CVS/AETNA Cotton Center, BUILDING 19

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Aetna Cotton Center

Phoenix, AZ

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Green Ideas 100th LEED Certified Project!

As one of the nation’s leading diversified health care
benefits companies, Aetna has developed the new Cotton
Center Building 19 with a mission of sustainability, efficiency
and employee productivity. The space has been designed
with several multi-function areas including a new concept
called “collaboration stairs” which descend from the second
floor to the café area, allowing approximately 75 people to
gather for quick, informal meetings and also serves as a
large gathering place for larger, “all-staff” events. All
workstations were ergonomically designed to include sit/
stand workstations to reduce employee fatigue, but
employees can work from various locations throughout the
building in order to improve productivity and enhance wellbeing.

An outdoor patio seating area covered by sail shades
encourages employees to enjoy the outdoors. Daylighting
was also incorporated throughout the building,
contributing to its overall energy efficiency and


  • Improved occupant well-being through integration of

    ergonomic principles, specifically in the design of work

    spaces for all computer users

  • Low-emitting materials were used to reduce the

    harmful effect of VOCs

  • Replicated natural hydrology and water balance of the

    site by capturing and managing 100% of stormwater


  • Cool roof strategies incorporated to minimize effects

    on microclimates by reducing the urban heat island


  • Native, adaptive landscaping reduces the amount

    of potable water needed for irrigation

  • An on-going commitment to renewable energy

    generation allowed this project to offset annual energy



  • LEED for New Construction SILVER level achieved

  • 45% energy cost savings above ASHRAE 90.1-2010 standard

  • 40% reduction of potable water for domestic use

  • 84% of construction and demolition waste diverted from landfill

  • 78% reduction of potable water for irrigation

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