STUDIOS Architecture - Department of Health Services Office Building Print
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Located in Richmond, California, the project constitutes the third phase of a master plan aiming at the consolidation of 18 health related agencies.

STUDIOS Architecture's design for the Department of Health Services office building conveys the public agency's commitment to innovation, while continuing traditional civic typologies.

All photos © Tim Griffith





The building’s large-scale linearity and extruded forms establish a common identity with its two existing companion structures while still making a unique visual statement.

The entry courtyard, which features a sculpture garden with a sunken grass court and public seating, creates a significant and welcoming space for visitors and employees both through its architecture and its landscape. dhs-3.jpg
Beyond the entryway, a central atrium feeds natural light into the building. It follows the aspiration of the client’s representatives for the creation of a community-oriented space that helps the members of the different agencies to meet, communicate and share different ideas. The atrium therefore serves as a community gathering space for numerous DHS functions ranging from group staff meetings to all-hands assemblies.

The DHS building is equivalent to LEED Silver Standard. The design was used as a demonstration project for the State of California's alternative sustainable design program: the "Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Building Measures" (California Tier 1/ Tier 2 Measures).


dhs_7.jpgProject Details and Credits:

Project Name: Richmond laboratory, campus phase iii, office building.

State of California, Department of Health Services,

Location: Richmond, California

Studios Architecture, 99 Green Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

Principal in charge: Charles Dilworth, AIA. Project manager: Alan Tom, AIA. Project architect: Elizabeth Sporer, AIA. Job captain: Ben Chuaqui, AIA, Designers: Tiffany Redding, AIA; Nicholas Tsuk, AIA; Enrique Sanchez; Will Huchting; Stuart MacDonald, AIA

DHS_2.jpgInterior designer: Studios Architecture

Engineer(s): Civil, structural, geotechnical: Rutherford & Chekene
M/E/P, security: Mazzetti & Associates
Code consultant: Rolf Jensen Associates
Cost estimator: Saylor Consulting Group
Elevator consultant: Hesselberg Keesee & Associates
Sustainable building consultant: Sustainable Design Resources
Waterproofing consultant: Simpson Gumpertz Heger
Wind consultant: Cermak Paterka Petersen
Specifications consultant: Topflight Specs
Art consultant: Fine Art By Day
Landscape: SWA Group
Lighting: Studios Architecture
Acoustical: Charles Salter Associates
General contractor: Swinerton Builders
Teecom Design Group


Size: 200,000 sf
Completion: August 2005


Architecture Record/BusinessWeek Merit Award, 2006
The Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Award, 2006
Gold Nugget Merit Award and Grand Award, 2006
AIA East Bay Merit Award, 2005

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