A design-build team of Hensel Phelps, ZGF Architects LLP (ZGF) and Affiliated Engineers (AEI) has secured the Southern California Consolidation project for the California Air Resources Board (CARB) from the US Department of General Services (DGS).
The $368m, 380,000ft2, 19-acre project will be located in Riverside near the UC Riverside campus.
Upon completion, it will become one of the largest and advanced vehicle emissions testing and research facilities in the world and the largest true zero net energy facility of its type in the world.
The modern facility will consolidate the organisation’s five locations spread throughout Los Angeles into a single location and will house more than 400 employees.
It will include an extended range of dedicated test cells, advanced chemistry laboratory, workspace for accommodating new test methods for future generations of vehicles, space for developing enhanced onboard diagnostics and portable emissions measurement systems.
In addition, the facility will include offices, visitor reception and education areas, a media centre, flexible conference areas, and a public auditorium.
The facility and campus will be designed and built with the intention to achieve LEED Platinum certification and to meet California’s CALGreen Tier 2 threshold for overall sustainability and energy efficiency.
The design will consolidate and integrate the office programme into a three-storey, pinwheel-shaped building.
The facility’s vertical connectivity is aimed at increasing proximity and interaction between departments, while horizontal circulation is expected to provide links with testing areas, support space, and laboratories, resulting in greater flexibility and collaboration.
The pinwheel concept creates a Central Command Control area that will form the nexus of the new CARB campus.
The campus will feature ample open and green spaces, as well as nature walks for al fresco breaks and informal meetings.
Hensel Phelps is a general contracting firm in the US, specialising in planning, building, and managing facilities in the building sector.
ZGF is a design firm with a diverse portfolio that includes healthcare and research facilities, academic buildings, mixed-use developments, corporate campuses, museums, transportation facilities, and eco-districts.
AEI is a US-based multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm that is involved in planning, designing, and delivering engineered systems for technically complex building and utility infrastructure projects.