This adaptive-reuse project transformed a dilapidated warehouse on San Francisco's waterfront to 140,000 square feet of class A office space and an acre of new public open space. The design reflects the history and nature of the site, uses green materials garnered from green sources, and provides clean air and natural light for occu-
pants. Pier 1 is surrounded by water, which flows through radiant tubes in floor slabs for heating and cooling. This system moderates the interior climate according to each zone's location and orientation. Generated heat is rejected into a submerged condenser water loop under the building, dissipating energy into the bay within a tightly prescribed temperature range.
2002 AIA/COTE Top Ten Winner PUGET SOUND ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING CENTER LOCATION: Bainbridge Island, Washington ARCHITECT: Mithun
The 70,000-square-foot facility includes an interpretive center, a great hall, offices, learning studios, dining hall, art studio, maintenance building, and visitor accommodations. Wastewater is treated on site and reused. Rainwater is collected for irrigation and other uses. Photovoltaic installations provide more than half of the power for the learning-studio building. Rooftop solar hot-water panels reduce hot water demand at lodges and dining hall by 50 percent. Ventilation replaces air conditioning, with operable skylights providing maximum through-ventilation. High-efficiency fluorescent lighting with photocells reduces energy use. High-quality metal roofs and metal-clad windows will provide long life in the heavily wooded Northwest environment.
At the Puget Sound Environmental Learning Center, wastewater is treated on site and reused, and rainwater is collected for irrigation and other uses.
Photovoltaic installations provide more than half of the power for the learning-studio building.
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