VG x Charles Pankow Builders: Partnering to Scale Sustainability
By Chloe Woodruff
Imagine an office with onsite EV charging stations, ample daylight, and top-of-the-line efficiency that is designed to LEED Silver standards. It’s also located only half a mile from the Del Mar stop on the Gold Line (and even closer to our favorite local coffee spot, Urth Caffé), and features the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains as a backdrop.
Sounds like a great place to work, right?
Since 2013, Verdical Group has shared this Pasadena, CA office space with Charles Pankow Builders, a design-build construction firm with a leading track record when it comes to sustainability.
The fact that we work so closely (literally!) makes us great study buddies: Verdical Group provides mentorship and study materials to the Pankow team, helping them to earn LEED and other relevant credentials and offering internal training on green building staples like commissioning and water reuse.
We have also supported Pankow’s sustainability efforts; together, we worked to increase awareness through internal education, support both local and regional sustainability programs, and implement green practices like diverting in-office waste.
Meanwhile, Pankow has been a long-term supporter of Verdical’s annual Net Zero Conference — an unsurprising development, as Pankow is a leading general contractor in the net zero space. (Look no further than their 8,500-square-foot Sustainable Winery Building at UC Davis, the world’s first self-sustaining, net-zero water/carbon/energy teaching and research facility.)
Aside from sharing learning resources and the incredible view, Verdical Group’s collocation with Pankow means that we can easily collaborate, providing them with a trusted “in-house” sustainability and green building consultant. We’ve worked on more than 15 projects with Pankow, including:
The North Hills Wellness Center is a 13,500-square-foot facility comprised of 14 medical and dental examination rooms, counseling offices, pharmaceutical dispensary, laboratory, and health education and training rooms. Verdical Group provided LEED Project Management to assist Pankow in earning LEEDv3 BD+C Silver certification for this project. (This exciting project was even published in USGBC + in acknowledgment of the use of a pilot credit for edible landscaping!)
The Edition is a 13-story hotel with 20 luxury residential units on the top floors. It offers a total of 190 guest rooms, 20 condominiums, and a variety of dining, beverage and nightlife venues.
The mixed-use property is over 475,000 square feet and is located in West Hollywood, CA. Verdical Group provided CALGreen Commissioning Oversight.
Verdical Group is providing LEEDv4 Project Management and Commissioning services, as well as a WELL Feasibility Assessment, for Produce LA, a 107,000-square-foot, mixed-use project in the Art’s District of Downtown Los Angeles.
The project team is targeting LEEDv4 BD+C: Core & Shell Gold certification.
VALLEY GLEN GATEWAY BUILDING AT LA VALLEY COLLEGE
Verdical Group provided LEED Project Management for Pankow’s Valley Glen Gateway project at the Los Angeles Community College District’s Los Angeles Valley College.
The 70,473-square-foot higher education building is comprised primarily of administrative offices.
COMMUNITY SERVICES CENTER AT LA VALLEY COLLEGE
Verdical Group provided LEED Project Management for this Community Services Center, which was awarded LEED Gold certification.
In addition to community services, the 18,000-square-foot building houses a gymnastics center, a rock-climbing wall, a bio-retention garden that collects stormwater run-off, and administrative offices.
Verdical Group provided LEEDv3 Oversight for this Kaiser Permanente Medical Office Building located in Baldwin Park, CA.
The cutting-edge Charles Pankow Builders project, which is comprised of over 40,000 square feet, is pursuing LEEDv3 BD+C: Gold certification.
MURRIETA MEDICAL OFFICE BUILDING
Verdical Group provided LEEDv3 and Commissioning Oversight for Kaiser Permanente’s approximately 80,000 square foot Medical Office Building (MOB).
The facility accommodates 43 provider offices, comprised of six intermediate care services, 12 primary care providers, and 25 specialty care providers. The project successfully earned a LEEDv3 BD+C Gold certification.
Verdical Group is providing Commissioning Oversight services for Pankow’s Hyatt Place hospitality project in San Francisco, which will be comprised of 225 guest rooms and ground-floor retail spaces.
The project is targeting LEED Platinum certification.