Prima Deshecha Landfill Operations Building

Project Type
Landfill Operations Building
County of Orange
San Juan Capistrano, CA
A project challenge was designing a facility within a landscape with changing topography.

The primary objective of the building design was to centralize administrative and operational activities, and be energy and resource efficient. Since the project was built on an active landfill, special attention was necessary to ensure soil stability and prevent the intrusion of methane.

Platt/Whitelaw designed the facility with sustainable features to be not only be energy efficient, but cost effective over the life of the buildings. Green interior measures include daylighting; fresh air ventilation; green wall to filter particulates; vegetated roof; a non-vegetated roof with a “Cool Roof” membrane; and overhangs. Supportive infrastructure elements include a VRV mechanical system; low water plumbing fixtures; heat pump water heater; exposed interior thermal mass; and energy efficient lighting. The building gets its energy from an on-site plant that converts methane gathered from the landfill to electricity.

Additionally, the environmentally friendly structures used low VOC paint, and recycled materials. All construction waste was minimized through diversion, and since the land surrounding the facility is home to various species of threatened or endangered wildlife, native landscaping was used to support existing habitats and minimize water usage.