CBE Recognizes Sustainability and Indoor Space for 2017 Livable Building Awards
By David Lehrer
22 August 2017
Photo Courtesy of CBE
Four buildings that showcase sustainable design and provide high quality spaces for work and study have been recognized as part of the annual Livable Buildings Award, a program of UC Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment (CBE). The winning projects include higher education, K-12, a public library and a corporate headquarters and were selected by a jury of five building industry leaders from among CBE’s industry consortium. The jurors evaluated the qualifying projects in terms of architectural design, energy and sustainability, and occupant survey results.
To qualify as a candidate for the awards, the projects had to meet minimum standards across all survey categories. These four buildings were selected from among all buildings that used the CBE survey over the previous two calendar years.
2017 Livable Buildings Winner: The Warren J. Baker Center for Science and Mathematics
The Warren J. Baker Center for Science and Mathematics at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, is an architectural icon in the heart of campus, housing leading-edge research facilities, classrooms, teaching labs, and administrative functions for three science departments and three research institutes. It includes studio classrooms for active learning, spaces for group and individual study, and interactive spaces surrounding faculty offices (eliminating the need for students to sit hallways when waiting to meet with them). The LEED-Gold certified building demonstrates numerous sustainable strategies: operable windows, radiant heating/cooling in offices and conference rooms, chilled beams in laboratories, a green roof, active monitoring of laboratory air, and an atrium designed to take advantage of daylight and passive ventilation.
Design credits include architecture by ZGF Architects, MEP engineering by Integral Group and general contracting by Gilbane, Inc.
2017 Honorable Mentions: San Mateo Main Public Library and Delta Products Corporation Americas Headquarters
The program judges also awarded honorable mentions to two additional candidate projects in the 2017 cohort. These include the San Mateo Public Library, completed in 2006 (award consideration is based on the year of the survey completion) with design by EHDD Architects, MEP by Arup, construction by Pankow Builders, and commissioning by Taylor Engineering. The jury described the architecture as “drop dead gorgeous,” and commended the building’s well-rounded sustainability approach.
Delta Headquarters, a commercial building on the fringes of Silicon Valley in Fremont, California, is an advanced ZNE building that showcases numerous green building technologies such as a rooftop photovoltaic array, and a geothermal HVAC system coupled with radiant slabs and chilled beams. The jury commended the building as being of an impressive size while also striving for net-zero energy performance. Architectural design was by J.J. Pan and Partners, of Taipei, Taiwan, in collaboration with KSH Architects of San Francisco.
Jury members for this year’s awards included: Clark Brockman, Principal of SERA Architects; Maure Creager, Senior Project Manager with Sage Glass/Saint-Gobain; Claire Maxfield, Director at Atelier Ten; Erik Ring (MS Architecture ‘00) , Principal and Director of Engineering, LPA, Inc.; and Cassie Waddell, Principal Mechanical Engineer at Genentech.
For details about these and past winners, please see the Livable Buildings website.