Programmatically, the high-rise glass and stone building houses a combination of open and hard-wall office spaces, a conference center, training facilities, smaller conference areas, an employee dining room with catered food service, and flexible adaptable office workspace environments.  The building is part of an entire city block complex that includes a neighboring parking garage directly to the south with a secured pedestrian skybridge providing direct connectivity from the garage to the main building.


The building exterior is comprised of a combination of native stone elements at the ground level and a sophisticated unitized curtainwall system with glazed-in granite panels. The primary focal point of the building exterior is expressed at the northern elevation with a full elevation glass curtainwall ‘sail’ form with an extruded cylindrical glass element juxtapositioned at the ground and upper levels of the façade.  The pre-glazed curtainwall ‘sail’ form, constructed of bent metal and curved glass integrates a LCD lighting assembly integral to the vertical mullions of the ellipse curtain wall. White backlit laminated glass is used at the perimeter of the curtain wall and provides the building an effervescent glow at night.


The exterior site plan incorporates quality natural stone materials, water elements, and exterior lighting creating a sense of place at the pedestrian access level and providing a properly scaled portal into the facility.  Large landscaped areas incorporating native North Texas plantings surround the complex providing areas of shade, respite, and protection from the sun.  

An elliptical fountain and reflecting water feature pool encapsulate the primary entrance to the facility and cascade into the main lobby blending the exterior with the interior.  The exterior planting environment at the ground level balances native sustainable vegetation strategies with the surrounding Art’s District vegetation requirements of compositionally incorporating bald cypress trees and massive live oak trees.  A mature landscape was provided as a result of transplanting many new mature trees in the site area and providing drought tolerant grasses and plantings. The landscape was designed to reduce the urban heat island effect of the development.

     " The nearly 2,800 cubic yards of landfill space was saved by diverting construction waste"


Many sustainable elements were incorporated into the design and construction of the facility as part of a comprehensive balanced strategy of the exterior and interior.  Ray Hunt stated, “All of us should take great pride in receiving this award,” “The award is significant and it is something that is very, very meaningful. What is more meaningful…is that the award represents the values that all of us have.”  As a total construction development complex incorporating both LEED CI and CS criteria, some of the building’s energy-efficient and environmentally friendly features include:

  • Use of energy efficient lighting and extensive use of natural daylighting
  • Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system that includes energy monitoring equipment to improve indoor air quality
  • Twenty percent of total building materials used were made of recycled content
  • The building uses 23 percent less water overall (with an irrigation system that uses 50 percent less water than conventional systems)
  • At least 50 percent of electricity used in the building comes from renewable sources
  • Installed daylight responsive controls reduce environmental impacts associated with excessive energy use
  • Native drought-tolerant grasses and plants were utilized
  • Use of low-emitting carpets, paints, adhesives, sealants and coatings
  • Implementation of a corporate ergonomics program
  • Implementation of a corporate van/car-pooling program
  • Water efficient landscaping

During the construction process, the following environmental savings were realized.

  • 5.3 million gallons of water were saved during construction
  • 4.7 million pounds of concrete were recycled
  • Nearly 2,800 cubic yards of landfill space was saved by diverting construction waste
  • Nearly 3.5 million kilowatts of electricity was saved during construction

           " Nearly 3.5 million kilowatts of electricity was saved during construction"


A brief overview of the pursued LEED CI credits utilized in the building is listed in the following table:

Sustainable Sites 5
Water Efficiency 1
Energy + Atmosphere 5
Materials + Resources 3
Indoor Environmental Quality 8
Innovation in Design 5
Total 27


A detailed breakdown of the individual credits achieved with the LEED Gold Pre-Certification of the building is listed below:


  • SSc1    Sustainable Site Selection
  • SSc2    Development Density & Community Connectivity
  • SS3.1    Public Transportation Access
  • SS3.2    Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms.
  • SS3.3    Parking Availability


  • WE c1.1    Water Use Reduction
  • WE c1.2    Water Use Reduction


  • EAp1    Fundamental Commissioning
  • EAp2    Minimum Energy Performance
  • EAp3    CFC Reduction in HVAC&R Equipment
  • EAc1.2    Optimize  Energy Performance- Lighting Controls
  • EAc1.3A    Optimize Energy Performance- HVAC
  • EAc1.4    Optimize Energy Performance- Equipment and Appliances
  • EAc2    Enhance Commissioning
  • EAc4    Green Power


  • MRc1.1    Tenant Space, Long Term Commitment
  • MRc4.1    Recycled Content
  • MRc4.2    Recycled Content


  • EQp1    Minimum IAQ Performance
  • EQc3.1    Construction IAQ Management Plan, During Construction
  • EQc3.2    Construction IAQ Management Plan, Before Occupancy
  • EQc4.1    Low-Emitting Materials – Adhesives and Sealants
  • EQc4.2    Low-Emitting Materials – Paints and Coatings
  • EQc4.3    Low-Emitting Materials – Carpet Systems
  • EQc6.1    Controllability of Systems, Lighting
  • EQc7.1    Thermal Comfort- Compliance
  • EQc7.2    Thermal Comfort- Monitoring


  • IDc1.1    Innovation in Design. Ergonomic Criteria
  • IDc1.2    Innovation in Design. Smart Chair Certification
  • IDc1.3    Innovation in Design. Green Housekeeping Operations
  • IDc1.4    Innovation in Design. Green Power
  • LEED Accredited Professional


Owner: Hunt Consolidated, Inc.
Developer: Woodbine Development Corporation
Interior Designer: Gensler
Architect: The Beck Group
Structural: Brockette Davis Drake, Inc. 
Civil: Raymond L. Goodson, Inc.
MEP: James Johnston and Associates, Inc. 
Landscape: TBG Partners
Low Voltage: Michael Raiser Associates 
Security: Kroll Schiff
Curtainwall: CDC & B.J. Swango Consulting
Commissioning: Air Performance
Contractor:  Austin Commercial, L.P.