IRS Construction & Demolition Waste Facility

IRS Demo

LEED Gold

Interior Removal Specialist, Inc. (IRS Demo) is the only full-service tenant improvement demolition company in the U.S. No other commercial interior demolition contractor offers demolition, hauling, and recycling services completely in house. IRS Demo provides diversion rates in excess of 75% on every project and up to 97% available upon request. IRS Demo leads the industry in the recycling of commercial interior debris, winning multiple international awards for recycling; and has worked with the State of California to determine the newest statewide diversion goals.

In designing the project, there were some obvious requirements. First, this was a passion project. IRS Demo takes diversion and re-use to heart and that needed to be incorporated in the project. Second, the new space needed to be attached to the existing donation warehouse. Last, the project had to be as sustainable as the Company’s practices.

SIZE: 133,614 SF 

SUSTAINABILITY: LEED Gold

SECTOR: Office: Administrative/Professional

PROJECT TYPE: LEED-NC v2009

LOCATION: South Gate, CA, USA

Despite many unforeseen conditions in a building built as a cannery in 1940, the project was able to achieve LEED Gold through a holistic approach that included achieving 70% of Sustainable Sites, 80% of Water Efficiency, 40% of Energy & Atmosphere, 64% of Materials & Resources, 40% Indoor Air Quality, 100% Innovation & Design and 50% of Regional Priority credits. The team didn’t allow availability of materials, company growth causing a change in plans, the need for more desk space, or budget issues; to keep a small business’s dream of LEED certification on a challenging project from being realized. This project exemplifies the very principles that are at the heart of Green Building, and proves that a small project can have a much larger impact on those who join together to see it through.

Project Photos

Photos courtesy of IRS Demo

Shangri-La Construction Headquarters

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.

Project Photos

Photos courtesy of Shangri-La Construction