Downtown Los Angeles Campus, the oldest and first historic building to earn LEED Platinum certification, also wins Sustainable Innovation Award for Energy & Atmosphere

Los Angeles, CA: The United States Green Building Council Los Angeles Chapter (USGBC-LA) named Rising Realty Partners’ (RRP) PacMutual Campus (PacMutual) the 2014 “Project of the Year” at the organization’s Annual Green Gala and Sustainable Innovation Award ceremony on November 13.  PacMutual also won USGBC-LA’s Sustainable Innovation Award for Energy & Atmosphere. The 460,000 sf campus is the oldest site and only historic building in Los Angeles to earn LEED® E-B Platinum certification, the highest attainable level.

The 4th Annual Sustainable Innovation Awards evaluated merit based upon sustainable strategies that demonstrate exemplary performance by going above and beyond LEED credit achievement. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building rating system—developed and administered by the USGBC, is designed to promote design, construction, and operational practices that increase profitability while reducing negative environmental impacts of buildings and improving occupant health and well-being. LEED certification involves a rigorous third-party commissioning process and is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability. 

“We are proud to be recognized by the USGBC for our work turning PacMutual into one of the greenest buildings in Los Angeles.” said Christopher Rising, RRP President and Chief Operating Officer.  “I want to thank our entire team for making this possible.” 

PacMutual is a 460,000 sf campus of three interconnected buildings: Sentry Building (1921), Clock Building (1908), and Carriage House (1926) encompassing one city block in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. PacMutual is a recognized local landmark and was designated as a City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 398 in 1982. RRP purchased the campus in May of 2012 and has since embarked on a massive building renovation. Focusing on an open office interior architecture, the campus has attracted numerous new tenants to the building including the headquarters of e-commerce site Nasty Gal, Tender Greens, and the Oscar winning visual effects firm Magnopus.

The campus is only the sixth building in the City of Los Angeles, and the city’s only historic building, to receive LEED E-B Platinum certification. PacMutual earned 81 LEED points out of 81 attempted and rated in the 91st percentile for energy efficiency among similar sized office buildings. The building offsets 100 percent of the energy it consumes through purchasing renewable energy credits, while indoor water use is reduced 32 percent compared to a national baseline. Centrally located to public transportation, 63 percent of building tenants travel to work using an alternative form of transportation, including walking, biking, public transportation, carpooling, or driving a fuel efficient car.