Sustainability

We are committed to sustainable design practices and believe our projects must meet ambitious goals related to energy efficiency, embodied carbon, and adaptive reuse.

Martin/Martin Lakewood, CO office solar array

Sustainability at Martin/Martin

The built environment contributes nearly a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions through the construction, fabrication, and operations of facilities. Martin/Martin recognizes this and is actively working to reduce emissions through thoughtful project design coupled with progressive internal policies.

Overview

We have led changes related to site water reuse and treatment exemplified in Denver’s One Water plan. We are a signatory firm to SE 2050, a commitment by engineering firms to understand, reduce, and ultimately eliminate embodied carbon in our projects by 2050. We are deeply committed to protecting our natural resources and integrating sustainable practices into our designs and operations. With more than 160 LEED projects completed (including 20+ LEED Platinum pursuits) and 28 LEED Accredited Professionals, Martin/Martin is a recognized leader in environmentally conscious design. Read our Embodied Carbon Action Plan on the SE2050 website here.

Denver Water Campus Headquarters, Denver, CO
Martin/Martin SE2050 ECAP

Our Green Investments

In 2017, Martin/Martin invested in solar energy, covering the 70,000 sf Lakewood headquarters roof in solar panels. Since that time, the energy produced by the panels is more than 2.5gwh, equal to the annual consumption of 60,000 homes. Additionally, we have installed electric vehicle charging stations and have started an office composting program.

Martin/Martin 2022 Solar Data

Site Solutions

  • Bioswales to purify water
  • Detention ponds integrated with natural landscape
  • Low-flow channels feeding into wetlands
  • Forebays to control flooding and create riparian habitats
  • Native and adaptive landscaping
  • Using on-site materials for landscape features
  • Roof water collection and treatment
  • Rain gardens
  • Tree preservation
  • Prevegitated erosion control mats
  • Porous paving systems made of recycled content to improve water infiltration and purification, flood management, and heat island effect

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City Park Golf Course, Denver, CO

Embodied Carbon and Life Cycle Assessment

  • Analyze and compare the cradle-to-gate embodied carbon impact of structural systems using Tally, a Revit-compatible life cycle analysis software
  • Integrate Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for accurate measurement of material impacts on the environment
  • Provide owners and clients with the necessary information to make design decisions that promote sustainable practices in the community and for the future
Tally Life Cycle Analysis software data

Colorado Water Reuse Law

We contributed to legislative changes in Colorado, guiding the local jurisdictions and leaders in the design of the first system to treat and use black and grey water on site. Changes in water reuse laws included the storage and use of rainwater for landscaping, as well as optimizing water usage for maximum sustainability performance.

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Mass Timber

The use of mass timber in structural design offers the sustainable benefits of a low carbon footprint and the ability to sequester carbon for long periods of time. Utilizing mass timber versus steel or concrete in building construction has been shown to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 15-20%.

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Viega Headquarters, Broomfield, CO
Colorado Christian University Student Center, Lakewood, CO

Adaptive Reuse

  • Material reuse, including dismantling, shipping, and reassembling materials on a different site
  • Historic building reuse where structural integrity is improved
  • Retrofitting existing buildings for different occupancy

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Ellie Calkins Opera House, Denver, CO
Denver 911 Call Center