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The First LEED Platinum Building in Orange County
Gentosi Construction Consulting and Litigation Support


Across the world, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely recognized and utilized rating system for green buildings. Gentosi is proud to have built Orange County's very first LEED Platinum building.


Environmental Nature Center

1601 East 16th Street,
Newport Beach, CA

Gentosi completed construction of the new state-of-the-art learning center at the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach. This 8,500-square foot facility achieved the highest level of 'green' building certification: LEED Platinum. This LEED award is the highest designation available to buildings that demonstrate energy efficiency and sustainability. This project is one of fewer than 100 buildings worldwide to receive this designation.

The project consists of two buildings: the first includes a museum featuring many exhibits illustrating California's biodiversity, as well as classrooms and a retail store; the second building houses the administrative offices, library, and meeting room. This new learning center is surrounded by 3.5 acres of native plant communities, wildlife habitat, walking trails, and a butterfly house.

Visitors to this LEED Platinum building will see examples of sustainable practices in the form of natural ventilation, reduced water usage, use of locally manufactured and recycled materials, and on-site energy production by a photovoltaic array and wind turbine.

Environmental Nature Center