Sustainable Design

Sustainable Design 2017-10-09T15:34:58+00:00
  • Many sustainable design features were also incorporated into the design of the Missouri Credit Union in Columbia, Missouri.
  • Light-colored materials, banners and a light shelf help to illuminate the interior of Missouri Credit Union in Columbia, Missouri.
“The building has been well received by our staff, and customers and its success has allowed our company to expand our service to mid-Missouri customers with two additional branches in Jefferson City. The consistent visual aesthetic of each branch facility combined with our commitment to environmentally conscious development (and a branding campaign) has strengthened our image and position in the community.”
Hal James, Missouri Credit Union

For over thirty-six years the architects at PWA have practiced sustainable architecture. Our team works with and supports the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED®(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) “Green Building” rating systemTM. LEED is a voluntary program that helps to benchmark the performance of environmental architecture. Our LEED accredited architects can apply a broad range of sustainable design strategies to increase the value, productivity, efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of architecture through design.

What makes a building sustainable?

A sustainable building, also known as a “green” building, is a structure that is designed, built, renovated, operated, or reused in an ecological and resource-efficient manner. Green buildings are designed to meet certain objectives such as protecting occupant health; improving employee productivity; using energy, water, and other resources more efficiently; and reducing the overall impact to the environment.


Missouri Conference Office – United Methodist Church

Working closely with the local and statewide representatives and staff of the United Methodist Church, PWA developed a functional, energy efficient and environmentally sensitive design for this 16,000 square foot office building which is located in the sensitive Hinkson Creek watershed.


Missouri Credit Union

Within sight of similar institutions, it was essential for the branch facilities of Missouri Credit Union to stand out from the neighboring developments. The Architects at PWA were asked to accomplish this goal with an energy-efficient building that would respond to the needs of building users and visitors well into the future.