Year: 2007
Award Type: Citation Award
Territory: PG&E Territory
Location: San Francisco, CA
Owner: U.S. General Services Administration
Developer: U.S. General Services Administration
Architect: Morphosis Architects
Market Segement:
Government / Civic
Square Footage: 605,000
Type of Building:
Libraries & Assembly Buildings
Office
Other
Award Credit:

Design Team

Smith Group Inc., Ove Arup and Partners, Richard Haag Associates Inc., J.J.R., Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Brian Kangas Foulk, Dick Corporation

General Contractor

Morganti General Contractors

Photography

Tim Griffith

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United States Federal Building, San Francisco - Photo Credit: Tim Griffith

United States Federal Building, San Francisco - Photo Credit: Tim Griffith

United States Federal Building, San Francisco

The San Francisco Federal Building is a testament to design excellence and sustainable architecture. The building is meant to serve the tenants and the community and does so with the highest design aspirations and innovative technology. The 18-story project houses a healthy work environment as well as resources for public use, such as a café, a childcare center, and a conference center.

The 605,000 ft 2 project offers a comfortable, health- and productivity-conscious work environment. With features like the skip-stop elevators, which stop at every third floor, and the cafeteria being placed across the plaza, the building encourages its occupants to move around and stay productive. The building also consists of a sky garden and a 90-foot high entry lobby to provide comfortable settings for both informal meetings and social interaction.

The building is currently experiencing approximately 11% better than Title 24 requirements. Daylighting is a huge factor in this energy savings with 85% of all workspace illuminated with natural light. The building incorporates building materials and construction strategies that minimize waste and energy consumption. The GSA mandated that 75% of materials used during construction be recycled. However, the project recycled 87% of its waste material.

The jurors praised the design team's ambition in the integration of new systems including a naturally ventilated office tower. The building achieves originality and energy-efficiency by being the first naturally ventilated office tower in the country. The natural light and shading was also a highpoint that jurors found exceptional.

    Notable Accomplishments

  • 11% better than Title 24 requirements.

Jurors

  • Charles Eley, FAIA, PE

    Title: Vice-President
    Company: Architectural Energy Corporation
    Location: Boulder, CO

    Charles Eley, FAIA, PE

    Mr. Eley is an architect and mechanical engineer with about 25 years experience in energy efficient and sustainable design. Mr. Eley has made significant contributions to the California energy standards, ASHRAE Standard 90.1, and energy codes in Hong Kong, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa and Australia. Mr. Eley is now working with the California Energy Commission to update the state energy efficiency standards in response to the recent electricity crisis.

    In addition to his energy codes and policy work, Mr. Eley has also developed a number of important publications including the Advanced Lighting Guidelines, the Lighting Fundamentals Handbook, and numerous other technical manuals on energy efficient and code compliance. Mr. Eley is the primary author and technical editor of the ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-1999 User's Manual. He is also the executive director of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools and is the technical editor of the CHPS Best Practices Manual.

    Mr. Eley consults with other architects and engineers in the design of landmark energy efficient buildings. He also directs the software development team within Architectural Energy Corporation, which is responsible for VisualDOE, EnvStd, and a number of other computer programs for the energy efficient design of buildings.

  • Jack A. Paddon, AIA

    Title:
    Company: Williams + Paddon Architects + Planners, Inc.
    Location: Roseville, CA

    Jack A. Paddon, AIA

    In 1981 Jack joined Jim Williams to establish Williams + Paddon Architects + Planners, Inc. Since that time, the firm has won the continued respect of clients and the communities they serve through many successfully completed projects.

    Jack's leadership in Client Focused Design has guided almost two decades of value enhanced services for Williams + Paddon's many clients. Under his direction, the firm has become recognized as a leader in innovative design with an emphasis on regionally influenced sustainable projects for public and corporate clients.

    Jack is a LEED Accredited Professional since 2002. Consistent with the firm's core values, he continues to volunteer his time to community and professional groups. Jack has served on the AIACC State Board of Directors, and served a term as president of the AIA Central Valley. He serves in multiple capacities in support of the California Board of Architectural Examiners.

  • Scott Shell, AIA, LEED® A.P.

    Title: Principal
    Company: EHDD Architecture
    Location: San Francisco, CA

    Scott Shell, AIA, LEED® A.P.

    Mr. Shell is a nationally recognized expert on high-performance buildings and sustainable design and has written and lectured widely on these topics. He has designed a number of EHDD's most successful, sustainable design projects, including the award-winning Global Ecology Research Center for the Carnegie Institution of Washington on the Stanford University campus and the recently completed Chartwell School in Monterey, which is anticipating a LEED Platinum rating.

    Mr. Shell emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to creating new models of sustainable design, focusing on low-energy and carbon-neutral buildings. He is currently working on the Lifecycle Building Challenge, using recovered building materials and Design for Deconstruction (DfD) to reduce building material impacts over the life of a building. Concurrently, he is working with his colleagues to make EHDD a model sustainable community and architectural practice.

    Mr. Shell holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Auburn University and a Master of Arts in Humanities from Stanford University and studied Tamil language and culture at the University of Chicago and the American Institute of Indian Studies in Madurai.


Award Credit

Design Team

Smith Group Inc., Ove Arup and Partners, Richard Haag Associates Inc., J.J.R., Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Brian Kangas Foulk, Dick Corporation

General Contractor

Morganti General Contractors

Photography

Tim Griffith

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