Year: 2005
Award Type: Award of High Honor
Territory: SCE Territory
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Owner: Santa Barbara County
Developer: Santa Barbara County
Architect: Blackbird Architects, Inc.
Market Segement:
Office
Square Footage: 28,000
Type of Building:
Office
Award Credit:

Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical Engineering Consultants, Inc.

Lighting Designer

JMPE

Landscape Architect

Van Atta Associates, Inc.

Photography

William B. Dewey

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“Casa Nueva” Santa Barbara County Office Building

“Casa Nueva” Santa Barbara County Office Building Detail

“Casa Nueva” Santa Barbara County Office Building Schematic

“Casa Nueva” Santa Barbara County Office Building

Resting on an airy rise in a campus of county buildings, this 28,000 square foot office building houses 105 employees. Costing no more than conventional construction, the project’s vibrant workspaces encourage users to tune into their own environment with an open floor plan, user-controlled daylighting, operable windows and HVAC system. A trellis of simple yet dramatic shade fabric and flowering wisteria shields the south and west sides from seasonal heat gain.

Sustainable materials, energy efficiency and amenities such as outdoor workstations, occupiable artwork and native landscape culminate in a courtyard providing spaces to work, collaborate and recreate. The project exceeds 2001 Title 24 requirements by 20 percent.

“This project can establish a precedent as a standard for technology, a standard for aesthetics, and a standard for honesty in environmental design,” the jurors declared. They applauded the building’s simplicity and budget consciousness as a prototype for creating a wonderful, humane work environment that respects the planet and people working there. They believed that the design’s application of honest passive solutions is elevated by its detailing, even though the facility is still basically a simple stucco box.

“This is the epitome of integration,” they commented, “The vegetation, landscape, shading devices, and mechanical system all work together wonderfully. The building has great interior spaces—the fuzziness between interior and exterior works very well. It’s the type of environment in which anybody would love to work.”

    Notable Accomplishments

  • Exceeds 2001 Title 24 requirements by 20 percent.

Jurors

  • Nancy Clanton, PE, LC, IALD

    Title: President
    Company: Clanton & Associates
    Location: Boulder, CO

    Nancy Clanton, PE, LC, IALD

    Nancy Clanton is founder and president of Clanton & Associates, a lighting design firm specializing in sustainable design. Nancy speaks throughout the nation on topics relating to sustainable and energy-efficient design and light pollution and has been an instructor at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She is past chairperson of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) Outdoor Environmental Lighting Committee and a past director of the International Association of Lighting Designers, and is currently on the board of the International Dark Sky Association. In addition, she serves on the Advisory Committee of Environmental Building News, is a member of the Professional Advisory Board for the Engineering Department at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and is a member of the United States Green Building Council.

    She was group leader for the “Greening of the White House” initiative and received the 1999 “Contribution to the Built Environment Award” from the Colorado North Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

  • Katherine Diamond, FAIA

    Title: Design Principal
    Company: RNL Design
    Location: Los Angeles, CA

    Katherine Diamond, FAIA

    Katherine (Kate) Diamond, FAIA is the Design Principal for RNL’s Los Angeles office. Prior to joining RNL, Kate built a strong design reputation as principal and lead designer of her own practice, Siegel Diamond Architecture. Kate brings a lifetime of personal commitment to sustainable design of design excellence to build RNL’s leadership in energy efficient design dating back to the 70s energy crisis.

    Kate continues to design multiple LEED-rated projects. In addition to her architectural experience, Kate has played a role in developing sustainable design guidelines for the cities of Santa Monica and San Gabriel and in organizing a variety of urban design charettes that focused on the integration of green principles.

  • Robert Noble, AIA

    Title: CEO, Design Principal
    Company: Tucker Sadler Group
    Location: San Diego, CA

    Robert Noble, AIA

    Robert Noble, AIA, is CEO and Design Principal of Tucker Sadler, a 40-member, 50-year-old diversified design practice based in San Diego, with offices in Arkansas and projects nationwide. Robert has been an architect, industrial designer, and technology entrepreneur for 25 years and has been responsible for a number of environmentally advanced building and material technologies, and sustainable design projects. He and his work have been published internationally and have been the recipient of prestigious design and environmental awards including: The Edison Award for Environmental Achievement, “E-Town” Environmental Achievement Award (awarded on National Public Radio); California Integrated Waste Management Award and Popular Science “100 Best New Technologies” (1993).

    He is LEED accredited, is past Chair and one of the founding board members of the US Green Building Council of San Diego and is currently president-elect of the San Diego Chapter of the AIA.


Award Credit

Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical Engineering Consultants, Inc.

Lighting Designer

JMPE

Landscape Architect

Van Atta Associates, Inc.

Photography

William B. Dewey

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