Sustainable Design

Environmental responsibility is a cornerstone of our practice. As architects, we recognize the significant influence we have on the built environment as it relates not only to the quality of one's experience within the space, but also to the health of the building's occupants.

In recognition of the influence that architects and design professionals have on the built environment, th+a is committed to providing professional services that promote sustainability and that have a quantitative impact on the quality of the environment. Nowhere is the impact of sustainable design more profound than in facilities for children and patients. Our team of LEED Accredited Professionals includes licensed architects and designers who are experts in evaluating and designing environments that will enhance the quality of life for our communities. We believe that incorporating cost-effective, sustainable solutions into the design process should be a goal on every project, regardless of contract requirements.

In each project we must advance our clients strategic objectives, provide the end users with a high quality of life in every aspect of the building and make judicious use of materials and systems. For this reason we strive to constantly understand the impact of our choices, in both the solutions we provide to our clients and the manner in which we operate our business.

Our clients trust us to make the most of their financial, physical and human capital, and to pair their vision with rigorous research, insightful techniques and sustainable opportunities. This responsibility demands a thorough understanding of each client's business case and target destination, and the ability to synthesize that knowledge into highly effective programs and environments.

Great solutions depend upon incisive questions. This is why we employ careful attention and pointed inquiry throughout each planning exercise. Whether we are assisting clients with organizational strategy, completing a master planning project or simply devising a phased approach to construction, we understand which questions to ask to gain a rich and complex understanding of project drivers. Equipped with that knowledge, our team then rigorously explores available options, and provides suggestions and examples of industry best practices to help inform the dialogue. Each idea is shared, critiqued and ultimately evaluated by the team and the client. From there, we guide the client to a solution that meets, and frequently exceeds, their stated goals and vision.

Put simply, we give each client a solidly-grounded basis for making prudent decisions that support the client's true goals - whether those are related to business, quality of care or quality of life.