Best publicist pitch ever? Let's just hit the Inbox on this one: "Architect Michael Lehrer, one of your hoodies, just won a LEED Platinum rating for the museums he designed and built in Hemet, CA. For the huge MWD (water kings) [Water + Life Museums]. Now Hemet might be outside your area (though still in SoCal), but Lehrer’s shop is right there on Hyperion! It is the first museum ever (ever!) to get LEED Platinum. Those Hemet desert wahoos beat the Renzo Piano museum in SF, which has been bragging it might be first?..but it ain’t!"
Western Center for Archeology and Paleontology + Center for Water Education
Location: Hemet, California; completed 2007
The Diamond Valley Lake Reservoir, completed in 1999 by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, is the largest earthworks project ever to be constructed. During the massive dig to create the reservoir, some very significant fossils were unearthed. These fossils were on display at the Diamond Valley Lake Visitor Center or in storage and desperately needed a new home. To these ends, The Center for Water Education Foundation and the Western Center Community Foundation asked for the design of two new facilities with a large outdoor connecting terrace. This 72,000 sq. ft. museum campus, was completed as a design build project in partnership with Mark Gangi and Frank Gangi of Gangi Development.