Commitment to LEED and “Green” Building Design
Although the structural engineer has not typically been viewed as an active participant in a project’s goal to be LEED certified, we have strived to challenge that perception. As designers face future challenges of limited resources and the effects of greenhouse gases, we believe sustainable design is not only a noble concept but a necessary one. Every project can benefit from thinking “green”, and collectively these efforts help to preserve and protect our environment and resources, This is why we became a member of the U.S. Green Building Council back in 2005, have provided in-house continuing education on LEED requirements, have committed to getting our designers LEED certified and have become certified as a Bay Area Green Business. In addition to educating ourselves in the requirements of LEED certification, we have changed our design specifications to capture any and all possible candidates for LEED points - from the amount of flyash in the concrete mix design to the percentage of recycled materials, and we provide creative structural design solutions for the incorporation of architectural and mechanical LEED design features. All together, they help to achieve the goal of sustainable design and environmental stewardship.
San Mateo County Forensic Laboratory and Coroner's Office, San Mateo, CA
Rating: LEED NC Certified
Awards: American Institute of Architects Top 10 Green Project for 2003
Description: Crosby Group provided structural engineering on the San Mateo County Forensic Laboratory and Coroner's Office project consisting of 28,500s.f. of laboratory, office and associated building functions. This $7 million project is a one-story facility on a sloping site, oriented to maximize solar exposure and minimize excavation of the hillside. We provided an economical structural steel framing solution to meet the owner’s needs. All of the structural steel was exposed and finished using AESS construction standards for attractive appearance and durability. The exposed steel also added to the open and airy feel of the interior space. The building systems design reflects a commitment to sustainable design.
Santa Clara County Crime Laboratory, San Jose, CA
Rating Goal: LEED NC Silver
Description: Crosby Group provided the structural design of the new Santa Clara County Crime Laboratory in San Jose, CA. This 5-story steel framed structure housing laboratories, offices, classrooms and evidence storage was designed to meet LEED NC Silver Certification. The structural design incorporates recycled materials including high volume fly ash in the mat foundation as well as recycled steel. Other design features include the use of local materials, low-emitting materials and adhesives, and reduction of construction wastes.
San Quentin Central Health Services Building, San Quentin, CA
Rating Goal: LEED NC Silver
Description: Crosby Group provided the structural design of the new 5-story, 116,000 square foot Central Health Services Center located within the secure perimeter of the San Quentin State Prison. This steel framed structure houses medical, dental and mental health facilities as well as receiving and release and administrative functions and was designed to meet LEED NC Silver Certification. The structural design incorporates recycled materials including the use of fly ash in the foundations as well as recycled steel. Other design features include the preservation of existing URM façade wall and retaining wall, along with an 1850’s era stone walled historic dungeon, as well as the use of local materials, low-emitting materials and adhesives, and diversion of construction wastes from landfills.