Project: Santa Rosa Utilities Field Office

Address: 35 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa, CA

Description: Construction of a new operations/administration building, training center and seven maintenance shops totaling 40,000 s.f.

Owner: City of Santa Rosa

Architect: TLCD Architecture

General Contractor: Midstate Construction

Ballistic Protection: North American Bullet Proof

Bridge Crane: Crane Tech, Inc.

City of Santa Rosa: Maintenance Design Group -- Transit Specialist

Concrete/Masonry/Tile: Dolan Concrete, Elwood Concrete, Pacific Decorative Concrete, Gene Amato Masonry, North Coast Tile and Stone

Display Cases: Global Specialties Direct, Inc.

Doors/Ceilings: Boyen Construction (doors, frames, hardware), Performance Contracting (metal and acoustical ceiling)

Drywall: On the Mark Construction

Electrical: Northern Electric, Inc.

Engineering: Winzler & Kelly Engineers and Northwest General Engineering

Equipment/Appliances: Standards of Excellence (residential appliances) and Myers Restaurant Supply

Fabric Treatments: Drapery Concepts

Fencing: Central Fence

Fire Protection: Bay Cities Fire Protection, Intelligent Fire Protection Systems and RLS Fire Protection Systems

Flooring: and Conklin Brothers of Santa Rosa, Inc. and Pugliese Interior Systems (access flooring)

Gates: A&D Automatic Gates

Glass and Glazing: USGA, Inc.

HVAC: Indoor Environmental Services

Insulation: BAF Specialty, Inc.

Landscaping: Quadriga Landscape Architecture and Planning, and Neary Landscaping

Masonry/Tile: Elwood Concrete, Gene Amato Masonry, and North Coast Tile & Stone

Metal Lockers: Inner Space Engineering

Paneling: Alumawall, Inc., B.T. Mancini Co., Inc., Universal Plastics

Photovoltaic Arrays: Solar Craft

Plumbing: Custom Plumbing

Painting: Mike’s Painting and Streamline Painting and Decorating (wall coverings)

Roofing: Raneri & Long Roofing Company

Rollup Doors: The Smith Company

Roofing: Raneri & Long Roofing Company

Signage: Priority Architectural Graphics

Site Furnishings: Ross Recreational Equipment

Site Staking: Brelje & Race

Steel Reinforcement and Framing: AAA Energy Systems (sheet metal), G&G Rebar, Inc Butte Steel & Fabrication, Inc. and Harold Metal Construction, Inc.

Tubular Skylights: Collier Building Specialties

Vehicle Services: Central Equipment Service

Woodwork: Architectural Wood Design

Project Cost: $16.9 million

SANTA ROSA -- New administrative and operations offices, a training center and seven maintenance shops are among new 2011 additions to the Santa Rosa Utilities Field Office located at 35 Stony Point Road and West College Avenue, across from the Finley Community Center.

Built at a cost of $16.9 million, this highly durable facility will also serve as the city’s emergency operations center in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.

 “The new campus structures were the third phase of a three-part build-out process,” said Glenn Wright, deputy director of engineering services and water resources with the Santa Rosa Utilities Field Office.

 “Phase I involved the construction of a transfer building in 2004-'05 and Phase II included a truck wash and vehicle storage facilities in 2009 that overlapped with the addition of a new recycled water pumping station (water used to irrigate public parks) and paving work on the site completed this year. The main building also has a break room with showers for field crews.”

 The administrative area has a large assembly area that can be divided into three sections for separate conferences. Management plans to lease this space to public groups as a source of revenue when not used for internal meetings.

Phase III construction began in April 2009 and was completed in February of this year.

This 30-acre site is also home to the city’s bus maintenance facility, The Geysers monitoring center and pumping station that transfers wastewater to thermal wells in nearby mountains to produce steam used to produce clean energy.

“The additions total 40,000 square feet, which includes 26,500 square feet. for the administration and training center and 13,500 square feet for the shops that repair vehicles, meters, values and other municipal equipment,” said Dan Reiter with Winzler & Kelly Engineers.

According to Mark Adams, principal and project manager for this project with TLCD Architecture, “This new building cluster was constructed using concrete block masonry and steel frame construction with recyclable and insulated steel panel siding. No exterior surfaces need paint, and interior finishes are environmentally friendly, minimizing volatile organic compounds while maximizing recycled content and recyclability.”

This entire robust building complex was designed for a minimum 50-year lifespan.

Sustainable design features include solar panels and ample day lighting -- using smart skylights and northern-exposure glazing -- which dramatically reduces the need for artificial lighting. The building was positioned to minimize heat gain and to lower both cooling and heating requirements.

When lighting is needed, highly efficient fixtures were installed with energy-sensitive controls.

Innovative radiant floor slabs heat interior space using hot water piped under raised flooring that increase efficiency and save energy. Occupants have access to independent controls to modify temperature zones as air cools and rises.

The ultra-efficient building package incorporates a number of sustainable design elements, including photovoltaic arrays, complemented with a low impact site design featuring bioswales and native landscaping. 

Bioswales in the parking areas reduces the volume of rainwater runoff and improves the quality of water entering the storm drain system by helping to remove pollutants from vehicles and paving. Roof runoff empties into retaining ponds for evaporation and to infiltrate the soil.

Extensive plantings of large canopy shade trees help to mitigate the heat island effort in parking lots.

Cool roofing techniques have been deployed using white, single ply thermal plastic polyolefin film membrane.

Preferred parking areas are provided for carpools and low-emission, fuel efficient vehicles.

“This was one of the first commercial projects to be approved within the requirements of the City of Santa Rosa’s Green Building Development Program,” Mr. Wright said. “TLCD developed a checklist and a series of guidelines that helped us easily meet these requirements for integrating sustainability factors that meet LEED criteria.”