California Air Resources Board Southern California Headquarters, Mary D. Nichols Campus
Beyond reaching high-performance targets, the Design-Build team designed the three-story pinwheel-shaped building to create a beautiful destination, be a good neighbor, and provide a compelling, connected environment that fosters a strong sense of pride and place for CARB and its employees. The new headquarters features a complex program with myriad space types, including a main entrance and lobby, an employee entrance and lounge, a large auditorium, open office, conference rooms, light- and heavy-duty vehicular emissions testing wings, specialized chemistry and hydrogen laboratories, and employee amenity spaces such as an expansive breakroom, a gym, cafes, and coffee bars. The facility is sited optimally on 19 acres to encourage biking, walking, public transit, and use of zero emission vehicles to reduce transportation impacts. In prioritizing these elements, the project demonstrates it is possible to meet and exceed the State’s high bar for sustainability.