Shangri-La Construction Headquarters
LEED Gold, WELL Gold
Shangri-La Construction’s (SLC) Headquarters is a fresh approach to the typical general contractor’s work environment. The 10,268 square foot office is a welcoming environment that engages staff and visitors alike; one that is aesthetically appealing with exceptional resources and sustainability and wellness at the forefront. To this end, the project is WELL Certified™ Gold – Pilot Program and this LEED® Gold project uses the LEED® Dynamic Plaque™ to manage its building performance.
Entering the main lobby, visitors are greeted by an expansive combination of reception, lounge, kitchen, and glass-fronted conference room with biophilia throughout including a large “living wall”. The experience is different, well-considered and progressive – values that SLC embodies. Taking cues from hospitality to create something more along the lines of a high-end living area, the space is purposed with making clients feel like they have been invited as guests into one’s home.
SIZE: 10,268 SF
SUSTAINABILITY: LEED & WELL Gold
SECTOR: Commercial Office
PROJECT TYPE: Rehabilitation/ Adaptive Reuse
LOCATION: Downtown Los Angeles, CA, USA
Private offices branch off the public space in two directions – one houses the Operations team while Executive, Business Development and Accounting are opposite. Each area is open in nature and served by multiple collaboration spaces encouraging teamwork. A decorative metal ceiling element and blue painted walls act as visual connectors between the areas, reaching out as signposts for movement through the hallways. Exterior offices sport downtown views, and glass office partitions ensure that light filters throughout.
The project is located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles at 550 South Hope Street, a 590,000 square foot building on a .92 acre site in downtown Los Angeles, directly across the street from The California Club and Los Angeles Central Library. The 28-story building, certified LEED Platinum for Existing Buildings, EnergyStar and BOMA’s 360 Performance Building standard, is, by design, one of the few boutique high-rises in the heart of the central business district. Private valet service greets customers and tenants alike. The site offers quick and easy ingress and egress to all of downtown’s major freeways and public transit options. There are more than two dozen shops and restaurants within walking distance, the weekly Farmer’s Market at nearby Pershing Square, and the Los Angeles Central Library next door, plus the 1.5-acre Maguire Gardens.
Photos courtesy of Shangri-La Construction
HKS Architects LA Office
LEED Silver, Commercial Office
The new HKS Architects office space in Los Angeles is a full-floor show-piece incorporating the design and conceptual ideas of three separate HKS offices within the United States. The project includes complete demolition and retrofit of existing structure and showcases this exclusive firm with new office buildouts, BIM coordination rooms, resource library, multi-purpose room, interactive conference center and modeling shop. This LEED Silver CI project is a designer’s dream of finishes. It incorporates custom metal, architectural millwork, decorative glass walls and glazing into an open space plan that uses limestone and high-end recycled back carpet tiles. The open floating wood ceiling plan creates an industrious environment with controlled electrical pendant fixtures mounted on metal rods and hard spiral ductwork with custom metal diffusers distributing the upgraded HVAC system.
SIZE: 11,534 SF
SUSTAINABILITY: LEED Silver
SECTOR: Commercial, Office
PROJECT TYPE: Tenant Improvement
LOCATION: Downtown Los Angeles, CA, USA
Photos courtesy of Starbucks
Earth Friendly Products / ECOS in Addison, Illinois
WELL Platinum, Core & Shell
Earth Friendly Products (EFP) aims to eliminate waste throughout their manufacturing processes by encouraging waste diversion from landfill and incineration. Their facilities across the U.S have achieved TRUE Zero Waste certified at the Platinum level. EFP’s goal is to eliminate waste at the source and at all points down the supply chain. Reducing unnecessary waste at the source allows Earth Friendly Products to both mitigate the inefficient use of our natural resources and benefit economically from decreased handles and disposal costs.
Through their Zero Waste Policy and practices, EFP continuously works on minimizing waste, maximizing recycling and reducing consumption.
SIZE: 104,000 SF
SUSTAINABILITY: WELL Platinum
SECTOR: Commercial & Institutional Office
PROJECT TYPE: Core & Shell
LOCATION: Addison, IL, USA
Reducing unnecessary waste at the source allows Earth Friendly Products to both mitigate the inefficient use of natural resources and benefit economically from decreased handling and disposal costs. Earth Friendly Products has created a recycle-friendly environment with easy-to-reach bins that are labeled reminding everyone what goes where. Bins and signage will train and remind employees to divert waste for reuse. It’s a challenging journey with many steps, but the destination is rewarding for the company, employees and the environment.
Photos courtesy of TRUE @ GBCI and ECOS