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Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation – Berkeley, CA

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Project: Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation
Location: University of California, Berkeley, College of Engineering
Architect: Leddy Matum Stacy Architects
Structural Engineer: Forell/Elsesser
Landscape Architect: Cliff Lowe Associates
MEP: Integral Group Engineers
Contractor and Construction Management: Hathaway Dinwiddie
Size: 24,000 sf
Completed: September 2015
Cost: $23.4 million

AE Interest: Designed to exceed AIA 2030 Commitment to consume 90% less energy than national median for university buildings [b], 58% of required energy comes from roof top photovoltaic array, east-west orientation and simple massing help give 100% of instructional spaces & 85% of regularly occupied spaces above basement day-lighting and natural ventilation [a], roof diverts rainwater to bioswales/rain gardens which filter and divert rainwater (50% less water used on drought-tolerant landscape) [a, c], Energy Star-rated cool roofing [a], utilizes surplus heated and cooled water from adjacent building for conditioning [a], LEED Platinum Certified [c].

Sources: [a, b, c]

Written by Sammy Jarrar

December 6, 2017 at 12:39 pm

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Rene Cazenave Apartments – San Francisco, CA

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Project: Rene Cazenave Apartments
Location: 25 Essex St, San Fransisco, California
Developers: BRIDGE Housing Corp.; Community Housing Partnership
Architect: Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
Structural Engineer: Tipping Mar & Associates
Landscape Architect: Gary Strang Landscape
Contractor: Cahill Contractors
Size: 75,000 total sf / 120 units
Completed: December 2013
Cost: $30.5 million
Avg. rent: $375/month

AE interest: Focused on ‘environmental, financial and social sustainability’,  photovoltaics and solar hot water panels on roof [a], replaced existing parking lot and dedicated all horizontal exterior surfaces to ‘people, plants, water absorption or renewable power generation’ [a], green roof provides roof insulation and facilitates storm water management (in addition to a detention tank) and filtration [a], 68% of habitable area use natural ventilation (taken from roof due to pollution at lower levels) [a], 96% of habitable spaces day-lit [a], MFE 2014 Grand Winner: Affordable [c], 187 GreenPoint Rating (LEED equivalent: high Gold to low Platinum) [b].

Sources: [a, b, c]

Written by Sammy Jarrar

December 6, 2017 at 12:11 pm

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