Local OB Architects Have Created One of First “net-zero” Office Buildings in County

by on April 18, 2010 · 3 comments

in Culture, Economy, Energy, Environment, Ocean Beach


By Mike Lee /Union-Tribune / April 18, 2010

The goal: The owners of Architects wanted to showcase their passion for energy-efficient design when they moved offices in Ocean Beach last year. Their previous projects had included designing an eco-friendly building for the OB People’s Organic Foods Market a decade ago.

“When we had the opportunity to do our own office, we figured we better practice what we preach,” said Randy Hanna, a principal with the eight-member company.

The process: Hanna and his colleagues bought a 5,000-square-foot auto repair shop at Bacon and Santa Monica streets, intending to redo it as a green showpiece.  Deciding not to build from scratch was part of the low-energy strategy.

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avatar Debbie April 18, 2010 at 5:28 pm

I am really glad to know of what they were able to accomplish with the renovation. I just wish the building wasn’t so drab…it doesn’t make me happy looking at it :-( I guess I probably wouldn’t pick this firm as my architect.


avatar nunya April 20, 2010 at 10:11 am



avatar OB Joe April 20, 2010 at 10:47 am

Nunya, you’re always so wordy.


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