HOK – Santa Clarita Transit Maintenance Facility

HOK – Santa Clarita Transit Maintenance Facility

One of the first LEED-certified straw-bale buildings in the world, designed by HOK.

The newly constructed 22,000-sq. ft. administration building and 25,000-sq.ft maintenance building, bus wash facility and city/public CNG fueling station will serve a fleet conversion for the City of Santa Clarita’s municipal transit system.

Straw bales with an interior and exterior lime plaster layer create a super insulated building perimeter able to accommodate drastic day/night desert climate temperature swings. Skylights, clerestory daylighting, on-site stormwater collection and treatment, gray water reclamation, under-floor air systems, native plant use and 25 percent fly ash paving all contributed to the LEED-Gold rating and the improvement over California Energy Efficiency Standards by more than 40 percent, creating an energy efficient, healthy building for the City of Santa Clarita.

HOK, in recognition of Earth Day 2006, purchased 4 million kilowatt hours of wind energy to offset 100 percent of the electricity used in their offices world wide. Purchased from American Wind, through Renewable Choice Energy (http://www.renewablechoice.com), a Boulder, Colorado-based renewable energy company, the offset claims the same environmental impact as planting 768 acres of trees.