The Thornburg Campus has been awarded LEED gold certification. The office building will use 47% less energy and 43% less water than a typical office building and 90% of construction waste was recycled.

The Campus features significant environmental elements throughout the interior and exterior of the building. Noteworthy interior features include a highly efficient underfloor air delivery system, sensor-controlled T5 lighting, operable windows, low-emitting materials and extensive controlled daylighting. Passive water harvesting, an underground cistern and an outdoor porous paving system allow the campus to reduce outdoor water use and direct water back into the community aquifer.

The campus, designed by Ricardo Legorreta, focuses on honoring the beauty of Santa Fe’s natural environment while incorporating the latest in building technology and design. Local architecture and construction firms Dekker/Perich/Sabatini and Klinger Constructors brought the project to life.

“The precision of Legorreta’s design, and the complexity of the building’s systems, required the design and construction team to work together to achieve the LEED and performance goals and integrate the sustainable features seamlessly into the architectural design,” says Julie Walleisa, an architect with Dekker/Perich/Sabatini who managed the LEED effort.