Legat Architects

How to Pass a School Construction Referendum

Robin Randall shares tips that school districts and planning committees can apply to construction referendums to get the “yes” vote. This article includes expert advice from Dorothy McCarty (Cotter Consulting), Jay Ripsky (Pepper Construction), and Ed Sullivan (EOSullivan Consulting).

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Transparency and Social Justice

Legat earned this Just label from the International Living Future Institute. The measuring tool helps us improve our policies for creating equitable and rewarding work environments. Since earning the label, we’ve updated our paid maternity/paternity leave policy and increased our 401K contributions. Next up: employee wellness and volunteering initiatives.

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Transparency in Energy Predictions

In March 2022, we became one of few architectural firms to receive an AIA Chicago 2030 Badge for reporting energy use data from 2021. Our projects achieved on average a 49% predicted Energy Use Intensity (EUI) reduction and a 43% reduction in lighting power density. This reporting framework indicates that Legat-designed buildings consume less than half the energy than the national average.

Our commitment to the future benefits the communities we serve — lower energy use means fewer coal and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as lower operating budgets for our clients.

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Legat Architects, an architecture and interior design firm, works with building owners and communities to overcome facility challenges with design that improves performance and lives. We operate six Midwestern studios to deliver the convenience and attentiveness of the local architect with the resources and know-how of the global design firm. Legat’s portfolio includes commercial, governmental, healthcare, higher education, hospitality, mixed-use, preK-12 education, and transportation facilities.