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Watkins Architect is a professional architecture design and renovation practice located in Fleetwood, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1995, our focus is to develop our client relationships and provide great architectural service. Our staff understands the unique needs and designs of commercial, religious, industrial, residential and government clients. Our staff is detail-oriented and treats each project as its most important project.

In 2012, Watkins Architect merged with Synergetics Architects of Reading PA as one professional architecture firm. Together our teams combine many years of experience, a variety of skill sets and a wide range of resources and services.

For additional information on our services and references, get in touch. We’d love to sit down with you to discuss your building and architectural needs and if you want an energy efficient and Eco-friendly renovation/building. Initial consultations and proposals are at no charge, so you may become familiar with our practice. We look forward to getting to know you and helping with your project!

Going Green — LEED & Sustainability

What is sustainability?

Using natural resources at the same rate they are being replenished.

What is an example of a sustainable product or technology?

  • Solar, wind and geothermal power
  • Products made from plants that are harvested within a ten-year cycle or shorter
    (such as bamboo, cotton and cork)
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What is LEED?

According to the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED is “a voluntary, consensus-based, market-driven building rating system… [that] evaluates environmental performance from a whole building perspective over a building’s life cycle, providing a definitive standard for what constitutes a ‘green building’.”

THERE ARE FOUR LEVELS OF CERTIFICATION:

Certified
Silver
 Gold  content
Platinum

There are currently nine different rating systems:

  • LEED for New Construction
  • LEED for Core and Shell
  • LEED for Commercial Interiors

  • LEED for Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance
  • LEED for Homes
  • LEED for Schools

  • LEED for Neighborhood Development
  • LEED for Retail
  • LEED for Healthcare

What does LEED look at?

THERE ARE SIX CATEGORIES FOR LEED CREDITS:

Sustainable Sites

Water Efficiency

Energy and Atmosphere

Materials and Resources

Indoor Environmental Quality

Innovation in Design

For more information visit www.usgbc.org/leed.

Our LEED Design, Administration and Documentation Services

Watkins’ Design Services

Evaluate potential credits and per-requisites for feasibility

Research LEED compliant materials and design strategies

Provide additional drawings and specifications for LEED

Watkins’ Administration Services

Register project with USGBC

Review LEED construction shop drawings and submittals and compile for LEED submission

Attend design meetings for LEED coordination

Develop and update LEED Credit Checklist

Develop and update LEED Schedule

Watkins’ Documentation Services

Coordinate contractor, architectural and engineering LEED documentation and construction submittals

Complete all LEED online templates

Generate and upload supporting documentation

What is Energy Star?

According to www.energystar.gov, “Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.”

Becoming an Energy Star Partner

According to www.energystar.gov, “The Energy Star Service and Product Provider (SPP) partnership is available to organizations that provide energy efficiency services and/or products to commercial buildings and industrial manufacturing plants in the United States. Energy Star SPP partners are integral in helping clients to improve the energy performance of their commercial building portfolios and to adopt continuous improvement strategies for corporate-wide energy management in industrial manufacturing. SPPs use the Energy Star Guidelines for Energy Management to move customers towards greater successes.”

Designed to Earn the Energy Star

Designation given to design projects that receive a rating of 75 or higher

Growing Hearts Early Childhood Education Center is a Designed to Earn the Energy Star project and was recognized at the 2009 AIA National Convention in San Francisco as part of the 2009 Energy Star Challenge

Memberships

Watkins' Architect LTD is a proud member of the USGBC and an Energy Star Partner.

Awards & Certifications

CERTIFICATIONS

The employees of Watkins Architect, Ltd. have the following certifications:

ICC and UCC (Uniform Construction Code)

Building Code Official
Building Inspector
Building Plans Examiner
Residential Combination Inspector
Accessibility Inspector/Plans Examiner
Commercial Building Inspector
Commercial Energy Inspector
Commercial Energy Plans Examiner
Commercial Mechanical Inspector
Commercial Plumbing Inspector
Mechanical Plans Examiner
Plumbing Plans Examiner
Third Party Agency Certification

LEED Accredited Professional

REGISTRATIONS

We have worked hard to achieve architect registrations in the following states:

Arizona
Florida
Georgia
Massachusetts
New Jersey
New York
Pennsylvania
Texas
Vermont
West Virginia
Washington DC
Washington

AWARDS

As part of the 2009 Energy Star Challenge, the Watkins Architect – designed Growing Hearts Early Childhood Education Center was showcased at the 2009 AIA National Convention in San Francisco.

Empire Education Group — Excellence Level, 2011 Merit Construction Awards of Excellence, Best Commercial $5-10 Million Project
MINDCO & Avery Award Certificate of Achievement and Award in Business
Architecture Creative Achievement Award — Penn State University
Home Builders Association — Eight Awards for Cardinal Ridge Elderly Housing Development
Design of home featured in Builder/Architect Magazine
Design of Best of Show, runner-up home in the 2003 Berks County Parade of Homes

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

AIA (American Institute of Architects) Membership

ICC (International Code Council) Membership

NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) Membership

Pennsylvania Building Officials Conference Region II, Affiliate Member

Pennsylvania Association of Code Officials, Associate Member

Berks County Conservation District Affiliate Membership

Energy Star

International Code Council (ICC)