List Engineering was recently recognized for its mechanical design contributions to a project that earned a LEED Gold Award for the renovation of the historic landmark James Lick Baths building in San Francisco. The building, located at 165 Tenth Street and originally constructed in the 1890s, currently houses the offices of Gelfand Partners Architects and List Engineering.
Lisa Gelfand, Principal of Gelfand Partners Architects and owner of the building remarks, “Our recent LEED Gold renovation of the historic Lick Baths required an imaginative heating and ventilation solution. The most attractive features of the 1890 building are its wonderful large skylights, lofty spaces, and weathered brick walls. Leaving all this exposed while connecting the heat source to the heat terminals meant designing a visible, elegant, and efficient system. List Engineering helped design a radiant heating solution that coordinated with the ventilation, existing HVAC, and LEED energy goals, while preserving the design integrity of the space.”
Ron Blue, a Principal of List Engineering and head engineer for over twenty-five years, notes the challenges of mechanical, plumbing and fire protection in the unreinforced brick building: “Some of the issues we needed to resolve concerned heat, ventilation and water circulation. For example, we had to develop a way to bring in outside air. Cutting out big louvers for intake and exhaust can be very problematic. We developed a system using a high-efficiency condensing boiler that circulated hot water to flat plate radiators located in the various rooms, some of which were mounted high on the walls in the great room and angled down to wash heat across the floor and adjacent mezzanine area.”
Ron has seen the industry evolve and transform the role environmental systems play in our lives. He works for the joy of designing solutions that make complex projects simple. “Bringing great systems to life requires more than creativity. It requires a dynamic cross-current of knowledge, ideas and insights with the right mix of talent. We think of buildings as living spaces and design systems that enhance the quality of life for those inside.”
Ron Blue’s words of advice to achieve a successful green building project: “Discuss sustainable design planning early on in the project.”