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Haste Street Child Development Center


The Haste Street Child Development Center is viewed as both as a child care center and research facility to support the many UC programs focused on early childhood development. Children learn from their experience of the built environment. The building was designed to be a world in which the children function effectively, feel comfortable, and respond to and learn from the use of space, light and color around them. An important aspect of the construction process was managing our green goals.  It was critical to have a contractor who was cooperative in this process. It was especially important when submitting for LEED since they have to provide documentation of their recycling of construction waste, storm water pollution prevention during construction, indoor air quality measures and cost of materials.

Project sustainability features:

  • Conserve energy – The building is very tight and energy efficient.  It was designed under the PG&E Savings by Design program and it exceeds Title 24 by 40%.
  • Material Selection – All the materials were chosen to be healthful and ecologically sound, free of harmful chemicals, VOC’s, pesticides or other undesirable agents. Where possible, they were chosen to be natural materials, such as Marmoleum flooring and Richlite counters. We also selected recycled materials whenever they were a feasible option.
  • Building systems – The building is designed to maximize operating efficiency, to provide good indoor air quality and thermal comfort, and to reduce maintenance and replacement costs. 
  • Furnishings and equipment – Where possible furnishings were chosen to be free from formaldehyde and off gassing organic compounds.  They were chosen to be durable, refinishable and recyclable to the greatest extent possible.
  • Site development – Site finishes were chosen to reduce storm runoff, provide porous surfaces, reduce heat islands and light pollution and utilize native and low water usage plantings.

Construction requirements:

  • Recycling – Several LEED credits require that the contractor participate in construction recycling.  Our contractor had to sort their waste as much as possible, bring it to a specific transfer station which provided the documentation we needed, and then provide to us all of their dump tags for us to track
  • Green materials – The contractor had to really participate in the process of using only low-VOC materials on site.  They had to submit for review every chemical they used during construction, even on materials as minor as what they cleaned up paint splatters with.  The contractor had to then make sure that only those approved chemicals were on site. 
  • IAQ – The HVAC system was protected during construction which meant keeping all duct ends wrapped when they weren’t being worked on.  We also dried the building by using dehumidifiers after the shell was sealed.  We also then did a building flush out during punch list as a final LEED requirement.  The contractor had to coordinate and police all of this.
  • Storm Water Pollution Prevention – The contractor had to provide a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) which documented how they intended to reduce runoff into the storm drains. UC then monitored their practices.

Project Management: Capital Projects
Client: Early Childhood Education Program at RSSP
Architect: Jacobson Silverstein Winslow/Degenhardt
Contractor: Vila Construction

For more information about this project, please contact: Judy Chess at or at (510) 643-8689.

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