In collaboration with, and special thanks to, MEMarchitecture, Larry Cheung, BCCI, and Niche Interiors, PCH is proud to present its new office in San Carlos, California.

Utilizing an existing structure, feats of engineering, sustainable design, and thoughtfully arranged workspaces create a one-of-a-kind LEED certified collaboration space. The office is fitted with a reused shipping container, cantilevered floating stairs, a state-of-the-art HVAC system, drought tolerant landscaping, and energy saving features. It sets a benchmark for design, construction, maintenance, and operation of a high-performance green building.

A lighting control system by Vantage controls the lighting and solar shading systems. The daylight harvesting technology balances lighting of the interior spaces to the ambient exterior light by adjusting the intensity of individual lighting loads.

The office roof has 67 photo-voltaic panels in three locations. This solar array is almost 1,300 sf and can generate approximately 35,000 kWh annually.

The building’s 45 radiant panels deliver thermal energy generated from a highly efficient electric heat pump system. The ceiling panel system is an innovative system that revolutionizes the capability of radiant heating by adding the concept of cooling.

The result is an office space which emphasizes meaningful collaboration and sustainability, while providing a welcoming environment for the PCH community.

Contractor: Peninsula Custom Homes
Location: San Carlos, California