WHILE MORE TRADI TIONALLY NOTED FOR THEIR
PLAYERS AND THEIR ACADEMICS, RESPECTIVELY,
THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND UNIVERSI TY OF
CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES (UCLA) WERE RECENTLY
JOINTLY HONORED FOR THEIR EFFORTS IN
SUSTAINABLE BUILDING AND DESIGN BY THE U.S.
GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL-LOS ANGELES (USGBC-LA).
THE RECIPIENTS OF USGBC-LA’S VISIONARY
AWARD, THE TWO ORGANIZATIONS WERE HAILED
FOR THEIR SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP IN
DEVELOPING CUTTING-EDGE ATHLETIC FACILITIES
THAT NOW CAN SERVE AS A MODEL FOR ATHLETIC
FACILITIES AROUND THE GLOBE.
Designed by ROSSETTI and Perkins+Will, the Lakers’ El Segundo
facility—“UCLA Health Training Center, Home of the Los Angeles
Lakers”—is a premier practice training center that is certified
both LEED Platinum and Fitwel. Some of the center’s sustainable
attributes include the installation of Forest Stewardship Council-
(FSC-) certified wood for the practice court and entry doors
and the offset of approximately 15 percent of its energy use
through photovoltaic panels.
The health and wellness of employees also has come into play for
the facility. Employees enjoy a fully financed health and fitness
program, including on-site group training classes, lunch and
learns with health industry experts, and access to a professional
dietician. The healthy focus already has yielded positive impact:
Across one six-week program, results included weight loss,
muscle gain, and elevated employee morale and camaraderie,
with sick days dropping by more than 50 percent from the
In addition to receiving
a Visionary Award from
USGBC-LA, the UCLA Health
Training Center also was
named “Best Sustainable
Project” in 2018 by the
Los Angeles Business Journal.
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