Come check out the Los Altos History Museum's Opening Reception for its latest exhibition, "A Place to Call Home" - and celebrate Los Altos' new electric vehicle charging stations at the same time! The kick-off will be an EV Charging Station ribbon-cutting at 4:00pm next to the History Museum. The connection is "The Car of the Future" for "The Home of the Future." They expect to have the mayor, City Council members and perhaps even higher level dignitaries. There will be a 1921 Model T for historical contrast, and several EVs. There may even be a featured Tesla Model S as the first official EV charging station hook up, so don't miss it! For more info, check out the History Museum's exhibits website.
This is a fantastic article synthesizing the most important qualities that make for successful pedestrian-friendly spaces. They are: imageability, enclosure, human scale, transparency, complexity, coherence, legibility, and linkage. Learn more about what these words mean here.
Public-private partnership is an important option that can be utilized in times of economic uncertainty and in periods of prosperity. There is a nexus between the public sector’s needs and the private sector’s goals. ~Doug Domenech
Here is Streetline's article that outlines 5 cool new ways technology can improve the urban environment: Traffic Management, Smart Utilities, Sidewalk Tiles that Generate Electricity, 3-D Modelling, and Online Civic Involvement. Awesome!
Although a Valentine's Day reservation may be a bit too late to make now, you still have the remainder of the year to check out the 20 Most Important Restaurants for 2013. Los Gatos, Napa, and San Francisco are featured on this list by Bon Appetit magazine! Bon appétit!
Check it out - Passerelle is on the list of Finalist candidates for the Acterra Award for Sustainability! Here is Acterra's description of its Acterra Award for Sustainability: "Acterra’s highest award recognizes businesses whose programs achieve significant triple bottom line benefits (people, planet, profit) and advance the state of sustainability in a given industry or across industry sectors. Model programs are established and holistic; promoting sustainability throughout the entire value chain and permeating most key business functions."
Want to learn more? Click here to learn more about Acterra, or click here to learn about its Business Environmental Awards program. Wish us luck!
Thanks to all who helped us celebrate our office building's long-awaited LEED-Platinum award last Wednesday, January 16th! Mayor Pro Tem Megan Satterlee was on hand to unveil our brand new LEED-Platinum plaque that now lives on the wall of the lobby at 108-110 First Street, where Evolve and Passerelle are both located. We want to especially thank our dedicated design and construction team, including Huntsman Architects, BCCI, ACCO, Sprig Electric, Rumsey, and most importantly project manager Laura Billings of Sage Green Development. Check out the press coverage in the Los Altos Patch! To learn more about the green features of the project, check out our 110 First Street portfolio page.
I have been volunteering with the Urban Land Institute's Silicon Valley group, helping to coordinate events related to local urban planning real estate development topics. Last month, I helped organize a tour of the Packard Foundation's new headquarters, a LEED-Platinum building in downtown Los Altos with an enviable array of green features. Many thanks to the Packard Foundation folks for generously allowing their office space to be taken over for an hour or so! Check out what the ULI newsletter had to say about the tour.
More good news today - Passerelle's office building at 106-110 First Street was just awarded the highest green building rating possible, LEED-Platinum for Commercial Interiors, by the US Green Building Council for its retrofit of the original 1992 structure in 2011. Shared with Evolve, a pilates and fitness studio (106 First), Passerelle's office space at 108 First enjoys many green building features. Photovoltaic and solar thermal roof panels, electric car charging stations, employee bicycle storage and shower facilities, low-VOC paint and products, recycled-content and local materials wherever possible, water-efficient fixtures, and a living wall factored into the building's LEED-Platinum designation. We are so proud! More to come once we install the LEED-Platinum plaque in the building. Go green!
You've seen it in our logo, now there's a nice award showing that we at Passerelle also walk the walk (roll the ride?) when it comes to being bicycle friendly. Yesterday, the League of American Bicyclists awarded Passerelle a Silver Award for being a Bicycle Friendly Business, along with 70 other new businesses across the country. Check out the great press release here! To date, nearly 500 businesses in 42 states have been awarded this distinction, with more on the way each year. In addition to certifying Bicycle-Friendly Businesses, the League also certifies Bicycle-Friendly Communities, of which Los Altos is a proud member at the Bronze Level. As more Los Altos businesses attain BFB certification, this could help push Los Altos up in the rating scale towards attaining Gold! If you are interested in learning more about the BFB certification process, please contact Brooke Ray Smith, and if you'd like to learn more about Los Altos' BFC designation, Jim Gustafson is the City's liaison.