IBM's Bay Area Lab in Foster City, California, recognized under LEED for Commercial Interiors
25 Jan 2010 -- The U.S. Green Building CouncilTM recently awarded IBM its first LEED Gold Certification for Commercial Interiors for the company's interior leased office space known as the Bay Area Lab in Foster City, California.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental DesignTM) provides a framework for implementing environmentally responsible strategies into the design and building process. Certification can be achieved in one of several categories including New Construction, Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, Commercial Interiors, Core & Shell, Schools, Retail, Healthcare, Homes and Neighborhood Development by following the respective project checklist and earning enough points to meet certification criteria. The total number of project points determines the LEED certification rating (Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum).
Comprised of approximately 60,000 square feet of office space in a multi-tenanted complex in Foster City, IBM's Bay Area Lab houses 300 employees primarily involved with software development. The location of the building, which is convenient for nearby access to public transportation and many other amenities, and the fact that IBM was the first occupant of the space provided a unique opportunity for IBM's Real Estate Site Operations (RESO) organization, who led the two-year project, to incorporate LEED design elements within the IBM space.
Under LEED, performance is recognized across key areas such as sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation in design.
The following are specific highlights that contributed to IBM's LEED Gold Certification at Foster City:
The LEED Gold Certification achieved at Foster City is a testament to IBM's commitment to environmental leadership in all of its business activities.
In late December 2009, IBM was awarded its second LEED Gold Certification for Commercial Interiors for the renovation of its leased space in Costa Mesa, California. This Certification was achieved based on many of the same attributes described above for Foster City. Other IBM LEED Certifications include the Tivoli headquarters building in Austin, Texas, which achieved Certification under LEED for New Construction in 2002 and the company's new data center in Boulder, Colorado, which earned LEED Silver Certification for New Construction in 2008.