Location: Los Banos, California
Owner: San Luis N.W.R.
Certified: February 2013
Project Size: 15,856 ft²
Architect: Catalyst Architecture
Energy Cost Savings: 85.7%
LEED Certification: Platinum
The San Luis NWR Complex Visitor Center and Headquarters located on the San Luis NWR, was designed for environmental sustainability and energy efficiency. It includes an exhibit hall with interactive educational exhibits on wildlife and habitats, tule elk viewing, a multi-purpose room to hold conservation meetings and conduct environmental education programs for schools, and is the administrative headquarters for the Complex. The Visitor Center complements the wildlife refuges of California’s San Joaquin Valley and provides a focal point for visitors, and a launching point to explore the entire Refuge Complex.
Solar powered system offsets 100% of the building's peak daytime energy usage
High efficiency variable air volume (VAV) air handling units
Uses as much natural ventilation as possible to limit the operation of the HVAC equipment
Occupancy sensors and day lighting employed throughout the building
High performance glazing system
Skylights are utilized in the exhibit hall