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DMV Inglewood Field Office Replacement

The project replaces an existing Department of Motor Vehicles facility in Inglewood with the first Zero Net Energy building designed for the State of California’s Department of General Services. Using a solar car as inspiration, the long public hall features a broad overhanging canopy with photovoltaic solar panels to power the building. The overhangs shade clerestory windows to provide natural lighting into the tall public space as well as weather protection for the exterior testing and queue areas.

The long, narrow building footprint allows efficient operations while improving site circulation, parking and vehicular and pedestrian access. Strategic use of generous glazed openings change the public hall to a space that is naturally lit and easily visible for enhanced security. Public parking is treated as a landscaped forecourt to the building that provides clear perception of the entrance. Masonry walls act as structural shear elements for the steel frame and form volumes that include staff and service spaces. Drought tolerant landscaping will shade the parking area and use less than 16% of the water typically consumed for such a project.

By Wikiwide (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Wikiwide (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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Aerial photography of the Flight 93 National Memorial site
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Aerial photography of the Flight 93 National Memorial site
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The first Zero Net Energy building designed for the State of California’s Department of General Services uses a solar car as inspiration for the architecture.

PROJECT INFORMATION

Location: Inglewood, California
Owner: California Department of General Services
Commissioned: 2015
Completion: 2019

TEAM MEMBERS

Paul Murdoch
Milena Murdoch
Eric Cunningham
Kin Lee
Miroslav Minkov
Charles Lee
Lubi Dimitrova
Helen Hyon

RECOGNITION

U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold Pending

 
 

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