Projects: Commercial

StopWaste.Org Building
Renovation and Rehabilitation

1537 Webster Street, Oakland, CA
Certified USGBC LEED NC Platinum Rating

Komorous-Towey Architects most recently completed the renovation and rehabilitation of the new Headquarters for “StopWaste.Org” located in Downtown Oakland. The building has been certified to meet the LEED-NC Platinum Green Building standard as defined by the US Green Building Council.

This renovated building includes office space as well as Board and training room facilities, and houses staff of ACWMA and the Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board. The design includes wide use of sustainable building materials, energy efficient mechanical systems, and other green building features. In addition to meeting the Platinum standard, it is intended that the building will serve as a model that will promote StopWaste.Org’s goals of “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.”

The scope of work included a full seismic upgrade with steel brace frames and concrete shear walls. New stairs, elevator and restrooms contribute to full accessibility. The building’s solar electric panels power 10% of anticipated electrical use. The building also features a rain catchment system.

The original goal for the project was to attain a minimum LEED NC-Silver certification. Through the efforts of the design team it became apparent that a much higher level of sustainable design could be achieved. The decision to submit for LEED Platinum certification was made well into the construction process, creating challenges for the design team. With KTA’s design leadership and ideas, the extra design features were added without compromising the design and at a minimal added cost.

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