El Cerrito Recycling Center

A living model of net-zero waste, restoration and regeneration

This design-build project transformed a beloved neighborhood resource into a destination built around sustainability. The new Recycling and Environmental Resource Center serves an average of 400 visitors a day with a circular site plan that safely separates operations and visitors’ paths of travel. LEED Platinum certified, the center is a demonstration project for net-zero waste, restoration and regeneration, and community values.

“The unexpected twist is the center’s architectural presence – an industrial campus of wood and steel cradled against steep cliffs in a way that shows how even the least glamorous aspects of modern life can be housed in energetic style.”

 

John King

San Francisco Chronicle

Details and Team

Project Details

El Cerrito, CA

Location

2-acre site; 2,200 SF bldg

Size

$3.5M

Project Cost

2012

Completion Date

LEED Platinum Certified/NZE

Sustainability
Team

Pankow

Contractor

Tipping Mar.

Structural

Sherwood Design Engineers

Civil

GLS

Landscape

Loisos + Ubbelohde

Sustainability

ZETA Communities

Modular Building Fabricator
Project Details

El Cerrito, CA

Location

2-acre site; 2,200 SF bldg

Size

$3.5M

Project Cost

2012

Completion Date

LEED Platinum Certified/NZE

Sustainability
Team

Pankow

Contractor

Tipping Mar.

Structural

Sherwood Design Engineers

Civil

GLS

Landscape

Loisos + Ubbelohde

Sustainability

ZETA Communities

Modular Building Fabricator

This design-build project transformed a beloved neighborhood resource into a destination built around sustainability. The new Recycling and Environmental Resource Center serves an average of 400 visitors a day with a circular site plan that safely separates operations and visitors’ paths of travel. LEED Platinum certified, the center is a demonstration project for net-zero waste, restoration and regeneration, and community values.

“The unexpected twist is the center’s architectural presence – an industrial campus of wood and steel cradled against steep cliffs in a way that shows how even the least glamorous aspects of modern life can be housed in energetic style.”

 

John King

San Francisco Chronicle