LAWRL believes that beauty and sustainability are an inseparable couplet.
Sustainable design has been a rudiment of our work, since long before "green" was IN. On all projects LAWRL uses a "green filter" to evaluate design issues throughout the process. Early in design, a "green baseline" is established, against which all environmental improvements can be measured. A "green baseline" will make improvements tangible, with or without LEED.
If LEED certification is something our clients desire, LAWRL analyzes existing plans and other items, against the LEED prerequisites and credits, and prepares a preliminary LEED Assessment Chart. The prerequisite and credits are rated as "reliable, possible or not possible" and totals for each category are provided.
LAWRL is committed to sustainable design principles with extensive LEED certification process experience. LA's WATER + LIFE Museum and Campus at Diamond Valley Lake is the first LEED Platinum Museum in the world, featuring one of the largest rooftop photovoltaic installations (540 kilowatts). Major national and regional sustainability awards include the Pacific Coast Builders Conference' Gold Nugget Award for Best Sustainable Commercial Project for these museums, The project was awarded the Good Green International Award from the Chicago Athenaeum, the Beyond Green™ Award - High Performance Building from the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council, Honor Awards from AIA Los Angeles and the AIA Pasadena Foothill Chapters and Merit Award for Savings by Design from AIA California Council. It is office policy at LAWRL that all design professionals actively pursue LEED accreditation in addition to licensure.
Currently, LA is working on a community center at San Angelo Park that is projected to achieve LEED Platinum rating and slated to become the first ENERGY NET ZERO project for Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.
LAWRL design is a full service, integrated design firm with the complete spectrum of interior architecture and design services, encompassing programming and space planning, color and material selection, furnishings, fixtures and equipment selection and specifications and standards programs.
Philosophically, our firm does not make a hard distinction between architecture and interior design, preferring a more holistic approach to design; accordingly, our architects and interior designers work in a collaborative, integrated process, synthesizing space planning and three-dimensional thinking with such elements as color, finishes and materials selection that are traditionally the exclusive domain of interior designer.
Our work is to honor, celebrate and amplify the possibility of each and every INSIDE place.
LAWRL design provides comprehensive fully-integrated design and management services including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and structural engineering, fire protection, and data communications engineering. Led by V. Mitchell Lyles, PE, our engineering services strategically complement our architectural services, facilitating the design process and providing our clients with strong, functional, highly efficient... facilities and cost-saving systems. Our research into comparative systems, budgeting, value analysis, and life cycle costing has resulted in cost- and time-saving designs as well as ensuring a defined scope, schedule and budget for a successful project. Our engineers are experienced in their respective fields at solving complex problems and troubleshooting potential difficulties within the special circumstances surrounding many types of projects, often assuring continuity of operations, mission critical components, and protection against system failure. LAWRL was honored by Consulting-Specifying Engineer Magazine in 2010 as #44 on the MEP Giants List.
LAWRL design provides a full range of building physics modeling and analysis services, including ASHRAE Level 1, 2, and 3 energy auditing and assistance with compliance with new energy benchmarking laws, including NYC Local Law 87.
Performance-based energy modeling allows us to estimate the impact of design options... on a building's annual energy use. LAWRL is able to benchmark performance to a wide range of systems, including ASHRAE Standards 90.1 & 189P.1, Energy Star, International Energy Conservation Code, and state specific codes. Using parametric analysis, designs are optimized to achieve reductions in life-cycle cost and greenhouse gas emissions for compliance with institutional and government mandated goals.
LAWRL employs the use of advanced climate and 3D modeling software to optimize on-site renewable energy generation from wind and solar resources, within the framework of available incentives, rebates, and tax credit programs. Analysis provides the due diligence required to ensure the investment provides a sound return. GeoExchange heating and cooling analysis can be provided to best leverage the use of the ground as a thermal flywheel.
Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
CFD modeling allows environmental systems designs to be tested virtually to achieve the best performance to cost ratio, while reducing overall project risk. Models can be developed to evaluate thermal comfort, natural ventilation, laboratory contaminant migration, smoke control systems, radiant cooling and heating, displacement ventilation, and stairwell pressurization systems.
The building envelope controls the movement of heat, air and moisture in and out of a building. Analysis of condensation risk, infiltration potential, and fenestration performance reduces risk of indoor air quality and object conservation issues, while protecting the building itself from long-term environmental damage. 2D and 3D heat transfer modeling aligned with NFRC standards, allows performance criteria to be met within a given budget.
Dynamic simulation is used to visualize the integrated impact of architectural design, electric lighting, and interior finishes on the indoor environment and energy consumption. Simulation modeling feedback is used to optimize design features such as light shelves, and interior lighting control systems for glare and solar gain reduction, while increasing daylight autonomy. Luminous efficacy and lighting power density calculations verify work surfaces meet IESNA standards.
Grey water reuse and rainwater harvesting are methods of reducing use of potable domestic water and demand on storm and sanitary sewage systems. Systems realize cost benefits from reduced municipal water charges as well as sewage fees. Topographical climate data is fused with building demand calculations to determine tank sizing and system payback.
Building Information Modeling
BIM is used to develop a unified geometric representation of a building for rapid energy and indoor environmental quality analysis early in a building's design process. Embedded model information is used to reduce waste in design and construction, improve operations and maintenance programs, and enable clearer visualization of building concepts and project phasing.
LAWRLdesign Innovative Technology Design Group (ITDG) offers design and specification services in the disciplines vital to the success of technology immersive projects: Acoustics, Audio-Visual, Information Technology, Lighting, Building Management Systems, Security and Life Safety Systems, Specialty Interiors, and Theatre Technical Systems. ITDG's goal is to provide our... clients with project-tailored expertise in implementing new technology strategies, improving or complementing existing technology, or replacing aging systems. Our portfolio of projects includes new construction, adaptive re-use, renovations, and restorations of existing facilities representing a variety of building types from performing arts centers and museums to healthcare, educational and workplace environments. ITDG's well-trained consultants are former professionals in their respective fields, leaders in industry organizations, and licensed/certified, degreed professionals who believe that the key to a successful solution is based on providing excellence in fulfilling project obligations completely, confidently, reliably, and within project scope and budget.