By Nick Gilbert
DPR Construction, an eminent technical builder, celebrated the completion of The David and Lucile Packard Foundation's newly constructed Bay Area office building that is the first of its kind in the nation.
This building is designed with the intention to use less energy and generate its own power on-site. With the goal to obtain a LEED Platinum certification, the new Bay Area office building offers a replicable model in order to obtain high sustainable development in a setting of a commercial office building.
The Bay Area office building that has been designed by architect EHDD is a two-story wood and steel structure. This 50,000-square-foot building has an aesthetic appearance as it blends into the natural environment that surrounds it. The building materials utilized in the construction of the Bay Area office building include stone veneer, aluminum, copper panels and wood siding and glazing materials. These materials enable forming an exterior skin with a high thermal rate. Rooftop photovoltaic panels used in the construction of the new building help generating on-site energy.
This project began in early 2010 and in this initial stage 98% of waste from landfill was diverted and six existing structures were deconstructed. Mike Messick, Project Manager of DPR, stated that DPR’s team collaborated with eminent trade contractors to sequence the construction of the exterior skin in a correct manner. Messick further stated that a full-sized mock-up section of the exterior skin was constructed before the actual construction process could start. This was done due to the complications that existed in the exterior skin’s thermal insulation and the waterproofing system. A number of sequencing issues were discovered and an appropriate skin system was designed in order to achieve the company’s zero-energy goal.
Apart from this project, DPR in 2010 constructed the San Diego office that obtained a net-zero energy status and LEED-NC Platinum certification. The Phoenix facility that was also constructed by DPR in fall of 2011 aims to achieve a Platinum certification and the status of being the first private office building in Arizona with net-zero energy.