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Stanford University Central Energy Facility – Palo Alto, California

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Building: Stanford University Central Energy Facility
Location: Palo Alto, California, USA
Design Architects: ZGF Architects
Construction Contractor: The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
MEP Engineers:  AEI Consulting Engineers
Civil Engineer: BKF Engineers
Structural Engineer: Rutherford + Chekene
Landscape Architect: Tom Leader Studio
Size: 125600sq.ft.
Completed: 2015
Cost: $485 million

AE Interests: Stanford Energy System Innovation (SESI) initiative will eliminate 150,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions; reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 68%; fossil fuel use by 65%, and campus-wide water use by 15% [1];  key components include: heat recovery chiller system, thermal energy water storage tanks, high voltage substation for electricity which are all completely powered by electricity from renewable resources; LED lighting, open air floor plan for cross breezes; chilled beam systems; ceiling panels absorb heat with energy absorbing filler [2].

Articles: [1,2]




Written by Chloe Jones

December 8, 2017 at 10:20 am

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Inouye Regional Center – Honolulu, Hawaii

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Building: Inouye Regional Center
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Original Architect: Albert Kahn
Local Architect: Ferraro Choi
Architect: HOK
Structural Engineer: SOHA Engineers
MEP: WSP Flack + Kurtz
Civil Engineer: Kennedy Jenks
Size: 350,000 sq.ft.
Completed: January 2014
Cost: $157 million

AE Interests: LEED Gold, AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects Award [3]; recycled and adaptive reuse of airplane hangars [1]; includes a revolutionary Passive Cooling Unit (PCU) system (which pulls cool water from a 1,300-foot deep well under the sea bed and pumps it up into roof top cooling coils) [2], gray and rain water system, and a skylight diffuser system [2]; roofs and central addition capture rainwater and distribute it to bioswales; chilled beams [2].

Articles: [1,2,3]


Written by Chloe Jones

December 8, 2017 at 10:19 am

Posted in Built