Goodan Ranch Visitor’s Center

Project Type
Visitor’s Center
County of San Diego
Poway, CA

The County wanted to rebuild a visitor’s center destroyed in the 2003 wildfires. The facility needed to be energy & water efficient, durable, low maintenance, and fit contextually in the old ranch setting. PWA designed the building to exceed, by 50%, Title 24 energy goals by using: photovoltaics; overhangs to control heat gain; integrated control mechanical systems; passive (and tiered) heating/cooling to reduce mechanical need. In addition, sustainable measures included ultra-low-flow plumbing; daylighting, clerestory windows, and highly-efficient lighting; decomposed granite for easily absorbed rainfall; native plants; building materials for good indoor air quality, durability, easy maintenance, and recyclability. It received LEED Silver certification.