Services: CALGreen Commissioning (Cx)
Location: Sunset Strip, West Hollywood, CA
Area: 24,000 square feet
Client: Fred Segal / Loescher Meachem Architects (LMA)
Services: Commissioning (Cx), LEED Project Management (Targeting ID+C v4 & v3 Gold & Silver)
Location: Irvine, CA
10 Separate Campus Certification Projects:
– Building 25A-1: 13,104 square feet
– Building 25B-1: 15,129 square feet
– Building 25B-2: 14,697 square feet
– Building 29A-1: 14,340 square feet
– Building 29A-2: 15,589 square feet
– Building 29B-1: 14,859 square feet
– Building 29B-2: 14,380 square feet
– Building 31-1: 28,463 square feet
– Building 31-2: 29,758 square feet
– Building 31-2, R&D Labs: 4,950 square feet
Client: Unispace / Johnson & Johnson / CRB Builders
Services: Commissioning (Cx), LEED Project Management (ID+C v3 Silver)
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Area: 32,185 square feet
Client: Clune Construction Company / Hogan Lovells
The world-renowned law firm Hogan Lovells spans across two floors of the SunAmerica building located at 1999 Avenue of the Stars in Century City, Los Angeles, California. This project covers 32,000 square feet of space on the 12th and 14th floors, and features an open and collaborative environment with wide use of interior glass that allows natural daylight to reach the majority of the interior space. The increased use of glass also enables all users of the space to take full advantage of a magnificent 360-degree view of Los Angeles.
Informal conference rooms such as Huddle Rooms and Focus Rooms, as well as ‘Commons,’ have also been introduced as communal space that encourages interaction and collaboration at all levels. The two floors are connected by an impressive open staircase that invites the users of the space to easily access amenities on both floors; such as the Commons on the 12th floor, as well as the main conference rooms and reception area on the 14th floor.
In addition to maximizing daylight throughout the space, LED lighting for all interior lighting lumens and task light applications were specified to enhance energy efficiency within the project. The LED lighting designed into the Hogan Lovells space turns on and off automatically when daylight is not present in a room. These innovative daylight responsive controls, in combination with occupancy sensors, make this project’s lighting control system super energy-efficient. In addition to the efficiencies seen in the lighting, almost all appliances including refrigerators, microwaves, and office equipment such as printers are specified as Energy Star certified equipment.
This project also includes GreenGuard certified materials throughout both floors, which improves indoor air quality due to low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions from paints, flooring, furniture, and adhesives and sealants. Along with this, the project team specified 24 percent total recycled content for all materials used. During construction, the project team even contributed back to the materials manufacturing stream by recycling or salvaging 76 percent of all materials used on-site.
Overall, this Southern California hub for Hogan Lovells is spectacularly designed, as well as climate-change ready. The project team successfully implemented a combination of low-flow toilets and faucets which enabled the office space to achieve a 39 percent baseline reduction in water-use. This large cutback in water-use is crucial for any building, but especially one located in a drought-stricken city such as Los Angeles.
Services: Commissioning (Cx), LEED Project Management (BD+C v3 Silver)
Location: Arcadia, CA
Area: 11,760 square feet
Client: Abbott Construction / LA County, Dept. of Public Works
The Arcadia Mental Health Center is a single-story mental health clinic owned by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. The clinic is located in Arcadia, California, and was built to accommodate 2,400 outpatients annually. A major project goal included providing a healthy environment for the Center’s patients.
The project is situated in a walkable area within a half mile of many basic services that occupants can easily walk to without a car, including restaurants, a bank, grocery stores, and a post office. The building is also situated with easy walking access to two public bus lines within a quarter mile of the project, which promotes the use of public transportation rather than private vehicles. More than 78 percent of site open space is vegetated with a selection of native and drought tolerant plant species. Natural vegetation is close at hand, but irrigation water needs have been minimized with a 51 percent reduction in landscape potable water use.
Patient access to natural light and views was prioritized at the Arcadia Mental Health Center. Due to very limited project site area, a narrow building footprint and glazing scheme was developed that lends itself well to providing abundant daylight and views opportunities. The project capitalized on natural light by providing 90 percent of regularly occupied spaces with daylight and 96 percent of regularly occupied spaces with a view to the outdoors. The project used LED lighting with individual controls of switches and occupancy sensors to reduce energy load where electricity is required.
To maximize indoor air quality for patients, the project team specified adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, flooring systems, composite wood, and agri-fiber products which emit very low levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). In order to maintain a healthy occupant environment post occupancy, the project team implemented a Green Cleaning Program to address ongoing indoor air quality standards and limit occupants’ exposure to VOC’s and other potentially harmful chemicals during the project’s ongoing operations.
Services: Commissioning (Cx), LEED Project Management (ID+C v3 Gold)
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Area: 7,100 square feet
Client: H. Hendy Associates / GE
Located in the eighth tallest building in Los Angeles, the GE Capital office space is an interior renovation which strives to provide a pleasant and productive work environment for its occupants.
Natural light, lighting controls for occupants, and views to the surrounding landscape and cityscape were considered important to the project’s vision and goals. The highly confidential nature of GE Capital’s work created the need for private offices which, in turn, challenged the team’s ability to meet daylighting and views credits. The team resolved both issues by installing full-front glass in every private office and moving several perimeter offices to the interior. This strategy opened up the larger space to natural light while retaining needed privacy.
The team also preserved the original perimeter-office exterior windows, providing the open workstations and interior offices the benefits of additional sunlight and outside views. With daylighting for over 90% of regularly occupied space and views for over 92% of regularly occupied space, the office is remarkably bright, offers ample control for both daylight and artificial light, and makes a positive impact on employee productivity.
In its efforts to align this project with indoor air quality standards and to further improve the work environment, the project team specified low-emitting materials in all categories: adhesives & sealants, paints & coatings, flooring systems, and composite wood & agri-fiber products. Additionally, indoor chemical and pollutant source control required significant coordination between design disciplines and operational practices.
In order to demonstrate a commitment to the broader community and the global environment, the team pursued a focus on recycled content and regional materials, particularly in furniture and finishes. In fact, over 45% of materials were manufactured regionally. And, over 30% of materials were both manufactured and extracted regionally. An effort to reduce energy consumption led to enhanced commissioning activities. ENERGY STAR certification was required for all appliances and equipment. And LED lighting products were utilized for 95% of the space.