Golden 1 Center Features Nature-Inspired Design

Construction on the Golden 1 Center is underway, and the soon-to-be home of the Sacramento Kings basketball team is being designed to achieve LEED Gold certification.

California Launches 7x7x7 School Sustainability Initiative

In January, California’s State Architect Chester A. Widom, FAIA, launched a forward-thinking new sustainability initiative.

Corcoran State Prison Goes for LEED Gold

Amid rising operational costs and criticism for California’s correctional health care, the Administrative Segregation Unit/Enhanced Outpatient Unit (ASU-EOP) at Corcoran State Prison is an example of the state’s push toward improved patient care and energy efficiency.

Los Angeles Harbor College Building Achieves LEED Platinum

Los Angeles Harbor College’s new Science Complex recently received LEED Platinum certification, the highest level of certification for sustainable design awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

UNLV Rec Center Encourages Wellness Through Technology

The University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) recently installed a video wall system in its 183,333-square-foot Student Wellness and Recreation Center designed to encourage and motivate students as they pursue fitness goals.

One North Development Raises Sustainability Bar

By Jessie Fetterling
The One North development in Portland is raising the bar for green build-ing by creating its own sustainability template that exceeds industry standards. Construction on the uber-green commercial building started in June 2014 and is on target to be completed by this November. R&H Construction is serving as the general contractor on the project and Holst Architecture is the architect, while Froelich Engineers is the structural engineer and McKinstry is the mechanical, electrical & plumbing engineer. All four companies are based locally.

California’s ARTIC Named Project of the Year

The American Public Works Association (APWA) honored California’s Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) with the Project of the Year Award in the Structures category in September.

FuelCell to Help Power Santa Rita Jail

A 1.4-megawatt fuel cell plant will soon provide the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin with both heat and power. The facility recently signed a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with FuelCell Energy — a Danbury, Conn.-based designer, manufacturer, operator and servicer of ultra-clean, efficient and reliable fuel cell power plants — which includes commissioning the new fuel cell plant in late 2016.

Temecula Valley Schools Embrace Green Energy

A 6-megawatt solar array and energy storage project will soon become a symbol of environmental sustainable for California’s Temecula Valley Unified School District. The project will serve 19 schools throughout the 213-square-mile southern California district as well as the district’s administrative offices, and include energy storage systems at five separate sites.

Alameda County’s New Courthouse to Open in 2017

By Jessie Fetterling
A topping out ceremony was held on Sept. 18 for the East County Hall of Justice in Dublin. The ceremony marked 40 percent completion for the building, which broke ground in September 2014 and is on pace to open in early 2017.