The Exchange on 16th at Mission Bay

The Exchange on 16th at Mission Bay

WELL Gold & LEED Platinum

Kilroy Realty Corporation earned WELL Core and Shell Certification at the Gold level for the Exchange on Sixteenth, located in the Mission Bay district of San Francisco. This is the first project in the city to achieve such certification, and only the second in California. The Exchange was the first WELL Project A SustainAble Production (ASAP) registered in August of 2014 as part of the WELL Pilot, prior to the official release of WELL v1 to the public in October 2014. Not only was this an innovative project due to being one of the first WELL projects registered in the world, it was also a four-building Core & Shell speculative office complex.

SIZE: Four building complex, 718,000 SF


MARKET SECTOR: Mixed-Use & Retail, Commercial Office, Technology/Office

LOCATION: San Francisco, CA

The four-building Exchange complex is comprised of two 6-story buildings and two 12-story towers totaling 718,000 square feet. The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI)’s WELL Building Standard (WELL) v1 focuses on 7 Concepts: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort and Mind. Certification advantages include improved employee retention, increased leasing rates, building value gains, and greater corporate financial value, according to IWBI.

Health-focused design at the Exchange on Sixteenth includes features such as green roofs, enhanced air quality, biophilic design, ample daylight, activated stairwells, mechanical design that emphasizes thermal comfort, low-emitting materials, and a large onsite bicycle amenity.

Kilroy Realty

The Exchange is located just off of Interstate 280 as drivers arrive in San Francisco, welcoming visitors and locals alike with its impressive presence. The office development, which is 100% leased to Dropbox, was the largest lease in San Francisco history. The Exchange features comprehensive healthy building strategies including ample daylighting, access to views, thermal comfort controls, low-emitting materials, and more. The buildings were designed to work with their surrounding environments to create buildings that are interconnected yet distinct, while utilizing materials that connect to the neighborhood’s rich history.

The Exchange provides a versatile indoor-outdoor ground level plaza with access to the terraces, pocket parks, courtyards, bike plazas and gardens. The 15,000 square feet of ground-level retail and amenities provides a neighborhood feel with local retail coffee and green drink options. Occupants can have lunch delivered to their floor or grab lunch in the lobby and take it to the park. Occupants can enjoy waterfront views or take a meeting in a private garden or on the roof. At The Exchange, occupants can work indoors or out with fully wired wifi throughout. Occupants can even ride to work and park their wheels at the lobby bike spa.

The Project Team included A SustainAble Production (ASAP) providing WELL Core & Shell Consulting & Project Management services from design through testing and certification. Rios Clementi Hale Studios designed the project, Flad Architects provided executive architecture services, Marelich created the mechanical, electrical and plumbing design, Hathaway Dinwiddie oversaw construction, and stok executed the commissioning, energy modeling and LEED Core & Shell Consulting & Project Management. ASAP taught the Project Team how WELL certification impacted each of their scopes including Design, MEP Engineering, Construction, Operations, Maintenance, Policies and LEED. ASAP worked closely with Kilroy, the Project Team and IWBI from design through certification to mutually inform the parties about WELL v1 and the nuances of Core & Shell implementation and certification.

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MLK Community Health Building

MLK Community Health Building

LEED Silver, Medical Office

The MLK Community Health Building is a two-story 52,000-square-foot medical office building at the Martin Luther King Community Hospital in Willowbrook, an unincorporated community in Los Angeles County, CA, that received Silver certification for the Core & Shell new construction under LEED v4.

The MLK Community Health Building was developed in a public/private partnership with the hospital and the Los Angeles County Development Authority. The MLK Los Angeles Healthcare Corporation is the not-for-profit organization formed by the county whose sole purpose is to operate the new hospital campus. Trammell Crow was chosen as the developer through a request for proposal (RFP) process from the county in 2016. ASAP was also selected to be the LEED Consultant on this innovative project through the RFP process.

SIZE: 52,000 SF 


MARKET SECTOR: Medical Office

LOCATION: Willowbrook, CA, USA 

Designed by HKS and built by ConAm Building Co., the MLK Community Health Building is the first stand-alone medical office building developed as part of the more than $1 billion medical campus transformation centered on the MLK Community Hospital.

The Project provides primary care for the local community, as well as outpatient services including dialysis, wound care and imaging. This reduces the low-acuity patient load to the main hospital, providing the surrounding neighborhoods with unprecedented access to health and well-being equity.

The project also achieved LEED beta features including Social Equity with the Community for the Project’s use of 45% local tier hiring, meeting diversity requirements in hiring and keeping 200 construction jobs within Los Angeles. The project also contributed to the local economy through employing local healthcare providers in the finished space. Additionally, the Project earned the Water Restoration Certification beta feature for their innovative water offsets, while achieving almost 30% indoor water use reduction and 27% outdoor water use reduction. The parking lot provides 6 electric vehicle charging stations in prime parking locations for those not using the ample local transit or site’s impressive walkability and connectivity to the local neighborhood and services.

The building design is classy, clean, warm and captures the spirit of MLK...[HKS] made sure that we received a beautifully designed, durable, and efficient building…I thank you for your teamwork and for helping us achieve our goals.

Nancy Moses Senior VP, Trammel Crow Company

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Photos courtesy of HKS