Sustainability

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

The client for this project, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), is one of the premier design firms in the country with a rich San Francisco history. In fact, SOM has had an office in the city since 1946, and designed the very building that houses their new headquarters. After 25 years at another location, SOM decided to create a new space in the familiar One Maritime building. That’s where GCI came in.

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Salesforce West

Tech giant and long-time client Salesforce tapped GCI to build out 50 Fremont (now known as Salesforce West), an iconic building across the street from Salesforce Tower. The project involved 20 full floors of tenant improvements, including open office spaces, dynamic meeting areas, quiet rooms, cafes, and a product testing lab. An outdated lobby was converted into a stunning, immersive space complete with a 100-foot long LED video wall that changes daily.

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Confidential Client Project

This client is considered a founder of the biotech industry. They discover, develop, manufacture, and commercialize life-saving medicines with multiple products currently on the market. By committing to scientific rigor, unassailable ethics, and access to medical innovations for all, they are working to build a better world.

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Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

The Natural Resources Defense Council’s mission is to safeguard the earth–its people, plants, animals and all of the natural systems on which all life depends. Their sustainable building journey started back in 2003 when GCI worked to help their San Francisco-based headquarters become one of the first law offices in the country to attain the highly sustainable LEED Gold Certification for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI v2009). And in 2017, we went back, working alongside Gensler Architects to achieve the new and rigorous version of LEED Gold Certification for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI v4) and more significantly, attain The Living Building Challenge’s 3.1 Petal Certification—one of the most comprehensive deep green building certifications on earth!

 

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YouTube 900, 901, 1000 Cherry St.

YouTube selected GCI to construct their first Cherry Street project at 901 Cherry. It included a renovation of their 2nd floor (75,000 square feet) which achieved LEED-CI Platinum (v2009). A year later, GCI and Huntsman Architectural Group teamed up for the full building renovation of the LEED-CI Gold (v2009) project, 900 Cherry. 1000 Cherry followed shortly thereafter with a full building renovation as well. Subsequent projects have included the renovation of their main event space and Café as well as the Brand Lab Executive Conference room.

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Confidential Client

This confidential client works to focus attention on climate change by supporting and pursuing various environmental issues and policies. For their new San Francisco headquarters, GCI aligned with Mark Horton Architecture and Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects to create one of the first projects in the world to comply with two of the most rigorous environmental building standards.  Within the Living Building Challenge, our client’s new office is complying with“Petals” for Materials, Health, Equity, and Beauty. The project is also complying with the WELL Building Standard, which is an evidence-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring the performance of building features that impact health and well-being.

 

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PCH International / Lime Lab

Built with efficiency and sustainability in mind, GCI and Christian Dauer Architects worked together to build an advanced product design and engineering lab where some of the world’s most successful and innovative hardware is developed.  Featuring modern environmentally-friendly elements and infrastructure PCH boasts multiple 3D printers, CNC machines, Zund cutters, a metal and woodworking shop as well as other specialized equipment necessary to develop prototypes. Upon completion, PCH was awarded LEED-CI Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Knoll San Francisco Showroom

The new LEED-CI Gold certified Knoll San Francisco showroom features an open-floor plan, private offices and plenty of collaborative spaces. This green project is marked by refined detailing, precise coordination between architecture and furniture and a playful layering of color and texture that helps highlight and complement Knoll’s impressive range of designs.  The primary spaces support a variety of collaborative and individual environments with flexible work configurations; existing concrete and brick structures of the building remain intact—artistically punctuated by the softness of felt screens, sheer draperies, and Knoll furnishings.

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ClimateWorks Foundation

ClimateWorks Foundation is dedicated to mobilizing philanthropy to solve the climate crisis and wanted their offices to serve as a model for sustainable building and reducing carbon emissions. Working closely with ClimateWorks and their architect (Leddy Maytum Stacy), GCI transformed the 13th floor of the landmark Russ Building into one of the GREENEST commercial interiors in the world, ultimately earning the highest LEED point total in California.

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United Business Media

London-based United Business Media stepped into the future of sustainable building by fitting their San Francisco offices with a workplace that not only reduces carbon emissions, but fosters communication, collaboration, and discussion. The lively and colorful LEED-CI Platinum certified space is truly one-of-a-kind, winning an IIDA Northern CA Honor Award in 2012.

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