San Francisco Raises the Bar for Green Government Buildings

The exterior of the wind turbine tower features a kinetic sculpture by Ned Kahn that moves as the wind blows and powers LEDs that shimmer at night. Photo by Bruce Damonte

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) employees begin moving from their previously leased offices into their new energy-efficient headquarters this month. The 277,511-square-foot building near City Hall demonstrates the latest in efficient building technologies and aims to achieve LEED-Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The July issue of American City & County features the new building, accompanied by related video of a kinetic sculpture by Ned Kahn that is installed on the wind turbine tower.

Up to 7 percent of the building’s energy needs are generated onsite by rooftop solar panels and four wind turbines located in a tower on one side. See American City & County's site for more details...