Our Visionary Goals

The following information is provided to share current progressive trends in the field of architecture. It is our intent to pursue these advancements to the greatest extent practical on each project so that we can apply up-to-date thinking and practices, thus providing a better and smarter project for our clients and their community.

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The G.L.A.S. (Great Lakes Architecture Sustainability) Studio at Adam J. Trott Architect was created to focus on sustainable design that is specifically relevant to our Great Lakes Region. Our region offers a context for design that is unique to any other part of the world.

The abundant assets available include access to the largest reservoir of fresh water in the world (outside of the polar ice caps), a temperate climate, all forms of transportation networks, an ample power grid, unique wildlife species, vibrant ecosystems, and fertile agricultural soils. These assets and others provide an opportunity for intelligent sustainable design that should be pursued to the greatest extent possible.

As an architecture firm, we work with the client in applying elements of sustainability to the project by, first, thoroughly assessing the existing conditions of the project site. Then, we proceed in creating a design that utilizes these conditions to enhance the experience for the client, while promoting the interest of the environment.

Our goals in using this sustainable philosophy are to save money, and provide a design in which there is a balanced existence between human and nature to ensure the longevity of both.

Biophilic design aspires to strengthen the connection between people and their indigenous environment, so that they function at a higher level and enjoy a better quality of life.

The infusion of organic forms and processes into our daily environments naturally optimizes human health and performance. This can be achieved through building design, landscaping, interior finishes, artwork, and more.

We believe the Great Lakes is one of the most beautiful regions of the world and invite you to tour our gallery of photos that illustrate this beauty.

Our gallery of photos is currently under construction! Please come back soon.

The International Living Future Institute has issued the Living Building Challenge is an initiative to raise the bar, pulling together the most progressive thinking from the worlds of architecture, engineering, planning, landscape design, and policy and challenging us to ask the question: "What if every single act of design and construction made the world a better place?"

Seven performance areas, or "Petals", subdivided into a total of twenty "Imperatives", each focused on a specific sphere of influence, make up the Living Building Challenge. There are two rules:

  • 1 All imperatives are mandatory and
  • 2 Certification is based on actual, rather than modeled or anticipated performance, therefore, projects must be operational for at least 12 consecutive months prior to evaluation.

Additional information may be found at the Living Building Challenge website.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 1998 as a framework for identifying, implementing and measuring green building and neighborhood design, construction, operations and maintenance. Using a challenging, yet achievable set of benchmarks that define green building, LEED aims to promote a transformation of the construction industry through strategies designed to achieve 7 goals:

  • Reverse contribution to global climate change
  • Enhance individual health and well-being
  • Protect and restore water resources
  • Protect, enhance and restore bio-diversity and ecosystem services
  • Promote sustainable and regenerative material resource cycles
  • Build a greener economy
  • Enhance social equity, environmental justice, community health and quality of life

Certification demonstrates leadership, innovation, environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and gives building owners and operators the tools they need to immediately improve building performance and the bottom line while providing healthful indoor spaces for building occupants.