22 Jun 2012
$190m San Francisco Public Utilities Commission celebrated its grand opening, unveiling many cutting-edge sustainable features.
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) unveiled its new 13-story headquarters building, located at 525 Golden Gate in the heart of San Francisco’s Civic Center district. Arup led the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering, as well as the sustainability, acoustics, fire, and information technology consulting on the $190m project.
The building for SFPUC – which provides water, wastewater treatment, and power generation service to San Francisco and the Bay Area – is the result of aggressive environmental goals during the design process. The building, which is expected to achieve LEED® Platinum certification, has many green features to significantly reduce the use of energy and water consumption, and provide a healthy office work environment with high interior air quality and natural daylight.
”The project goal to design a highly sustainable building required integration of architecture and engineering to an extreme level. This was only possible through tight design and construction collaboration with the architects, KMD, other project consultants, and constructors over the last seven years.”
-Todd Ravenscroft, Project Manager, Arup.
Arup’s sustainability consulting included a sustainable assessment, overall building energy modelling, and an analysis of the preliminary energy transfer of the façade. The project also included collaboration with the SFPUC’s IT department to align equipment strategies with sustainability goals.