Better for the world we inhabit. Better for our families, friends, and communities to prosper. Better for our youngest generation to grow, learn, and impact the future.
As we transform our clients’ visions into realities, we make them sustainable in every sense – technically, socially, commercially, and environmentally. With a forward-thinking, lean and green approach, Choate has consistently stayed at the forefront of the sustainable building evolution and is recognized as a Top 100 national leader in sustainable construction.
F E A T U R E D | Interface Headquarters: First project in Georgia to pursue LEED v4 Platinum Certification. WELL Gold certification is also being pursued.
Choate has the construction and consultation experience to implement varying levels of involvement based on your goals.
We understand that such building features are of interest to many of our clients and provide opportunities for cost savings in operations, energy consumption, and increased occupant productivity and health.
Consulting the established resources for green buildings such as LEED, Fitwel, WELL, Green Globes, and Energy Star give us a variety of options that can be tailored to fit your needs. Our team is able to guide your project through design, implementation, and documentation to achieve your specific goals.
Director of Environmental Services
Sara O’Mara is a groundbreaking leader in the construction market who has led Choate to the top of the class in sustainable construction in the Southeast. She is a LEED Fellow and held the Constructor of Buildings seat on USGBC’s National Board of Directors as well as USGBC’s Advisory Council. Sara’s experience and knowledge in the field of sustainable construction is immense, having personally worked on 140 high-performance buildings (16+ million square feet) to date.
Helping an owner have an “Aha! moment” in regard to improving their ROI by incorporating sustainability initiatives into their project.
Being a part of the growth of sustainable projects Choate has successfully built. It started by going to Dave with an interest and seeing an opportunity to differentiate ourselves within our industry. Choate has now constructed 112 high-performance buildings through all six offices and continue seeing an upswing in the market.
At Choate, we're constantly looking for new, innovative marketplace solutions to enhance structures to better both the environment and your bottom line. In 2018, we advanced our innovative offerings to grow Choate's capacity seven-fold. Sustainability services include:
What is it? Globally recognized as the most widely used third-party verification for sustainable buildings
Featured | With a core purpose of speeding innovation to market in the field of wind energy, the Clemson University SCE&G Energy Innovation Center is a regional, national, and global award-winning facility housing the world’s most sophisticated and powerful wind turbine drivetrain testing equipment. An engineering and construction marvel, the LEED Gold certified facility is supports the critical testing of next generation off-shore wind turbines through the utilization of 15-megawatt and 7.5-megawatt testing rigs. The Innovation Center is also home to the Duke Energy eGRID, a 15-megawatt hardware-in-the-loop grid simulator.
What is it? Facility Innovations Toward Wellness Environmental Leadership
What is it? Evidence-based performance standard for measuring the built environment impacts on occupant health and wellness. WELL is similar to LEED with an added focus on employee health.
Featured | As a sustainability-minded firm, Interface’s Atlanta office reflects their personal values and pursues LEED v4 Platinum and WELL Gold certification. Water re-use and carbon containment are key to the project. A chilled beam system is used for the HVAC.
What is it? Consensus-based rating system addressing energy conservation, lowered water consumption, and responsible use of materials
Featured | Located within the LEED Gold certified Nexton Office I, WestRock’s fourth floor interior upfit marks the second interior upfit project in the U.S. to achieve 4 Green Globes Certification for Sustainable Interiors.
What is it? Collection of tools and resources to help businesses determine cost-effective approaches to managing building energy use
What is it? Parksmart is the world’s only certification program that defines, measures and recognizes high-performing, sustainable garages.
What is it? The first-of-its-kind digital platform to track sustainability progress through a performance score to help drive continuous and incremental improvement.
What is it? The Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark provides institutional investors with actionable information and the tools needed to accurately monitor and manage the sustainability risks of real estate and infrastructure investments, and prepare for increasingly rigorous environmental, social and governance obligations.
Founded in 2009, the dynamic benchmark provides real assets investors with actionable information and tools needed to proactively monitor and manage the ESG performance of their investments and prepare for increasingly rigorous sustainability issues at the forefront of business decision-making.