Long-time Wendel Rosen client, Clif Bar & Company (“Clif Bar”), has been awarded LEED Platinum, for its 115,000 sq. ft. headquarters in Emeryville, California. Designed by ZGF Architects of Portland, Oregon and constructed by DPR Construction of San Francisco, California, Clif Bar’s headquarters boasts a “smart” solar array on its rooftop which provides the majority of power needed for the building. In addition, solar thermal panels provide 70% of the heat needed for hot water. Low flow faucets and showers further reduce the building’s environmental footprint.
But reduced energy and water consumption are just two of many eco-friendly features which has enabled Clif Bar’s headquarters to earn the highest LEED certification available and to become one of the first buildings in the state to meet California’s 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. More than 12,000 board feet of reclaimed wood was used and, where new wood was used, it was sourced from sustainably managed forests. In addition, recycled denim was used for sound-absorbing panels; lamps, tables and other office furniture were reused from the building’s former tenant; and even the whimsical interior design elements of the building, which includes gravity defying bicycles, kayaks and snowboards, have been reused and repurposed.
More information on and photos of the project can be found at ENR California. Congratulations Clif Bar!