Christner Office Achieves LEED Gold Certification
Christner Inc. is pleased to announce our LEED Gold for Corporate Interiors (LEED-CI) certification! In transforming the top floor of a 1980’s office building for our new office, we consolidated staff on one level, eliminated duplication of resources, and improved communication between project teams. The gut rehab of the 15,000 sf suite reflects our dedication to sustainable practices and enhances our organizational model of collaborative teams.
The office was envisioned as a design workshop. To that extent, the zoning of “solid” and “open” spaces creates clear view corridors that link principle spaces and allow light to penetrate deep into the interior. Workstations for 60 staff are table-based, with low dividers to facilitate communication among staff and maximize access to daylight and views. Every staff member enjoys natural light and 96% of workspaces have direct window views. Conference rooms and four enclosed offices have acoustical privacy, while maintaining clear views across the floor with the use of demountable glass partitions and doors. A central reception area serves as the hub of office activity, and the adjacent Design Review Studio is a collaborative meeting and team work space which opens to the lobby for all-office events and social functions. This large open area has a spectacular view of the St. Louis skyline.
“When an organization brands itself on core beliefs, it has to walk the talk. Our core beliefs pertain to the qualities of the built environments that enhance client’s mission,” said Christner Principal Dan Jay, AIA, LEED AP. Jay, as well as the entire Christner staff, participated in early brainstorming sessions that played an integral role in defining design standards that were important to the office’s work ethic and culture. Christner has been in the forefront of sustainable design in St. Louis since the completion of the Monsanto Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden in 1998. “Sustainability is a practice that is integral to the mission of our firm, and we are proud to demonstrate that commitment in the design of our own office space,” said Jay.