Sony breaks ground on buildings

Structures to be completed in 2009

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is no stranger to the Sony lot. The former star of such Sony fare as “Total Recall” and “Last Action Hero” returned to the Culver City campus Friday for a groundbreaking ceremony of several environmentally friendly buildings.

The studio launched a construction project that includes a 125,000-square-foot building, a 96,000-square-foot building and a commons area that will comply with guidelines established by the U.S. Green Building Council. The energy-efficient structures, which are expected to be completed by the summer of 2009, will eventually house Sony Pictures Television employees, who currently work in leased space in Westwood, as well as other Sony workers scattered throughout Los Angeles.

“I wanted to come here today because Sony Pictures is the one that has said, ‘We are going to make this commitment,’ ” Schwarzenegger said. “This is a huge victory for the studio, and it inspires now all others in the private sector to do the same.”

Among the initiative highlights are: an energy-efficient power plant that will cut carbon dioxide emissions; water-efficient landscaping; nontoxic carpeting and paint; and the recycling of 95% of construction waste.

The Jimmy Stewart building also is getting an eco-friendly nip/tuck with the addition of solar photovoltaic cells as part of a pilot project the studio plans to expand to other buildings in the coming years.

“It is just a small step, but it’s in the right direction,” Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Michael Lynton said. “These environmental efforts are part of a series of green initiatives we’ve taken over the years. But there is more we can and must do.”

Added Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal, “This project is a smart thing to do, a good thing for all of us, a good thing for the environment and for our community, a place where we will all feel proud to work.”

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