Sustainable Design Services 2018-01-19T16:00:17+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.

Sustainable Projects

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, and efficiency of buildings while reducing 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.


Department of Conservation Office

The Conservation Department wished to consolidate their two facilities into one to make their Columbia operations more efficient, consolidate research and management, and save them money over the long term.


The Eco Schoolhouse – Columbia Public Schools

With a design that has acheived the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification, the Eco Schoolhouse has become a teaching tool, allowing students to see, touch, and learn about the building's environmental and socially sustainable components.


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.


Conservation Nature Center

The Conservation Campus Nature Center, located within the forests and park lands of the 189-acre Cape Girardeau County Park North and adjacent to the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Regional Headquarters, is the sixth such facility in the State of Missouri.


Moberly Housing Authority Community Center

PWA designed and oversaw the construction of this 4,500 square foot multipurpose office building and community center. PWA worked closely with the Moberly Housing Authority staff to develop a functional, energy efficient and environmentally sensitive design for this green building.


Hannibal Housing Authority Administrative Office

The 4,200 square foot Hannibal Housing Authority Office features a brick exterior with offices positioned on the exterior wall of the building, stair-stepped to take advantage of view, southern exposure and desirable winter solar gain.