Our Family Office
A statement in functional elegance, The Arthur M. Blank Family Office was designed to serve a number of purposes. The family office is home to The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and AMB Group, LLC, the investment management and support services arm of the Blank-owned businesses.
An overriding consideration in building the family office was Arthur Blank’s desire for this building to be the permanent home of his family foundation for many future generations. The building was also designed as a place to bring people together to further the causes the foundation supports. Meeting areas on the first floor of the building are frequently used as convening places by the foundation and its non-profit partners.
Importantly, Blank’s family and foundation’s commitment to the environment and communities is reflected in every aspect of the family office building. Blank envisioned a building that would not only survive future generations, but would do so in a way that minimized environmental impact and preserved resources for the future. It was also his hope that the building would serve as an inspiration to other building owners, and the building industry as a whole, to join in the effort to sustain the environment.
In 2004, Blank's vision became a reality. Nearly two years after groundbreaking, the family office building received recognition for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) by being named Georgia's first LEED Gold-Certified building and the Southeast region's first Gold-Certified office building.
The Arthur M. Blank Family Office building was built and is being maintained using LEED Certification standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council. By doing this, Blank, his family and associates are demonstrating their commitment to the stewardship of the earth’s natural resources, practicing social responsibility and ensuring a healthy, comfortable and safe work environment for all who enter the building.
During demolition of the previous building on the property, concrete was crushed and utilized for the new building construction. In addition, 72 percent of construction waste was recycled.
Fifty percent of all building products purchased contained no less than 20 percent post-consumer recycled materials and at least 40 percent post-industrial recycled materials. To support the local economy and reduce environmental impact resulting from transportation, 50 percent of the products were manufactured within a radius of 500 miles of the building.
Lighting within the building exceeds efficiency code requirements. State-of-the-art, energy-efficient technology is used in controlling the lighting. This includes motion and light level controls that turn off lights in exterior offices when daylight is sufficient. To protect the nighttime environment, team members conducted a series of tests during development that resulted in zero outdoor light pollution.
Landscaping is attractive and comfortable while also conserving water. The construction team adopted Xeriscape™ principles, whereby plants are chosen based on the site, exposure, soil type and climate zone. As a result, water is conserved and the environment is better protected since less fertilizer and fewer chemicals are required.
Approximately 72,500 gallons of water per year are saved through the building’s landscape design, rainwater collection and irrigation systems, and low flow toilets, sinks and showerheads.
All paper, newspaper, cardboard, plastic and aluminum products used in the family office are recycled. All cloth materials used in the housecleaning process are reused and/or recycled, as are toner and ink jet cartridges, batteries, fluorescent lamps, carpet and computer equipment.
Environmentally-friendly products are selected in an effort to reduce impacts on health and the environment. Green housekeeping and cleaning products contain little or no harsh contents.
- By planning for environmental sustainability beginning in the building design stages, the planning and construction teams were able to minimize risks and implement solutions that will ultimately lower the total cost of ownership over the life of the building.