The complex, which began construction in July 2011 near Ninth and Hellman avenues, will feature several sustainable features such as California native/drought tolerant landscaping, subterranean and drip irrigation, natural lighting, LED parking lot lights, and pervious pavement.
The complex will be the first municipal building to feature a large-scale solar panel project, Public Works Director Bill Wittkopf said.
Wittkopf said the installation will offset electric utility costs.
With energy and water costs anticipated to rise, Wittkopf said development of facilities with sustainable components is going to become more common in the future.
"I think it's important to recognize that water is very much a precious commodity," Wittkopf said.
"We need to be as water wise as possible. In looking at that, and you look at water costs, I don't think any of us anticipate the cost of water going down in the future. We're dealing with a limited resource and the costs are going to rise over time. That's why we need to make decisions to be responsible for future operational costs."
Wittkopf said a goal for the project was to exceed California energy-use requirements.
"We're able to meet that goal and, in fact, I think we've probably exceeded that goal," he said.
About 80 percent of energy for the new buildings, Wittkopf said, will be supplied by the 200-kilovolt panels. The household hazardous waste building has 165 panels installed on its roof. The public works services building has 630.
Wittkopf said the building will also serve as a public demonstration center for drought-tolerant landscaping.
The city is investigating the feasibility of expanding drought resistant landscaping throughout more parts of the city. It began as a pilot program for such projects as landscaping on Haven Avenue medians in recent months.
"After the construction is done, one of the components is a storyboard around the landscape areas that help identify the plant material that's there," Wittkopf said.
"We're using a drip irrigation system now and we want to make sure what little water we use is used efficiently. It should be an interactive space that allows our residents and contractors to see that kind of landscape design."
City officials said they also hope to improve operations and customer service at the new household hazardous waste center by reducing weather closures by providing a sheltered work space and a drive-through to handle more people as well as increasing storage space.
"Many of the chemical react to water and it's also not safe for the staff," said Linda Ceballos, environmental programs manager for the city.
"Containers had been tipping over from the wind and we've had to close completely. It's very inconvenient for the public."
Construction costs for the Public Works Service Center were about $9.7 million and were primarily funded using Redevelopment Agency Funds, along with some use of Capital Reserve funds.
Construction costs for the Household Hazardous Waste Facility were about $2.1 million from integrated waste management funds the city collects from hauler franchise fees.
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