Selected Projects

New Construction

Sheldon Fire Station No. 3

Gold - LEED for New Construction

Home to volunteer fire fighters, this new fire station building in Sheldon, Texas achieved LEED-Gold certification. The project serves as an example to the community of a more energy-efficient and environmentally conscious building through the integration of solar panels, light shelves, and other energy saving components.

Sheldon Texas Fire Station

The Monarch School

Gold – LEED for New Construction

First Texas project registered under the Living Building Challenge

The highly innovative Monarch School in Houston, Texas, is one of the greenest schools in the nation. Providing therapeutic education for children with neurological differences, the school’s three buildings combine environmentally responsive objectives with sensitive design that supports health for students, faculty and its natural surroundings. Continually seeking advancement, The Monarch School built a Net-Zero Energy Studio Classroom under the built environment's most rigorous performance standard, the Living Building Challenge.

The Monarch SchoolLiving Building Challenge Studio

Texas Christian University

2 Gold – LEED for New Construction | 1 Silver – LEED for New Construction

GreeNexus assisted Linbeck with construction-related credits for multiple campus facilities in Fort Worth, Texas. Now, GreeNexus is working on renovations to the football locker and the weight room to meet criteria for LEED for Commercial Interiors certifications.

  • Scharbauer Hall, LEED for New Construction Gold
  • Jane Justin Soccer Field House, LEED for New Construction Silver
  • Mary J. Wright Admissions building, LEED for New Construction Gold
Texas Christian University

Tarrant County College District SE Science and Academic Building

Gold – LEED for New Construction

Working with SHW Architects, Amanda Tullos (GBS) guided the sustainable design measures for Tarrant County’s new 120,000-square-foot academic building located on the college’s southeast campus in Arlington, Texas. Tarrant County College District serves over 50,000 students, and the new building offers classrooms, large lecture halls, science labs, offices and common space. As part of the LEED award, the project realized a 52% reduction in water consumption; more than 20% energy cost reduction including 70% green power; and gained two credits for exemplary performance.

Tarrant County College District SE Science and Academic Building

Tarrant County Northwest Subcourthouse

Gold – LEED for New Construction

Contributing to Texas’s position as one of the Top 10 states nationwide for LEED certifications in 2012, this new 60,000-square-foot courthouse in Lake Worth incorporated an array of sustainable measures to serve the public in a fiscally responsible manner. The new building is expected to save an additional 23% over ASHRAE baseline and will conserve water at 42% above code. Working with LBL Architects, Amanda Tullos (GBS) provided design assessment and LEED project management for the new threestory courthouse and office building. Project included future tenant space.

Tarrant County Northwest Subcourthouse

Tarrant County Southeast Subcourthouse

Silver – LEED for New Construction

Premier courthouse in Texas to receive LEED certification

Contributing to Texas’s position as one of the Top 10 states nationwide for LEED certifications in 2012, this new 60,000-square-foot courthouse in Lake Worth incorporated an array of sustainable measures to serve the public in a fiscally responsible manner. The new building is expected to save an additional 23% over ASHRAE baseline and will conserve water at 42% above code. Working with LBL Architects, Amanda Tullos (GBS) provided design assessment and LEED project management for the new threestory courthouse and office building. Project included future tenant space.

Tarrant County Souteast Subcourthouse

Tarrant Regional Water District

Gold – LEED for New Construction

A beautiful rainwater capture system helped the district reduce water consumption by 44% and serves as a functional demonstration of water savings in this new 26,000- square-foot office building and wellness center in Fort Worth, Texas. Working with Steele Freeman, Inc. and the design team, Amanda Tullos (GBS) assisted with building performance measures and managed the LEED certification process. The project’s photovoltaic system broke new ground as it was the largest roof-mounted solar array in Texas at the time. The solar system contributed energy cost savings of more than $43,000 per year and conveys the connection between water and energy to the public, as the district requires energy to pump water to citizens throughout the county

Tarrant Regional Water District

Vehicle Processing Center

Silver – LEED for New Construction for Campus

In order to guide this industrial center campus to attain LEED certification, Amanda Tullos (GBS) gained an understanding of high-process loads and atypical working conditions, including incorporating natural ventilation in a hot, humid environment. The Vehicle Processing Center in Houston, Texas has a green-facility approach that includes six buildings: a four-building campus and two single facilities. The client rose to the challenge to create naturally ventilated vehicle work areas along with efficient office areas, and implemented successful operation strategies such as green housekeeping, integrated pest management and the purchase of green power.

Vehicle Processing Center

BBVA Compass – 5 Branch banks

Gold – LEED for New Construction Retail

BBVA Compass took a market leadership role in the construction of several new branch banks in Texas using a replicable design. The branches include solar panels, daylighting and low-VOC interiors. The variable refrigerant volume system on some branches, along with efficient lighting and controls, helps to reduce energy demand. In addition, a community area for customers creates a welcoming environment.

BBVA Compass

Green Bank Headquarters

Gold – LEED for New Construction

Well-known for sustainability, Green Bank created its headquarters in Houston, Texas, as a reflection of the company’s commitment to integrating environmental, economical, and social responsibility. Green Bank is instituting policies that preserve resources and create less waste and they reward customers who employ similar practices. The project’s design offers daylight and views balanced with good acoustics as the site faces a freeway. Additional green building strategies include purchase of 100% green power, over 30% water savings, zero use of potable water for irrigation, and more than 85% of construction waste was diverted or recycled. These features culminated in the project’s achievement of a LEED-Gold certification.

Green Bank Headquarters

Tarrant County Jail

Gold – LEED for New Construction

First County Jail in Texas to achieve LEED Gold

This maximum security facility is located in the center of downtown Fort Worth, Texas next to the county courts. Despite its urban locale, the jail’s construction diverted more than 80% of waste from the landfill. The 207,000-square-foot facility realized a 40% energy cost savings and improved ventilation that exceeds the required amount by 400%. Amazingly, the project finished construction review with no comments from the USGBC’s LEED reviewers.

Tarrant County Jail

North Richland Hills Recreation Center

Certified – LEED for New Construction

Tarrant County’s first LEED-certified recreation center

This 85,000-square-foot recreation center takes a multi-use, multi-generational approach with health, wellness and social opportunities and programming for the entire community. The North Richland, Texas facility includes indoor recreation and aquatics, a banquet hall and a senior center, and won the Recreation Management's “Innovative Architecture” Award in 2013.

North Richland Hills Rec CenterNorth Richland Hills Rec Center

Eastern Regional Park (Hometown Heroes Park Phase II)

Silver – LEED for New Construction

League City, Texas’ first LEED project, this new 26,400-square-foot recreation center sports an aggressive program with two full gymnasiums, multipurpose room, locker rooms, meeting and administration space, and support functions. Exterior amenities include a parking area, soccer fields, pool and other site amenities in the surrounding park. Project partners brought Amanda Tullos and GBS on board to provide consulting and commissioning services to achieve LEED for New Construction Silver certification. The facility includes a variable-refrigerant-volume HVAC system and a rainwater harvesting system with a prominent above-ground tank that serves educational purposes. Erosion measures carefully preserve the costal prairie atmosphere, and native plantings and bioswales treat stormwater runoff.

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City of Arlington Fire Station No. 9

Silver – LEED for New Construction

This new 11,000-square-foot fire station in Arlington, Texas was built next to an existing park and included full staff amenities and lodging. The project was designed and managed by the city with Steele and Freemen, Inc. serving as the construction manager at risk. Highlights of this facility include greater than 60% recycled and regional materials installed along with 100% certified wood, a green education program and a wellness program for firefighters. Innovations were achieved for the open space and heat island reduction due to the installation of native plantings and no permanent irrigation system.

City of Arlington FIre Station No. 9

Richardson Heights Gymnastic Center

Silver – LEED for New Construction

A public bond in Richardson Heights, Texas funded the new 16,000-square-foot, freestanding Richardson Gymnastics Center equipped for state-of-the-art video technology that contains cutting-edge tools for training techniques and equipment for complete training programs and gymnastic competitions. Carefully designed expansive windows bring natural light into the facility but eliminate glare for gymnasts’ safety.

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Sea Scouts Base Galveston

Targeting LEED-NC v3 Platinum certification with its new Sea Scout facility in Galveston, Texas, the Boy Scouts of America retained GreeNexus to provide full-service LEED consulting on this high-profile project. The five-story, 57,000 gross-square-foot commercial facility includes overnight units, commercial kitchen, offices, and assembly spaces as well as a 50-boat slip marina, swimming pool and nature-based amenity spaces. The project is also pursuing the 2030 Challenge and features an extensive solar photovoltaic system that doubles as a covered awning for learning spaces, and harvests rainwater and condensate for storage in visible cisterns and used in irrigation.

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Core and Shell

Jacob White Development

3 Platinum – LEED Core and Shell

Green roofs, interior grey water reuse, and rainwater collection contributed to the aggressive sustainability goals for three new office buildings in Houston, League City and Friendswood, Texas. A vital part of the effort included balancing water calculations to demonstrate an astonishing 65% overall reduction in comprehensive water consumption. In addition, optimized energy performance resulted in nearly 40% in energy cost savings. After completion, additional consulting efforts helped the owner gain public recognition of their achievements. Jacob White’s LEED Platinum facilities include:

  • Gulf Freeway offices, 45,000-square-foot, two-story office building
  • 253 Medical Center, 75,000-square-foot, three-story medical office building
  • Jacob White offices, 10,000-square-foot, single-story office building
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Research Forest Lakeside, Building 4 and Building 5

Gold – LEED Core and Shell

Both of these office buildings in The Woodlands, Texas were designed to enhance a connection to nature and offer views of Lake Woodlands. Significant efforts were made to prevent erosion to the lake and reduce water use. The two buildings capture facility condensate and stormwater for reuse in irrigation. An oversized storm system stores the water for reuse and allows particulates to settle out. Both buildings’ long facades are oriented south so the highest solar heat gain reaches only the short east and west ends of each building. Each façade utilizes different transparent and reflective low-e, high-performance and insulated glass depending on its orientation. GreeNexus is providing consulting and Enhanced Commissioning assistance, with the facilities targeting energy reduction, water reduction and access to local amenities.

  • Building 4 – 300,000-square-foot, 12-story office building for multiple future tenants.
  • Building 5 – 200,000-square-foot, eight-story office building for a single tenant.
Research Forest Lakeside

Costa Del Este II in Panama City, Panama

Gold – LEED Core and Shell 470,000 square feet

First project in Panama City to seek LEED certification

The landmark decision to target LEED certification for this 17-story, high-rise building in Panama City, Panama lowered the learning curve for other LEED projects and inspired the pursuit of sustainable facilities throughout the city. Amanda Tullos (GBS) provided LEED consulting services on the Gold-precertified 470,000-square-foot office building. Now complete, the facility’s green building features include rainwater harvesting for use in irrigation and toilet flushing.

Costga Del Este II

MMG Tower in Panama City, Panama

Gold – LEED Core and Shell Precertified 700,000 square feet

Following the lead of Costa Del Este II, the MMG Tower in Panama City, Panama also relied on Amanda Tullos (GBS) for guidance as it became the second project in the city ever to pursue LEED certification. The massive 700,000-square-foot, 29-story building will become the Morgan & Morgan Group’s headquarters and serve as the main pillar of MMG’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. The building responds to Panama’s climate and includes green roof areas and some vertical green walls. Currently under construction, the tower also leverages the natural beauty of its surroundings and will offer amazing views of the ocean and coastal Mangrove wetlands.

MMG Tower
Commercial Interiors

Whole Foods Market – South Loop Store

Gold – LEED for Commercial Interiors

Located in an urban context on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, the project is a 55,000-square-foot, natural foods store custom designed to convey an overall sense of warmth and ensure that each department engages customers. As part of the design process, materials, energy, lighting design, water and food-service equipment were reviewed to optimize performance. Small signs throughout the store identify the features that are deeply tied to Whole Food’s mission. The store was part of the national Greenbuild 2008 Conference tour, with Amanda Tullos as the guide. The South Loop store was also the 2008 ISP/VM+SD Store Design Winner.

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Ziegler Cooper Corporate Offices

Gold – LEED for Commercial Interiors v3

Determined to make its new office a sustainable space from project inception, Ziegler Cooper Architects created its 25,000--square-foot tenant build-out in Houston, Texas’ LEED-EB certified 700 Louisiana Building. GreenNexus provided LEED consulting, and LEED project management and documentation. Set in the heart of downtown, the vibrant space offers employees extensive daylight and views marked by beautiful cathedral- like shapes that accentuate daylight colors and provide visual interest through changing seasons. In the team work area, new furnishings contribute to the sense of open collaboration and low-VOC-emitting environment. Smart daylighting strategies reduce energy loads by 32% and efficient appliances further contribute to energy savings.

Ziegler Cooper Corprate Offices
Additional Projects

Keller I.S.D. Schools

Silver – LEED for Schools

GreeNexus assisted Steele & Freeman, Inc. with construction-related LEED credits for multiple Keller school facilities in Keller, Texas, including Timberview Intermediate School (LEED-Silver certification) and Ridgeview Elementary School No. 22 (LEED certified). The schools focused on low-emitting materials to ensure good indoor air quality, which is critical to student health. Additional emphasis was placed on optimized energy performance, and Ridgeview Elementary School included a solar panel array with online monitoring to enhance student education.

Keller ISD Schools
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