A green roof can be a game-changer these days. That’s the takeaway when it comes to 899 West Evelyn, a new office building in Mountain View, California, designed by Rob Zirkle, the founder and principal of Brick, a Berkeley-based architecture firm. The project took shape right before the recession, and its green roof was a part of the design from the beginning. Once the economy picked up, and the building was back on track, the green roof became a major selling point for tenants. “It leveraged the sustainability agenda because of the storm water treatment element,” explains Zirkle. The quality-of-life piece also proved to be catnip to potential tenants: “It provides a unique experience with the outdoors not found in other office buildings.”
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The new 4th + Linden East Village Creative Offices in Long Beach, California recently unveiled new sustainable interiors. Designed for developer/contractor JR van Dijs, Inc., the workspace includes operable windows to capture ocean breezes, and operable skylights to exhaust hot air from the space, eliminating the need for air conditioning. The skylights and windows also expand daylighting throughout the open floorplan: Only individual task or accent lighting is required during the day.
Sustainability makes its way into the water fixtures – including dual-flush toilets – and into the interior walls, handrails, and stairs – composed of recycled lumber. The new interiors are built from raw shells featuring exposed brick and block walls, concrete floors and wood truss ceilings with skylights. The project is also sustainable on a larger scale: 4th+ Linden is an office condominium project designed and developed by Studio One Eleven as an adaptive reuse of three once-derelict, conjoined buildings. The result is a transformation of formerly blighted structures into a neighborhood asset for the East Village Arts District in Long Beach.