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A big thank you to I DO PR for their blog post about the Spring Awakenings event, the grand re-opening party after our renovations of the Banking Hall, Gateway Room, and Battery Street Entrance. The photos are amazing. A wonderful time was had by all, and Entire Productions outdid themselves as usual!
We're pleased to announce SWA's offices in the Bently Reserve have achieved LEED Gold CI certification. With this certification, along with Baker Avenue's official LEED Silver CI achievement, the Bently Reserve now houses four LEED Commercial Interior certified spaces that range from silver to platinum.
The SWA Group's buildout was designed and managed by SmithGroup JJR, an architectural firm with some serious chops: they've been in business for 160 years, designed the world's very first LEED platinum rated building, oversaw several double-platinum projects (platinum buildings housing platinum interiors), and have implemented diverse net zero energy projects.
The SWA Group is one of the world's leading landscape architecture, planning, and urban design firms. As a global firm so closely involved with the sculpting of environments, their new office space embodies the company's commitment to a harmonious coexistence between human being and environment.Nurturing Nature
SWA builds around, and designs with, natural materials. As a brick, steel, and concrete building built in the 1920s, the Bently Reserve exhibits an abundance of earthy elements in its structural components: its bricks and concrete are made from fired clay, and its enormous seismic steel beams are an aggregate of …
We're proud to announce that our newest tenant, Baker Avenue, has had its buildout featured in a variety of magazines and blogs.
The investment firm's modus operandi, "this isn't your grandfather's investment firm," was taken to heart by designers: the space amalgamates the traditional and historic beauty of the Bently Reserve with a preference for an open-air and transparent work aesthetic.
SmithGroup, a well-known architectural firm and current tenant of building, created a design that embraces the Bently Reserve's historic features, while reflecting Baker's preference for a contemporary, Zen-inspired aesthetic favoring transparency. dTank was enlisted as a cost-effective source, letting the design team craft workstations, reception stations and the furniture for private offices.
Baker Avenue has said that "it is the perfect dichotomy of old versus new — a good representation of the business we try to run."
The Baker Avenue project is slated for LEED-CI Gold and recently received an IIDa northern California Chapter award in the small workplace category.
Learn more at bakerave.com.
A California first, The Energy Foundation's offices in the Bently Reserve have received LEED-CI Platinum Certification.
The unique and sustainable space is a flawless fit for the company, which is a partnership of philanthropic investors that promotes innovative clean-energy technologies. BCCI Builders and TannerHecht Architecture completed the construction with recycled and renewable materials, using advanced energy-efficient lighting, mechanical, and climate control systems.
In an article published in California Construction, Alex Spilger, the sustainability manager of BCCI, says "this is an enormous acknowledgement for everyone involved. Not only is BCCI honored to have contributed to The Energy Foundation's significant office space, but we thoroughly enjoyed working with the client and TannerHecht Architecture to deliver the vision of this project."
The unique floor plan allows nearly every occupied space to receive direct light from the large exterior windows, and daylight harvesting and lighting control systems reduce lighting power density by 45%, while new efficient fixtures achieve a 59% water use reduction over EPA performance requirements.
The Bently Reserve provided …
The SmithGroup, an architecture and engineering firm whose 88 LEED projects to date include three top-ranked LEED Platinum buildings, has completed an extraordinary buildout of new offices at the Bently Reserve.
The Bently Reserve appealed to the firm because of its stately Beaux-Arts exterior, flexible floor plans, extensive space, and ample natural lighting. The 200,000-square-foot Bently Reserve is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a protected San Francisco landmark. Designed in the early 1920s by George Kelham, it was the first Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and epitomizes the unique and colorful heritage of San Francisco.
The buildings owner is also commited to sustainability, which appealed to the SmithGroup — building owners Bently Holdings has made LEED Silver certification a prerequisite for all leaseholders.
Transforming this 83-year old space into a dynamic and sustainable workplace was the vision, and it delivers: the contemporary space brings forth the best of both worlds, highlighting the historic aspects of the building while embracing high-performance design. The SmithGroup took this concept a step further: in appreciation of the brick-and-timber core and exposed building elements, the firm left these elements exposed to serve as the …