Author Archives: Hisham Barakat

LEED® Silver for Deckers

The new global headquarters for Deckers, the company that makes Uggs, Tevas, Sanuk and other footwear, has earned the company a LEED® Silver Certification.

Deckers Outdoor Corp. built a 190,000-square-foot ground up complex of four buildings in Goleta, California, outside Santa Barbara.

The headquarters made of recycled building materials has parking spaces reserved for energy-efficient cars and power stations for electric vehicles. It has a bike storage area with showers and changing facilities for employees and environmentally friendly irrigation and water drainage systems and energy efficient lighting and mechanical systems.

Wallis Dedication Ceremony

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts project is as old as ARC with its inception back in 2006.  Now after years of design and construction that dream is a reality.  ARC principals Hisham Barakat and TK Wong proudly attended the dedication ceremony where the historical building opened its doors and embraced the new structure.  You can read more about this amazing building in our projects section and also read this news article:


Title 24 Update Made Easy!

Bryan Gauger summarizes the major points from the new Title 24 code which will become effective January 1, 2014:

Title-24, California’s energy code in part governing energy efficiency of installed lighting, is changing effective January 1, 2014. I have prepared the linked pdf below highlighting the major changes to the interior lighting code and how space design and installation will change to accommodate the new code. Some of the revisions are dramatic and this will directly affect every project’s design and budget.

You can find the code and the compliance manual here at the California Energy Commission’s website :

Read Bryan’s PDF