Kimball’s San Francisco Showroom Achieves LEED Gold

July 27, 2009

JASPER, IN – Leading by example, Kimball Office has earned LEED-CI Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its San Francisco showroom at 330 Pine St.

Designed by Huntsman Architectural Group, the 5,000-square-foot facility reinforces the company’s nearly half-century heritage of environmental stewardship. Overall, the showroom received 34 points from the USGBC, most notably for its water conservation, energy efficiency, environmentally responsible materials, and indoor air quality.

“This space mirrors the environmental initiatives unfolding in the Bay area,” says Jeff Fenwick, vice president and general manager, Kimball Office. “Green building, reduced carbon emissions, zero waste, water conservation, and energy efficiency are issues of regional, state and national importance. We wanted our San Francisco showroom to demonstrate measurable leadership in these areas, as well as a substantial commitment to this city’s and all cities’ long-term well- being.”

The design team, led by Huntsman Design principal, Mark Harbick, and design director, Bill Puentz, installed innovative green features such as a water-recycling system and low-flow fixtures that reduce water consumption by 76 percent; energy-efficient lighting, office equipment and appliances that use 20 percent less electricity; and architectural wood elements that are 100 percent Forest Stewardship Council-certified. For the showroom’s dramatic floor, the team used reclaimed oak stair posts and baked them to achieve a rich dark finish, creating a unique architectural detail that reflects Kimball Office’s wood legacy.

Other green attributes of the showroom’s design and construction include:

  • Keeping 94 percent of construction waste out of landfills;
  • Using locally manufactured, recycled and rapidly renewable materials where possible;
  • Employing multiple measures to improve energy efficiency and indoor air quality, including day-lighting controls that react to the needs of the space and availability of natural light; and
  • Sharing the project as part of an educational program to give clients insight to sustainable building design and solutions to commonly experienced renovation problems.

The San Francisco showroom is the seventh Kimball Office facility to receive LEED certification. The others are the Jasper showroom (Gold), Atlanta and Chicago showrooms (Silver), New York showroom (Certified), Corporate Headquarters (Silver) and R&D team rooms (Certified).

A member of the USGBC, Kimball Office demonstrates environmental leadership by eliminating pollution generated at the source, using renewable materials, and reclaiming and recycling materials to minimize adverse impact on the environment. The company’s sustainability accomplishments include developing PURA™, a proprietary UV wood finishing process; registering its manufacturing facilities to ISO 14001:2004 standards; and achieving SmartWay certification for its transport/shipping fleet. To learn more, visit

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