EWEB ROOSEVELT OPERATIONS CENTER
This 52-acre campus hosts a utility with two products: electricity and water. Utility values of environmental responsibility and energy conservation permeate the site’s structure, which includes operations and fleet maintenance buildings, a warehouse, numerous shelters, and restored wetlands that serve as habitats for native species. The campus accommodates a diverse work force performing a broad range of tasks. The operations building, for example, contains spaces for rebuilding transformers, testing water meters, field crew meetings, electrical and water division offices, administrative offices, and several other uses.
Themes of electricity and water generated site response strategies and the configuration of the program. The project structured new and restored wetlands in a way that greatly improved their viability while shaping the experience of campus users. The wetlands process storm water, and attention to water treatment extended to the inclusion of an Eco Machine, which treats and reuses all wastewater generated by the campus. The structure of wetlands allowed buildings to be configured in ways that optimized exposure to sun, views, and breezes, significantly reducing energy consumption.
The LEED Gold certified project was conceived as an integrated set of architectural and landscape events that provide both for the utility and the ecosystem on which it, and the community it serves, depend. Connections between these events are essential experiences of the people using the campus. The campus helps foster unity among personnel within a historically fragmented organization. It provides a unified set of architectural experiences that connect people with one another and with the environment.