Servicon Systems has succeeded in creating the greenest building around – the first LEED-New Construction Platinum certification in Culver City, for its Mahdesian Learning Center & Client Innovation Hub. The property held its grand opening last week, and unveiled the honor. The certification is the highest offered by the US Green Building Council.
Servicon Systems Inc., a leading provider of sustainable maintenance services for aerospace, military, commercial, public and institutional facilities, celebrated the Grand Opening of its award-winning Mahdesian Learning Center & Client Innovation Hub, Culver City’s first and only building to earn LEED-New Construction Platinum certification, the highest sustainability rating of the U.S. Green Building Council.
The cutting-edge Mahdesian Learning Center & Client Innovation Hub was recently honored with the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Commercial Real Estate Development of the Year Gold Award, as one of Los Angeles’ “biggest best and most notable” CRE projects of 2014.
“We wanted to create a welcoming place, easily accessible to our employees via public transportation, and with high air quality standards,” said Michael Mahdesian, Chairman of Servicon Systems. “To celebrate our long-lasting partnership with the community, we wanted to create one of the greenest, safest and most sustainable buildings in the greater Los Angeles area,” he added.
Servicon aims to transform the facility maintenance industry through innovation, and the Mahdesian Learning Center & Client Innovation Hub is a laboratory for field-testing new practices and conducting research and training in cost-saving sustainability. It is also home to the Servicon Academy, a first in the industry, which initiated the Servicon Certification program, another industry first, where Servicon trains a smart, engaged workforce for greater efficiency productivity and ROI.
The center was designed by Edward Ogosta, AIA, and is an adaptive reuse project that transformed the skeleton of an old, windowless warehouse into a strikingly modern, light-filled office, event and training facility. The Mahdesian Learning Center & Client Innovation Hub is sweeping this year’s most prestigious design and commercial real estate awards, as noted Los Angeles Business Journal Gold Commercial Real Estate Award and as a finalist in Interior Design magazine.
Servicon President and CEO Laurie Sewell welcomed many VIP guests and clients including Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells and City Council member Jim Clarke to the Grand Opening, held on March 5, 2015 at the site, 3965 Landmark Street, just a block from the new Culver City Expo Line station.
The entire building has a smaller carbon footprint than that of a Toyota Prius. “This project clearly demonstrates that, even at a modest scale, a full-building renovation with creative architecture and premier sustainability upgrades is achievable,” said Sewell. “Moreover, every worker will enjoy the richness of daylight, the integrity of quality materials, and a pure, serene and healthy atmosphere,” she added.
Servicon has been making quite a few headlines recently. The commercial sustainable maintenance company also recently named Laurie Sewell its new CEO. Sewell formerly served as president, and takes over the CEO position for the company’s founder Richard Mahdesian, who has become chairman emeritus.