GUND Partnership has completed more than 5,000,000 square feet of signature office, commercial and mixed-use projects around the world. An early leader in the sustainable design movement, we look for strategies that produce long-term cost savings through reduction in energy and water consumption, and create healthy, stimulating environments that advance employee value and productivity.


Hailed by critics and the winner of eight awards for design excellence, the National Association of Realtors Building in Washington, DC is a textbook example of solving the issues of a difficult site with architectural creativity.

GUND was awarded first place in an invited competition for a new signature address for the National Association of Realtors. The unique wedge shaped building is the first LEED Silver building in the Capital, and the structure features a series of floating and luminous planes that make both a civic gesture at street level and provide a distinct identity on the upper floors for the NAR.

Benjamin Forgey, architecture critic for The Washington Post, enthused about the building as follows: “…just about every move the architects made is designing this building reinforces and impression of sleek, self-confidence elegance….With great finesse, the design takes advantage of its important location. And, unmistakably, the building contributes significantly to the vitality of the immediate neighborhood…It is wonderful to look at and pleasant to be near.”

Read more about the National Association of Realtors Building.

Meng Howe Lim, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C was a key leader in the National Association of Realtors Building project. For more information, contact Meng.


As part of a comprehensive plan to reduce its carbon footprint, Service Credit Union in Portsmouth, New Hampshire is one of eight companies to purchase green energy credits in the state.

Completed in October 2012, the new LEED Gold-certified headquarters is located on a major corridor leading into downtown Portsmouth and is the first in the coastal city’s new Gateway District.

The curved four-story building creates a new landmark and iconic corporate image for the growing credit union.

Reflecting Service Credit Union’s commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility, green design strategies played a significant role in the design approach. Geothermal heat exchange, high performance low emissivity glazing, envelope improvements, displacement ventilation, raised floor systems, CO2 monitoring, thermal photovoltaic panels, daylight harvesting, and low-VOC materials are among the strategies that promote energy efficiency and improved environmental quality. Compared to a typical 100,000-square-foot office building, the Service Credit Union Headquarters uses 36% less energy, 40% less water, emits 63% less CO2, and has an Energy Star rating of 98. The geothermal heat pump system is key to the project’s energy efficiency. Geothermal heat exchange extracts ground heat to warm the building and transfers heat back into the ground to cool the building, and is only one of two ways to take your building off the grid. In addition, the credit union is purchasing green energy credits from renewable sources and plans to integrate a larger photovoltaic array on site to further reduce its carbon footprint.

Ample natural light from the atrium skylights and glazed facades provides employees on all four levels access to daylight and views.

Providing all employees healthy, productive workspaces was a major design goal. The building is organized around a central sky-lit atrium that connects all four floors with natural light and offers a dramatic area for communal interaction. Relating to nearby Pease Air Force Base, where Service Credit Union was founded, the path of planes in flight inspired the angle of skylights and floor lights, guiding the geometry of the building. A significant amenity for staff is the 17.1-acre site. Formerly a brownfield site, the landscape is now richly planted with walking trails and outdoor seating areas that encourage staff to take advantage of the open space. Native plantings that bloom incrementally throughout the growing season connect the site with surrounding landscape and reduce maintenance and water needs. Oehme, van Sweden & Associates of Washington, D.C. served as the landscape architect. Read more about the Service Credit Union Headquarters.

Dan Rutledge AIA, LEED AP BD+C worked on the Service Credit Union Headquarters. Contact Dan for more information.


A new residential tower shapes a new gateway landmark to Philadelphia’s University City District.

As part of a development team led by Wexford Science and Technology and Southern Land Development, GUND prepared conceptual designs for a new landmark 26-story residential tower in Philadelphia. The 475,000 square-foot mixed use development is located on the northwest corner of 36th and Market Streets and creates a gateway with a strong sense of identity to the University City district.

The mixed-use residential tower creates a new gateway to Philadelphia’s University City district.

Inspired by the spirit of discovery, innovation, energy and vitality that defines the Science Center and University City, the design combines glass-enclosed retail bays on the street level, a precast concrete tower animated by spacious balconies, and a dramatic curtainwall element that enhances the building’s verticality. A roof terrace at the penthouse level provides views over the adjacent 3535 Market Street to City Center beyond.

Retail bays activate the ground level.

Read more about the Market Street development.

Dan Rutledge AIA, LEED AP BD+C served as project manager of the Market Street concept design. Contact Dan for more information.


GUND’s adaptive reuse plans respect the historical integrity of the three landmark Waterworks buildings, while creating unique, signature residences and a public museum.

Constructed in the late 19th century, the Chestnut Hill Waterworks is the country’s first metropolitan water system, and is noted for the quality of its architecture, engineering, landscape design and urban planning. GUND provided adaptive reuse plans to convert the decommissioned public works buildings into unique multifamily residences and a public museum.

The three-building Waterworks complex sits on the Bradlee Basin of the Chestnut Hill Reservoir.

The three historic buildings comprising the Waterworks complex sit on the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. Creating residential units within each of the buildings presented unique design opportunities. Challenges included maintaining historic facades and designing functional units that fit within the existing parameters.

The Waterworks Museum showcases the landmark steam-powered pumps.

A portion of the former High Service Pump Station was preserved as a public museum showcasing the landmark water pumps. The Waterworks Museum is dedicated to celebrating the history of the site, water system, public health and environmental awareness. The project is recognized for its innovative combination of public and private uses and is considered a model for the preservation of historic buildings. GUND’s adaptive reuse was honored with a national Housing Award from the American Institute of Architects. Read more about The Waterworks at Chestnut Hill and visit the Waterworks Museum.

Dan Rutledge, AIA, LEED AP BD+C was project architect at the Waterworks. Please contact Dan for more information.