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Sustainable Building Case Studies

The Gap, Inc.

Gap officue building in San Bruno

Location: 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA
Type of building:
Commercial office building
Size (Sq. ft.):
195,000
New construction
of a pre-cast concrete and glass office building
Date completed:
1998
Cost:
$60 million
Owner:
Gap Inc.
Designed By:
William McDonough + Partners, Design Architects, Gensler, Interior Designer and Ove Arup & Partners USA, Mechanical, Structural and Electrical Engineers

Sustainable Building Strategies

Native grass roof, raised floors, under-floor ventilation and wiring systems, 30% more energy-efficient than Title 24, daylighting, shading, operable windows, low VOC carpet, certified wood flooring, no added formaldehyde MDF, low VOC paint, recycled-content ceiling tiles, certified wood veneers, recycled-content Café countertops, recycled-content office furniture, and salvaged eucalyptus wood for interior benches.

Lessons Learned

Gap Inc. estimates a four-to-eight year payback period due to energy and operational efficiency measures included in the design.

Contact Information

  • Maria Moyer-Angus at the environmental office, (415) 427-2212
  • Web Site

Green Building Case Studies

Last updated: November 21, 2014
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