Placerita Canyon Natural Area provides visitors with opportunities to experience diverse natural landscapes, while offering year round educational programs designed to provide educational information about the natural environment. The new nature center museum displays also provide park visitors with examples of LEED-EB (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings) construction and maintenance practices which were included in the project design and construction.
The Natural Area is the first County facility to be awarded LEED-EB certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The facility was awarded the LEED-EB Silver rating for implementing measurable sustainable practices during construction and for post construction maintenance and operations of the facility. In July 2011 the Placerita Canyon Natural Area received the National Association of County Parks and Recreation Officials award of “Environmental Leadership”.
Project Design, Construction and Management
Client Agency: Regional Facilities Agency
Project Design: Pugh + Scarpa Architecture
Project Completed: June 2009
Achievement of the LEED-EB certification included accomplishments in the following sustainability categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Material & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation in Operation & Upgrade