Originally published in Interiors & Sources

06/09/2010

Theater Building Features Unusual Green Elements

A living roof provides structural insulation, serves as habitat for native species, and provides a visual link to the hillside beyond

 
Theater Building Features Unusual Green Elements

The state-of-the-art, sustainably designed Sharon Simpson Center (part of the California Shakespeare Theater) in Orinda, CA, replaces the dilapidated, 18-year-old trailers that housed the theater’s café, restrooms, and offices.

 

Designed to blend with the natural surroundings of the Siesta Valley, the 7,850-square-foot building features a living roof that’s designed to provide structural insulation, serve as habitat for native species, and provide a visual link to the hillside beyond. This feature is new to the world of theater

 

Targeted to achieve certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system, the facility incorporates a number of other sustainable strategies that maximize energy and material conservation while minimizing the impacts on the site and existing landscape. The building is oriented to take advantage of natural daylight while reducing solar heat gain. Restrooms feature low-flow plumbing to save water. Construction materials incorporate a high degree of recycled content and minimize volatile organic compound emissions. Porous paving reduces stormwater runoff into the nearby creek.

 

The plans also provide for the creation of a gently sloping open meadow that will blend the picnic areas seamlessly into the hillside, providing an unobstructed view to the spectacular vistas behind the amphitheater.

 


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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

Bluebeam® Revu® simplifies digital facilities document management from design review to leveraging as-builts, maintenance manuals and O&Ms submittals.

Yaskawa drives offer quality performance for air handlers and cooling towers on the roof to secondary chilled water pumps in the basement

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.


 
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