Built as a showcase facility where residential and business customers can learn about energy efficiency, alternative fuel transportation, Smart Grid, clean energy generation, and sustainable design and materials, the Energy Innovation Center utilizes numerous sustainable features that helped the project achieve LEED Platinum certification from The United States Green Building Council. A repurposed department store now houses the 27,000 square foot building which has a series of demonstration spaces, including a large back patio with a 250 square foot living wall that is open to the public.
Stormwater collection is a major component of the design as runoff from the roof is collected in storage tanks and reused for irrigation, while stormwater in the parking lot is diverted and percolates into planting areas. The water-wise walkway is an interpretive landscape element that spans both sides of the main pedestrian circulation through the parking lot. One side of the walk contains traditional higher water use plant materials that are used throughout Southern California, while the other side of the pedestrian spine highlights attractive drought tolerant plant material that are potential replacements for the higher water use traditional planting.
SPURLOCK POIRIER Landscape Architects