Toledo, Ohio  The United Way of Greater Toledo (UWGT) wanted its new headquarters is to be more energy efficient. Previously housed in a late 1960’s-era facility, this new 25,600 SF building reduces UWGT’s operating costs and allows more money to be invested in the community.

The LEED Silver Certified building’s green aspects include: orientation for daylight harvesting; high-efficiency walls, roof and glass; recycled materials used in construction; 75 percent of construction-waste material recycled; low-flow plumbing fixtures, waterless urinals; high efficiency lights and ballasts; a white roof to reduce solar heat gain; and 4 and one-half inches of rigid insulation for the roof. Additionally, the building includes sensors that turn off lights when they’re not needed, and all wood products came from certified environmentally managed forests.

The new building was constructed adjacent to the existing facility, which was subsequently demolished. Design challenges on the project included the small site; its location on a main thoroughfare in downtown Toledo; construction starting in the winter; and an aggressive schedule.