New SFPUC Headquarters Tour Features LEED Platinum Features

The new SFPUC Headquarters, located on 525 Golden Gate Avenue in San Francisco, Calif., is slated to be the most sustainable building of its kind. Originally conceived to achieve LEED Silver status, the new 277,000-square-foot, 13-story building is expected to surpass LEED Platinum certification. To celebrate this achievement and demonstrate what can really be possible on this scale, KMD Architects, the Urban Land Institute, and the San Francisco Department of Public Works hosted a tour of the ultra-sustainable project.

Led by PUC Project Director, Shelby Campbell, SFDPW Senior Project Manager, Brook Mabrahtu, and KMD Principal, David Hobstetter, tour participants learned about the many features that maximize environmental sustainability including:

  • Vertical wind turbines and solar panels to assist in meeting the building’s energy demand
  • A Living Machine to facilitate black and grey water treatment. This reclamation measure will satisfy 100% of the water demand needed to operate the building’s low flow toilets and urinals
  • Strategic floor plan, glass exterior and light shelves to redirect daylight to the building’s core, maximizing the use of natural light
  • Raised floors to facilitate natural ventilation, enhancing indoor air quality

“Number one, the PUC has a mission of pushing the envelope in green technology,” says KMD Principal, David Hobstetter. “What will make the PUC the most sustainable urban building in the United States is the combination of energy production on the building itself, through the use of wind turbines and solar panels, combined with a super efficient envelope.”

In addition to the many sustainable features, visitors and employees will be able to monitor the building’s environmental performance on a digital screen, located in the lobby, that will show the energy performance of the building in real-time. What’s more, the digital screen will showcase the PUC’s history, mission and feature the art and educational components of the facility.

The PUC building on 525 Golden Gate Avenue, is scheduled to be completed in summer 2012. Learn more about this exciting project.