Tuesday, March 17, 2020

CarbonPositive '20 Conference & Expo

March 2-4, 2020 | Los Angeles, CA

Hosted by Architecture 2030 and Hanley Woods



by Henry Siegel, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal

The International Conference and Expo provided a “how-to” for rapidly implementing a carbon positive future through mainstream global planning and building design, practice and policy. Sessions, speakers and exhibitors showcased innovative construction and building materials, advanced technologies, design and planning tools, and practices and policies that dramatically reduce urban development, building sector, and embodied carbon emissions to deliver rapid and pragmatic results.

Ed Mazria, the founder of Architecture 2030, kicked off the CarbonPositive '20 Conference by simultaneously looking forward and backward.

Looking forward, Ed reported that it is now projected that we will build 2.4 trillion square feet of buildings worldwide between now and 2060. That is doubling the amount of square footage worldwide today! If we want to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees (C) we need to be far more aggressive about our carbon emission reduction goals – achieving a 65% reduction by 2030, and achieving carbon neutrality by 2040 rather than 2050.

Looking backward, there is encouraging news that we can build on to achieve these aggressive goals – proof that emissions and growth are “decoupling:” economic and population growth continues on an upward trend worldwide while energy use and emissions are going down. For example, from 1995 to 2005:
  • GDP grew by nearly 44%
  • Floor area by 23%
  • Energy use and emissions both increased by 20%.

From 2005 to 2019 that trend changed:
  • GDP grew by 26%
  • Floor area increased by 18%
  • Energy use decreased by nearly 2%
  • Emissions decreased by 21%.

Ed also addressed existing buildings, not just new construction. In most US cities 2% of the buildings -- the taller buildings in downtowns -- are responsible for between 45% to 50% of all building CO2 emissions for their cities. He presented policy ideas to incentivize and later require that these large buildings upgrade their performance quickly.

And finally, he addressed embodied carbon, noting that the embodied carbon of the core and shell of new buildings, not counting interior finishes and furniture, account for 11% of global emissions. Over the next 10 years, embodied emissions for new buildings will account for 75% of their total emissions, and he noted that as operating efficiency improves, embodied carbon will become a bigger and bigger problem. We need to reduce embodied carbon in buildings on the same schedule -- 65% by 2030, and 0% by 2040. Those are very challenging targets. Much of the rest of the conference focused on specific strategies for reducing embodied carbon -- reusing buildings and materials, improving material efficiency and building with materials that sequester carbon.

Monday, March 9, 2020

We are hiring!

SIEGEL & STRAIN ARCHITECTS currently has an opening for a Project Manager.

Siegel & Strain Architects is a vibrant, award-winning, 21-person East Bay firm with a diverse range of projects. We are a design- and research-oriented practice with a national reputation for advancing sustainable design. We work with innovative sub-consultants and use forward-looking materials and systems. Our portfolio includes civic and educational projects, camps and retreat centers, schools, recreational buildings, custom homes and historic buildings. Our work can be viewed at www.siegelstrain.com. Current projects in design include:
  • A new visitor center for Save the Redwoods League and National Park Service.
  • Several National Park Service projects.
  • A girl scout camp Innovation Center.
  • Support facilities for a wastewater treatment plant.
  • A youth camp in Southern California.
  • Civic and community facilities for the City of Berkeley.
  • Facilities at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
  • Several community-serving projects under construction including a new library, a camp community center, a new family camp, and renovation of a Boys & Girls Club.
We typically work in collaborative teams of two or more people each with specific roles and responsibilities on individual projects. We are looking for a self-starting project architect/manager to work on projects from pre-design through construction. 

Qualifications:
  • Minimum B. Arch.; Master of Architecture preferred
  • 10+ years of experience in architecture offices
  • Strong design skills
  • Ability to research and problem solve
  • Proficiency in Revit, AutoCAD, Sketch-up, Rhino and Adobe Suite
  • Strong organizational, writing and interpersonal skills
  • Experience preparing construction documents and details, particularly for Type V construction 
  • Experience working with California building codes
  • Experience in project management and consultant coordination
  • Experience in construction administration
  • Experience on community-serving projects is a plus
  • LEED accreditation, green design experience is a plus
  • Experience working on historic buildings is a plus
  • Proficiency in rendering and parametric programs is a plus
  • Proficiency in energy, daylighting or similar modeling/analysis is a plus
  • Licensure required
Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance, paid vacation and retirement contributions.

How to Apply:
Please e-mail cover letter, resume, references and work samples.
Format: PDF format required. No compressed files please.
Address to: resume@siegelstrain.com
Subject line: Project Manager
  NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE


 

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Oakley Recreation Center wins American Public Works Association Project Award for Small Cities/Rural Communities

Oakley Recreation Center

The Oakley Recreation Center was recently awarded a 2020 American Public Works Association (APWA) Project Award for Small Cities/Rural Communities. The Recreation Center, designed for the City of Oakley by Siegel & Strain Architects and landscape designed by Gates & Associates, is a new $6.7 million, 9,500 square-foot multi-use building on a 6.5-acre site designed for a variety of community events and recreation activities. As one of the youngest incorporated cities in the Bay Area and one of its fastest growing communities, the City of Oakley invested in the Recreation Center to meet the rapidly increasing needs of the community for places to gather and congregate.

The project includes a large 4,152 square-foot dividable community room, a 2,117 square-foot commercial kitchen, recreation offices, and an outdoor patio. With a capacity up to 800 people, the Recreation Center provides the space that was greatly needed for events that unite the community. The site also includes large gathering areas and an athletic field.

The Oakley Recreation Center is designed to demonstrate sustainable building design. Green design features include daylighting, a high-performing building envelope including low-emissivity dual glazing, sunscreens and window shading, Forest Stewardship Certified wood, high-efficiency mechanical, electrical and lighting systems, low-flow plumbing fixtures, high-recycled content materials, low formaldehyde and VOC building materials. Site improvements include extensive grading, native landscaping and irrigation, retaining walls, bioswales, site paths, permeable paving, bicycle and vehicular parking and tree replacement.

For more information visit Oakley Recreation Center on our website.

Project & Location: Oakley Recreation Center, City of Oakley, California
Architect: Siegel & Strain Architects
Landscape Architect: Gates & Associates
Civil Engineer: BKF Engineering
Structural Engineer: IDA Structural Engineers
Mechanical Engineer: H&M Mechanical
Electrical Engineer: O'Mahony & Myer Consulting
Contractor: Woodland Construction
Photography: David Wakely


Thursday, February 20, 2020

Looking for a Project Designer/Project Architect

SIEGEL & STRAIN ARCHITECTS has an opening for a Project Designer/Architect

Siegel & Strain Architects is a vibrant, award-winning, 21-person East Bay firm with a diverse range of projects. We are a design- and research-oriented practice with a national reputation for advancing sustainable design. We work with innovative sub-consultants and use forward-looking materials and systems. Our portfolio includes civic and educational projects, camps and retreat centers, schools, recreational buildings, custom homes and historic buildings. Our work can be viewed at www.siegelstrain.com. Current projects in design include:
  • A new visitor center for Save the Redwoods League and National Park Service.
  • Several National Park Service projects.
  • A girl scout camp Innovation Center.
  • Support facilities for a wastewater treatment plant.
  • A youth camp in Southern California.
  • Civic and community facilities for the City of Berkeley.
  • Facilities at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
  • Several community-serving projects under construction including a new library, a camp community center, a new family camp, and renovation of a Boys & Girls Club.
We typically work in collaborative teams of two or more people each with specific roles and responsibilities on individual projects. We are looking for a self-starting project architect to work on projects from pre-design through construction.

Qualifications:
  • Minimum B. Arch.; Master of Architecture preferred
  • 3-7 years of experience in architecture offices
  • Strong design skills
  • Ability to research and problem solve
  • Proficiency in Revit, AutoCAD, Sketch-up, Rhino and Adobe Suite
  • Strong organizational, writing and interpersonal skills
  • Experience preparing construction documents and details, particularly for Type V construction 
  • Experience working with California building codes
  • Experience in project management and consultant coordination is a plus
  • Experience in construction administration is a plus
  • Experience on community-serving projects is a plus
  • LEED accreditation, green design experience is a plus
  • Experience working on historic buildings is a plus
  • Proficiency in rendering and parametric programs is a plus
  • Proficiency in energy, daylighting or similar modeling/analysis is a plus
  • Licensure or progress toward licensure is a plus
Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance, paid vacation and retirement contributions.

How to Apply:
Please e-mail cover letter, resume, references and work samples.
Format: PDF format required. No compressed files please.
Address to: resume@siegelstrain.com
Subject line: Project Designer/Project Architect

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Julia Morgan Hall wins 2020 US WoodWorks Wood Design Award


By The Editors, February 5, 2020
Architect's Newspaper

Adaptable and Durable Wood Structures


Project: Julia Morgan Hall
Location: Berkeley, California
Architect: Siegel & Strain Architects
Structural Engineer: Bluestone Engineering
Contractor: James R. Griffin
Photography: David Wakely

Designed in 1911 by California architect Julia Morgan (who also designed Hearst Castle), this Senior Women’s Hall at UC Berkeley is an elegant redwood bungalow with exposed wall and roof framing and a natural-finish interior. The building served as a gathering place for female students until 1969, when it was converted into a childcare center. First relocated in 1946, it was moved again in 2014—to the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden. To extricate the structure from its site and negotiate a winding road with overhanging trees, the building was divided into four segments, which were reassembled at the Garden, rehabilitated and upgraded to meet current accessibility standards. All of the work—including cutting, installation, subsequent removal of temporary shoring and protection, and reassembly—had to be carefully executed to avoid damage. The exposed interior wood components required only minimal staining to conceal wear and tear, while the rich wood floors were refinished. the redwood siding was replaced as required and painted, and the team added a new wood porch. 2,255 square feet / Type V-B construction.

For more winners and information, visit:
https://archpaper.com/2020/02/2020-us-woodworks-wood-design-awards-category-winners/ 
and
https://www.woodworks.org/project/julia-morgan-hall/

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Getting to Net Zero: A Discussion on Low Carbon Construction

6:00-7:30 pm, Wednesday, February 19, 2020
AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94104


The construction industry, through building construction and building use, contributes roughly 40% of total anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions to the environment. Embodied carbon (emissions from building materials and construction) makes up over 25% of this total. The design decisions we make as structural engineers and architects directly impact these emissions. This gives us a vital role to play in reducing the environmental impact of the built environment. This panel session will discuss advances the structural engineering profession is making toward net zero embodied carbon structures, discuss the top three actions structural engineers and architects can take to reduce the embodied carbon in their projects, and discuss how structural engineers and architects can work better together to effectively reduce the embodied carbon of their projects.

Panelists include Brad Jacobson (Principal, EHDD), Bruce King (Founder, Ecological Building Network), Nicholas Miley (KPFF Consulting Engineers), Larry Strain (Principal, Siegel & Strain Architects), Megan Stringer (Associate Principal, Holmes Structures), Vaclav Hasik (LCA Analyst, Urban Fabrick).

This session will be of interest for all building professionals and will raise awareness among architects and structural engineers about how they can make wiser design choices to reduce emissions. Attendees will leave with an idea of sustainable strategies that can be implemented on their projects. This session includes panelists who helped develop the first Low Carbon Concrete Building Code in the U.S. as well as panelists who are involved in the Structural Engineering movement, SE2050, to get to net zero embodied carbon structures by year 2050. The session will be interactive, so come with your questions and ready for discussion! (1.5LU/HSW)

For more information and to register, visit: Events at AIA San Francisco