Air Resources Board Southern California Consolidation Project

About the Project

The Southern California Consolidation project will be the new regional headquarters for the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The project will consolidate the organization’s seven existing locations, currently spread throughout Los Angeles, into a single location in Riverside, California, that will house more than 400 employees. The $377 million, 408,175 building SF, 19-acre state-of-the-art facility will include an extended range of dedicated test cells- especially for testing of light to heavy-duty vehicles, advanced chemistry laboratory, and workspace for accommodating new test methods for future generations of vehicles. The project will include space for developing enhanced onboard diagnostics and portable emissions measurement systems, visitor reception and education areas, a media center, flexible conference areas, and a large public auditorium.


The new facility and campus will be one of the most extensive and most advanced vehicle emissions testing and research facilities in the world. The new Southern California Consolidation project will be designed and built to reach the highest possible levels of measured sustainability to achieve LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and will also meet California’s CALGreen Tier 2 threshold for overall sustainability and energy efficiency. It will be the largest true zero net energy facility of its type in the world — producing as much energy as it uses.


The unique design will provide a seamless consolidation and integration of the office program into a three-story, pinwheel-shaped building that will offer vertical connectivity to increase proximity between offices and horizontal connectivity with testing areas, support space, and laboratories, resulting in greater flexibility and interaction. This pinwheel concept creates a Central Command Control area that forms the nexus of the new CARB campus. The high-performance campus will feature ample open and green spaces, as well as nature walks for al fresco breaks and informal meetings alike. The Southern California Consolidation Project (SCCP) is scheduled to receive substantial completion and open in 2021.


Design-build project delivery collaboration with design partner, ZGF Architects.

Quick Facts

  • Location Riverside, CA
  • Client California Air Resources Board (CARB) and The Department of General Services (DGS)
  • Industry Science + Technology
  • Line of Business Construction, Facility Services
  • Completion Date January 2021
  • Duration 31 Months
  • Contract Value $ 377,000,000
  • Sustainability Platinum
  • Square Footage 383,000 SF
  • Other Features California CALGreen Tier 2 / Net Zero (ZNE)

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