Wight & Company was hired to provide architecture and civil engineering services for the MCPON Plackett Manor Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ), one of only twenty-five projects worldwide – and the only project in Illinois – to be part of a pilot program for the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and it’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ® rating system for buildings. The 375,000-square-foot, 10-acre BEQ was designed and delivered in only two years, earning LEED® certification after completion in 1999. The BEQ was a seminal project for Wight & Company. The project not only expanded the firm’s federal program, but also established a sustainable vocabulary for future projects. The overwhelming success of the BEQ has resulted in an architect-client relationship between Wight & Company and the United States Navy that has spanned two decades and has resulted in over 20 projects, including the award-winning Battle Station 21 training facility and the LEED® Gold Certified Atlantic Fleet Drill Hall. The BEQ also received several prestigious awards, including the “Closing the Circle” Award, given by the White House for model facility demonstration. Other awards include the Federal Energy Saver Award, and Special Recognition for Sustainable Design from the Design-Build Institute of America.