Oakland


Integral Group’s Oakland design studio has rapidly grown to over 100 people due in part to the growing need for sustainable design. With an existing cultural norm where locally sourced food and organic living is customary, Oakland staff are familiarizing themselves with spaces that are self-sustaining – using environmentally-friendly products and incorporating nature’s tools in their designs. Serving the West Coast and beyond, the Oakland office prides itself on its culture and passion for deep green engineering.

The Oakland office uses 37% less energy than a typical U.S. office building of its size as compared to California’s Title 24 Energy Efficiency Code. The office redesigned earned a LEED Platinum rating (CI 2009) with 102 out of a possible 110 points, which at this time is the world’s highest score.

Oakland Design Studio

427 13th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
1.510.663.2070
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2021-09-24
Integral Group congratulates Atlanta Principal Stanton Stafford for being named a LEED Fellow by US Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). The 2021 Class of LEED Fellows includes 21 green building leader... Read more
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Oakland Leadership


  • Regional Director, United States
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    Chris is responsible for our strategic growth and performance of the US East Operations. With a broad understanding of high performance design & operation, his approach is rooted in the philosophy that environmentally responsible facilities must constantly evolve to suit the technology available, in balance with the client’s goals and objectives. Since joining Integral Group, Chris was responsible for growing the Performance Engineering Service offering – a team of subject matter experts specializing in building optimization – delivering building audits, condition assessments & commissioning services for our clients. Chris thrives in a team environment and implements an integrated team approach with every client. He has collaborated on a multitude of high performance driven projects across diverse sectors which are pursuing or have achieved Living Building, Net Zero or LEED Platinum certification.

  • Regional Director, United States
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    Gerry Faubert, Vice President and U.S. West Regional Director, brings over 36 years of experience to Integral Group. Gerry is one of the pioneers of innovative, energy efficient design and operations in the Buildings Engineering industry in North America. With a degree in Buildings Engineering Science and Technology, he takes practical and holistic approach to addressing clients’ challenges, helping achieve solutions that meet their social, economic, and environmental objectives.

    Gerry has played a vital role in delivering cutting edge integrated design and planning for numerous building projects across all building market sectors. Among the most recent and prominent is the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Award in 2015 for the CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory a LEED Platinum laboratory.

    A frequent spokesperson and advocate for health, well-being and sustainability, Gerry has lectured at conferences across North America. He is a former member of the Toronto Waterfront Design Review panel. The revitalization of Toronto’s waterfront is the largest urban development project underway in North America comprising of over 800 hectares of redevelopment and the site of the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games Athletes Village.

  • Managing Principal, Northern California
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    Andrea brings years of combined experience in business leadership, deep green architecture, and sustainability and resilience consulting to her role as Managing Principal of Integral Group’s Oakland office. Internationally recognized as a green building and sustainability expert, Andrea has been involved in numerous green building projects, climate action plans, and sustainability and energy programs. A natural leader, Andrea is focused on inspiring her team to be engaged, inclusive, future-focused, and action-oriented.

  • Senior Principal, Oakland
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    Eric brings a calm and reliable creativity to the art of engineering the built environment.  His work embodies holistic sustainable design for efficient systems, healthy environments, and cost- and maintenance-conscious approaches. Eric’s design focus centers on occupant and end user experience and a collaborative team approach to executing complex projects.  Specializing in zero-energy and zero-carbon campus-scale designs, he has led projects for such clients as: Google, Pixar, California Institute of Technology, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, National Renewable Energy Lab, Jet Propulsion Lab, National Institute of Standards and Technology and multiple University of California campuses.

  • Senior Principal, Oakland
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    With over 35 years of mechanical engineering and energy-focused consulting experience, John focuses on passive and climate-based architectural and engineering design solutions to improve occupant health, thermal comfort and energy efficiency in the built environment. John has led the design of numerous LEED Platinum Certified buildings and over 40 Zero Net Energy (ZNE) projects.

  • Senior Principal, Oakland
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    Rob is a senior mechanical principal with over 30 years of experience in highly sustainable engineering design and consulting. Rob focuses on integrating passive and low-energy systems with high-performance architectural form and features to deliver projects that achieve Net Zero performance and LEED, WELL, and Living Building certifications.

    Some of his notable projects include the Los Angeles Federal Courthouse (LEED Platinum), Long Beach Civic Center (LEED Platinum), and Natural Resources Defense Council’s Santa Monica office, which was one of the first LEED Platinum-certified projects in the US and was the highest-rated US LEED project at the time of certification.

    Rob is a LEED Fellow, ASHRAE High-Performance Design Professional (HBDP), GSA Design Excellence Peer, and Professional Engineer in several states.

  • Principal, Oakland
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    Brenden brings over a decade of green building and policy experience to the Integral Group team. Passion for creating value to businesses, communities, and the planet through sustainability has driven him along his career path. Brenden is committed to increasing communities’ resiliency to the challenges brought about by climate change. With a focus on city and campus scale action planning and statewide policy change, he believes that policy, design and education can work together to help people create healthy, thriving places to live, work, and learn.

    Prior to joining Integral Group, Brenden served as Pacific Region Director for the US Green Building Council, where he ran all programs for one of the world’s largest and strongest regions for sustainable design. Previously, he served as Director for Urban Resilience at the Urban Land Institute and Green Building Program Advisor for the City of Santa Monica. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and of Yale University.

  • Principal, Oakland
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    Lavanya is a civil and environmental engineer with over twelve years of experience in designing water supply networks, rain water harvesting systems, wastewater treatment and reuse systems, sustainable plumbing and fire protection systems. She has worked on projects including airports, residential, commercial, industrial, and high-rise buildings. She enjoys learning about new technologies and incorporating them in projects to study their feasibility and practicality.

    Lavanya is skilled at coordinating with architects, structural, civil, electrical and mechanical engineers. She often works with prospective clients and provides alternative schemes for more water efficient and resilient buildings early in the design phase of a project.

  • Principal, Oakland
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    Nate’s passion for designing holistic, regenerative systems has resulted in design solutions for his clients, which have exceeded their sustainability goals, while meeting budget and schedule requirements. Nate brings a well-rounded perspective to the team having designed mechanical systems and central plants for corporate and military campuses, hospitality and recreational resorts, as well as healthcare and critical facilities.

  • Principal, Oakland
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    Leveraging a rare combination of deep technical knowledge and talent for communication, Noah helps clients transform their visions into affordable, scalable, and successful realities. Noah specializes in manufacturing product consulting, all-electric buildings, radiant heating and cooling, central plants, and optimizing carbon emissions. In his tenure at Integral Group, Noah has become a global leader in the radiant design practice both internally and in the industry at large. Noah has developed a radiant heating and cooling SaaS web tool, called Radiant Master, to help guide and simplify radiant design for AEC professionals that has been used in over 4 million square feet and counting. Noah also recently completed The Radiant Whole Life Carbon Study, a pioneering new benchmark for carbon assessment and carbon reduction in the built environment.

  • Principal, Oakland
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    Sam is passionately committed to helping clients cut energy costs, risks, and carbon through innovative solutions. With a seasoned background in each stage of advanced energy project development — from strategic planning to feasibility to financial project structuring — Sam excels in developing approaches that break through cost barriers to renewable energy, microgrids, and net zero.

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