Golden Empire Transit Central Facility 109
Bakersfield, California, USA
Inspired by the local landscape, the design
a central pivot point, the “pinwheel” design
The design is targeting net zero energy use
of this new administrative and maintenance
gives occupants a level of autonomy while
and LEED Platinum certiﬁcation. Integrated
facility for Bakersﬁeld’s transit agency
keeping them connected.
building systems work together to decrease
references orange groves, foothills and mountains and aims for net zero energy use.
loads. Low-tech, energy-efﬁcient solutions Ofﬁces, meeting rooms and support spaces
include optimized building geometry, highly
are located along the perimeter, with open
insulated exterior systems, self-shading and
Visitors pass through an entrance court
ofﬁces in the center below a dramatic vaulted
textured rain screens, and natural daylighting.
with drought-tolerant plants and low,
ceiling. A series of small skylights draw
On-site renewable energy systems include
rammed earth seat walls. At the center of
natural light into the space.
photovoltaic panels and a geothermal HVAC
the site, the building’s main entry provides
system that will reduce the building’s power
access to administrative and meeting
In the summer, the building’s thick walls
spaces serving the public.
absorb heat during the day and provide a
needs to net zero.
cooling effect at night. These walls serve as
Natural, locally sourced materials help
The building follows a radial organizing
the primary load-bearing structure for the
create a welcoming environment. To balance
concept, with three wings housing
free-span, precast concrete roof. Forming a
the industrial feeling in the maintenance area,
administration, training and operations
series of large, vaulted spaces, the interiors
the design uses warm textures, colors and
groups. A fourth wing serves as the
support the agency’s desire to be open and
wood window frames.
maintenance building. Radiating out from
transparent with the public.
2014 design annual
80,000 sq. ft. / 7,430 sq. m.