By looking at these pictures, you probably canâ€™t tell that an old, two-story, under-performing industrial building was converted into a beautiful modern suite of office spaces. The Koll Company hired LPA Inc. to transform the old facility and transform they did! (You can see a before photo below.) The LEED Silver building, now referred to as the Koll Airport Professional Center for its location near John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, is a fine example of adaptive reuse with new green elements:
- Preferred parking spaces have been set aside for fuel efficient vehicles;
- Overall, 76% of existing exterior walls and structural elements were reused;
- The parking garage/building core was outfitted with high efficiency lighting;
- Potable water use is reduced by more than 40% through high performance plumbing fixtures;
- Potable water use is further reduced by 50% through a high efficiency irrigation system;
- Perimeter glazing was replaced with a high performance low-E coated glass;
- The existing built up roof was replaced with rigid insulation and a single ply white PVC cool roof; and
- Louvered canopies, vertical and horizontal sunshades, and deep set windows work to shade openings from the sunâ€™s rays and minimize solar heat gain.
Speaking about the Center, LPA Architect Keith Hempel said, â€œThis building is a great model of how to reposition an underutilized, underperforming building and repurpose it to benefit the surrounding community and occupants for decades to come.â€
Of note, the Center exceeds Californiaâ€™s Title 24 energy code by more than 17% and has space for one to eight office spaces between 3,000 to 40,000 square feet. If you're a green business in the area, check out the Koll Airport Professional Center located at 17862 Fitch in Irvine, California.
Photo credits: LPA Inc.