Green building is not a fad; it is the future of the AEC industry and it is already shaping our built environment.
Just recently the USGBC announced the certification of the 20,000th LEED commercial project, and the newest version of the green building program, LEED v4, has more stringent requirements for energy and water use, material life cycle analysis, indoor environmental quality in addition to a new focus on an integrative design process and building performance after construction. Not only more prevalent, green building is becoming even greener.
When Constellation Brands, a leading international premium wine company, was contemplating relocating its San Francisco office, BCCI was engaged to evaluate the associated construction costs for a short-list of potential building alternatives. After considering its real estate options to create a more functional, open work environment that would also support its goals to attract and retain talent, Constellation chose to stay at Levi’s Plaza and leased 44,000 square feet adjacent to the company’s then existing office.
As part of an ongoing effort to evolve Adobe Systems‘ workplace into a more open and collaborative work environment, BCCI was hired during preconstruction for the 40,000 square foot redesign comprising the top two floors of the East Tower at Adobe’s corporate headquarters in San Jose.
Supporting a cultural shift in the organization – a move away from closed private offices to an open floor plan configuration – the newly renovated floors Continue reading →
Samyama, the Sanskrit word for “bind” or “hold together,” is a name well suited for a yoga center that goes beyond the typical studio and focuses on healing and community. Located in a new two-story, building in Palo Alto’s Midtown neighborhood, BCCI’s client envisioned an inviting modern facility rooted in traditional yoga principles that would provide a sensory retreat for the mind, body, and soul.
Samyama exterior at sunrise
Samyama retail boutique with double height hard lid ceilings, soffit lighting and curved millwork
Samyama zen lounge featuring Italian wind chime chandeliers and ‘pods’ encircled with sheer drapes
Samyama banquet seating outside the second floor yoga studio
Samyama main yoga studio, ‘Ascension’ with modular art wall systems
Samyama Savant app-controlled, customized lighting system
To assist with project planning, BCCI was brought on early to provide constructability Continue reading →
If the new CALGreen requirements that went into effect on July 1, 2012 were not on your radar, there’s probably a good reason for that. Until recently, CALGreen – the first Statewide green building code – only applied to less than 10% of commercial construction projects. When CALGreen went into effect in 2010, it was primarily focused on new nonresidential construction projects, not commercial interior renovations, thus limiting the reach of the new code.
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As we expected, Greenbuild 2012 did not disappoint. Whether or not you followed our recommendations on making the most of the conference, we hope that you found great value in the forums, expo hall, green building tours and networking. Here’s a bit of what we saw at this year’s Greenbuild.
The U.S. Green Building Council’s annual Greenbuild, a gathering of over 30,000 green building industry professionals, kicked off with several pre-conference activities, including the Codes Summit and the Living Building Challenge Materials Forum. At the Codes Summit, the comparison between LEED and CALGreen, California’s statewide green building code, was a hot topic. Continue reading →
We’re thrilled to share the news that our continued growth within the marketplace has led to the expansion of our team.
As part of our commitment to excellence in the areas of sustainability and design, we are pleased to welcome Aron Bosworth, LEED AP, who joins our dynamic sustainability team, and architect Lisa Szmurlo, who brings seventeen years of experience as a project architect. Continue reading →
Alex Spilger, LEED AP Director of Sustainability, BCCI
Greenbuild, the world’s largest conference and expo focused on green building and sustainability related to the built environment is coming to San Francisco in just a few weeks (November 14-16). It’s important for anyone involved in the green building industry to consider the options for participation in this once-a-year opportunity, whether by attending the full conference or many of the other events happening in conjunction with the Greenbuild conference. Continue reading →
The announcement last week by the USGBC that 2 billion square feet of commercial space has been LEED certified is not only awe-inspiring but also confirms that the green building movement has more than just taken root, it is flourishing. The USGBC also reported that it certifies 2 million square feet of commercial space a day and more than 50,000 commercial projects are registered for LEED certification which equals 9 billion square feet of space.
It is the recognition of these milestones that allow us as an industry to reflect on our achievements towards piloting LEED projects and supporting sustainable design and construction practices. Continue reading →