Caltech Makes LEED Platinum Construction History, Kana Pipeline Installs Green Storm Drainage Systems

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Kana Pipeline installed green storm drainage systems for California Institute of Technology’s new Linde Robinson Laboratory which recently received LEED Platinum designation while also being the nation’s first and only laboratory facility housed in a renovated historically registered building. A private celebration will be held on January 24, 2012 to mark this historic transformation of one of Caltech's oldest buildings into a prototype laboratory for the future.

Kana Pipeline installs green storm drainage systems at Caltech.

Storm Drainage Systems and Green Construction

First and only LEED Platinum-certified laboratory housed in a renovated historically registered building.

Kana Pipeline gleefully took part in the Pipeline Construction of what has officially become the nation’s first and only US Green Building Council’s highest-rated Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New Construction and Major Renovations (LEED-NC), Platinum-certified laboratory facility housed in a renovated historically registered building.

Located at California Institute of Technology (Caltech), in Pasadena, CA, also rated the world's number one university in the 2011–2012 Times Higher Education global ranking of the top 200 universities, under The Ronald and Maxine Linde Center for Global Environmental Science’s new facility, the Linde Robinson Laboratory is now known as one of the greenest science facilities on the planet and is constructed to be a model of resource efficiency and material competency.

The original 38,686 square foot Robinson astrophysics laboratory building was built in 1932 and was one of three buildings constructed at Caltech as part of the design and construction that mirrors that of the Palomar Observatory, in north San Diego County, California.

Mitch Hudson, Project Manager for Del Amo Construction, the construction company overseeing this work for Cal-Tech and who contracted Kana Pipeline for the sewer, water pipeline, fireline and storm drainage systems, thanked all subcontractors for their “contribution in restoring this building to its former glory…and a project that we can all take pride in being a part of.”

Kana pipeline began the underground pipeline installation back in December 2010. One of the interesting highlights of this project, according to Kana’s Project Manager, Eugene Figueros, was the stormwater storage systems. This consisted of installing an underground fiberglass tank measuring 57’ long by 12’ diameter that can hold up to 40,000 gallons of water. This tank was connected to a network of HDPE drainage pipe to collect stormwater. “The stormwater collected will then be used for landscape irrigation on dry days” added Figueros, “making this a very green application.”

In August last year the users settled into their newly renovated building and started conducting business. USGBC officially released certification of this LEED NC Platinum rating January 3, 2012.

To mark the historic transformation of one of Caltech’s oldest buildings into a prototype laboratory for the future, a private invitation-only dedication ceremony for the Linde Robinson Laboratory will take place at 4p.m., Tuesday, January 24, 2012, on the north side of the Linde Robinson Laboratory, adjacent to Bechtel Mall and between Arms and North Mudd Laboratories.

The ceremony will include remarks from Caltech President Jean-Lou Chameau, Geological & Planetary Sciences Division Chair Ken Farley, Caltech and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) trustee Sue Woolsey, and trustee and donor Ronald Linde. After the program, there will be guided tours of what Farley summed up as “one the nation's most energy-efficient science buildings, complete with state-of-the-art laboratories for oceanography, atmospheric science, and environmental chemistry and technology.”

Though this event is by invitation only, the School’s laboratory is said to be open to the public. This is surely an experience of a lifetime.

About Kana Pipeline:
Kana Pipeline is a leading underground wet utility pipeline construction company that installs sewer, water pipe, fireline and storm drainage systems for public and private residential, commercial, industrial and institutional projects throughout Southern California. Kana Pipeline also specializes in Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE), specifically; vacuum utility potholing and private utility locating services.

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