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Financial Services (Full-Service Insurance) Company

Rochelle, Illinois

Data center requirements often consign design to a box — typically a windowless one. Rather than conform to conventional constraints, Gensler used them to spark design innovation, enabling the client to set the standard for environmentally sustainable data centers. Daylighting, sun shades and operable windows contribute to a high-quality, energy-efficient workplace, where computer and power system heat is recovered to condition office spaces. Outside, berms and bioswales provide an unobtrusive alternative to crash-rated security railings. The combined site, energy, water and workplace strategies earned the facility LEED® Gold certification.

— Executive Alliance Project of the Year National Awards: Green IT Project of the Year 2008