Kilroy Realty Portfolio

Kilroy Realty Corporation Portfolio

WELL Portfolio, WELL Certifications, WELL Health-Safety Ratings

Kilroy Realty Corporation (KRC), a publicly traded real estate investment trust and member of the S&P MidCap 400 Index, is one of the West Coast’s premier landlords. The company has over 70 years of experience developing, acquiring and managing office and mixed-use real estate assets. The company provides physical work environments that foster creativity and productivity and serves a broad roster of dynamic, innovation-driven tenants, including technology, entertainment, digital media and health care companies.

As of June 30, 2020, the company’s stabilized portfolio totaled approximately 14.3 million square feet consisting mainly of office and life science space with 92.3% occupied and 96% leased. S&P Global Ratings gave the corporation a “stable” outlook in June, despite the pandemic, in their ratings of global office real estate in the investment trusts (REITs). In July 2020, KRC told investors that all of their stabilized properties remained open and operational with essential staff and key procedures during the pandemic.

SIZE: 14.3 million SF stabilized portfolio

SUSTAINABILITY: WELL Portfolio, WELL Certifications, WELL Healthy-Safety Ratings, Miscellaneous Other Sustainability & Wellness Certifications

SECTOR: Mixed-Use, Multi-family Residential, Commercial Office, Technology/Office, Bio/Life Sciences, Retail

LOCATION: United States — Seattle, WA; San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; San Diego, CA

In May of 2020, KRC once again stepped up as leaders and innovators. First, KRC registered into the International WELL Building Institute’s (IWBI) WELL Portfolio program and expanded upon a six-year relationship by engaging A SustainAble Production (ASAP) as their WELL Portfolio Consultant. As KRC’s WELL Portfolio Consultant, ASAP is responsible for Portfolio wide goal setting, benchmarking and a Portfolio level Health-Safety Rating. ASAP is also responsible for individual WELL project certifications and Health-Safety Ratings.

KRC’s Portfolio is already full of certified projects. The Exchange on 16th in San Francisco, is a four-building complex comprised of two 6-story buildings and two 12-story towers totaling approximately 750,000 square feet of office space fully leased to Dropbox. 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. This was one of the first WELL projects registered in the world. It was not alone, the Hollywood Proper Residences, a 200-unit luxury high-rise in Hollywood from Kilroy Realty, was the first apartment complex in the US to achieve WELL Multifamily Residential Certification under the WELL Building Standard. The new construction property was built in June 2016 as part of Kilroy’s Columbia Square project. ASAP will be facilitating the upgrade from WELL v1 to WELL v2 for the re-certification of Hollywood Proper at Columbia Square along with a Health-Safety Rating as part of WELL Portfolio participation in 2020.

We think of health and wellness as the next step in sustainability. Our Columbia Square tower is the first multifamily property to achieve this goal, a standard just developed that actually measures and verifies minimum levels of performance – as a result of our commitment early in the project. It’s exciting to raise the bar for other residential communities and challenge them to focus on creating an environment measured to have met minimum air and water quality standards, for example.

Chris Heimburger, SVP, Kilroy Realty Corporation

In addition to the re-certification of Columbia Square, ASAP is currently working on the WELL certifications and Health-Safety Ratings for One Paseo Living, Living on Vine and 2100 Kettner. One Paseo is a deeper notion of mixed use, centrally located in Del Mar, California. The campus offers 286,000 SF of Class-A office space in two buildings, 96,000 SF of retail (over 40 shops), and 608 luxury apartments all within a walkable, vibrant community. Living on Vine is a 20-story residential tower with 193 units located on the Academy on Vine Campus in Hollywood, CA. The 3.5-acre On Vine project features three low-rise buildings containing over 350,00 square feet of office space, all of which was leased by Netflix in 2018. Additionally, the site includes a 16,500-square-foot studio and production building, and 13,000 square feet of retail space. 2100 Kettner is a carbon neutral building located in Little Italy in San Diego, CA. When it opens in the first quarter of 2021, the six-story building will offer over 200,000 square feet of tech-oriented office space, 15,000 square feet of ground floor stores and restaurants, and a rooftop patio.

KRC’s commitment and leadership position in sustainability has been recognized by various industry groups across the world. In December 2019, the company was recognized by GRESB as the sustainability leader in the Americas across all asset classes for the sixth time. Other sustainability accolades include NAREIT’s Leader in the Light award for the past six years and the EPA’s highest honor of ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence award for the past four years. The company is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. At the end of the third quarter, the company’s stabilized portfolio was 61% LEED certified and 72% of eligible properties were ENERGY STAR certified. It is no surprise that KRC is continuing to lead the market as they forge ahead with WELL Portfolio, WELL certifications and WELL Health-Safety Ratings. ASAP is grateful to continue to support and guide KRC on their on-going WELLness journey.

More information is available at: http://www.kilroyrealty.com.

Portfolio Projects

Adventist Health Portfolio

Adventist Health Portfolio

WELL Portfolio, WELL Certifications

Adventist Health is a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 80 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides care in hospitals, clinics, home care agencies, hospice agencies and joint-venture retirement centers in both rural and urban communities.

Adventist Health’s compassionate and talented team of 35,000 includes associates, medical staff physicians, allied health professionals and volunteers driven in pursuit of one mission: living God’s love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope. Together, Adventist Health is transforming the American healthcare experience with an innovative, yet timeless, whole-person focus on physical, mental, spiritual and social healing.

SIZE: 10.5 million SF, 438 properties

SUSTAINABILITY: WELL Portfolio, WELL Certification

SECTOR: Healthcare, Hospital, Clinic, Medical Office Building, Commercial Office

LOCATION: United States — Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii

Adventist Health started their journey with the WELL Building Standard while designing a new corporate headquarters in Roseville, CA. The Project was originally registered under WELL v1, but was migrated to WELL v2 as part of the overall Portfolio plan. It is no surprise that being the innovator they are, Adventist Health was one of the original WELL Portfolio Pilot participants with ASAP representing Adventist Health on the WELL Portfolio Pilot Advisory.

Adventist Health’s vision is compelled by their mission to live God’s love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope, while transforming the health experience of their communities by improving physical, mental and spiritual health; enhancing interactions; and making care more accessible and affordable. WELL Portfolio compliments, benchmarks, measures and drives the already great work that Adventist Health is doing around this vision within their Portfolio.

WELL Portfolio is a vehicle for Adventist Health to continue to drive their commitment to leading by example, educating the communities they serve, equity and social justice, nutrition, commitment to mind and mental health, pandemic preparedness, sense of purpose, and standardization across their Portfolio. A SustainAble Production looks forward to continuing to work with Adventist Health as we benchmark and certify their assets within their Portfolio through the WELL Portfolio program.

Thanks to your tireless efforts, IWBI is very excited to welcome the Adventist Health System into the WELL Portfolio program, the first health system to choose this pathway for enhancing building performance and improving human well-being in multiple buildings across its system. We applaud the leadership of Adventist and the project team that believes hard-working health care workers and vulnerable patients alike deserve every advantage WELL provides.

Rachel Gutter, President & CEO, International WELL Building Institute (IWBI)

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Retail Design Collaborative (RDC) | Studio One Eleven

Retail Design Collaborative (RDC) | Studio One Eleven

WELL Gold & LEED Platinum

Retail Design Collaborative is an award-winning leader in retail design and a full-service architectural firm dedicated to making everyday places extraordinary and celebrating the retail realm as one of the focal points of human interaction. With more than 37 years of experience designing the retail realm, Retail Design Collaborative is at the forefront of the new era of retail, examining changing trends and drawing upon its experience to be a true retail thought leader.

SIZE: 35,000 SF

SUSTAINABILITY: LEED Platinum, WELL Gold

SECTOR: Creative Office

PROJECT TYPE: Rehabilitation / Adaptive Reuse

LOCATION: Long Beach, CA, USA

Studio One Eleven is an integrated practice of architecture, urbanism and landscape design dedicated to creating vibrant communities. Studio One Eleven finds ways to make cities more environmentally responsible, resilient, prosperous and joyful while addressing livability and equity for all residents. From community planning to streetscape improvements, mixed-use infill developments to small and impactful urban interventions, Studio One Eleven operates at a variety of scales with the ultimate goal of enhancing the urban condition that sustains each project.

Repurposing a former Nordstrom Rack, RDC designed their new office to create an invigorating yet functional environment that befits the firm’s culture. The design removes all but one private office, dedicated to human resources, crafting a space for teams to share a collaborative, creative, open space. Scattered amid the office are break-out rooms that act as collaborative pods for meetings. A mezzanine wraps the perimeter of the interior space, creating a “bridgewalk” overlook with lounges, workspaces and pin-up zones. The entire space is programmed with elements including: hospitality kitchen, open work clusters, idea lounges, flex offices, a community room, material library, shower and lockers, and outdoor patios.

The adaptive-reuse project also highlights RDC’s commitment to environmentally sustainable and responsible design practices. Numerous sustainability strategies have been integrated into the design, such as the innovative use of natural daylight and ventilation, lighting controls for energy conservation, low water consumption, smart material selection and an indoor/outdoor garden. The project is LEED Platinum and WELL Gold certified.

Throughout the process, they have studied the quality of their air, water, acoustics, comfort, and light as a means of ensuring optimal spatial quality. They’ve expanded their Health and Wellness Program to include yoga, meditation, cross training, a running group, strength training, biking and team sports including beach volleyball over the summer and softball in the fall. Their staff receives healthy, low sugar food options daily. Workstations are adjustable to suit the needs of everyone. They’ve also embraced a beautiful new product, Fluidstance, to promote standing, proper posture and eliminate chronic back pain.

The space is unique in that the building is almost entirely surrounded by retail. They floor layout is deep, limiting the amount of opportunity for daylight fenestration. Despite given conditions, the studio is consistently flooded with natural light through 20 new skylights hovering 25’ above the 25,000+ sf footprint.

From a community perspective, the staff gets out, a lot! Of course, it helps that downtown Long Beach boasts a Walkscore of 97, and now that the studio offers employees annual Long Beach Bike Share memberships, staff now have access to explore even more of what Long Beach has to offer, with 150 minutes of ride time per day, per person!

One of the most exciting new extensions of the new space is the in-house Living Lab. The Sustainability Department continuously examines and communicates the quality of the building’s air, water, light, acoustics, comfort, utility consumption, and alternative transportation initiatives.

This process is providing tools to architects in order to help them take design to a whole new level, one that goes beyond function and aesthetics, and forces the company to look deep into the quality of the space too often overlooked. This process forces the team to quantify the qualitative benefits defined by the space, inevitably contributing to productivity, talent retention and brand recognition.

Awards

  • 2018 IDA Silver Design Award, Renovation
  • 2018 IDA Gold Design Award, Urban Design
  • 2018 IES International Award of Merit “Interior Lighting Design”
  • 2018 Gold Nugget Merit Award “Best Interior Renovation”
  • 2018 Downtown Long Beach Spirit of Downton Award
  • 2018 48th Annual Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Awards, Interior Design
  • 2018 Architizer A+ Award Finalist, Co-working Space
  • 2018 Architizer A+ Award Finalist, Commercial Office Interiors
  • 2018 Architizer MasterPrize Honorable Mention
  • 2018 FRAME Design Awards, Honoree- Co-working Space of The Year
  • 2018 SCDF, Interior Architecture Design Award
  • 2018 German Design Council Award – Interior Renovation
  • 2018 IIDA Calibre Interior Design Award, Medium Office
  • 2017 USGBC-LA Chapter Sustainable Innovation Awards Health & Wellness
  • 2017 USGBC-LA Chapter Sustainable Innovation Awards Project of the Year
  • 2017 Honoree “Firm’s Own Office” Interior Design Magazine, Best of the Year Awards
  • 2017- Honorable Mention, Architects Newspaper Best of Design Awards ‘Workplace- Interior’
  • 2017 AIA Long Beach/South Bay Design Award

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La Kretz Innovation Campus

La Kretz Innovation Campus / Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator

WELL Gold & LEED Platinum

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) La Kretz Innovation Campus is a space where science, entrepreneurship, environmentalism, and policymaking merge to advance the development of a sustainable future that includes clean and abundant water supplies, a commitment to 100% renewable energy, and an inclusive green economy. It is also a showcase for labs, working exhibits, and educational opportunities for customers, students, and visitors alike, offering ways to save money, conserve water and electricity, and learn valuable information on rebates available to all LADWP customers.

SIZE: 60,000 SF globally

SUSTAINABILITY: WELL Gold (ASAP), LEED Platinum (BuroHappold)

SECTOR: Commercial Office, Laboratory, Co-Work

PROJECT TYPE: Rehabilitation / Adaptive Reuse

LOCATION: Downtown Los Angeles (Arts District), CA, USA

The LKIC serves as the home for the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) who, on behalf of the LADWP and the City of Los Angeles, is the steward of this great facility. LADWP is a founding partner of LACI, proudly supporting their game-changing work in incubating startups, transforming markets through unprecedented programs like the Transportation Electrification Partnership, and enhancing community with their commitment to diversity and inclusion and workforce development.

With over 30,000 visitors each year from all walks of life, 15 events a week, and a growing network of partners that includes citizens, entrepreneurs, engineers, environmental organizations, corporations, and government agencies, the campus gives LADWP a platform to educate and inspire with student field trips, STEM programming, and workforce development, offering opportunity and accessibility to the green economy to communities all over LA.

Located in LA’s Arts District, the fully-renovated campus, managed by the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), is a 60,000 square-foot, one-story brick masonry building that was purchased by LADWP in 2010. La Kretz was able to achieve LEED Platinum status, thanks in large part to state-of-the-art, innovative design features such as the greywater system that provides irrigation for a neighboring park, a microgrid energy solar and battery system, a 175-kilowatt photovoltaic solar canopy, fast charger EV stations and two bioswales.

The building was able to achieve WELL Gold due to the facility’s access to LADWP’s quality potable water system, enhanced inside air quality and acoustics, access to daylight and views, healthy vending machines, snacks & drinks, and the overall well-being of the building design.

To learn more about the LEED certification on this project, visit: https://www.burohappold.com/projects/la-kretz-innovation-campus/#

At LADWP, we are proud to have our sustainability practices extend to not only our customers, but our internal operations as well. By implementing extensive clean energy measures throughout our facilities, we are leading by example to help minimize our environmental impact.

Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability Officer

Achieving WELL Gold and LEED Platinum certification at the La Kretz Innovation Campus is well-deserved recognition of LADWP’s commitment to sustainability through the campus—a living laboratory of innovation, technology, customer education and climate action.

Matt Petersen, CEO, LACI

Awards

  • 2019 USGBC-LA Chapter Project of the Year
  • 2017 Los Angeles and Mexico City Sustainable Real Estate Award
  • 2017 Rudy Bruner Silver Medal for Urban Excellence
  • 2016 ENR California Award of Merit for Green Project in Southern California

SoCal Gas Base + CNG Fueling Station

SoCal Gas Base, Training Facility, & Compressed National Gas (CNG) Fueling Station

Goal: LEED & WELL Gold, Net Zero, CNG

Southern California Gas Co.’s (SoCalGas) new net-zero energy building in Bakersfield will serve as its regional base. The building has a goal of Gold under the International WELL Building Institute’s (IWBI) WELL Building Standard (WELL). It is also seeking Gold certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its environmental benefits, which include a photovoltaic solar energy system, storm water management, drought resistant and climate-appropriate landscaping, the use of natural lighting for the wellness of employees and a super energy efficient air conditioning system power by natural gas instead of electricity.

SIZE: 31,000 SF

SUSTAINABILITY: Goal: LEED & WELL Gold, Net Zero, Compressed National Gas (CNG)

SECTOR: Corporate Office, Training, Fueling Station

PROJECT TYPE: New Construction

LOCATION: Bakersfield, CA, USA

The 31,000 square-foot concrete tilt-up building includes an employee training facility and customer demonstration center, plus a separate storage building, garage, photovoltaic solar energy system and compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station for company and public use. This new LEED-certified and WELL-certified building is designed to be net-zero energy, meaning the total energy used by the building will be roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site from its photovoltaic energy system. In addition, the new facility’s Customer Demonstration Center will exhibit some of the many emerging gas technologies, created with SoCalGas support, that deliver meaningful greenhouse gas emissions reductions. SoCalGas employees housed at the new facility will serve more than 100,000 homes and businesses across a region of more than 7,500 square miles and maintain more than 1,700 miles of natural gas pipeline.

The new fueling station is open to the public and will exclusively offer renewable natural gas (RNG), a clean, sustainable fuel made from methane that would otherwise be emitted from landfills, dairy farms, and other waste sources. The new RNG station extends the network of clean natural gas stations across a key regional goods movement corridor in the San Joaquin Valley, which experiences the worst particulate matter pollution in the state, according to the California Air Resources Board (CARB). In any given day, over twenty thousand trucks pass through Highway 99 in Bakersfield, emitting roughly eighty-five tons of smog-causing nitrogen-oxide emissions. Near-Zero emissions natural gas trucks fueled with RNG can virtually eliminate smog forming pollutants and reduce greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change by as much as 80 percent.

Renewable natural gas (RNG) is not a fossil fuel. It is a renewable form of energy produced from the methane emissions at dairy farms, wastewater treatment plants, landfills, and other waste streams. Depending on its source, RNG can be low-carbon or in some cases, even carbon neutral or negative. Capturing the methane from these waste sources and converting it into RNG keeps greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere and contributing to climate change and reduces the use of fossil fuels.

In California, vehicles account for more than 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions and 80 percent of smog-forming pollution in the state, with heavy duty trucks among the largest polluters. In the San Joaquin Valley, car and truck emissions make up about half of all measured airborne particulate matter, according to CARB. Over the last five years, RNG use as a transportation fuel for heavy duty trucks and buses has increased almost 600 percent, helping displace over seven million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. That’s equal to the emissions from more than a million homes’ electricity use for one year. In California alone, there are currently 30 operational dairy RNG projects, with approximately 50 more in various stages of development. SoCalGas began directly injecting RNG into its pipelines for the first time in 2018 when the company began accepting RNG produced at a waste hauling company’s anaerobic digestion facility in Pixley, California. In 2019, RNG produced at a dairy digester facility in California also utilized SoCalGas’ pipelines for delivery. This facility is expected to eventually collect RNG from anaerobic digesters at 12 dairies, which would prevent about 130,000 tons of GHGs from entering the atmosphere each year. Scientists at the University of California, Davis estimate that California’s existing organic waste could produce enough RNG to meet the needs of 2.3 million homes.

In addition to being used to fuel trucks and buses, RNG can also be delivered to customers to generate clean electricity and to heat homes and businesses. Nationally, a just-released study by ICF estimates that enough renewable natural gas will be available by 2040, to replace about 90 percent of the nation’s current residential natural gas consumption.

Last year, SoCalGas committed to delivering 20 percent of the natural gas it buys for homes and businesses from renewable sources by 2030. To kickstart the plan, SoCalGas is pursuing regulatory authority to implement a broad renewable natural gas procurement program. The company has also filed a request with the California Public Utilities Commission to allow current natural gas customers to sign up to purchase renewable natural gas for their homes. A similar, voluntary program was launched in Philadelphia earlier in January 2020.

Several utilities and commercial fleets have committed to increasing the use of RNG as part of their sustainability efforts. For example:

In addition, SoCal Gas has worked with fleet owners to secure millions of dollars in incentive funding for the replacement of diesel trucks with cleaner, new near-zero emissions natural gas trucks. Each new natural gas truck that replaces a traditional diesel truck is the equivalent of taking 57 passenger cars off the road. SoCalGas’ commitment to increase the use of RNG both in transportation and in buildings is part of a broad, inclusive and integrated plan to help California reach its ambitious climate goals. 

Renewable natural gas use in trucking and public transit has grown tremendously in recent years since it offers drivers an affordable way to reduce emissions and delivers the power they need to get the job done. We are excited to offer drivers who travel through Bakersfield an environmentally friendly fueling option that can immediately improve air quality in the region.

Cedric Williams, Vice President of Construction, SoCal Gas

Bakersfield serves as the center of a major movement corridor. As one of the most important food and dairy producing hubs, having this CNG fueling station in Bakersfield will help us reduce our carbon footprint as we transport needed goods across the country. We thank our partners at SoCalGas for bringing this valuable resource to our community.

Karen K. Goh, Mayor of Bakersfield, CA

Project Photos

Photos Courtesy of JTC Architects

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

SUSTAINABILITY: WELL Gold (ASAP), LEED Platinum (stok)

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

PROJECT TYPE: Speculative Development

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.

To learn more about the LEED certification on this project, visit: https://stok.com/mission-bay-block-40-exchange/

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SOM Los Angeles Office at Wells Fargo Center

SOM Los Angeles Office at Wells Fargo Center

LEED Gold & WELL Gold

Registered for WELL certification in 2016, the SOM Los Angeles Office at the Wells Fargo Center was an early adopter of the International WELL Building Institute’s (IWBI) WELL Building Standard (WELL) v1. In 2017, SOM completed a new office space to accommodate the growth of its Los Angeles studio. Located downtown, at the Wells Fargo Center—a complex designed by SOM and completed in 1983—the office provides a flexible workspace with room for expansion. The 16,000-square-foot office includes four conference rooms, two pantries, an architectural materials library, a model shop, critique areas for design reviews, and common spaces.

SIZE: 16,000 SF

SUSTAINABILITY: LEED Gold & WELL Gold

SECTOR: Commercial Office

PROJECT TYPE: New & Existing Interiors

LOCATION: Downtown Los Angeles, CA, USA

The interior design encourages collaboration and teamwork—qualities central to how SOM works. The existing 36th-floor space was completely renovated to create an open plan, with no private offices. In this non-hierarchical environment, sit-stand workstations for various architecture and design discipline groups are integrated with studio leadership. Pin-up walls provide areas for teams to collaborate on designs, while white surfaces and an exposed industrial ceiling contribute to an untraditional “laboratory” office environment. Technology is integrated throughout the workspace and includes virtual reality systems. In the reception area, interactive touch screens allow visitors to explore the firm’s current projects and history.

The Los Angeles office received LEED Gold for Interiors Design + Construction under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED v3. The Project has also achieved WELL Gold certification under IWBI’s WELL v1. Features that contribute to LEED & WELL Gold certifications include natural light and views, automated sit-stand desks, workstations located near filtered water sources, LED lighting, acoustic design, and indoor air quality, among other considerations. The office will be tested for WELL re-certification every three years.

Project Photos

Photos courtesy of SOM