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March 2015

“LEEDing” Modern Improvements for Old Buildings

Designed in the late 1930s by architect Joseph H. Wohleb, the John L. O'Brien building is listed on the National Register for Historic Places.

As awareness of environmental sustainability grows, the way buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained, and operated must also evolve. Developed in 1998 by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a set of rating systems intended to provide standards for environmentally sustainable construction and recognize best-in-class building strategies and practices.

New BART Line Provides “Train to Plane” Service

The rail link provides a seamless connection from the Coliseum station to the Oakland International Airport.

Linking the Oakland and San Francisco International Airports, the Coliseum-Oakland International Airport line replaced a slower and less reliable shuttle bus system to provide a faster and convenient connection between the two airports. The 3-mile system transports passengers above street-level traffic that has, in the past, delayed transport from one airport to another. The line is designed to complete a one-way trip in approximately 8 minutes, with an on-time performance of more than 99.5 percent.