When you're a furniture manufacturing icon with a reputation to uphold—not just in furnishings, but also as a founding member of the USGBC that requires its new or renovated facilities to achieve a minimum of LEED Silver certification—opening a new showroom is going to draw a lot of attention. And that's just what Herman Miller did with the launch of its recently completed Los Angeles showroom earlier this year. The 18,000-square-foot facility is the first LEED-CI Platinum project in Los Angeles (and Herman Miller's first CI Platinum project) and the company's 14th LEED-certified space within the United States and United Kingdom.
A former warehouse built in 1956, the facility's significant potential was intriguing to both Herman Miller and architecture and design firm tvsdesign. The collaboration produced a space that incorporates many environmentally sensitive measures, including
its location within an area close to public transportation, local businesses and restaurants; energy-efficient light fixtures and occupancy sensors throughout the space; and MBDC, BIFMA level and GREENGUARD-certified products and materials to ensure an environmentally responsible interior and superior indoor air quality.
According to Lori Gee, Herman Miller's director of workplace solutions, 20 percent of the building
materials and products in the project were manufactured within 500 miles of the site. Plus, a construction waste management plan ensured that more than 85 percent of all construction waste was recycled and diverted from landfill during construction.
Steve Clem, the showroom's lead architect and interior designer and principal at tvsdesign, says that environmental stewardship was vital to the project. "Almost every aspect of the design was conceptualized to define boundaries without being dominating. Transparency was key," he says. "The curved walls, reconfigurable elements, and ample use of glass walls and windows for the infusion of natural daylight allow users to see that innovation and change is infinitely possible."
Associate Ingrida Dalia Martinkus, LEED AP, adds that "the design of the showroom addresses the holistic use of the space. It serves as an
educational tool for exploration of space in
architecture and interior design, in sustainability, and in product design—which is the purpose of
Through Convia technology, applications such as lighting, HVAC, and occupancy and daylight
harvesting sensors can be consolidated into an easy-to-manage platform. It also provides showroom occupants more control over their environment and their individual workspaces.