Earning a spot in the 2010 Top Ten Green Project is a great honor. One of the designs honored was The Watsonville Area Water Resources Center in Watsonville, California. This exceptionally designed piece of architecture has caught the eye of anyone and everyone who has visited the center.
Designed by WRNS Studio out of San Francisco, The Watsonville Area Water Resources Center is a informational, serviceable and visual presentation of the water recycling plant it assists. It combined three different city and county water departments into a work area designed to support collaboration on issues of water management, conservation, and quality in the Pajaro Valley. The building houses administrative offices, a regional command center, and a water quality lab. It didn’t take much for The American Institute of Architects’ Committee on the Environment to name this one of their Top Ten Green Projects.
Water is the key ingredient of what makes this building Green friendly, relying mainly on recycled water. It is used to help heat and cool the building and the low-flow plumbing helps consolidate the use. Like with any structure going green, the company also uses high-efficiency lighting, natural ventilation, custom built rain screen and more.
The beauty of the building was created to blend in with it’s surroundings. Low to the ground with some sides containing close to floor-to-ceiling windows, you can’t help but stare in amazement at it’s structure. Not only is the beauty of The Watsonville Area Water Resources Center something to be in awe of, but what the Center stands behind is also. It supports the Water Recycling Project, a joint effort of the City of Watsonville and the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency. Together they provide recycled water to farmers throughout the coastal areas of South Santa Cruz and North Monterey counties.