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San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Chula Vista, California by Line and Space (designed using SketchUp and Revit)

November 10th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Line and Space, LLC

As a “portal” to San Diego Bay’s ecologically unique Sweetwater Marsh, the new Administrative Headquarters for the US Fish and Wildlife Service provides a collaborative facility where in-house wildlife biologists and environmental education specialists perform work and analysis within the habitat.  The light, open design offers a strong connection to the inspirational landscape while the multi-purpose Resource Room supports expanded environmental education programs.  Integral interpretation enhances the visitor experience to increase usage and appreciation of the Refuge’s trails.

Overall View (Images Courtesy Mike Torrey)

  • Architect: Line and Space, LLC
  • Name of Project: San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex
  • Location: Chula Vista, California
  • Year Completed: 2010
  • Client: US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Lead Architectural Designer and Project Manager: Henry Tom, AIA, NCARB
  • Software used: Google SketchUp and Autodesk Revit

Resource Room (Images Courtesy Mike Torrey)

  • Project Architect: Johnny Birkinbine, AIA
  • Architectural Support Team: David Bullaro RA, Manny Kropf RA, Ray Jin, Jared Logue
  • Consultants: ­­Neri Landscape Architecture (Landscape Architecture), Holben Martin & White (Structural), GLHN (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical), Technology Plus (Telecommunications), Drew George & Partners (LEED Administration)
  • General Contractor: PCL Construction
  • Credits:

    • All Drawings by: Line and Space, LLC
    • All photographs by: Mike Torrey

Conversation Area (Images Courtesy Mike Torrey)

Design of the LEED Gold project is highly influenced by site forces and resource conservation.  Features include proper solar orientation, natural daylighting, passive heating and cooling techniques, water harvesting, solar hot water, and a 30 kW photovoltaic array.  Concern for off-site views drove a low-profile structure that is in harmony with the land.  The goal of mitigating bird strikes on windows directly influenced the architecture in the form of downward-angled glass so panes reflect ground rather than sky.

Workroom (Images Courtesy Mike Torrey)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Mike Torrey)

View from Northwest(Images Courtesy Mike Torrey)

View from Southwest (Images Courtesy Mike Torrey)

Section A (Courtesy Line and Space, LLC)


Section B (Courtesy Line and Space, LLC)

Site Plan (Courtesy Line and Space, LLC)

Floor Plan (Courtesy Line and Space, LLC)

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Categories: Headquarters, Revit, SketchUp, Wildlife Center

One Response to “San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Chula Vista, California by Line and Space (designed using SketchUp and Revit)”

  1. Ken says:

    My source of inspiration is a website of landscape company in Vancouver, BC. They are posting pictures from their commercial and residential landscape installation and maintenance projects on their website every month. Go take a look at their slideshow

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