Existing Buildings v2.0
California Department of Public Health - Building P
LEED Silver 2011
The facilities staff pursued Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E) energy efficiency rebates and participated in the utility’s Monitoring-Based Persistence Commissioning (MBPCx) program, a systematic process for optimizing an existing building system’s performance by identifying operational deficiencies and making adjustments.
The California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) Richmond Campus is a flat, 29-acre property located in Richmond's Marina Bay, an area of intense shipbuilding activity during World War II. Within the last decade, the area has completely transformed with a new marina and condominiums with views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Building P of CDPH’s Richmond Campus includes office space and a library, providing a home for many parts of CDPH that were pre¬viously housed in locations through¬out the Berkeley/Oakland area.
Employing more than 1,200 people, the 700,000-square-foot CDPH Richmond Campus is one of the largest employers in the area and has played a critical role in its revitalization. There are plans to construct a new campus for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory within the next few years. Local light industry offers employment opportunities to the community and a number of recently built condominiums allow employees to walk or bike to work. Building P needed to meet the needs of multiple user groups within an economical construction budget while responding to communications and security concerns.
Building P is a three-story, 205,000-square-foot building consisting primarily of office space. In 2002 while Building P was being designed, it was one of the few state buildings in which design and implementation of sustainable measures was tested by the State of California to determine feasibility and associated costs. This led to Executive Order S-20-04, which required that all new and existing state buildings above 50,000 square feet be LEED certified – this Executive Order recently superseded by Executive Order B-18-12, which requires LEED certification above 10,000 square feet.
Construction was completed in 2004 and today, approximately 700 people work in the building. Originally achieving an ENERGY STAR rating of 93 in 2006, after a Monitoring-Based Persistence Commissioning (MBPCx) was performed in 2008, Building P has achieved an exemplary ENERGY STAR rating of 98 for the last three years, proving that building performance can improve over time.