A/G is pleased to announce that one of its longtime clients and projects, Eataly and its Los Angeles store, was presented with the Honor Award in Water Efficiency at 8th Annual Sustainable Innovation Awards hosted by USGBC Los Angeles. Annie Argento, Duke Graham, and Bobby Almeida from A/G were there to accept the award along with key team members from Studios Architecture and Clune Construction.
The Los Angeles store, a LEED Gold certified retail project, is located at Westfield Century City, a LEED Gold certified shopping center. It is the 4th US location to earn LEED certification. Chicago, Boston and downtown New York previously earned LEED certification. It is tradition at Eataly to give each store a unique theme — Los Angeles' is water and special focus was given to conservation because of the extreme drought conditions Southern California has experienced in recent years.
The centerpiece to this theme, and what makes the project deserving of this honor, is a gray water treatment system, which collects and treats water generated onsite from HVAC condensate and lavatories and reuses it for sewage conveyance and onsite irrigation. The gray water system was designed to be put on display at the main entry or "front of the house" to not only showcase the innovative technology by Aqualoop, but so the system could be used as an educational tool for the community and other project teams looking to install gray water systems.
Additionally, in the back of the house kitchens that support the four onsite restaurants, nearly a dozen food counters and a caffé, hundreds of thousands of gallons of water are projected to be saved annually. This was achieved through careful specification of water-efficient kitchen equipment and appliances, particularly for the water guzzling equipment such as combination ovens, dishwashers and ice machines. According to the LEED process water savings calculator for LEED Retail, the combination ovens, commercial dishwashers, and self-contained ice machines save over 5 million gallons of water annually or 67% when compared to the projected consumption of the established baseline. High performance, low flow pre-rinse spray valves were also installed, aerators on kitchen hand sinks to reduce water use further, dual-flush toilets, pint-flush urinals, and low flow lavatories on meters.
The approach to water conservation on this project was comprehensive and an overall success. A/G is proud to have worked with such a capable and dedicated team. A big congratulations to everyone involved, especially Eataly, Studios and Clune!