California-based architecture firm, LPA, recently renovated the Wonder Bread Building in San Diego in order to house their growing operations. The office is located in the East Village close to Petco Park and the popular Gaslamp District.
Given that LPA specializes in designing sustainable structures, this project was used to demonstrate that energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and reduced water usage are available to all clients on a reasonable budget.
Built in 1924, the building has aesthetically pleasing elements like exposed brick, cement floors, large windows – and the company was eager to maintain its ‘good bones’. LPA Principal Dave Gilmore adds that “We wanted to focus on solutions that featured the building’s historic character without compromising the need for a 21st century work environment…”
Using the footprint of what used to be grain silos, LPA created collaboration pods with large skylights providing large amounts of natural light throughout the space. These workstations can be written on, providing additional space for sketching and brainstorming.
Because of San Diego’s mild climate, the two-story, 5000 sqft office can also use natural ventilation to keep the office at a comfortable temperature.
Other sustainable features include “the use of products with recycled content, low-VOC paints and products, energy-efficient lighting and occupancy sensor controls, green housekeeping practices, and in-house recycling of paper, aluminum and plastic.”
The project achieved LEED Gold status.