2011 Design Excellence + Allied Arts & Craftsmanship Awards
Lance & Erick Jessee
Lance and Erick Jessee have been recognized as Design Heros for their leadership on the recently completed Posty Cards project. This project exemplifies a high level of environmental stewardship by the Jessee family.
Lance Jesse is the second generation owner of the locally owned small business and greeting card company located near the historic 18th & Vine district. Shortly before the expansion project started, Lance handed over management responsibility to his son, Erick Jessee. Erick’s vision was to create a building that exemplified quality design and sustainability to energize his employees and customers as well as increase the manufacturing capacity for years to come.
The decision to “go green” was in keeping with Posty Cards’ general business philosophy and the decision to obtain LEED certification was a natural extension of that philosophy. Erick and Lance set a goal of LEED “Gold” at the beginning of the project and encouraged all involved, including design consultants and the contractor, to partner in the process. The project surpassed those initial goals and is currently LEED Registered seeking PLATINUM certification, the first manufacturing facility in the country with such distinction.
Lance and Erick have demonstrated “design” leadership at a time when the economy was faltering. They put their faith in their architectural firm, who had yet to design LEED certified building. They are a small business setting an example that says sustainability is not just achievable for large corporations or government entities. In fact, real sustainable change in our industry will only happen with more folks like Lance and Erick Jessee.