LEED BD+C: Core and Shell v3 - LEED 2009
Los Alamitos Medical Plaza
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
LEED Certified 2014
Pacific Medical Buildings' Los Alamitos Medical Plaza, part of the campus redevelopment at the Los Alamitos Medical Center in Southern California, is a 70,000 sf medical office building which will house multiple tenants. The project is also the first LEED Certified building on campus.
Interior air quality is critical to medical facilities and was considered throughout the design and construction. Elements such as walk-off mats, highly-rated air filtration and low-VOC finishes were installed. The project team verified all composite wood products to be urea-formaldehyde free. Clean construction practices were implemented and carefully documented throughout the process to protect the future occupants, and the mechanical system was designed to provide 30 percent more outside air than ventilation standards require throughout the life of the building.
The construction team diverted over 95 percent of its waste from landfills. Project designers endeavored to incorporate recycled content and regionally manufactured materials into the building, and native plants and grasses were selected for the landscape. The project was certified to contain 18 percent recycled content and 16 percent regional materials. The selection of native and adaptive landscape materials further contributed to over a 60% reduction in irrigation water use, and over 60% of the wood-based materials were certified to be sustainably harvested by the Forest Stewardship Council.
Operational policies were also put in place to ensure that the environmental practices extend beyond the core and shell of the building. To protect the building occupants and vulnerable patients coming to visit their physicians, the building managers implemented a green gleaning program for the custodial staff. This program requires vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters, non-toxic and fragrant/dye-free cleaning products, and the use of environmentally certified paper products. An integrated pest management plan was developed to ensure that least toxic approaches are carried-out for these procedures as well. The team also developed tenant design guidelines to highlight the attributes of the core and shell building, assist those interested in implementing sustainable design features into their own space, and encourage pursuit of LEED for Commercial Interiors.