Office, retail building receives prestigious accolades for sustainability
BrunswigSquare, a mixed-use development in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo neighborhood, has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold certification and gold Wired Certification, its owners announced in a release.
An office/retail building, Brunswig Square is distinguished by more than 33,000 square feet of street level retail, high ceilings, seven floors of creative office and inspiring views of downtown Los Angeles and its arts district.
“The LEED and Wired certifications are major milestones in our effort to modernize Brunswig Square for a new generation of tenants,” said Michael Phillips, president of property owner Jamestown.
Built in 1931 as a warehouse for the Brunswig Drug Co., Brunswig Square was acquired by Jamestown in September 2015. Aiming to achieve the prized LEED certification, Jamestown incorporated numerous sustainability features and used eco-friendly practices in renovating the building.
All of the foundation, facade, roof deck and structural walls were reused. Over the course of construction, more than 82 percent of the waste was salvaged and recycled, reducing the burden on the local landfill. The project also used a significant amount of sustainable building materials such as steel and concrete.
Significant effort was made to retrofit the existing building, resulting in an annual reduction of energy costs. Energy conservation measures implemented include 100 percent LED lighting, a new energy management system, VFD and efficient motors on condenser water pumps and cooling towers, and demand control ventilation.
To reduce the burden on municipal water supply, ultra-low-flow plumbing fixtures were installed, reducing consumption by 40 percent. Jamestown also installed secure bike storage and showers on the ground floor to encourage biking to work. Additionally, 10 percent of parking spaces, located in preferred areas, are dedicated to low-emitting and fuel efficient vehicles.
LEED is an internationally recognized, third-party certification for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. The LEED rating system is designed to promote design and construction practices that increase profitability while reducing the environmental impacts of buildings and improving occupant health and well-being.
Brunswig Square is one of 50 Wired Certified buildings in Southern California, marking its superior Internet connectivity and digital infrastructure. The building has two fiber providers and a fixed wireless provider available to tenants for Internet service. Additional facilities of the building that contributed to its Wired Certification include the availability of spare riser capacity to support the future needs of tenants and allow for additional Internet service providers to be brought into the building; telecom equipment kept in a protected space, separate from other utilities, reducing the potential for service disruption; and dedicated risers to contain and protect telecom cables from risk of damage.
Wired Certification is the internationally recognized rating system that helps landlords design and promote their buildings' digital connectivity to tenants. More than four million tenants in more than 1,000 buildings globally trust Wired Certification as the benchmark for top-quality internet service.
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