Sustainability on Skid Row – Tour FLOR 401 Lofts, LEED Platinum
Wednesday, August 4, 2021
4:00PM - 5:00PM PT
(link sent upon completion of registration)
FLOR 401 Lofts is a new 99-unit permanent supportive housing development located at 401 E. 7th Street in Downtown Los Angeles. In the heart of Skid Row, the project provides homes for 49 Veterans experiencing homelessness, for 49 low-income households and/or individuals with special needs, and one apartment for the on-site property manager.
Join us on this virtual tour as we guide you through the project and the extensive thought, planning, creativity, and teamwork that went into building it. Residents are welcomed home through a trellised entry, with on-site social services to the left and the garden straight ahead. Tree-canopied outdoor space and ample seating flows up to the second-floor community hub of training/activity spaces and laundry, where a greywater system collects and filters the water for irrigation. A series of meandering stairs and bridges lead you up the additional floors of private units, ventilated by large windows with canopies, vertical projections, and angled recesses to protect from the sun. A vegetable garden on the sixth floor adds a rooftop destination with city views while PV and solar thermal panels on the roof contribute to a LEED Platinum certification of the project.
About the Presenters
Chief Real Estate Officer
Skid Row Housing Trust
Sierra Atilano holds over 23 years of experience in multiple facets of real estate, including development, portfolio management, property management, finance, and construction. Her track record includes oversight and development of high-value, complex real estate portfolios. Sierra has developed a sophisticated acumen related to market rate and affordable housing, including permanent supportive housing, senior housing, farmworker housing, commercial real estate, mixed-use, and student housing. She has developed over 2,000 apartment homes, in 17 cities across 3 states as well as 5 luxury single-family estates, and 1 million square feet of commercial retail. Starting her career with one of the largest Real Estate Investment Trust’s, Lincoln Property Company, Sierra gained a firm foundation in leadership and portfolio oversight. She then transitioned to work for a construction company specializing in the apartment industry in which she gained project management experience working on new-construction and rehab projects. Sierra then went on to work for several family-owned developers such as Cal- American, Korda Construction, and Miller Family Companies in which her unique experience in both project and portfolio management earned her a reputation as a problem solver and an asset to the finance and development teams. Following the real estate market crash of 2008, Sierra found her way to a small non-profit, Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation, where she applied her expertise in finance and portfolio management to affordable housing. She was then sought out by Watt Residential to oversee their residential portfolio and assisted with several affordable acquisitions and rehabs. Over the last 9 years she has honed her asset management and development expertise working for one of the nation’s top developers, AMCAL Residential, and now as the Chief Real Estate Officer at Skid Row Housing Trust.
Mike Stone, LEED AP
Vice President, Project Executive
As VP Project Executive, Mike provides leadership of day-to-day operations for all construction project management and oversight of the financial, schedule, and staff development aspects across multiple projects. Since joining Morley Builders nearly 30 years ago, Mike has managed and overseen a full range of construction services across a variety of market sectors. He has managed some of Morley’s most complex and notable projects, such as the world-renowned Getty Villa Renovation and Los Angeles’ iconic Hotel Bel-Air. His expertise extends to mixed-use and affordable housing, where Mike has been involved in the construction of over 2,300 units totaling nearly 5,000,000 gross square feet in the Los Angeles area. His five most recent affordable housing projects have all received LEED Platinum certifications, including The Arroyo, honored as USGBC LEED Homes Awards’ Outstanding Affordable Project in 2020. Mike’s commitment to building innovative, high-quality projects with integrity and pride continue to shape Morley Builders as one of the preeminent leaders in the construction industry.
Mike holds a BS in Construction Management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a Certificate in Advanced Leadership and Management from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Brian Lane, FAIA, LEED AP
Brian has overseen many of the firm’s award-winning community buildings, housing, mixed-use, and hospitality projects. He builds neighborhoods, drawing on experience that spans a range of project types for governmental, commercial, non-profit, and private clients. His skills converged in the design of many award-winning projects, including the 28th Street Apartments, which received a 2015 National AIA Honor Award. His visualization and graphics skills, combined with his planning knowledge, have enabled numerous cities and agencies to evaluate planning and urban design strategies. Recently, he has contributed to the dialogue on emerging ordinances that will aid housing production in Los Angeles and is frequently called upon to share his expertise in community forums and public programs. Under his leadership, Koning Eizenberg has earned over 170 design and sustainability awards, and was honored as AIA California’s Firm of the Year in 2009. In 2021, Brian was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects for design work that propels social benefit and accelerates affordable housing production, while raising the benchmark for neighborhood buildings.
As Project Manager, Craig is responsible for the overall management of construction services including the planning, coordination, execution, completion, and financial outcomes of the project. He serves as the day-to-day liaison among all project stakeholders, leading the construction team to ensure projects are completed successfully to meet client expectations, financial and schedule goals, and quality standards. Since joining Morley Builders in 2015, Craig has worked on the construction of a variety of project types, from ground-up new construction to historic renovation and adaptive reuse, from 100% affordable housing to high-profile training facilities, cumulatively worth over $150,000,000. Craig has worked on multiple LEED Platinum-certified projects, including FLOR 401 Lofts and the new home for the LA Lakers, UCLA Health Training Center.
Craig holds a BS in Construction Management from the University of Washington.
Glen Folland, LEED AP (BD+C, Homes), LEED Green Rater, WELL AP, CEM, CPHC, CEA, GPR Rater, HERS Rater
Director of Sustainability
As Director of Sustainability, Glen leads a diverse team of LEED project managers and energy modelers for VCA Green. He utilizes his two LEED specialties to guide a wide range of clients through a variety of sustainable strategies. He helps customers find creative solutions that benefit end-users while saving money and achieving sustainability goals. Over his years at VCA Green, he has successfully guided clients to frequent LEED Platinum and LEED Gold certification.
Experience has provided him with a keen understanding of building codes and the issues that arise while implementing them. Glen is an expert in California’s Green Building Code and Building Energy Efficiency Standards. He uses this expertise to guide VCA Green’s projects managers in providing clear and concise CalGreen and Title 24 consulting services. Additionally, Glen oversees a team of energy modelers who use their knowledge of the intricacies of the code to harness Title 24 compliant software to produce performance compliance models. He is a CABEC Certified Energy Analyst and an ICC certified for CalGreen Inspector/Plans Examiner.