The organization that uncovered the infamous Volkswagen diesel pollution scandal, California Air Resources Board (CARB), is getting a new home.
The Department of General Services (DGS) has awarded the new Southern California Consolidation project for CARB to the design-build team of ZGF, Hensel Phelps, and Affiliated Engineers, Inc. (AEI). The $368 million, 380,000 SF, 19-acre high-performance campus will be located in Riverside, California. The new facility will be one of the world’s largest and most advanced emissions testing and research facilities, and the largest true zero net energy facility of its type.
“Our core values are based on making a difference by enhancing the places people work and live, while creating a more sustainable built environment,” said Ted Hyman, partner at ZGF. “It is an honor to work with CARB, an organization that shares our commitment to the environment by improving air quality not only in California but by example, for the entire world.”
The unique design will provide a seamless consolidation and integration of the five existing Los Angeles locations and over 400 employees. A three-story, pinwheel-shaped office building will offer vertical connectivity to increase proximity between offices and horizontal connectivity with testing areas, support space, and laboratories, will result in greater flexibility and interaction. This pinwheel concept creates a Central Command Control area that forms the nexus of the new CARB campus, which will feature abundant open and green spaces, as well as nature walks for al fresco breaks and informal meetings alike.