Wald, Ruhnke & Dost Architects Lends Design Leadership to Largest Green Commercial Project in Monterey County History

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Wald, Ruhnke & Dost, Hallmark Construction and National Geographic School Publishing near completion of largest green commercial project in Monterey County History.

When it comes to “going green” in Monterey County, Hallmark Construction and National Geographic School Publishing know how to get the job done as the two entities near completion on NGSP’s exciting new headquarters in Monterey, California at the Ryan Ranch Business Park. The Central Coast’s leading architectural firm, Wald, Ruhnke & Dost Architects, LLP, provided architectural and design services, and the deal was brokered by NAI BT’s Monterey office.

Encompassing more than 20,000 square feet of prime office space, the world’s leading producer of award-winning scholastic publications selected Northern California’s foremost sustainable building general contractor, Hallmark Construction, for the completion of a stunning new headquarters that to date is the largest private, commercial green tenant improvement project in the region.

With a February, 2010 planned opening date, the two companies insisted on exceeding every leading environmental standard in the industry. Demonstrating an unwavering commitment to sustainability, this project easily surpassed Monterey’s governmental standards for “smart building” while setting new benchmarks for others to aspire to.

Wald, Ruhnke & Dost Architects created the Tenant Improvement design plan, and submitted selections of interior finishes and materials to Hallmark’s leading team of construction experts and NAI BT. Together the firms complied with and exceeded Monterey’s green building requirements. The result is an office environment that reflects National Geographic’s image and values as well as the highest quality of sustainable design elements. This trend-setting “Class A” tenant improvement project featured the use of recycled and reusable components. The project’s adhesives, paints and finished materials are environmentally friendly low-emitting “green seal” products. Further, both National Geographic School Publishing and Hallmark Construction deemed it a priority to reuse the existing building structure while implementing an indoor air quality management plan as outlined by the United States Green Building Council. Energy efficiency is maximized through fulfillment of the highest possible standards for HVAC and lighting controls.

National Geographic School Publishing, together with the Hampton-Brown Company, is a recognized leader with brands that include award-winning educational programs that deliver the high-interest content and exceptional quality that has been a National Geographic tradition for generations. From its environmentally friendly new headquarters in Monterey, the company will continue to provide noted, high quality pre-kindergarten – 12th grade instructional materials, resources for emergent and early literacy, materials for ESL and ELD and Reading/Language Arts, and Content Literacy development.

Hallmark Construction is one of Northern California’s leading general contractors, and is committed to completing green-friendly projects. As a hands-on sponsor of the highly successful “Team California” entry in the recently completed collegiate Solar Decathlon conducted by the US Department of Energy, the Hallmark team continues to demonstrate both passion for and expertise in sustainability. Company specialties include new building construction, tenant build-outs, and renovation and retrofit of existing buildings. With a quarter-century track record of exceeding client expectations while delivering projects on time and on budget, Hallmark is an industry leader with impeccable credentials and an unwavering commitment to quality and excellence.     Headquartered in Santa Clara and with an office in Pacific Grove, Hallmark serves clients throughout Northern California. .

Wald, Ruhnke & Dost Architects, LLP is a full-service architectural firm providing high quality solutions, personalized service and value for commercial, medical, government, educational and residential clients. With headquarters in Monterey and an office in Santa Cruz, the firm has proudly served the Central Coast for more than 40 years. Wald Ruhnke & Dost Architects is committed to environmentally responsible solutions and incorporates sustainable design elements into every project. In addition, the staff includes LEED Accredited Professionals that have the knowledge and skills to help clients meet their goals and successfully navigate the LEED Certification process.
Together, these leading companies have teamed to deliver one of Northern California’s premier office spaces, reflecting the unshakable commitment of these entities for a greener, more environmentally-friendly California.

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Tom Douglas
Hallmark Construction

Kelley Carpenter
Wald, Ruhnke & Dost Architects, LLP


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