Central Oregon Unitarian Church Recognized for Sustainability

A new Unitarian church in Bend, Ore., was recognized with a 2015 Honor Award in the international Religious Art and Architecture Design Awards program as well as a Gold certification from Earth Advantage, a Portland, Ore.-based non-profit focused on sustainable building practices.

LEO A DALY Designs to Improve Veteran Health

By Jessie Fetterling
Earlier this summer, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reopened Building 209, a former mental health hospital on the VA’s West Los Angeles campus. Los Angeles-based LEO A DALY renovated the 1945 Mission Revival-style building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, to contain 55 residential units — 45 single occupancy and 10 dual occupancy — that now house 65, chronically homeless veterans.

UC Santa Barbara Lab Still One of Nation’s Greenest

The U.S. Green Building Council recognized 15 LEED-certified projects in celebration of its 15 years as an organization earlier this year. The projects were chosen based on versatility, value and staying power.

CDCR Honored for Green Efforts

In October, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) accepted the Cool Planet Award from the Los Angeles-based environmental nonprofit Climate Registry and Rosemead, Calif.-based electrical company Southern California Edison (SCE).

Marin County Plans Green Hospital for 2020

Major work is underway for an expansion at Marin General Hospital (MGH) in Greenbrae.

Winners Announced for Architecture at Zero Competition

On Oct. 23, San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) announced the winners of the fifth annual Architecture at Zero competition for zero net energy building design.

Denver Skyline Adds New LEED Office Tower

The Connecticut-based private investment firm Starwood Capital Group plans to develop a new office building in the Union Station neighborhood of Downtown Denver, called 16 Chestnut. The company is working through a controlled affiliate and East West Partners, a Denver-based development company specializing in, building, selling, managing and supporting high quality real estate to complete a third collaboration project in the Downtown Denver area.

ASU’s College Avenue Commons Earns LEED Gold

Arizona State University’s College Avenue Commons (CAVC) building, completed in summer 2014, recently achieved LEED Gold certification. The project was a joint collaboration between locally based Gensler and Architekton designers and architects and was built by locally based Okland Construction.

Green Building Initiative Invites Public Feedback

The Consensus Body of the Green Building Initiative (GBI), headquartered in Portland, recently called for public comments on a revision to its American National Standards Institute, ANSI/GBI 01-2010:

Massive Green Roof Park Planned for Cupertino

In 2014, Sand Hill Property Company acquired the Vallco Shopping Mall in Silicon Valley. The shopping mall has been in trouble for years and has had its lower level shut down for over a decade. Sand Hill Property Company hopes to re-develop the shopping mall into something innovative, sustainable, and green in Cupertino.