California Department of Public Health

2005 | Richmond, CA

  • California Department of Public Health Main Entry Photo: Tim Griffith
  • California Department of Public Health Courtyard Photo: Tim Griffith
  • California Department of Public Health Exterior Stair Photo: Tim Griffith
  • California Department of Public Health Exterior Stair Photo: Tim Griffith
  • California Department of Public Health Photo: Tim Griffith
  • California Department of Public Health Photo: Tim Griffith
  • California Department of Public Health Photo: Tim Griffith
  • California Department of Public Health Lobby Photo: Tim Griffith
  • California Department of Public Health Officing Photo: Tim Griffith
  • California Department of Public Health Photo: Tim Griffith

“I think this is a beautiful and humane building.”
– Dr. Raymond Richard Neutra, DHS User Representative

STUDIOS’ design for the Department of Public Health office building conveys the public agency’s commitment to innovation, while continuing traditional civic typologies. Its large-scale linearity and extruded forms establish a common identity with its two existing companion structures while still making a unique visual statement. The entry courtyard, which features a sculpture garden with a sunken grass court and public seating, creates a significant and welcoming space for visitors and employees both through its architecture and its landscape. Beyond the entryway, a central atrium feeds natural light into the building, and serves as a community gathering space for numerous DPH functions ranging from group staff meetings to all-hands assemblies.

The DPH building is LEED EB-Silver. The design was used as a demonstration project for the State of California’s alternative sustainable design program — the “Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Building Measures” (California Tier 1/ Tier 2 Measures) — prior to the State’s adoption of LEED.

Awards

  • 2008

    AIA San Francisco, Citation For Excellence in Architecture

  • 2006

    BusinessWeek/Architectural Record Merit Award

  • 2006

    The Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Award

  • 2006

    State Of California Gold Nugget Merit and Grand Award

  • 2005

    AIA East Bay Awards, Architecture Merit Award


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