“The WELL Building Standard focuses more on employees and people who occupy the building, and less on the building itself. Everything from air quality to fitness and nourishment is considered to ensure building occupants have a positive working environment.”
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BCCI has long been on the forefront of the sustainable construction movement. As part of our commitment to sustainability, our green building experts have completed over 50 projects that have achieved or are seeking LEED certification, including California’s first LEED CI certified project, and one of only two LEED v4 CI beta projects in the U.S. targeting Platinum certification. Additionally we have helped clients meet the demanding standards of Living Building Challenge Petal Recognition.
The key to our success is foresight and collaboration. The most common mistake in green building is not beginning discussions about sustainability goals until after design is underway. Our green team is engaged early and throughout:
- Assisting with building selection and site analysis
- Identifying cost-efficient materials and equipment that enhance return on investment and save natural resources
- Managing documentation from start to finish for green building certification
- Reusing and recycling materials to reduce landfill waste
- Maintaining stringent air quality control standards to protect the construction team and future occupants
85 Bluxome Street: Building Wellness into Real Estate
Originally, green building focused mostly on conservation of water and energy. Then, LEED v4 added a stronger emphasis on performance, life cycle impact, and material health. Today, the industry is increasingly turning its attention to health and wellness, as evidenced by the new Delos WELL Building Standard®, the first protocol of its kind, focused on health and human wellness within the built environment.
When Bluxome Partners chose to develop a new property at 85 Bluxome Street, they knew they wanted to create a sustainable office development that suited the environmental interests of prospective tenants in the SoMa neighborhood. BCCI’s analysis of the site determined that the best return on investment would come from demolishing the existing warehouse structure and constructing a new five-story concrete and steel frame building totaling 55,000 square feet. In addition to targeting LEED Core & Shell v2009 Gold certification, the project is piloting WELL Certification – the first ground-up project in California to do so.
BCCI has been a collaborative partner throughout the planning process, assisting with value analysis, programming, entitlements, city planning review, permitting, and material selection. With buildings on three sides, the new building façade will feature floor-to-ceiling windows. Brick and timber from the old structure will be reused as design elements in the new office building. With the building core and vertical circulation located along the east side of the property, open floor plates will provide flexibility to meet the future tenant’s workplace needs.
Core and shell construction will be completed later this year. As the building is leased, BCCI and the design team will work with tenants to implement WELL Building Standards into the design and construction of the interiors. It is Bluxome Partners intent to obtain WELL Certification for the entire building, inside and out.