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Water + Life Museums and Campus / Lehrer Architects + Gangi Architects

  • 01:00 - 26 January, 2011
Water + Life Museums and Campus / Lehrer Architects + Gangi Architects
Water + Life Museums and Campus / Lehrer Architects + Gangi Architects, © Fotoworks
© Fotoworks

© Michael Lehrer © Fotoworks © Fotoworks © Fotoworks +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hemet, California, United States
  • Mep Engineer

    IBE Consulting Engineers
  • Structural Engineer

    Nabih Youseff & Associates
  • Civil Engineer

    KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • Landscape Architect

    Mia Lehrer + Associates
  • Solar Power Consultant

    Vector Delta Design Group
  • Lighting

    Prudential Lighting
  • Leed Consultant

    Zinner Consultants
  • Contractor

    Lehrer, Gangi Architects
  • Owners

    Metropolitan Water District, Western Center for Archaeology & Paleontology
  • Area

    70000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

From the architect. The Water + Life Museums and Campus celebrate the infrastructure of water and its central role in the evolution of life and development in California.  The first LEED Platinum Museums in the world, the design aims to place beauty and sustainability -- an inseparable couplet -- at the center of its agenda as an environmental showcase.   The 15 acre campus houses two museums, Water - The Center for Water Education and Life - The Western Center for Archaeology & Paleontology.

sustainability diagram
sustainability diagram

The Water and Life Museums are born of the construction of Diamond Valley Lake (DVL), the largest man-made water storage lake in North America.  Set in the semi-arid Southern California desert near Hemet, DVL is an integral part of the state’s water infrastructure. The lake provides a 6-month emergency supply of water for all of Southern California.

© Fotoworks
© Fotoworks

Situated between 2 mountain ranges, the Diamond Valley Lake was created by damming the Valley’s open ends with two 300‘ high dams.  The construction of these dams is the largest earthwork project in American history.

© Michael Lehrer
© Michael Lehrer

The Museums are located half way between Hoover Dam and Los Angeles, and are near the base of the East Dam of Diamond Valley Lake.  The design of the buildings draws inspiration from the honorific architecture of Gordon Kaufman, Parker Dam, its pump houses, and the serial turbines and machinery that bring us water.

© Michael Lehrer
© Michael Lehrer

There were numerous challenges, including the harsh climate with extreme temperature fluctuations daytime, nighttime, and season.  The daunting scale and form of the 300' high and 2.5 mile long East Dam, made from rock mined from the surrounding mountains, also had to be considered.

elevation
elevation
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Pulp Lab · April 22, 2012

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shabbir · March 06, 2011

Planet of Earth Energy Crisis.

Dear Sir

Subject mater all our the World facing Energy problem So I am try to explain a idea for Old & New Dams / Reservoirs Hydel Civil Design can move in architectural Transition to increase our energy potential Because we are losing heavy quantum of already storage water in our Big Dams to generate past technology now need to convert into New theory of Technology.

Thanks.

with best regards.

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