Sustainable Design

Our vision is a balance between the built and natural environments that will provide a healthy future for our clients, colleagues, and communities. Our mission is to contribute to this balance by making sustainability a foundation of our design and business operations.

What’s Good For the Earth is Good For Our Clients

We believe in holistic environments that maximize systems and synergies, and minimize environmental impact while protecting the health and well-being of the people who occupy them. Leveraging an integrated design process, our experienced professionals provide:

  • Sensitive site design
  • Hazard assessment and mitigation
  • Net-zero / high-performance design
  • Building performance analysis
  • Building enclosure consulting
  • Combined heat and power
  • Utility incentives and energy audits
  • Building commissioning
  • Post occupancy evaluations
  • Healthy indoor air strategies
  • Healthy material selections
  • Acoustic design strategies
  • Biophilic design
  • Third-party building certification

Taking Responsibility

Recognizing the impact development has on our ecosystems, Cushing Terrell is compelled to be a responsible steward of the environment, reducing our own footprint and that of our clients. Our commitment to sustainable operations is reinforced through:

  • A firm-wide Sustainable Design Initiative
  • Purchase of renewable energy credits
  • Establishment of a Green Advocacy Council
  • Sustainable Operations Policy Champions

Top Sustainable Projects

Pahranagat NWR Visitor Education Center; Alamo, NV

Pahranagat’s visitor center is a marvel of clean energy generation and usage, achieving better than zero net energy (ZNE) — pushing more energy onto the grid than it uses — and anticipated LEED Silver accreditation. Conservation measures implemented include upgraded building insulation, daylight harvesting, and ground-source geothermal HVAC. On-site renewable energy is provided by roof-mounted solar photovoltaic panels.

Stockman Bank Tower; Missoula, MT

Recently certified LEED v4 Platinum, this is the most energy-efficient building in Stockman Bank’s portfolio. In addition to featuring high-performance glass and efficient lighting, energy-efficient elevators, and solar arrays, the facility achieves nearly a 70% reduction in water consumption thanks to an innovative on-site rainwater storage system providing 100% of average annual water use for toilet and urinal flushing.

Leading the Charge (and the Change)

Meet our Green Advocacy Council! Working to advance holistic environmental sustainability, this group serves as a collective knowledge and resource base for our firm and our clients. Through advocacy and education, the GAC aims to facilitate information-sharing, and the integration of sustainable design and business practices into our projects and company culture.