Washington, DC

Council for Responsible Nutrition

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6,337 sf


Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) is a Washington, DC-based trade association representing the dietary supplement industry in its commitment to improve public health and reduce healthcare costs through improved nutritional practices that include appropriate dietary supplement use. This team of employees works closely together to inform and improve upon the relationship between its industry member companies and the consumer, the media, and government. CRN has taken its commitment to public health home by submitting for LEED-CI Silver certification with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

Moving from an impersonal and cramped subleased space, CRN expressed a desire to convey a more solid sense of its mission to support member companies and public health as a whole. The client also expressed the following goals for the project: access to exterior views and natural light, availability of multiple teaming areas while still maintaining ability for privacy, and flexibility of space for Board Members and Employees.

CRN’s new 6,300 sf space is inviting and functional for its visiting Board Members. Product is highlighted in a low VOC lacquer display shelf with accent LED lighting that integrates into the overall curve design element of the reception area. An adjacent library also serves as a break-out area where Board Members can easily connect to the Internet or use one of two satellite meeting areas when in town for a day.

Employees have easy access to their new space in this same regard. Work is no longer relegated to the individual workspace. Public areas double as teaming areas. The library, again, is a touch-down area for impromptu meetings. Equipped with power and data, the informal, café-like pantry enables employees to work together. A small meeting area on the window line allows daylight into the interior providing employees with an additional space to collaborate in this more public setting adjacent to the main conferencing area.

The conference room itself is flexible in design. Ganging tables can be reconfigured in any number of ways—from a racetrack to small teaming groups to training tables. Multiple lighting circuits allow for any combination of lighting levels and illuminated areas depending on the task. The conference room molds to the needs of those using it and not vice versa.

To achieve a LEED rating, CRN implemented several credit points, a few of which are highlighted in the list below:

  • Rapidly Renewable Materials: Several rapidly renewable materials are on site, including bamboo millwork veneer, flooring, and accent ceiling tile; rubber/cork blend flooring in the pantry/work room; and wool upholstery on the conference room chairs.
  • The lighting design includes fluorescent lighting, occupancy sensors, task lighting, and LED accent fixtures which renders the space more energy efficient.
  • Recycled content can be found in materials such as the ceiling tile, ceiling grid, partition insulation, metal studs, upholstered tack board fabric, and task seating upholstery.
  • Systems furniture and task seating are Greenguard® Certified
  • The space is in a building currently seeking LEED-EB certification. Amenities from this effort include:

No vinyl per leasing requirements
100% Green Power commitment for 2 years
100% parking underground
The connectivity of a downtown urban setting
City amenities
Green housekeeping
ETS Control
Recycling program

  • The General Contractor team managed the Indoor Air Quality Control and Waste Management program. In all, 75% of waste from this project was diverted from landfill through recycling efforts and third party construction material donation programs including Community Forklift and Second Chance.

Together, the combined team effort of the Architect, MEP contractor, General Contractor, Subcontractors, Owner and Landlord has created an environment for CRN that is healthier for its employees and visitors. Through its sustainably designed headquarters space, the Council for Responsible Nutrition sets a good example for other associations who are committed to the improvement of our society.