Located on the north side of Evans Avenue, near the waterfront, this new net-zero targeted, three-story structure will replace critical electrical infrastructure currently located in the substation across the street, while enhancing the aesthetic and cultural fabric of the surrounding neighborhood.
Designed in collaboration with Estudio Tatiana Bilbao, the building is sited to support efficient utility configuration, housing electrical equipment — including innovative SF6-free gas-insulated switchgear — and integrating an enclosed transformer yard. It also defines an outdoor plaza, designed with robust community input and participation to serve local residents.
The building’s “stacked bars” form is shaped by considerations for equipment efficiency, net-zero energy, and the goal of crafting an iconic landmark. The building’s concrete façade — which utilizes an innovative precast concrete process — creates a rich layered material depth, reminiscent of rammed earth. A pattern of geometric shapes is also featured throughout the project, including the plaza pavers and façade perforations, that supports natural ventilation and incorporates a luminous exterior band, expressing the energy source within.
Natural ventilation throughout the building eliminates the need for an active mechanical system, while photovoltaics on the roof and an interior battery room contribute to the project’s self-sustaining, Net Zero Energy certification target by the International Living Future Institute.