South Pasadena, California
In a park-like setting located just north of the historic Oak Lawn Bridge and adjacent Oak Lawn residential subdivision, both designed by the architects Greene and Greene, the project is a two-story office building elevated on columns over parking on grade. The project has been chosen to be the first commercial small office building to take part in Southern California Edison’s Zero Net Energy program. The goal of the project is to test the commercial viability of building a sustainable, small office building. The dominant aesthetic feature of the building, which sits adjacent to the Metro Gold Line commuter light rail, is its extensive green screen that wraps and shades all four sides.
In addition to the green screen facade, which provides shade for the balconies and interior spaces, passive and active sustainable technologies are employed to reduce the building’s carbon footprint. Technologies being studied are the maximizing of daylighting; the use of high efficiency glazing; the use of interior finish materials from rapidly renewable sources; low VOC-emitting adhesives, paints, and composites; permeable paving or bio-swales to reduce water runoff into storm sewers; and rooftop photovoltaic panels to provide electricity.
12,000 sq. ft. leasable building area
23,000 sq. ft. site area
PROJECT TEAM: Peter Tolkin, Chris Girt, Leigh Jerrard, Tinka Rogic, Sang Kim
ENGINEERS: Charles Tan & Associates (Structural)
LANDSCAPE: Wade Graham Landscape Studio
CONSULTANTS: Aztec Engineering (Traffic), Senna Tree Company (Arborist), Rothermel and Associates (Acoustics)
RENDERINGS: Olek Zemplinski