New Design By KMD Architects Set to Raise the Bar on Sustainable Design Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 05:59

General View of the Project
General View of the Project

San Francisco based KMD Kaplan McLaughlin Diaz Architects have designed this new 12-Story building for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. With its sustainable design, this new building is set to exceed LEED platinum and minimize the carbon footprint.

The project is located Golden Gate Ave. near City Hall. T his architecture project blends elegantly with its surroundings. What makes the building stand out is the leap it represent for sustainable design. This is achieved through a series of technological innvations rooted within the design. These features lead to a significant decrease of energy and water consumption per user.

 

 

 

View from civic center
View from the civic center

“What better organization than a major municipal power and water agency to create one of the most advanced buildings in green design in the U.S.,” said David Hobstetter, KMD Architects principal.

The customer’s expectations for Sustainable Design were high. “Our intent from the beginning was to create the most energy-efficient office building developed in an urban setting in the United States to date,” said P.U.C. deputy general manager Anthony Irons.Features like wind turbines installed on the roof, solar panels embedded in the external walls, and a ‘thermal chimney’ that cools the space naturally, help bring down the buildings energy needs by 40%, and up to 100% in windy, sunny days.

The building introduces Sustainable Design features that save water. Faucet sensors, waterless urinals, and on-demand water heaters will cut use to 5 gallons per occupant per day, compared to average office-building use of 25 gallons a day. Recycling water features are also introduced and will enable the reuse of water from faucets and sinks in the building’s toilets and the cooling system.

 

 

Wnd Turbine Open Axonometric

Open Axonometric of the Wnd Turbine

New Design By KMD Architects Set to Raise the Bar on Sustainable Design
Section through the wind Turbines showing air circulation

Sun Penetration through the external Walls
Sun Penetration through the external Walls

 

There is also a focus in the building’s concept towards the end-user’s experience. “Dozens of research studies have confirmed the benefits of natural daylight and views of green-space in improving a person’s productivity, reducing absenteeism and improving health and well-being,” said Hobstetter. “By utilizing sun-filtering shades, new window-glazing materials and other techniques, we were able to bring sunlight well inside the structure’s interior work spaces.”

“Energy efficiency is one thing, it can be accomplished with smart technology; it is easily measured…We want to go one step further and provide a work space that will not only contribute to preserving the environment but also foster interaction, creativity and productivity and inspire the community” said Ryan Stevens Design Principal at KMD Headquarters for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

The $178 million, 254,000-square foot building is planned to break ground at 525 Golden Gate Ave. near City Hall and open in 2008.
The design of Green Buildings has become an interesting challenge for the contemporary Architects. This project is a fine example that demonstrate how successful it can be. The cost of the features that have been implemented to save water and energy will easily be recuperated in the running cost of building and the increase in its real-estate value.

Typical plan light penetration
A study of light penetration within the plan

 

About KMD

Since 1963, KMD (Kaplan McLaughlin Diaz) has combined innovation and creativity to provide exceptional healthcare, academic, commercial and corporate architectural services. With offices in Mexico City, Shanghai, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and projects throughout the world. KMD believes that experimentation and investigation of interpersonal interaction with the built environment are central to their work as architects, planners and researchers.

A leader in green building and sustainable design, KMD designs have been completed in over 30 US states, and 15 countries around the world including France, China Japan, Korea, Spain, Germany, England and Mexico and have won over 200 design awards, including over forty from AIA (American Institute of Architects). Notable KMD designs include the Seoul City Hall in Seoul, Korea; Two Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills; Nadya Park in Nagoya, Japan; Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts; Shenergy Headquarters in Shanghai, China; Ford Field in Detroit; and Jie Fang Headquarters in Shanghai, China. The company’s web site is at www.kmdarchitects.com.

 

 

 

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View From Polk Street with Polk Street (with the Silhouette of the Courthouse in white)

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