Energy engineering firm Vepica have opened a new 5-story, 130,000 sq-ft headquarters in Caracas, Venezuela. Inaugurated in 2012, the office building holds nearly 1000 employees and boasts the largest solar installation in the country.
As our first office in Venezuela, it is nice to jump off to a good start with a number of nice elements such as the cafeteria with great views and the outdoor terrace. With the building scheduled to become LEED certified, the project has a several classic elements we regularly find in green buildings like heavy use of exposed cement and lower lighting. The design also maintains exposed HVAC giving the engineering office a more industrial look.
UPDATE: Vepica’s global headquarters has recently received the first LEED certification in Venezuela. Specifically, the headquarters was awarded LEED® Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
Key features of the headquarters’ LEED certification include: 195 solar panels totaling 50 kWh of installed capacity; enhanced energy performance; public-transportation access; 80% water-use reduction; innovative wastewater technologies, such as a rainwater collection tank; building and material reuse; and advanced construction waste management.