Cost: $368 million (total project cost)

Size: 380,000 sf

Project team: Hensel Phelps (construction manager); ZGF (architect); Affiliated Engineers (M/E/P/FP/IT and Test Equipment Integration engineering)

Description: Consolidating five existing locations, the new home of the California Air Resource Board (CARB) will be one of the largest and most advanced vehicle emissions testing and research facilities in the world—as well as the world’s largest zero net energy (ZNE) facility of its type. The nature of CARB’s research mission, regulating as-yet unregulated emissions constituents, demands precision laboratory environments to produce repeatable data and meet ZNE.

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Housing more than 400 employees near the University of California, Riverside campus, the design-build project will provide advanced chemistry laboratories, a range of dedicated vehicle test cells, workspace for accommodating new test methods for future generations of vehicles, space for developing enhanced onboard diagnostics and portable emissions measurement systems, visitor reception and education areas, a media center, flexible conference areas and a large public auditorium. The design integrates the office program into a three-story, pinwheel-shaped building, offering vertical connectivity between offices, and horizontal connectivity of laboratories, testing areas and support space for greater flexibility and to encourage interaction.

The new facility and 19-acre CARB campus will be designed and built targeting the highest possible levels of measured sustainability, with the intention to achieve LEED Platinum certification and meet California’s CALGreen Tier 2 threshold for overall sustainability and energy efficiency.

Completion date: 2021

Contact: Dave Sereno, Principal, 608-209-8809,