The Broad Achieves LEED Gold Certification

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The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded The Broad a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification for LEED New Construction. The achievement recognizes The Broad’s energy-saving design features and continuing commitment to sustainable practices. Founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad, the museum is designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler and built by MATT Construction.

Opened in Downtown L.A. in September 2015, the museum is home to the 2,000 works of art in the Broad collection, which is among the world's most prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary art. With its innovative “veil-and-vault” concept, the 120,000-square-foot, $140-million building features two floors of gallery space to showcase The Broad’s comprehensive collection and is the headquarters of The Broad Art Foundation’s worldwide lending library.

The Broad museum's third floor galleries with skylights and interior veil
The Broad museum's third floor galleries with skylights and interior veil | Photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The Broad is the first major art museum in Los Angeles and one of only a handful of museums in the country to achieve LEED Gold status. The Broad’s environmentally friendly features include electric car charging stations, bike parking spaces, rooftop drains routed to street level gardens that filter runoff, and high-efficiency plumbing fixtures that help reduce indoor water use by 40 percent. In addition, with easy walking access to residential and commercial buildings, restaurants and other cultural amenities, and close proximity to public transit and adjacency to the new Metro Regional Connector station at the corner of 2nd and Hope Streets (anticipated opening in 2021), The Broad aims to be in the top tier of eco-conscious, efficient and sustainable museums.

Entrance to third-floor galleries at The Broad
Entrance to third-floor galleries | Photo courtesy of The Broad, Facebook

“We are honored to be recognized for a commitment to sustainable practices, while ensuring the highest-quality environmental conditions for our art and an enjoyable viewing experience for our visitors,” said Joanne Heyler, founding director of The Broad. “We were very deliberate during the design and construction process in incorporating sustainable elements into the building. We do everything from recycling brochures to using environmentally smart LED lights in all of our public spaces.”

Public plaza at The Broad
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The Broad worked with Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Gensler and MATT Construction throughout the design and build process on comprehensive sustainability initiatives, including:

  • Use of daylighting
  • Energy reduction and clean energy
  • Energy efficient lighting and LEDs
  • Attention to alternative transportation
  • Construction material use, reuse and recycling
  • Addition of a public plaza green space with biofiltration for stormwater runoff
  • Water reuse and efficiency