An office that leads by example
BuroHappold Engineering’s Los Angeles office is a highly sustainable workspace that offers an exceptional environment for its employees. As well as providing a low energy and efficient design, the office plans focus on health and wellness, with spaces to ensure plenty of access to daylight and views. Our Los Angeles team adopted LA’s first Sustainable City Plan by incorporating a number of sustainable initiatives into the design.
We needed to design an office fit out that would be a prime example of a highly sustainable office space, as well as being representative of how our different specialisms can combine their skills to offer exceptional solutions. A key element of the project was to improve the wellbeing of employees, creating a working space that is both energy efficient and a positive place to work.
To create a positive working environment, the office is open plan to ensure all workstations have access to daylight and views. Blinds and lighting controls allow occupants to control levels of light in the space, while solar film has been added to the glazing. These solutions have also resulted in a 43% reduction in lighting power density.
Our team installed a number of sustainable solutions, including fixtures that reduce water use by 36% over the baseline case and renewable energy systems that feed back into the city systems, allowing us to purchase 100% of our annual power in Renewable Energy credits. The office space is designed as a living laboratory, with systems being monitored to allow the team to make any adjustments needed to improve performance. Data from the building’s monitoring system is continually analyzed by students studying at the University of Southern California, providing both the information needed to improve the performance of the space as well as an education opportunity.
After 12 months in the space our team carried out a ‘Happiness at BuroHappold’ workshop to allow staff to suggest changes and improve their environment further. Several changes were made as a direct result of the workshop, including overhead LED lighting, improved thermal comfort, increased social seating and installing a bike rack. Further demonstrating its success, the office received a 90% satisfaction rating in a recent post occupancy survey.
These improvements, along with the original works, enabled BuroHappold to receive the International Living Future Institute’s JUST label, which recognizes the quality and safety of working spaces for employees. The JUST label scored the office space 3/3 for occupational safety and worker happiness, among other key criteria. The office also is LEED Platinum certified. This multi-award winning project sets the standard in sustainable office design that has occupant well-being at its heart.
Services and approach
When we integrate our specialist teams around an approach, the benefits to the client multiply