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USGBC Names Top 10 Green States

For the second year in a row, Illinois leads the list of U.S. states with the highest concentration of LEED-certified commercial and institutional buildings.


The U.S. Green Building Council's Top 10 States for LEED in 2014 ranking, announced Wednesday (Feb. 4), is based on certifications earned during the past year and Census data from 2010.


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Illinois certified 174 LEED commercial and institutional projects in 2014.


In Illinois, 174 projects comprising 42.5 million square feet of space earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification in 2014. That translates to 3.31 square feet per capita.


Other LEED-leading states are Colorado and Maryland, with 3.14 and 2.70 square feet of LEED-certified space per person, respectively.


Momentum in the South, Southwest


Making their debuts on the Top 10 list this year were Georgia, with 1.83 square feet per person, and Arizona, with 1.74 square feet per capita


The newcomers “show that 2014 was a year of major growth for LEED in the South and Southwest regions of the country,” according to the USGBC.


Collectively, 1,662 commercial and institutional projects became certified within the Top 10 states in 2014, representing 251.7 million square feet of real estate. Worldwide, 4,502 projects were certified in 2014, representing 675.7 million square feet, according to USGBC.


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This stylish eclectic loft apartment spanning over three floors is situated in New York’s Tribeca.


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HOK Completes Acquisition of 360 Architecture and Launches Sports + Recreation + Entertainment Practice


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HOK announced that it has completed the acquisition of Kansas City-based 360 Architecture, a 200-person firm that is a leader in the design of sports, recreation, wellness, entertainment and mixed-use facilities.


The completion of this transaction provides immediate benefits to both firms’ clients through the creation of HOK’s new global Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice and expanded capabilities in Kansas CityColumbus and San Francisco.


“We acquired 360 because we consider them the world’s most innovative designers of stadiums, ballparks, arenas, recreation and wellness centers, and mixed-use entertainment districts,” said Patrick MacLeamy , FAIA, HOK’s chairman and CEO. “This partnership also enables us to provide design services to all types of clients through new HOK offices in Kansas City and Columbus. It’s a transformative acquisition that will bring significant benefits to our clients and people.”

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