Allsteel/Gunlocke chose a stand-alone pavilion in the Embarcadero Center complex in downtown San Francisco as the site for the 13,500-sq.-ft Allsteel Resource Center. Working early on in the design phase with San Francisco architect Gensler and MEP engineer Glumac, DPR led the team in determining what level certification it would seek, LEED-CI Silver certification, and establishing the goals and responsibility for each LEED credit that was pursued.
Among its various green features, the renovated building was designed to reduce the lighting power density to 25 percent below the Title 24 energy requirements through the use of efficient lighting fixtures and controls. The existing building's 40-year-old HVAC system was replaced with a custom-designed, state-of-the-art energy efficient system. The complete renovation of the restrooms and pantry enabled the project to achieve exemplary water efficiency performance. Water consumption was reduced by nearly 43 percent as a result of plumbing fixtures that were chosen. All adhesives and sealants in the building are below established VOC limits and the carpet meets the green building standard for low VOC emissions.
- Efficient lighting fixtures and controls, designed to achieve a reduction in lighting power density to 25 percent below Title 24 requirements
- Low VOC adhesives, sealants and carpet
- Low-flow water fixtures