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.
Location: Inglewood, California
Owner: California Department of General Services
U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold Pending
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