Year: 2000
Award Type: Award of Honor
Territory: PG&E Territory
Location: San Bruno, CA
Owner: Gap Office Building
Developer: Gap Office Building
Architect: Gensler San Francisco
Market Segement:
Office
Type of Building:
Office
Award Credit:

Designer

William McDonough & Partners, Charlottesville, Virginia

Mechanical Engineer

Ove Arup and Partners

Plumbing & Electrical Engineer

Ove Arup and Partners

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Gap Office Building, located in San Bruno

Gap Office Building

An award went to the Gap Office Building, located in San Bruno, designed by William McDonough & Partners, of Charlottesville, North Carolina. The architect of record and interior architect was Gensler, San Francisco. Mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and structural engineering provided by Ove Arup and Partners, San Francisco.

According to Bruceri, the jury believed that the sod roof worked remarkably well with this project, allowing relaxing views from many offices. They stated, "The curved rooftops give it an element of grace while settling the project into the landscape." They went on to comment that the project successfully uses many energy efficiency and "green" building features that are often difficult in large buildings. From an engineering point of view, they believed that the underfloor air distribution system is appropriate and is energy efficient on its own merit, but also works well with natural ventilation. The jury felt this was a rigorous and flexible plan with a great deal of vitality.

Angyal concluded the Savings By Design awards presentation by saying, "We would like to thank the AIACC for this opportunity to recognize these exceptional projects as well as the dedicated professionals responsible for the outstanding design achievements presented tonight. These teams have achieved a rare combination: superlative design and creativity, environmental sensitivity, and innovative energy efficiency." 

    Notable Accomplishments

  • The project successfully uses many energy efficiency and "green" building features.
  • The sod roof worked remarkably well with this project.

Jurors

  • Charles Eley, FAIA, PE

    Title: Vice-President
    Company: Architectural Energy Corporation
    Location: Boulder, CO

    Charles Eley, FAIA, PE

    Mr. Eley is an architect and mechanical engineer with about 25 years experience in energy efficient and sustainable design. Mr. Eley has made significant contributions to the California energy standards, ASHRAE Standard 90.1, and energy codes in Hong Kong, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa and Australia. Mr. Eley is now working with the California Energy Commission to update the state energy efficiency standards in response to the recent electricity crisis.

    In addition to his energy codes and policy work, Mr. Eley has also developed a number of important publications including the Advanced Lighting Guidelines, the Lighting Fundamentals Handbook, and numerous other technical manuals on energy efficient and code compliance. Mr. Eley is the primary author and technical editor of the ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-1999 User's Manual. He is also the executive director of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools and is the technical editor of the CHPS Best Practices Manual.

    Mr. Eley consults with other architects and engineers in the design of landmark energy efficient buildings. He also directs the software development team within Architectural Energy Corporation, which is responsible for VisualDOE, EnvStd, and a number of other computer programs for the energy efficient design of buildings.

  • Susan Ubbelohde

    Title: Principal
    Company: Loisos/Ubbelohde
    Location: Alameda, CA

    Susan Ubbelohde

    Educated in Urban Studies at Oberlin College, Ohio followed by a BS at the University of Michigan and a Master of Architecture at the University of Oregon, Ubbelohde's work involves climates, landscapes, and lighting particular to place on which she has lectured and published widely. She has directed over $1M in research for the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science foundation and served on AIA design juries and technical review committees for energy conferences, publications, and funding agencies. A tenured faculty member of the Department of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, Ubbelohde has also held positions as a founding faculty for the School of Architecture, UC San Diego, the University of Minnesota, Florida A&M University, and Tulane University. She is a Principal in Loisos/Ubbelohde, a consulting practice specializing in daylighting, climate response, solar access, and energy conservation issues for architects, city planning agencies, and developers. A continued interest in the pedagogical questions of technological areas has lead to the publication of two editions of InsideOut, co-authored with Brown and Reynolds, which received a Progressive Architecture Research Citation.

  • Rob Wellington Quigley, FAIA

    Title: Principal FAIA
    Company: Rob Wellington Quigley
    Location: San Diego, CA

    Rob Wellington Quigley, FAIA

    Rob Wellington Quigley, FAIA, is a full-service architecture and planning firm with offices in San Diego and Palo Alto. Founded in 1978, the firm has produced noteworthy projects throughout the western United States and Japan, having received 87 awards for design excellence. The firm's flexible organization has enabled Rob Wellington Quigley, FAIA, to successfully handle diverse project types and sizes, from civic and mixed-use projects to low-cost housing, custom residences, and multi-family housing as well as community planning and urban design. The firm is noted for both creative solutions within limited budgets and designs that are sensitive to individual sites and circumstances. Among honors and recognition received was the coveted 1995 Firm Award from The American Institute of Architects, California Council. Buildings designed by Rob Wellington Quigley, FAIA, are regularly featured in national and international publications, including extensive monographs published by Rizzoli International and Casas International. Time Magazine selected Island Inn as one of the "Ten Best Designs of 1992."


Award Credit

Designer

William McDonough & Partners, Charlottesville, Virginia

Mechanical Engineer

Ove Arup and Partners

Plumbing & Electrical Engineer

Ove Arup and Partners

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