The entire campus aims to establish and nurture a regional precedent for environmental stewardship, and will conserve the natural resources on 70-acre site below Ladyface Mountain in Agoura Hills, California.
The orientation of building and its narrow width maximize opportunities for capturing natural light and views, supporting the wellbeing of our staff and reducing the energy we need to light our workspace.
The architecture is the result of an artful encounter between nature and technology. The structure’s simple, box-like form allows for views out, while admitting optimum daylight to create a comfortable and energy-efficient indoor environment.
The split-face stone cladding enhances that dialog by echoing the texture and color of the local stone. The vivid exterior facade and landscape are juxtaposed with a neutral interior color palette and materials.
Innovative systems include a passive downdraft system, solar thermal heating, water cooled chiller, renewable energy, day lighting, automated shading system, recycled water for toilets and cooling tower, potable water conservation, debris basin, preserved natural landscape, green roof, and permeable pavement.”
Furthermore, natural ventilation systems combined with a window shade system and solar panels reduce total energy consumption by both increasing the efficiency of lighting and HVAC systems, and generating energy from the sun.
Other sustainable features include substantial recycling of rainwater and construction waste. The new building, the first phase of a four-phase construction project, is designed to exceed the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum certification.
This building will enable far more efficient usage of energy and water than a typical office building. Our goal is to be a net-zero energy user. When complete the campus will include more than 90,000 square feet of building space. Electric-powered carts will be used to travel between four different buildings and will leave minimal impact on the landscape, and an inclined railway will connect the eastern and western parts of the campus.