Gregory Bateson BUilding
The Gregory Bateson Building in Sacramento, California is the flagship of the Energy Efficient Office Building Program (the first of its kind in the nation) initiated by Sim Van der Ryn during his tenure as California State Architect. Under Van der Ryn’s direction, this 250,000 sq. ft. building and program pioneered innovative heating, cooling and daylighting strategies as well as various analysis methods such as computer modeling of building thermal performance which have become the standard for energy efficient building design.
In presenting its special award to Sim Van der Ryn, the California Council of the American Institute of Architects recognized his efforts as having:
The light and plant filled atrium is the social center of the building as well as a reservoir for cool night air which circulates through the building keeping temperatures pleasant even on the hottest summer days. This building includes a number of passive heating and cooling features which had never before been employed at the institutional scale. Post-occupancy evaluations show that the combination of these features has reduced the energy use associated with heating, cooling and lighting by more than 75% compared to typical office buildings of similar scale.
Why This is Called the Gregory Bateson Building?
Gregory Bateson, world renowned anthropologist, was Sim Van der Ryn’s long time mentor and friend. In Sim’s own words from the building’s dedication ceremony: