The new Fausel Professional Building is a 2-story, open ‘U’ shaped office building with the main core devoted to administrative offices. The two wings flanking the main core will house design studios for the 60+ employees of ANOVA Architects. The open ‘U’ shape surrounds the oldest residential building in Placerville, the Fausel House, circa 1860.
Energy conservation measures include solar orientation, temperature and daylighting controls, shading devices, single-duct variable air volume system served from rooftop package high efficiency air conditioning units and Kone EcoDisc elevator that uses significantly less energy than conventional hydraulic or traction drives. Sustainable design concepts include the use of waterless urinals, dual-flush water closets, ultra-low flow lavatories, use of recycled materials, onsite stormwater treatment, furnishings and floorings that do not contain formaldehyde, operable windows with views of the outdoors, light pollution reduction, xeriscape landscaping while maintaining the quaint downtown Placerville façade.
Commissioned systems included the rooftop packaged a/c units, split system a/c units, building automation system, gas water heaters, underground irrigation systems, interior and exterior lighting control systems, and occupancy sensors.