SDG&E Energy Innovation Center
Tucked into a non-descript strip mall in Clairemont Mesa, the refreshingly radical conversion of a 1960's supermarket had us at “Hello.” Its striking façade features geometric window pop-outs, playful sunshades, reclaimed wood and rich architectural details, creating both an inspired example of adaptive re-use and an intriguing addition to the area. The SDG&E Energy Innovation Center succeeds with every detail, from the cool reception desk, to the solar trees in the parking lot which track the sun, provide shade and generate power. The project Integrates numerous sustainable qualities, including drought-tolerant plants, a rooftop rainwater irrigation system, an innovative and energy-efficient HVAC system to name a few. Mostly, it entices visitors to come inside and stay awhile; visit the produce demonstration garden, and utilize the interactive kiosks to learn about energy efficiency, alternate fuel transportation and sustainability. With 85% of the building’s original materials reused or recycled throughout its impressive transformation, it was noted that “the most sustainable building is the one that has already been built.”
- Project Address: 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92117
- Project Owner/ Developer: San Diego Gas & Electric
- Owner Contact Name/ Email: Ellery Stahler; email@example.com
- Project Architect/ Designer: Matthew B. Wells AIA, ARCHITECTS hanna gabriel wells
Renovation of a 1960's era supermarket into a demonstration and training facility. The project's location was purposely selected to rejuvenate a forgotten building in a tired strip mall to stimulate economic growth within this Clairemont Mesa neighborhood. This building demonstrates: brownfield redevelopment; water saving ideas; native and drought-tolerant planting; storm water management; energy saving heating, cooling and lighting; on-site power generation; recycled, rapidly renewable, low VOC and FSC sustainable materials; high performance glazing systems; building monitoring and control systems; and the utility's incentive programs for energy savings. This building’s LEED Platinum certification is pending approval by the USGBC.