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California Air Resources Board and Gilead Sciences Among ENR California 2022 Best Projects Winners

Highlighting outstanding design throughout the Golden State, ENR California recently announced the winners of its 2022 Best Projects competition, with special recognition for projects demonstrating significant achievements in sustainability and safety.

ENR California’s Excellence in Sustainability award honors projects going above and beyond in sustainable design, energy efficiency, and environmental stewardship — from building materials to community impact.

    The ENR California Excellence in Safety contest honors excellence in overall project and job site safety, assessing OSHA recordable incident rates, total work hours, and more.

    Among the winners are two AEI projects:

    • California Air Resources Board, Southern California Headquarters
    • Gilead Sciences, Wellbeing Center

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    ENR California

    CARB's new emissions testing and research facility on the Mary D. Nichols Campus in Riverside, California, is the culmination of outstanding project teamwork and a commitment to sustainable design.

    California Air Resources Board, Southern California Headquarters

    As the largest zero net energy building of its kind — producing more energy than it uses — the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) Southern California Headquarters sets a new global standard for high-performance engineering and design.

    Providing mechanical, electrical, piping/plumbing, and sustainable design for the project — a collaboration with ZGF Architects, Hensel Phelps, ACCO Engineered Systems, Murray Company, and Morrow Meadows Corporation — CARB has been recognized as a winning project in both the sustainability and safety categories, achieving:

    • Excellence in Sustainability Award – Southern California
    • Excellence in Safety Award – Southern California, Award of Merit

    The CARB building incorporates 3.8 MW of photovoltaic panels on site, offsetting overall energy use.

    Exterior view of a relaxing terrace at the Wellbeing Center.

    Gilead Sciences, Wellbeing Center

    Achieving an Award of Merit in the Health Care category of ENR California’s Regional Best Projects competition, Gilead Sciences’ (Gilead) Wellbeing Center is designed to advance occupant health and wellness. Centralized within Gilead’s Foster City campus, this modern building features an array of human-focused amenities — from flexible gathering and social spaces to an on-site health clinic and fitness areas.

    AEI provided commissioning services for the facility comprising 60,000 square feet — designed by Flad Architects and built by Truebeck Construction — ensuring optimal building operations and systems for long-term success.

    Congratulations to all project team members on these outstanding achievements!

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    AEI's commissioning scope included all water systems supporting the Wellbeing Center.