The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s (SFPUC) new 13-story, 277,000 square-foot office tower was designed with cutting-edge sustainable technology intended to make the building one of the most energy-efficient in the country. The LEED® Platinum-certified building’s 150 kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic system, four wind turbines, a custom weather monitoring station and ambient lighting control system, all installed by us will result in 55 percent less energy consumption and 32 percent less electricity demand from the main power grid.
The new Public Utilities Commission headquarters’ state-of-the art, roof-mounted monitoring station will gage the solar panel and wind turbine power generation, matching and controlling the input of external power based on real-time data from the solar panels and wind. The ambient lighting control system will brighten and dim the indoor lighting according to daylight levels. The building also features a greywater recycling system and raised flooring for in-floor air distribution.
As the electrical contractor, Cupertino Electric installed the building’s electrical systems, including emergency power, lighting, dimming/control, fire alarm and security, as well as low-voltage telecommunications and fiber optic data, and the parking garage system. Cupertino Electric's Building Information Modeling (BIM) department created a state-of-the-art 3D model to plan and coordinate pre-construction efforts with other contractors. In addition, we also installed a specialty mechanical smoke control system and sound-masking technology that generates pink noise to enhance the SFPUC employee work environment.
Cupertino Electric's local presence and experience in San Francisco made the local business enterprise (LBE) aspect of the project a success. By partnering with various sub-trades and LBE electrical firms, we were able to meet and exceed the 20 percent (20%) LBE participation requirement set forth by the SFPUC.