Indoor Environment

The planning of the building and the exterior design were derived directly from analysis of the program and the recognition that every element of the program should have direct and controllable access to natural ventilation and views. The thinness of the buildings (just 43 feet in width on the operations side) and the number of strategically placed operable windows allow natural breezes to filter throughout all of the spaces. Windows at the end of halls provide a connection to the exterior and a constant reminder of the context, and can be controlled for varying conditions.

Skylights bring further light into interior spaces that would otherwise be dark and require electric lighting. Daylight harvesting and occupancy sensors are included throughout the facility to minimize energy use. Automatic daylight controls augment controls in individual offices, allowing users to manage their own ambient light levels and task lighting.
Interior of the Water Resources Center
By bringing natural light into the space and providing sizable amounts of glazing throughout, the interior spaces begin to feel more like exterior spaces. The building occupants are able to experience natural light, including the natural ebb and flow of light levels throughout the day.

Green Strategies

  • Visual Comfort and The Building Envelope
    • Orient the floor plan on an east-west axis for best control of daylighting
    • Use skylights and/or clerestories for daylighting
  • Visual Comfort and Interior Design
    • Select only white to midrange finishes to maximize reflectance of light
  • Ventilation and Filtration Systems
    • Provide occupants with access to operable windows
  • Above Grade Rainwater and Groundwater
    • Provide a rain screen in exterior walls to prevent bulk water (rain) penetration
  • Reduction of Indoor Pollutants
    • Use only very low or no-VOC paints
    • Use only solvent-free floor finishes for wood and stone
  • Building Commissioning for IEQ
    • Use a comprehensive commissioning process to ensure that design intent is realized