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UCLA Luskin Conference Center is certified as LEED Platinum

By Andrew McCormick
June 27, 2017

The UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center, which opened in 2015 on the UCLA campus, has been officially certified as LEED Platinum by the US Green Building Council. This makes it only the second hotel building in California, and the sixth in the United States, to be awarded the USGBC's top sustainability certification.

Jointly designed by Hornberger + Worstell and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, and built by McCarthy Building Companies, the Luskin Center made innovative use of recycled materials and sustainable technology. The project also benefited from the efficiency of UCLA's central plant, according to Chris Apicella, vice president at Hornberger + Worstell and Luskin Center project manager. "We had been tracking for LEED Gold with an estimate of 22% improvement over baseline energy use" under the LEED energy performance credit guidelines, Mr. Apicella said. "We were able to increase that improvement to 48%" based on information from the university on how it provided energy to the Luskin Center.

The Luskin Center's 26 event rooms and 254 guest rooms provide venues for UCLA's programs and lodging for conference attendees and other campus visitors. Contemporary architecture, seamless indoor-outdoor public spaces, and world-class art converge to create an inviting living room for the campus and a regional center for public policy discourse.