PG&E Larkin Substation

PG&E Larkin Substation

Architect
TEF Design
Location
San Francisco, CA, USA | View Map
Project Year
2019
Category
Power Plants
Mikiko Kikuyama
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Decorative Metal ScreenCambridge Architectural
ManufacturersBEGA
Benjamin Moore Floor and wall tileCrossville
Sun Light & Power Landscape WallGsky Plant Systems
RainscreenNVELOPE Rainscreen Systems
ManufacturersAcuity Brands

Product Spec Sheet
Decorative Metal Screen
Manufacturers
by BEGA
Benjamin Moore Floor and wall tile
Sun Light & Power Landscape Wall
Manufacturers

PG&E Larkin Substation

TEF Design as Architects

Located in the Uptown Tenderloin Historic District, and designed by TEF, PG&E’s first net zero switchgear building is an expansion to the original 1962 mid-century substation structure. Its faceted facade -- an abstraction of the city’s power grid -- features an ever-changing expression of the sun’s energy throughout the day and pulsating patterns of LED lights after sundown. 

The one-story plus basement addition safely houses critical electrical infrastructure as well as storage and support space. A towering green wall provides biophilic relief to the dense urban neighborhood, advancing the utility giant’s commitment to enhancing the communities it serves. And, rooftop solar panels meet all the energy needs of the facility, the first Net-Zero electrical switchgear building in the US certified by the International Living Future Institute’s (ILFI) Zero Energy Building (ZEB) CertificationTM of the Living Building Challenge. 

This project is the fourth in a series of improvements to PG&E substations by TEF, designed to meet the practical needs of the utility giant while enhancing the surrounding community.

 

TEF Design Team
Andrew Wolfram, AIA, LEED AP BD + C, Principal 
Paul Cooper, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Project Manager 
Justin Blinn, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Project Designer

 

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