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Contractor HQ gets Gold 'green'

Rudolph and Sletten Inc. General Contractors announced it has received the Gold LEED CI (Commercial Interiors) certification for the build-out of its own 40,000-square-foot corporate headquarters at the Pacific Shores Center in Redwood City.

The project is one of a handful of LEED 2.0 (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) CI certified projects in the Western U.S. CAS Architects of Mountain View, was the designer of record.

Nick Pera, Rudolph and Sletten's preconstruction executive who managed the LEED process, said that the CI Gold certification included credits for recycling, using local materials, and improving indoor environmental quality. "The build-out included using a large amount of recycled materials in the building, and recycling 93 percent of all the waste instead of sending it to a landfill," he said.

Pera added that 75 percent of the project space receives substantial amounts of daylight, which contributes to indoor environmental quality and occupant comfort.

"Countertops were manufactured from recycled glass from Berkeley," said Pera. "The casework was also manufactured locally, adding to the use of local products. We have also placed signage throughout the building to educate the staff and visitors about the green aspects of the building."

Some the LEED CI certified features within the corporate headquarters include:

  • 95 percent of all equipment, electronics and appliances installed in the facility meet Energy Star Rated requirements.
  • 62 percent of existing furniture and furnishings were reused.
  • All new casework is constructed with Ecocolor, a prefinished particleboard from sustainable forests.
  • All carpets, sealants, adhesives, paints and laminate woods are low emitting materials, reducing the quantity of indoor contaminants.
  • Full heights storefront office walls and glass are inserted into cubicle walls to increase the daylight and the views.
  • Over 60 percent of the MEP systems, ceiling tiles, carpet and gypsum metal stud walls are reused.
  • Plumbing is designed to maximize water efficiency, including waterless urinals and motion sensor low-flow faucets, resulting in 30 percent water savings.
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