DPR Construction – San Francisco Offices

  • Client DPR Construction,
  • size 24,000 sqft
  • Year 2014
  • Location California, San Francisco, United States,
  • Industry Architecture Firm,
  • FME Architecture + Design has recently completed the design of a new office for DPR Construction, which is slated to be San Francisco’s first Net Zero Energy office.

    The challenge in the design was incorporating the required components to achieve NZE Certification while conveying DPR’s culture and community.  Much of the design focused on bringing the outside in with three living walls, giant skylights, solartube lighting and outside air ventilation.   The central atrium (otherwise known as “Market Street”) provides the focal point in the building with very little separation between the various office spaces.  Moving all the desk space to one floor supports the interconnectedness of the office.  Bringing the break area to the front of the building greets visitors with the welcoming and relaxed environment so prevalent in DPR’s culture.

    DPR is dedicated to sharing their space as a living lab for their community.  Many of the products and partnerships featured in the design of the space are crucial participants for the next generation of NZE Buildings and include: Mission Bell, Big Ass Fans, Environmental Building Services, Habitat Horticulture, Integral Group, Glazier Iron Works, Sloan Valve and many more.  This project is currently pursuing NZEB Certification and LEED-NC v.4 Platinum Certification.

    In five months, the team researched, designed, permitted and built the highly-efficient, 24,000-square-foot modern workplace with a number of sustainability features including:

    • Targeting LEED NC v4 Platinum Certification
    • 118kw photovoltaic (PV) system to produce renewable energy and provide power throughout the office, reducing the cost of electricity
    • Complete structural renovation and roof replacement to support the PV system
    • Rooftop solar thermal water heating system
    • 19 Solatube750 DS Daylighting System
    • Eight Velux solar-powered, automated operable skylights over the atrium
    • Nine eight-foot Essence and four Haiku® Big Ass® Fans that efficiently promote air flow within the office
    • Three living walls installed by Habitat Horticulture in addition to a living wine bar – live plants growing beneath the glass bar top
    • Reclaimed redwood from the deconstructed Moffett Field Hangar One in Mountain View, Calif. and reclaimed Douglas Fir from piles salvaged from the San Francisco Transbay Transit Center Project
    • Shared learning lab, fitness center and restrooms with subtenant

    DesignFME Architecture + Design