Providing specialist guidance and sustainable strategies to realize a building that makes a positive contribution to both its users and the environment. Image: Frederick Fisher and Partners Architects
Santa Monica City Services Building
Santa Monica, CA
The 50,200 ft2 Santa Monica City Services Building is a modern extension to the existing City Hall and will house state of the art, energy efficient civic offices.
BuroHappold Engineering is providing integrated engineering and consulting services to ensure the new office building meets Living Building Challenge™ criteria. These are the most rigorous performance standards in the built environment, surpassing even the highest LEED certification requirements, which demand that a building actually makes positive contributions to its environment as opposed to merely lessening its negative impact.
Our engineers responded with a passive approach to design that proposes to make the most of all available natural resources. For example, we have streamlined the building’s electricity requirements so that they can all be met through a photovoltaic array on the roof. In addition, we minimized heating and cooling loads by making strategic use of both daylight and natural ventilation.
We also designed two separate water strategies that will collectively allow all the building’s needs to be met by water harvested on site. The first is a system that captures and treats rainwater for potable use throughout the building, which will be supplemented by a ground well with reverse osmosis water treatment for top-up during low rainfall years. The second captures greywater and condensate from the air handling units, which will then be used for on site irrigation.
By incorporating these and numerous other sustainable strategies into their design model, our engineers have shown that the project is on track to secure Living Building Challenge™ certification, and become a shining example of sustainable design.
Client: City of Santa Monica, Architecture Services Division, Department of Public Works
Architect: Frederick Fisher and Partners Architects
Construction cost: $57 million
Duration: Completion expected in 2020
Services provided by BuroHappold: MEP engineering, facades engineering, lighting design, sustainability consultancy
This project will create a striking modern extension for the historic City Hall building
Our engineers are devising strategies that will ensure the addition meets strict Living Building Challenge™ criteria
We have adopted a passive approach to design that makes use of all available natural resources
When complete, the new extension will provide city services staff with a functional, efficient and elegant working environment