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
Managing Principal, Oakland
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.
Vice President & Regional Director, US West
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.
Principal, Urban Innovation, Oakland
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.
US West Engineering Design Leader, Oakland
Eric Solrain is an innovative, collaborative and goal-oriented mechanical engineer responsible for the procurement, management, and design of building engineering system projects. With a focus on architectural and social significance, sustainable and efficient systems, and cost- and maintenance-conscious designs, Eric brings a calm and reliable creativity to the art of engineering the built environment.
Eric has led several significant projects, including the first LEED Platinum certified retrofit of a historical laboratory building for the Linde+Robinson Lab at Caltech, the most energy efficient data center in North America with a PUE of 1.05 for the Energy Systems Integration Facility at the National Renewable Energy Lab, and the net zero energy headquarters building for the Packard Foundation. Eric has managed projects for such clients as: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, National Renewable Energy Lab, National Institute of Standards and Technology and various University of California campuses as well as numerous high tech companies around the Bay Area.
Senior Principal, Oakland
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.
Kera brings diverse experience in architecture and lighting to her work as the lead lighting designer at Integral Light Studio in Oakland. She believes that the discipline of lighting brings beauty, health, technology and efficiency together, and she enjoys the opportunities to collaborate across disciplines to weave lighting into the project architecture and engineering. By using sophisticated tools, she strives to push the boundaries of lighting design. In addition, given her strong experience in daylighting, she is committed to developing designs that encompass both daylight and electric lighting into an integrated solution.
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.