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Hensel Phelps, ZGF and AEI team to construct emission testing facility in US

Published 14 February 2018

The design-build team of Hensel Phelps, ZGF Architects (ZGF), and Affiliated Engineers (AEI) has been awarded the new Southern California Consolidation project for the California Air Resources Board (CARB) by the Department of General Services (DGS).

The $368m, 380,000-square-foot, 19-acre project will be located in Riverside near the UC Riverside campus. It will be one of the largest and most advanced vehicle emissions testing and research facilities in the world, and the largest true zero net energy facility of its type in the world—generating more energy than it uses.

Consolidating the organization's five existing locations, currently spread throughout Los Angeles, into a single location, the state-of-the-art facility will house more than 400 employees and include an extended range of dedicated test cells, an advanced chemistry laboratory, workspace for accommodating new test methods for future generations of vehicles, space for developing enhanced onboard diagnostics and portable emissions measurement systems, offices, visitor reception and education areas, a media center, flexible conference areas, and a large public auditorium.

The facility and campus will be designed and built to reach the highest possible levels of measured sustainability, with the intention to achieve LEED Platinum certification and to meet California's CALGreen Tier 2 threshold for overall sustainability and energy efficiency.

The unique design will provide a seamless consolidation and integration of the office program into a three-story, pinwheel-shaped building. Vertical connectivity will increase proximity and interaction between departments, while horizontal circulation will provide links with testing areas, support space, and laboratories, resulting in greater flexibility and collaboration.

This pinwheel concept creates a Central Command Control area that forms the nexus of the new CARB campus. The high-performance campus will feature abundant open and green spaces, as well as nature walks for al fresco breaks and informal meetings alike.

Source: Company Press Release