The LEED Gold Instructional Office Building (IOB) houses four division suites, faculty offices and instructional meeting rooms in a two-story, 36,950-square-foot building. Designed to enclose a new courtyard between two existing buildings, prevailing breezes are funneled through the courtyard across a permeable, paved walkway toward the IOB's two-story, naturally ventilated lobby. A concrete drum placed behind the lobby and veiled by an east-facing window wall, acts as a heat-sink to further promote natural heating and cooling of the space.

The building's shape and narrow floor plate help create two internal courtyards, maximizing natural daylight to interior spaces and providing access to views for more than 95 percent of occupied spaces. The design solution incorporates passive and active mechanical and electrical features to maximize energy efficiency and exceed California's energy standard Title 24 by 24 percent.

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  • Completed in 2010
  • Hayward, CA
  • 36,950-square-foot building
  • LEED Gold certified

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