Design Deliverables, Design-Build (DB)
Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center: Floor Plan Concept (upper left), Construction (upper right), Exterior (lower left), Interior (lower right). NPS Images.
Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, California
This is the first grid-tied net-zero visitor center completed in the National Park Service. A 94 kW photovoltaic (PV) system provides all the energy needs for the facility over the course of a year, and surplus energy from the system helps to offset the carbon footprint from other facilities in the National Recreation Area. Heating and cooling is provided by a high efficiency ground and water source heat pump system using an existing artificial pond as the primary heating and cooling source. Extensive natural lighting and high-efficiency (LED) lighting with a daylight dimming system reduces energy consumption. The existing building shell was also reutilized.
LEED: Certified Platinum May 2012