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. 

  • 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


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