See the Design for the Air Resources Board Headquarters in Riverside

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(This article was written by Jeff Horseman and published in the Press Enterprise on November 21, 2017.)

A design has been picked for the Air Resources Board headquarters to be built in Riverside.

Officials unveiled a rendering of the design last week. The roughly 400,000-square-foot facility will be built on 19 acres of vacant land owned by UC Riverside on Iowa Avenue, between Martin Luther King Boulevard and University Avenue.

It will serve as the Southern California headquarters for ARB, a pollution-fighting agency that helped uncover deceptive practices by Volkswagen to mask its vehicles’ emissions. The headquarters replaces an aging facility in El Monte.

“This striking design will make [ARB’s] new Southern California headquarters an immediately recognizable landmark,” said ARB Chair Mary Nichols, in a news release on Friday, Nov. 17.

“It incorporates the highest standards of sustainability in the office and public spaces, and meets the exacting laboratory specifications we need to keep California at the forefront of our world-leading efforts to clean up our air and fight climate change.”

The $419 million project will include space for new emissions testing methods for future generations of vehicles and advanced diagnostics technology. There also will be a chemistry lab, administrative offices and an auditorium with capacity for 250 people.

More than 400 people will work at the headquarters, which is being built to meet the highest standards of the U.S. Green Building Council. Solar panels will provide power and there will be water-efficient landscaping and charging stations for 120 electric vehicles.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the project took place on Oct. 27. Construction is scheduled to start in 2018 with completion expected in 2021.