LPL Financial, an independent broker-dealer, opened its new San Diego headquarters, Tower II at La Jolla Commons, which it believes to be the largest net-zero energy commercial office building in the United States.
The 13-story, 415,000-sq-foot office tower utilizes three fuel cells to convert biogas into carbon-neutral electricity that will allow the building to achieve net-zero energy status.
In order to monitor and manage the tower’s reduced energy consumption, energy meters are located throughout the building and all surplus power is pushed back to the grid through San Diego Gas & Electric. In addition, the tower is furnished with LED lights that feature automatic dimming capabilities based on the degree of available natural light, as well as occupancy sensors that turn lights off by detecting unoccupied offices.
On-site charging stations for electric vehicles are available for employee use at no cost. An under-floor air-distribution system with diffusers allows employees to control the flow of air into their individual workspaces.
Vendors for the project included Hines, J. P. Morgan Asset Management, Cresa, Gensler, Whiting Turner, WSP, San Diego Gas & Electric, GE Lighting, and Bloom Energy.
In the weeks leading up to the office’s opening, more than 1,600 LPL Financial employees from seven office buildings in La Jolla moved to the La Jolla Commons facility.