In an economic downtown, it’s important for residents and businesses alike to be able to save money on energy. There are many different ways this can be done, but one of the ways that could really pay off in the long run is to hire a professional architect.
Penchansky Whisler Architects, a full service architectural firmed located in downtown Ann Arbor, provides comprehensive professional services, including needs assessment and programming, site planning, feasibility studies and complete architectural, engineering and interior design services.
One of the many areas in which the firm specializes is sustainable design. This includes providing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) consulting services and facilitating an integrated design process that produces the best possible building for the owner, the community and the public.
“It has long been the architect’s charge to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare,” the firm stated in its Integrated Design Philosophy. “We believe in the 21st Century that include protecting the environment as well as designing buildings that are aesthetically pleasing to the occupants and the general public.”
Seth Penchansky, one of the principals of the firm, was recently involved with renovating the Ferndale Public Library, and he said that his favorite feature of the newly designed facility is the geothermal system.
“There are other more glitzy features like the grey water system or the vegetative roof, but the geothermal system saves the most amount of energy and will pay for itself in energy savings in just a few years,” Penchansky said.
The geothermal system is only one of the many projects the firm does to help businesses and residents improve their efficiency. Penchansky and his business partner Daniel Whisler are both LEED Accredited Professionals and have over 40 years of combined experience in designing public libraries and municipal buildings as well as commercial, office and residential projects.
Jennifer Griffin, Contributing Writer and Public Relations, GreeningDetroit.com
Jennifer is pursuing a degree in Journalism and English from Wayne State University, and she is also a Contributing Writer for The South End.