Role: Michael Tauber Project Architect for Michael Willis Architects
Scope of Work: This wastewater, quality-testing lab for a public agency, CCCSD, is organized into a hard analytical lab and a computation office side. This organization allows for cost savings by separating the more complex and expensive HVAC equipment of the analysis from the simpler office needs. Within the building, care was taken both in planning and in detail to provide a livable, non-sterile, productive environment. Individual analyses are organized into pods open to a corridor which allows user interaction as well as access to common agents. The labs’ large windows allow for natural light and views to the surrounding landscape, improving the quality of the work environment and reducing energy usage in artificial lighting. Heat gain and glare are minimized by louvered screens constructed of sustainably harvested Ipe wood. Wood is also used at the building corridor ceilings to create a less sterile, more comfortable working environment. End of corridors are glass walls to connect interiors to the exterior and to bring light into the middle of the building. The office side of the building is composed of an airy, light-filled carrel area with custom maple wood library and private offices. The office at the perimeter have glass walls on two sides allowing light to reach deep into the carrel space and to allow for views to the outside for both the analysts and the management of the lab. The building was sited to create a landscaped, outdoor, patio break area to the south and a rolling lawn to the north, which allows for future expansion.
Fee/Costs of Services
Construction Costs: $3,500,000
Lead Architect: Michael Tauber, AIA (Project Architect)