JMB Realty Corporation commits to build the first new LEED Platinum certified office high-rise in Los Angeles (and all of Southern California) in the Century City community marking a sea change in this community and what is possible with the next generation of office development.
As of January 2013, the 37-story JMB Century City green-rise will be the first office high-rise over 27-stories in all of California (and one of eight office high-rise on the entire continent) to achieve this distinction. JMB is prepared to make this commitment in order to serve as a model for future high-rise office development throughout Los Angeles - and all of California.
The project would be seen as a model for green high-rise office developments for Los Angeles -- and beyond -- especially as it relates to making clear that there is common ground between jobs and environmentalism. To this end, the commitment includes a partnership with one of the largest construction trade unions in the country to provide a LEED construction-training program for construction workers that will help support future projects.
By integrating the best new engineering and technological practices and innovations, JMB's Century City Center project will be the first new LEED Platinum high-rise in Los Angeles and Southern California, which would effectively create a new benchmark for development and baseline for sustainable performance for the commercial office market in America's second-largest urban region.
The project will maximize daylight, minimize heat and reduce mechanical air conditioning use to the full extent possible with one of the country's largest double skin façades, a high-performing Central Plant that produces ice at night to melt during the day for cooling and a passively cooled lobby using fresh air and a high-tech chilled lobby floor. In addition, the project will install approximately 7,000 square feet of photovoltaic solar panels. The project will also have one of the largest habitable green roofs in the nation to minimize the heat island effect that is a major cause of energy usage and waste associated with the operation of commercial buildings as well as recapture storm water for landscape irrigation. The most innovative techniques available to minimize excess water use by the building will be utilized as well as the reuse of greywater for non-potable demands as a demonstration project for Southern California buildings.
This will translate into high levels of energy and water efficiency, excellent thermal comfort that will encourage more productivity and less absenteeism for occupants, and reduced impact on environmental systems.
Additionally, the project will reduce emissions through a Mobility Hub and a smartphone mobile application to encourage and connect public transportation, rideshare and alternative means of commuting to the entire community.
Century City Center is currently in the environmental and public hearing process with the City of Los Angeles. It anticipates that it will obtain City approval by September of this year. After receiving final approval for the project, the final design and engineering will be complete by March 2014 with the goal to market to tenants and obtain construction financing by December 2014. Once these steps are completed, the project is slated to begin construction in 2015 with a completion date in 2017.
At the Democratic Convention in August, President Bill Clinton singled out Los Angeles as a model city when it comes to sustainability. And indeed, under the leadership of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles (a member of C40) seeks to lead the way in forward-looking policies designed to protect the Earth - specifically as it relates to reducing carbon emissions.
Currently the commercial sector used 19% of all energy consumed in the U.S. As office buildings in general remain functional for several decades, there is little annual change in stock and much of the availability was constructed before sustainability was a leading concern. Retrofits are of course possible, but often the costs can be prohibitive. Integrating principals of green building in a building's construction is crucial to addressing the challenges posed by climate change.
JMB Realty Corporation and its affiliates have developed a number of commercial high-rise buildings in the past, many of which have achieved high levels of sustainability as measured by LEED ratings. These include Constellation Place (LEED Gold) and SunAmerica Center (LEED Silver), both in Los Angeles, and 1001 Fannin Street (LEED Gold) in Houston. These projects achieved their LEED ratings through retrofit strategies using existing systems and envelope components. The design team has also been involved in a variety of building type projects throughout the world that have achieved similar sustainable performance, including LEED Platinum rating levels. JMB's Century City Center project will be the first new LEED Platinum high-rise in Los Angeles, which would effectively create a new baseline for sustainable performance for the commercial office market in America's second-largest urban region.