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‘78 alumnus Wayne Braun’s firm, PDR, receives LEED CI Platinum certification

February 28, 2012   |   Alumni

University of Kentucky School of Interior Design '78 alumnus Wayne Braun's firm, Planning Design Research (PDR), has become the first Houston workplace to earn the prestigious LEED CI (Commercial Interior Design and Construction) Platinum certification, the U.S. Green Building Council program’s highest classification.

Located in Two Houston Center, PDR is the tower’s first tenant to earn LEED certification. The 40-story building is certified LEED EBOM (Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance) Gold.

Occupying the entire 39th floor, the office design demonstrates PDR’s deep understanding of workplace and sustainability to create a balanced, healthy environment.

LEED CI is the U.S. Green Building Council’s green benchmark for the tenant improvement market. According to the USGBC, LEED CI stands as the recognized system for certifying high-performance green interiors that are healthy, productive places to work, are less costly to operate and maintain, and have a reduced environmental footprint.

94% of PDR’s regularly occupied spaces are day lit

92% of its regularly occupied seats have a direct view to the outside

78% of construction waste from its build out was diverted from the landfill

56% of materials used in the PDR workplace were manufactured regionally

Other factors contributing to PDR’s LEED CI Platinum certification are its selection of a site in a diverse and densely developed location within a sustainable office building; its efforts to reduce the lighting power density (0.74 watts per square foot, or 26% below the allowable by code); its use of low-emitting materials including paints, adhesives, flooring and furniture systems; greater than 35% water-use reduction, its superior indoor environmental quality; and the implementation of an ergonomic strategy throughout the workplace.

PDR moved to its workplace in Two Houston Center in February 2011.

Wayne Braun is an accomplished, nationally recognized Designer of corporate office spaces, best known for his attention to the character, quality and long-term functionality of his work. As Design Director at PDR, he is responsible for advising clients and in-house teams on the architectural planning, furnishings, lighting and finishes. His recognition as a nationally prominent designer started very early in his career, designing the Vecta Furniture’s Houston showroom, a project which earned national acclaim from several design magazines. Similar successes have been recognized throughout his design career. Wayne has served as Design Lead for a number of noteworthy projects including Invesco Aim, CITGO, ExxonMobil, Devon Energy, ConocoPhillips and Schlumberger.

Wayne understands projects from the client’s perspective, both from a functional and aesthetic point of view. His passion is further driven by assessing a project’s success long after its completion.

“It’s not enough to determine how to make a space work today, but we have to ask how we can make it work after it has been renovated the first and second time. That’s the challenge I really embrace,” he adds.

In addition to his accomplishments in office design, Wayne is an award-winning designer of commercial furniture products, providing him with invaluable insight into the evaluation of manufacturers, their organizations and their products. Wayne leverages that unique knowledge to help his clients make the best choices of furnishings for their workplaces.

Wayne is a member of the Industrial Design Society of America and is a Registered Interior Designer in Texas.