By Joel Carico, AIA
On Friday, August 15, 2014, the Net Zero Energy Center hosted a design tour and reception for AIA East Bay and guests. Galen Grant, AIA of FCGA and Center Executive Director Byron Benton jointly explained the story behind the project and the design process. Attendees were encouraged to ask questions and there were many.
This was a more mixed group than usual with only about half the attendees being AIA members, and the others members of the public, contractors, USGBC and Build it Green Members. Having such a mixed group had a positive effect on the tour in a way I can’t quite define. At the end of the tour, which was a full 90 minutes, we were encouraged to stay for a wonderful reception hosted by the Center. Everyone stayed for quite a while and there was a lot of pleasant conversation. We were happy to have the extra time with Galen Grant, AIA who delved deeper into the design process of the project—and we grilled him heavily! All in all, it was time well spent.