Syska Hennessy Group Pursues LEED Gold For Its New 24,569 Sq-Ft Office Space
Christina Noonan, Jones Lang LaSalle Senior vice president, and Blake Searles, associate, represented Syska Hennessy Group in the completion of its 10-year lease. The property owner, Spear Street Capital, was represented by Carl Muhlstein, Andrew McDonald and Hayley Blockley of Cushman & Wakefield.
“We chose this site specifically because of its sustainable design features, as we wanted a new office space that reinforced our collaborative work teams, while attaining LEED certification,” explained Gary Brennen, co-president of Syska Hennessy Group. “We are a sustainable company and have worked on numerous LEED and sustainable design projects for our clients. For Syska Hennessy Group, it is important for us to practice what we preach. Therefore, having LEED status for our own Los Angeles office was our first priority when choosing a new space.”
The office campus that holds Syska Hennessy’s new space was originally developed by Symantec and features two LEED Gold certified buildings. The space that the firm leased is raw space and will be converted by Syska Hennessy’s engineers to achieve LEED Gold certification.
Syska Hennessy project manager, Michael Adebanjo, is part of the design team that is incorporating high performance design into the space. This includes an Under Floor Air Distribution (UFAD) system, in which the office air is supplied under the floor rather than through overhead vents. While this design is popular in Europe, it is still considered unique in some parts of the United States, and it is particularly rare within the Los Angeles office market, according to Adebanjo.
“A UFAD system allows greater thermal control for our team members and clients, while using less energy. Because the temperature does not need to be as low as conventional overhead systems require, the system itself does not have to expend as much energy attempting to cool the air before it enters the system. The UFAD system also improves air quality and allows the office to have higher ceilings, as overhead ducting is not needed,” Adebanjo noted.
An active Chilled Beam system will also be built into the new office space in order to regulate temperature in the office training room. In its simplest form, a chilled beam is a type of HVAC system designed to heat or cool spaces in large buildings. Pipes of water are passed through a "beam" (a heat exchanger) suspended a short distance from the ceiling of a room. As the beam chills the air around it, the air becomes denser and is distributed to the floor. It is replaced by warmer air moving up from below, causing a constant flow of convection and cooling the room. Chilled beam technology saves energy, reduces mechanical noise and improves indoor air quality with less impact to both the surrounding environment and its occupants.
Other design elements that will be implemented by Syska Hennessy include the use of daylight and daylight harvesting throughout the open office, integrated with the use of high efficacy furniture-mounted lighting.
“Our lighting solution creates a dynamically lit work space that benefits from the generous natural light available. Sensors monitor the natural light throughout the space at all times during the day, and automatically adjust the artificial light level. Each workspace also has its own lights mounted on the workstation itself, allowing the user to adjust light accordingly and turn lights off when not in use. These technologies not only save energy, but they also have positive effects on workers, as natural light is proven to increase productivity and satisfaction in the workplace,” Adebanjo explained.
Syska Hennessy Group expects to complete its move into the new location and begin operations out of the new space by the end of June.