Bay Area HQ attended the Commonwealth Club’s groundbreaking ceremony yesterday to kick off the green retrofit of the club’s soon-to-be headquarters. Mayor Ed Lee, George Shultz, and Jed York were just some of the notables attending the event.
San Francisco mainstay Levi Strauss & Co. was also on hand to join in the celebration of the storied and pioneering organization. The Club has served members and hosted countless readings, panels, discussions, and events in various rented spaces throughout San Francisco. At 110 The Embarcadero, the Club will finally have an official headquarters in an ideal location, and it will be undergoing a number of sustainable renovations, making certain that their new space will achieve LEED Gold certification.
Architects and engineers will preserve the building’s historic façade in the redesign. Reclaimed wooden wall paneling from the original structure will be utilized throughout, and a public rooftop garden will grow native flora. The building’s systems will include LED light fixtures, Energy Star rated appliances, and an innovative ventilation system that will use Bay air for cooling. And of course, the entire structure will be insulated with denim insulation , made from recycled jean fibers and extending the life of the beloved Levi’s blue jeans. The insulation was made possible by LS&Co.’s Denim Insulation Fund, which provides establishments with grants to offset the costs associated with using denim insulation versus less environmentally-friendly alternatives.
110 The Embarcadero will harbor a whopping 7,800 pairs of jeans within its walls. That’s 7,800 pairs of jeans that won’t wind up in a landfill. Beyond delivering maximum thermal benefits, and reducing the amount of energy used to heat and cool the building, denim insulation also has a high percentage of recycled content.
“As an organization with deep historical roots in San Francisco, we are delighted to accept a contribution of Levi’s denim insulation for our new home,” said The Commonwealth Club of California’s CEO and President, Dr. Gloria C. Duffy. “Use of the recycled denim represents our mutual commitment to environmental sustainability, and it will be a point of pride th
at our walls will be rich in the fabric of San Francisco history.” You can read more at Unzipped, the blog over at Levi Strauss & Co.