Set to open in the month of October, the new SIP (structural insulated panel) built San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex (NWRC) headquarters in the central valley of California is almost complete! The ‘ less – than- zero’ energy, 16,000 sq. ft. administrative and visitor’s center. This LEED Platinum seeking facility was designed by Catalyst Architecture and built by West Coast Contractors is carved beautifully into the surrounding landscape by the San Joaquin River.
Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) the environmentally friendly built facility includes an exhibit hall with interactive educational exhibits, a multipurpose room to conduct environmental education activities for schools and administrative office space.
With over 38,032 sq. ft. of Premier walls and roof panels used to frame the sustainable building, the NWRC will be able to reduce their PG&E utility bill due to a tight envelope and superior insulation. Premier SIPS provide several advantages to any building project: overall air tightness and practical thermal performance, 60% more energy efficiency than 2×6 R19 construction, and environmentally friendly attributes to the earth.
As one of the largest ARRA-funded U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Refuge construction project, the new NWRC facility will replace current refuge offices that have been operating out of a strip mall and leased space in Los Banos for more than 30 years. By eliminating costs for leased space, the Service will save $200,000 per year.
Watch Catalyst Architecture’s construction progress on the SIP built NWRC
- Architect: Catalyst Architecture, LLC
- General Contractor: West Coast Contractors
- Premier SIPS Used:
- Walls: 1,784 Sq. Ft. of 4″ wall panels, 464 Sq. Ft. of 6″ wall panels, 6,960 Sq. Ft of 8″ wall panels, 7,052 Sq. Ft. of 12″ wall panels
- Roof: 5,536 Sq. Ft. of 8″ roof panels, 9,380 Sq. Ft. of 10″ roof panels, 6,856 Sq. Ft. of 12″ roof panels
- Want more project photos? Take a look at our NWRC project gallery