CSDA Unveils New Website

We are proud to announce the launch of CSDA Design Group’s new website. Our site has been redesigned to better reflect our evolving brand and to serve the needs of our clients, business partners, staff and future clients.

Key features include:

• Mobile responsive design compatibility with iPhones, iPads & Android OS
• Clean and modern design with a highly visual aesthetic
• News section with all of our latest updates
• Integration with social media channels
• Custom portfolio page interface and image galleries

San Francisco Team Welcomes Two Senior Architects

Zachary Goodman

Zachary Goodman

Beau Hale

Beau Hale

We have recently hired two senior architects to meet the needs of our growing client base.

Zachary Goodman, Associate: A member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Zachary is a licensed Architect in California and a LEED ™ Accredited Professional. He has provided architectural design services for K-12 school projects for more than 24 years. Previously Zachary was an Associate Principal at Murakami/Nelson Architectural Corporation where he served as the Project Architect for the award-winning Lake Merritt Master Plan and the LEED® Gold Lake Merritt Municipal Boathouse located in downtown Oakland. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Beau Hale, Construction Administrator: Licensed in both California and Maryland, Beau has more than 19 years of experience and an expertise in leading construction administration services for large, complex multi-building campus projects. Beau was previously a Project Architect at Quattrocchi Kwok Architects (QKA) where he served as the Construction Manager for the Daniel Caldwell Performing Arts Center at Tamalpais High School located in Mill Valley, which received the 2009 CASH Merit Award and 2008 AIA Redwood Empire Citation Award. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Temple University.

Worldwide 3C Competition Awards CSDA Team with Honorable Mention

The intention of the Comprehensive Coastal Communities Competition (3C) was to source creative designs for coastal communities in Long Island, New Jersey, NYC, and Southern New England that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The 3C received entries from over 20 countries around the world. As one of the competition’s top 32 finalists, CSDA’s submission, titled “Shut the House Up!,” received honorable mention.

Design highlights included operable skylights with stormproof glass, a raised concrete floor, cement board siding, and an operable sun shading overhang. The project was located in Manasquan, NJ.

CSDA’s team consisted of the following individuals from our Los Angeles office: Yong Yoo, Grace Gardner, Amanda Hutt, Mark Motaghy, Jocelyne Perdomo, and Victoria Yau.

Click here to see more on the CSDA team’s innovative submission and view the entire list of competition finalists.

CSDA Receives LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors

CSDA’s San Francisco office, located on the 8th floor of the 475 Sansome Street building, has received LEED Gold Certification for Commercial Interiors (LEED CI v2009) from the U.S. Green Building Council.

CSDA’s commitment to sustainable design and LEED Certification began early in the Concept Design Phase with an evaluation of the six categories of LEED points. The LEED Certification process was integrated into all phases of design, construction, and project closeout; and closely coordinated with the engineering consultants, the general contractor, and the building management.

A total of 64 points were submitted to USGBC for review and 64 points were approved. Credit highlights are as follows:

Sustainable Sites (19 points): The project is located in a LEED Gold building, is close to community services and residential districts, and is served by multiple forms of public transportation.

Water Use Reduction (8 points): The project reduced the potable water use by 37.11% from baseline design through the use of high-efficiency water closets, low-consumption urinals, low-flow kitchen sink faucet, and low-flow lavatory faucets.

Energy & Atmosphere (20 points): The project achieved a 47.11% reduction in connected lighting power density (from that allowed by Title 24), installed occupancy sensors on 98.37% of light fixtures, included 100% Energy Star-rated equipment and appliances, provided enhanced commissioning of mechanical systems, and purchased Green-e renewable power.

Materials & Resources (4 points): The project diverted 80.11% of the on-site construction waste from landfill and 29.96% of the total building materials were manufactured using recycled materials.

Indoor Environmental Quality (6 points): The project used low-emitting materials, adhesives, paints, flooring, and furniture systems; and provided 100% of multi-occupant spaces with individual lighting controls.

Innovation in Design (5 points): The project was deemed exemplary in providing 100% Energy Star-rated equipment, in achieving the 47.11 % lighting power density reduction, and achieving an average mercury content for lamps of 52.8 picograms per lumen hour.

Regional Priority (2 Points): The project optimized the energy performance of lighting power and the recycling of construction waste.

By achieving LEED Gold Certification, CSDA’s San Francisco office is now a healthier and more stimulating work environment with a modern design and reduced environmental footprint, which is less costly to operate and maintain.

Visit the USGBC website to read more.

CASH Register Features Augustus F. Hawkins High School

The new Augustus F. Hawkins High School is part of the largest school construction building program in the history of Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Located on 15.37 acres in highly urbanized South Los Angeles, the new 4-story state-of-the-art high school serves 2,025 students.

To read the full article, please click here.