, approaching the challenges of architectural, interior and urban design with a global vision and unmatched resources. Led by a strong leadership group who provide a range of expertise and diverse perspectives, Perkins+Will is able to maximize its clients’ vision, transforming ideas into built excellence, on time and on budget.

As a testament to their commitment to excellence, the Vancouver office has received more than 150 design honours, including six Governor General’s Medals in Architecture, 13 Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Awards in Architecture, and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Firm of the Year Award.

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