Wallis Annenberg PetSpace in Los Angeles. Abena Darden / Thornton Tomasetti



Thornton Tomasetti provided sustainability consulting for a 39,970-square-foot animal care facility in the Playa Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles. The two-story building consists of animal support areas, public spaces and offices.

The facility provides adoption services for cats, dogs, and small animals, learning programs, special events, and leadership programs regarding animal welfare. To align with the programming of the facility, the project’s focus is on healthy building materials, public education on sustainability and occupant health and well-being.

Thornton Tomasetti staff coordinated with the owner and the design team to manage the LEED certification process by providing technical advice to the project team, coordinating and managing the LEED Online documentation effort and managing quality assurance and control procedures related to the certification process.

In addition, Thornton Tomasetti has conducted a life-cycle assessment (LCA) to quantify the environmental implications of the project, including global warming potential, smog potential and acidification potential. As a result of this study, it was found that the project met the criteria set forth by the LEED v4 Life-Cycle Assessment Materials and Resources credit and demonstrated a 16 percent reduction in global warming potential relative to the baseline building.

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