Katherine Morgan

Beyond Keeping up Appearances

Beyond Keeping up Appearances

Your spiffy LEED plaque has been hanging in the foyer for years proclaiming the sustainable efforts that went into the design and construction of your building. But now that the building is occupied and running – is it living up to the intent? The USGBC really wants to know, and it is likely that all the stakeholders that originally cared that it was certified do too, even if they never ask. Whether it was driven by investors, the owner, government incentive or requirement, or market expectations it is easier now than ever to find out, and prove it. The mother-of-all post-occupancy evaluations GBCI rolled out their new online platform Arc (Arcskoru.com) to support LEED O+M v4.0 and 4.1 and implemented a suite of updates and revised scoring in early 2019 to support the final version of v4.1 including recertification. Buildings that previously certified under any version of BD+C and ID+C […]

ArchEcology’s Growing Portfolio in the Bay Area

ArchEcology’s Growing Portfolio in the Bay Area

Golden State Eco-Warriors ArchEcology has been expanding into Northern California thanks to a couple of our awesome clients.  Over the last year we’ve been growing our expertise in the regulations and programs governing green development in California.  Title 24 (T24), CalGreen, and Build It Green all bring new codes, checklists and inspection requirements, in addition to LEED requirements. There is a recognition by the USGBC that the California standards go far further than typical codes and requirements, prompting them to issue an Alternative Compliance Path (ACP) that allows nonresidential projects that comply with CalGreen 2016 requirements to automatically comply with related LEED v4 credits. More detail on the 12 Prerequisites and 6 credits that are eligible can be found at https://www.usgbc.org/green-codes. Similarly, LEED will accept Title 24 performance modeling results for Optimize Energy credits, as a means of streamlining energy modeling efforts. However, the use of T24 results for LEED […]

LEED Certified Retail in Bellevue

LEED Certified Retail in Bellevue

Congratulations to KG Investments and their team on completing LEED Core and Shell certification of their new shopping center in Bellevue, WA. The project is a pioneer in shifting the appearance of 116th Ave NE, just over the highway from Bellevue’s downtown core from a strip of large auto sale lots, to a more diverse and dense business district. This Class A retail project provides 75,360 sf of space and houses REI, Home Goods and Trader Joes. It anchors a new intersection that allows SE 4th Street to continue east and connect over to 120th Ave NE. Documenting Core and Shell certification can entail a delicate juggling act as tenants are identified and build out and tenant agreement parameters shift during construction.  ArchEcology was able to help the project team keep a handle on all these parameters and take credit for the project’s green choices. HIGHLIGHTS Owner: KG Investments Architectural Design: […]