LEED BD+C: New Construction v2 - LEED 2.2
TraPac Administration Building
Wilmington, CA 90744
LEED Gold 2015
This four-story, 27,000-square-foot administration building contains offices for employees of the major shipping container terminal TraPac, a private tenant of the Port of Los Angeles (POLA). There are floors for executives, finance, human resources, operations, IT, and their associated staff. It is a brand new, state of the art, LEED Gold building among one of seven new buildings in a re-master plan of the existing terminal operations to include automated terminal facilities, grade separation road over rail, new in and out bound truck traffic.
In efforts to create a more sustainable future, POLA has a self-mandated Green Building Policy to construct any buildings more than 7,500 square feet to LEED Gold certification standards. The design team took into consideration many existing site conditions, local microclimate, regional material and indoor environmental quality.
POLA used some existing infrastructure to its advantage. Site selection was on a previously developed area located next to a major truck circulation, Harry Bridges Blvd and 110 Harbor Freeway. The building was able to connect to newly installed recycled waterlines from the Wilmington Park across the street and achieve all five Water Efficiency credits. The building system met and exceeded the minimum two points of Optimized Energy Performance, as well as implementing the Enhanced Commissioning process. High humidity and marine salt air were addressed. More than 95 percent construction waste was diverted from landfill, and almost all materials used contained recycled content, were regionally sourced and manufactured, and certified FSC wood. POLA was active and diligent in achieving all 15 possible IEQ credit points as a landlord wanting the best productive indoor environment for a long-term tenant.
A key tenant requirement was a large operations center on their top floor with uninterrupted views. There was a fine balance in having large curtain walls, which allow for great vision although increases solar heat gain. The building envelope combated heat and glare by integrating exterior horizontal louvers to block direct sunlight and interior light shelves to reflect more natural light into the interior spaces, thus decreasing artificial light and saving energy.
This project was a success in many facets such as meeting the Port's own desire to design for a sustainable future, achieve LEED Gold certification, as well as being constructed on time, within budget, and to the tenant's user intent. POLA congratulates the design and construction team and is excited to add more LEED Gold buildings in the near future.