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Our California Academy of Sciences Goes Double Platinum – Largest Such LEED-Certified Building in the World

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

The California Academy of Sciences just got another award – deets below.

Per Dr. Gregory Farrington, Executive Director of the Academy:

“Our LEED Platinum building is a marvelous example of sustainable architecture that has wowed millions of visitors since we opened three years ago. However, it is more than just a building. It is also a stage—one that has allowed us to host a wide variety of programs and exhibits about the history and future of life on Earth. Delivering these programs as sustainably as possible helps us inspire our visitors to make sustainable choices in their own lives.” 

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That’s right, baby – double platinum:

All the deets:

THE CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES RECEIVES SECOND LEED PLATINUM RATING FROM U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL

Awarded for its sustainable operations and maintenance, the Academy is now the world’s largest “Double Platinum” building

SAN FRANCISCO – On September 27, 2008, the California Academy of Sciences unveiled the world’s greenest museum—an eco-friendly new home featuring a hilly living roof, recycled denim insulation, and many other green innovations. Three years and more than five million visitors later, the museum celebrates another symbolic color: platinum. Today, the U.S. Green Building Council presented the Academy with its second LEED Platinum award, making the California Academy of Sciences the world’s first “Double Platinum” museum and the world’s largest Double Platinum building. Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, the Academy building houses an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, and world-class research and education programs under one living roof, standing as an embodiment of its 158-year-old mission to explore, explain, and protect the natural world.

“We couldn’t be more proud of the Academy for its commitment to high levels of environmental performance, and for setting the example as a leader in the San Francisco green building community and around the world,” said San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee. “Their Double Platinum rating is truly a remarkable achievement for our City.”

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system is a voluntary, consensus-based standard for evaluating high-performance, sustainable buildings. By earning points across a variety of sustainability categories, buildings can earn a basic certification, Silver, Gold, or Platinum rating. In October 2008, the Academy received its first LEED Platinum rating under the “New Construction” category, which focused on the building’s design and construction process. In August 2011, the Academy received its second LEED Platinum rating under the “Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance” category, which certifies that its day-to-day operations and business practices also meet the highest standards of sustainability.

The Academy’s operations and maintenance practices were evaluated and earned points across six different categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design process. Based on a wide range of green practices and performance metrics, including transportation, purchasing decisions, and waste disposal, it was awarded a total of 82 points, exceeding the threshold for a Platinum certification (80 points).

Founded in 1853, the California Academy of Sciences is one of the world’s preeminent natural history museums and is an international leader in scientific research about the natural world. The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake damaged the Academy’s original home in Golden Gate Park, but also provided a silver lining: the opportunity to reinvent the facility from the ground up. After nearly a decade of planning and the largest cultural fundraising effort in San Francisco history, the new Academy opened to the public in 2008. This major new initiative built on the Academy’s distinguished history and deepened its commitment to advancing scientific literacy, engaging the public, and documenting and conserving Earth’s natural resources.

“Our LEED Platinum building is a marvelous example of sustainable architecture that has wowed millions of visitors since we opened three years ago,” said Dr. Gregory Farrington, Executive Director of the Academy. “However, it is more than just a building. It is also a stage—one that has allowed us to host a wide variety of programs and exhibits about the history and future of life on Earth. Delivering these programs as sustainably as possible helps us inspire our visitors to make sustainable choices in their own lives.”

Ever more deets, after the jump.

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A 20-Percent Reduction in Asking Prices at the Presidio Landmark Apartment Building? Rentals Now Listed in the Craigslist

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Here’s what I asked for back in September, when the cheapest unit at the new Presidio Landmark apartments was $2200 (plus $150 parking fee), IIRC:

“No doubt the Presidio Landmark apartments are Mega Turbo Double Awesome, but if they’ve only rented out 2% of the units after two months of trying, then perhaps a reduction in asking prices might be called for? Just asking.”

And here’s what we have in November:

$1800 Pristine Junior One Bedroom (laurel hts / presidio) [Or see below if this link has been taken down by now.]

I’m thinking that’s about a 20% reduction in asking prices, so that seems to be a good start.

I mean if you, unlike me, value “full service amenities you would find at the Four Seasons, the Ritz, or the St. Regis” then this could be the Middle Richmond District / Presidio home for you.

The hot tub in the eastern courtyard:

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Or get a full one-bedroom for $1875.

All the deets:


Green living at its finest! Presidio Landmark is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified project. The project takes a step forward in environmentally friendly design and operation.

Located in Presidio National Park you have direct access to amazing outdoor spaces, trails, and ocean vistas. Whether your hiking, biking or just laying about, this location has something for all who enjoy nature and serenity. You also have easy access to Marin and Downtown San Francisco as well as the 101 and 280 freeways. Take the PresidiGo, a private shuttle bus that can take you to various locations around the city, way better than MUNI.

In addition to being environmentally friendly and convenient this project features full service amenities you would find at the Four Seasons, the Ritz, or the St. Regis.
~ Concierge
~ Jacuzzi
~ Massage room
~ Fitness room
~ Yoga and Pilates room
~ Bike storage and shop (you can do your own bike maintenance)
~ Guest room availability
~ Courtyard with fire pit

This junior one bedroom features hardwood flooring and carpet. Brand new finishes anoint the entire unit. Radiant environmentally friendly heating is used in lieu of electric heaters. Its Green!

Multiple configurations are available.

Call, email or even text me (please add you name, and what you are texting about) to schedule a tour.
Alex Kaufman (415)699-5900

Location - Wedemeyer at 15th Ave , San Francisco, CA 94129

Rent: $1,800 Utils. Included: None
Bed / Bath: 0/1 Lease Term: 1 Year
Unit Type: Apartment Kitchen Type: Gourmet
Pets: N Stove: Electric
View: Park Flooring: Hardwood & Carpet
Outside Area: Patio Fireplace: No
Window Coverings: Blinds Laundry: In Unit
Parking: Yes Parking Fee: $150
Unit Amenities: Concierge, Spa, Fitness Center, Bike Shop & More!

The Belles Townhomes are Now Available – Seven LEED Platinum Units – Luxury in the Presidio Just North of The Richmond

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Well actually, just two of the seven units that make up the Presidio’s new Belles Townhomes are available right now, but you’re only going to need one (most likely) and they’re all pretty much the same. (Except for the westernmost unit – that one might be ever so slightly different.)

[UPDATE: The western- and eastern-most units are a little different than the five in the middle - the ones on the ends have more windows and the westernmost unit lacks a deck, which is a bummer but oh well. The ones available now are middle units.]

So have at it, deets below.

This will be your view from the deck. You can see the Wyman Avenue homes to the left and the old PSHS Hospital / Landmark Apartments to the right. And off in the distance there’s Sutro Tower on the left and some other kind of tower on the right:

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The view looking down from the highest set of stairs:

They’re all pretty much the same. The floorplan:

And here are your more professional (mofessional) shots:

This could be your home office:

The kitchen is way up high on the third:

Open the windows and it smells like forest inside:

Looking north through the patio, ‘neath the photovoltaic panels:

Tall and thin windows to match some of the historic homes on Wyman Ave:

Save your pennies and maybe you yourself could live here someday.

All the deets:

“Forest City Raises the Bar in Sustainable Living With Unveiling of Belles Townhomes in Presidio

Distinctive Townhomes are First in San Francisco to Achieve Multifamily LEED Platinum Certification

Two of Seven Apartments Now Available Feature Prototype Energy Saving Dashboard, Solar Power, and Panoramic Roof Decks in a National Park

San Francisco – Forest City Development is setting a new standard in sustainable living with the unveiling of Belles Townhomesin the Presidio of San Francisco. Belles Townhomes are the only newly constructed residential building in the Presidio and the first multi-family residential building in San Francisco to achieve the Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum certification.

“Green building and green technology dominate this design and allow residents to stay connected to the Presidio’s natural setting and live with less environmental impact,” said Alexa Arena, vice president of Forest City-San Francisco.

The first two of the seven attached three-story three-bedroom contemporary townhomes are now available to lease. Each has a patio at ground level overlooking the green, a terrace at the main living level off the living room, a panoramic roof deck, a garage and private entrances from the street totaling 2,100 square feet of modern living space.”

Ever more deets, after the jump.

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Introducing the Belles Townhomes – Seven LEED Platinum Units – Luxury in the Presidio Just North of The Richmond

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

So maybe you want to move into the Presidio but you don’t like all the old construction. Well, now’s your chance, cause the new Belles Townhomes from Forest City in the Public Health Service District are the only new construction resdences you’ll find in the Presidio.

These units are well fitted out, to a higher level than what you’ll find at the more suburban Wyman residences to the west and the more youthful (and also more empty-nester, I’d guess) Landmark Apartments to the east. The pricing still hasn’t been set, AFAIK, but it’s likely to be stratospheric what with the engaged living and all.

This will be your view from the deck. You can see the Wyman Avenue homes to the left and the old PSHS Hospital / Landmark Apartments to the right. And off in the distance there’s Sutro Tower on the left and some other kind of tower on the right:

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The view looking down from the highest set of stairs:

They’re all pretty much the same. The floorplan:

And here are your more professional (mofessional) shots:

This could be your home office:

The kitchen is way up high on the third:

Open the windows and it smells like forest inside:

Looking north through the patio, ‘neath the photovoltaic panels:

Tall and thin windows to match some of the historic homes on Wyman Ave:

Save your pennies and maybe you yourself could live here someday.

Resolved: The Presidio Landmark Apartments Should Lower Rents by 20 Percent. Anyway, Big Green Party Tomorrow

Friday, September 24th, 2010

No doubt the Presidio Landmark apartments are Mega Turbo Double Awesome, but if they’ve only rented out 2% of the units after two months of trying, then perhaps a reduction in asking prices might be called for? Just asking.

Nay, demanding.

You don’t want the Landmark to turn into the Overlook, right?

So many empty hallways…

Anyway, as promised, there’s a big party tomorrow up in that whole Public Health Service District (PHSD) just north of Lake Street. All the deets are below.

(Now, don’t even think about trying to drive your fly hoopty onto the grounds of the PHSD for the big shingdig. Again, deets below.)

“FROM MARINE HOSPITAL TO PRESIDIO’S 1ST GREEN NEIGHBORHOOD – OPEN HOUSE CELEBRATES RE-BIRTH OF PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE DISTRICT

Presidio of San Francisco (September 23, 2010) – The Presidio’s historic Public Health Service District (PHSD),established more than a century ago to provide care to mariners from around the world, has been rehabilitated as a welcoming new gateway to the Presidio. It now features residences, cultural and educational organizations and public trails that link the Presidio’s natural, historic and recreational attractions. The Presidio Trust, along with its development partner Forest City, is celebrating the re-birth of this corner of the park with a “Green” Grand Opening Saturday, September 25 from 11am to 4pm.

Visitors to the open house will be among the first to visit the Presidio’s first green neighborhoodand explore places long hidden from public view.  They will have the opportunity to take self-guided tours of newly rehabilitated buildings and landscapes around the district; explore an EcoVillage showcasing sustainable ideas and products; enjoy local food, art, and live music; and participate in kid-friendly activities courtesy of the Presidio YMCA. 

It goes on and on, see you after the jump

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San Francisco Democrats Boo Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at Gala – How Wude!

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Pity poor Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger – tonight he crashed the annual San Francisco Democratic Party Fundraising Gala and Auction at the Fairmont Hotel atop Nob Hill and he was rewarded with a loud round of booing.

Poor guy. Did Assemblymember Tom Ammiano spontaneously yell, “You lie” at Arnold, ala Congressman Joe Wilson? Haha!

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The evening captured via Francis Tsang’s BlackBerry

Per SF FYI Net:

San Francisco Democratic Party – Onward to Victory Gala 2009
When: October 7, 2009 – Wednesday
5:30 p.m. Cocktails and Auction
7:00 p.m. Dinner and Program
Where: The Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason Street, San Francisco
What: San Francisco Democratic Party’s Annual Gala Fund Raiser. Many voices – one vision. Funds raised at the gala will directly support voter registration and get-out-the-vote activities to ensure that we elect a Democratic governor in 2010. $150.

It’s SF vs. NYC at the California Academy of Sciences LEED Award Ceremony

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

There was a jubilant mood this morning at the California Academy of SciencesLeadership in Energy and Design (LEED) award ceremony this morn. Why’s that? Platinum, baby - that’s LEED’s highest possible rating. We knew about this last year - it’s never too late to celebrate, of course. But “Can Green Design be Good Design?” Hell yes, says the New Republic:

“Renzo Piano’s sublime California Academy of Sciences (CAS), one of last year’s most widely praised buildings and the winner of a platinum rating from the Leadership in Energy and Design standard system—the highest rating from the world’s leading eco-rating program. Piano is also, by the way, among the starriest of the starchitects.”

O.K. then. This morning’s mise-en-scene, the four-story rainforest dome to the left and the tower of the de Young Museum far off across the Music Concourse. Click to expand.

Jared Blumenfeld (not “Blumenthal“), Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment and interim General Manger of Recreation and Parks, explained the difficulty of attaining LEED Platinum status for those building large museums:

Mayor Gavin Newsom, don’t miss his bit today in the HuffPo: “Greening Buildings to Save Jobs“, pointing up to the famous Living Roof:

After Mayor Newsom briefly spoke of his grandfather, Arthur L. Menzies, former Supervisor of Plant Accessions at nearby Strybing Arboretum (aka San Francisco Botanical Garden), things got a little feisty. He emphatically stated that the CAS is the “envy of New York City.” O.K. then.  

Comes now, Dr. Greg Farrington, Director of the Cal Academy:

He discussed a recent visit to Central Park, or as he called it, “Golden Gate Park East” and made reference to the American Museum of Natural History, which he envies for its subway access. (Dr. Farrington is actually “lusting after” the concept of a subway going to the CAS. Maybe someday…)

Dr. F went on to extol the Thursday evening nightLife program, which is targetted for those aged 21-35. He stated that Nightlife has won over fans on Facebook – for example, someone whose initial reaction was “how geeky can you get?” is now a huge fan.

He warned the audience members to be careful what they toss into the garbage at CAS. He jokingly suggested that former employees “now work at the de Young” after having gotten the boot for trash transgressions.

But he’s a big picture kind of guy, pointing out that CAS is attempting to answer two questions:

1. How did we get here?

2. How do we find a way to stay?

Fair enough.

We went from this, Renzo Piano’s original vision seven years ago

…to this, the LEED platinum award (sadly comprised mostly of silicon and oxygen), one of just 119 in the world:

Look for it on display the next time you visit the CA Academy of Sciences.

See you there!

More deets after the jump.  (more…)

The Green, Living Roof is Taking Over San Francisco: It’s LEED-Bait

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Do you crave Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the United States Green Building Council? Of course you do. So that’s why you need to instruct a gardner to get atop your latest project and start planting.

As here in the San Francisco Presidio, where the old Cavalry Barracks (the barracks on Schofield Road, not the Schofield Barracks) are getting a makeover. Look to the right as you speed through the Presidio from the Richmond District towards the Golden Gate Bridge in order to witness the progress. Soon, it will be just like the green-roofed California Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Contemporary Art Museum (CAMP).

Read all about it, below.

 

Can these roofs handle the change from red to Green?

Most likely.

PRESIDIO CAVALRY BARRACKS TO RIDE AGAIN. “LIVING ROOF,” PRESERVATION OF ORIGINAL FIXTURES HIGHLIGHT MAKEOVER OF HISTORIC BUILDING 
 
The cavalry played a significant role in the life of the Presidio for more than 150 years, from 1776, when the first horse-mounted soldiers arrived with the Spanish army until the 1940s when the Presidio sold the last of its horses following World War II.  In the early part of the century, cavalry soldiers trained at the Presidio before shipping out to fight the war in the Philippines. Later, they would protect the state’s newly created national parks, Yosemite and King’s Canyon. 
 
Home for the cavalry soldiers of the time was a two-story, wood-frame barracks up the hill from the stables. Now, work is beginning on a complete and total rehabilitation of the 107-year old building. The project is expected to be completed by the middle of October.
 
“It’s a wonderful, rich building with a lot of character,” says Rob Wallace, an architect with the Presidio Trust. “Unlike a lot of buildings that have undergone similar rehabilitations, this building’s pretty much in tact. We’re really taking it back to the 1902 plan.”

Read more after the jump.

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Burning the Midnight Oil at San Francisco’s New Federal Building

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

San Francisco’s famous New Federal Building on 7th Street (near the pizza-free Flank) might be too green for Platinum LEED status, but at least it illuminates the city at night, what with all these lights burning brightly.

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What happened to Lights Out SF? What happened to Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin’s “lights out” proposal?

Should the Watt Cops be called?