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
- 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.
- US West Sustainability + Resilient Design Leader, Oakland
Andréa contributes over 20 years of experience as Project Architect and Principal on numerous green building projects, climate action plans, as well as sustainability and energy programs, to the Integral team. Throughout her career, Andréa has dedicated herself as a leader with several green building and sustainability organizations, including the USGBC Northern California Chapter. Andréa served three terms on the Board of Directors, with three years as President, and is currently serving on the Strategic Advisory Board of the Healthy Communities Initiative. Most recently, she co-chaired the host committee for Greenbuild 2012, and the Regionalization Committee for LEED v4. She is a sought after speaker on such topics as zero net energy design, sustainable communities, and green building. In 2013, Andréa was invited by former Vice-President, Al Gore to attend a Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training, where she was named a “Climate Leader.” Through this initiative, Andréa is educating communities about climate change and building local networks of climate activists, who work in their own communities and countries demanding solutions.
- Principal, Oakland
John is a principal and mechanical engineer specializing in high performance design for deeply sustainable laboratories. John has designed multi-disciplinary facilities for biological, chemistry, forensics, genetics and behavioral sciences research; greenhouse facilities for research; multi-species vivariums; cleanrooms, ABSL-3+, and BSL-3+ facilities. As the mechanical team lead for Integral Group’s Oakland design studio, John provides oversight on dozens of projects and mentors engineers of all levels. He takes pride in working with junior engineers and encouraging them to step outside their comfort zone. His favorite activity with his team is problem-solving on a whiteboard – solving not just for the mechanical team or on the path of least resistance, but determining the best solution for the project and the client.
- Principal, Oakland
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.