OB Architect’s Office Is First Building in County to Have Net Zero Energy

by on August 12, 2009 · 5 comments

in Energy, Environment, Ocean Beach, San Diego

By Monica Unhold / The Daily Transcript / August 11, 2009

An Ocean Beach architecture firm’s new offices will be the first commercial building in San Diego County to qualify as net zero — meaning it generates as much energy as it consumes.

Architects Hanna Gabriel Wells converted the 54-year-old Ocean Beach Auto Repair shop into a modern office building expected to enjoy no monthly energy costs, said Jim Gabriel, principal at Architects Hanna Gabriel Wells.

The firm has called Ocean Beach home for the past 12 years and jumped at the chance of ownership when the auto repair property became available. The location at 1955 Bacon Ave. is ideal; situated near to the small beach community’s shops and restaurants, and just one block from the beach, Gabriel said.

In converting the building, architects added modern details while keeping 90 percent of the original building intact. Still visible are the steel beams used by mechanics for lifting engines, cinder block walls and polished concrete floors.

“The big auto repair bays they use for automotive work are actually perfect for what we do because we need a lot of space too,” Gabriel said.

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jon August 12, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Now THAT’S a good neighbor. Nice work Hannah Gabriel Wells. Maybe some of your eco-friendly ideas can help World Oil/Marketing (whatever). They obviously don’t understand that we want more sustainable buildings in town like yours!


Gary Gilmore August 14, 2009 at 8:52 am

And, this is the architect that should be designing the World Oil building at the corner of Sunset Cliffs & Voltaire


lane tobias August 14, 2009 at 8:58 am

good points.


architecture and engineering August 17, 2009 at 11:37 pm

Net zero energy. What does it really mean. I cannot understand.?


Debbie August 19, 2009 at 7:07 am

I like the idea it generates what it consumes and we have a vibrant business in OB…I just wish the colors weren’t so dark and dreary cause it’s not too pleasant on my eyes. But you can’t always get what you want…… Good photo though.


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