Northwest Public Utility Company
Phase 1 completion2020
Phase 2 estimated completion2022
FeaturesSeismic Category IV Resilience
The LRS team worked with a Northwest public utility company to upgrade and replace the existing resource center at their Clark County site. This included performing a seismic retrofit to risk category IV: immediate occupancy, as well as demolition to the existing office building to provide a durable resilient structure, and safe environment for employees.
After determining it was more cost-effective to tear down the original building, the team used the opportunity to incorporate an open floorplan in the new space. The increased square footage allows for design flexibility to incorporate more collaborative, training and community spaces while working in key program adjacencies.
To accommodate the site program function, staff parking and vehicle parking needed to be onsite. Circulation was considered for both parking vehicles, and truck turning radius. The team carved into the existing boulders of the berm on the backside of the property, repurposing them in the landscape around the perimeter, creating additional space.
Resilient metal panels were chosen for the exterior of the office building while the thermoplastic polyolefin roof provides durability. Exposed black brace cross frames highlight the building’s structural components. Designing with employee wellness in mind, bigger windows were added to bring in more natural daylight opportunities. Industrial skylights allow for additional interior lighting into the space.
Other site improvements include paving reconfiguration, new motorized driveway gates at the entrance, and secured perimeter fencing. Additionally, future electric vehicle charging stations and previous concrete paving at select parking areas for stormwater management are included.