LEED Platinum Campus
The Western Science Center Building
The Western Science Center building, built in 2006, is one of the most advanced eco-friendly facilities in California. The 17-acre campus is part of the Water + Life Musem project, designed by Lehrer + Gangi Design + Build of Los Angeles, and has won numerous awards for excellence in design since its construction. One of the highest accolades our building has received is LEED Platinum Certification, the first museum in California to be awarded this highest distinction from the US Green Building Council.
The entire facility is designed to integrate with the semi-arid climate and environment of Hemet. Some of the major features incorporated into the building’s design include:
- A 3000-panel, 540-watt rooftop photovoltaic array that can provide for over half the museum’s power needs
- Heat-resistant windows that maximize natural lighting while keeping the interior cool
- Radiant flooring and forced-air circulation that efficiently draw down cool air and forces out hot air, reducing air conditioning needs
- Landscaping featuring drought-resistant native vegetation irrigated with reclaimed water
- Pavement and roofing material that minimize heat-island effect
- An artificial, permeable stream drains rainwater and allows it to percolate naturally into the water table
More than functional, the building is also aesthetically striking, and has been featured in numerous photo shoots, magazine, and television commercials.
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Click here to view the many awards the Western Science Center has won.