James Environmental Learning Center, LEED-Gold by Catalyst Architecture,LLC


LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the US Green Building Council's flagship program which has set the national standard for determining what constitutes a green building. The LEED Rating System provides a complete framework for raising building performance in an effort to conserve natural resources and maximize occupant well-being.  Based on recognized scientific standards, LEED emphasizes both state-of-the-art as well as common sense design and construction strategies for creating buildings that truly support a healthy and sustainable future.

LEED Accredited Professionals are experienced building industry practitioners who have demonstrated their expertise and knowledge of integrated systems design, as well as their capacity to facilitate the LEED certification process.


CATALYST ARCHITECTURE has sucessfully completed LEED certified projects in both the Silver and Gold categories. We are anticipating a LEED-Platinum rating on our 17,000 sq.ft. San Luis NWR Visitor Center and Administration Headquarters building completed in October of 2011. A committment by the USFWS for a Net Zero Energy facility was the foundation upon which this state-of-the-art building is now easily within reach of achieving this highest of LEED ratings.

CATALYST is also currently in conceptual design on several other public facilities whose client teams have requested a LEED Platinum / Net Zero Energy performance as part of their Basis of Design program requirements.

We are but a tiny speck in the universe! But I do appreciate your efforts, from an architectural point of view, to try to "save" our beautiful earth!

-Nichole Trushell
Executive Director
Highlands Center for Natural History