The Columbus studio of NBBJ recently had the opportunity to radically transform its workplace environment and environs. The company moved from its longtime office in the suburbs of Grandview to the downtown core, a move driven in part by sustainable design, along with a desire to connect to Columbus’ community and growing urban energy. This move afforded NBBJ the opportunity to design from scratch their new building, 250 High, as well as their offices within this new mixed-use project.

Sustainable design was a central driver of every aspect of these projects, from workplace to site. Both projects are tracking LEED certification (Certified for 250 High and Gold for the office tenant improvement) and the DesignColumbus session will share successes and lessons learned, including remarkable energy performance savings and workplace transformation strategies. The project used a third party energy modeling consultant and presenters will discuss how this helped the team perform sophisticated analyses of their performance and make key decisions early, when they have the most impact. Presenters will also discuss:

  • The strategic thinking and goals that led to the decision to move downtown.
  • Innovative ideas in workplace strategies, such as encouraging mobility, deep transparency and multimodal workspaces.

Presenters will be:

  • Eric Thompson, NBBJ

Eric Thompson is an architect and the sustainable design leader for the Columbus studio of NBBJ.  Eric has more than 25 years of experience in projects at a variety of scales and building types, and he is also a LEED Accredited Professional with a proven track record in the execution of numerous sustainably-oriented and LEED certified projects.  Recent projects include the Kuwait Police Hospital, the nuCLEus mixed-use development in Cleveland, Ohio, and the LEED Silver certified Miami Valley Hospital Heart and Orthopedic Center, a project which also met the rigorous 2030 Challenge.  Eric also is the LEED coordinator for a tenant improvement for a major corporate client in Munich, Germany, which is a LEED version 4 beta test project.  Eric was also the chair of the AIA Columbus Committee on the Environment from 2009 through 2013, and has served as the co-chair of the Built Environment Working Group for the Columbus Mayor’s Green Team since 2015.

  • Jason Richardson, NBBJ

As principal and project architect, Jason is responsible for the realization of design intent. He often plays a critical crossover role between design and process to lead a project to a successful resolution. With a focus on laboratory and higher education projects, Jason understands the issues related to these complex building types. He excels at integrating new working methods such as Building Information Modeling (BIM) into projects to deliver higher quality in a shorter time frame. With a strong understanding of sustainability, he is able to guide the design to meet present and future needs.

  • Alyson Erwin, NBBJ

Alyson Erwin is an associate and interior designer at NBBJ. Her passion for interior design is in creating spaces and strategies for clients that focus on improving human performance. She built her career in Chicago while working at IA and tvsdesign, focusing primarily on workplace: design, strategy and change management. She believes that space has the profound ability to directly impact effectiveness, comfort and culture and great spaces make us think, work and live better. Her clients include Motorola, Herman Miller, Wells Fargo, among others, and she continues to make her mark after her recent relocation to NBBJ in Columbus, Ohio, where Alyson was responsible for designing and creating the workplace strategy for NBBJ’s new downtown office.

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