LEED BD+C: Core and Shell v2 - LEED 2.0
LEED Silver 2009
This Nationally Registered Historic Place was once plagued by vacancies, but LEED certification gave it a competitive edge in one of the country's most aggressive commercial markets.
This Nationally Registered Historic Place was once plagued by vacancies, but LEED certification gave it a competitive edge in one of the country's most aggressive commercial markets. Throughout this restoration project and LEED certification, special attention was paid to preserving the original Beaux-Arts style of the building while applying modern technologies and sustainable design.
Designed by architect George W. Kelham and completed in 1924, the Bently Reserve served as headquarters of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco until 1983. After the Federal Reserve moved to larger facilities, the building was sold to private developers who leased it as office space. In 1998, it was purchased by Boston Properties, who began using the 8,045-square-foot banking hall for weddings and special events. By 2004, Boston Properties was unsuccessful in leasing the property, which had an occupancy rate of only 0.8%. When purchased a year later by Bently Reserve LP, the building was completely vacant. Today, the Bently Reserve boasts profitable occupancy rates due to its LEED retrofit, and is recognized as one of the West Coast’s greenest event and conference venues.
Currently, the building’s upper floors are leased to notable tenants such as SmithGroupJJR, the Bar Association of San Francisco, Baker Ave, and the Energy Foundation. Since purchasing the building in 2005, Reserve owners have cultivated a green environment by requiring all new tenants to design and certify their office space at a minimum of LEED for Commercial Interiors at the silver level. Key sustainable building features include a demand response program, web-based building management system, and extensive multi-tenant engagement in building-wide recycling and composting programs.