The California Air Resources Board (CARB) – Mary D. Nichols Campus | Riverside, CA

This 380,000-sq.-ft, 3-story facility is one of the largest, most advanced vehicle emissions testing and research facilities in the world, and the largest true zero net energy facility of its type. Features include a range of dedicated test cells; workspace for accommodating new test methods for future generations of vehicles, and development of enhanced on-board diagnostics and portable emissions measurement systems; and a separate advanced chemistry laboratory.

Project Requirements

  • LEED Platinum
  • Net Zero Energy
  • CALGreen Tier 2

What ACCO Delivered

ACCO delivered a state-of-the-art mechanical system as the design-build mechanical contractor in close partnership with affiliated Engineers (AEI) out of Madison Wisconsin.

The project’s central plant includes five chillers delivering three different chilled water temperatures to support building comfort and process loads in the facility. Thirty-one (31) air handling units serve critical processes including vehicle test cell tempering, low-temperature conditioning for fuel storage, laboratory conditioning, and space humidity control. We have worked closely with AEI to design and coordinate a complex mechanical system meeting critical building functions without compromising aggressive energy goals for LEED Platinum and ZNE compliance. With the facility divided into five distinct functions – Light duty vehicle testing, heavy-duty vehicle testing, chemistry laboratory, chilled beam conditioned office spaces, and conference center – coordination of building systems in the BIM process proved challenging. ACCO provided leadership and BIM management services to assist the team in meeting the schedule goals.

Collaboration, active participation, and technical skill are critical in a large and complex project like CARB SCCP, all of which ACCO has delivered on the project.

Project Team

Owner: Department of General Services (DGS)
Architect: ZGF
General Contractor: Hensel Phelps
Mechanical Engineer: ACCO Engineered Systems
Mechanical Contractor: ACCO Engineered Systems