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Sempra Utilities Gas Operations, El Centro, Calif.

Southern California's gas company, Sempra Utilities, built a new 13,400-square-foot (1,245- m2) facility to be used as the gas operations center and fleet repair of Imperial County. The 65 3/4- by 203 3/4-foot (20- by 70-m) facility incorporated reverse haunch galvanized frames and front sidewall slopes with girts attached to outer flange of reversed haunch columns. The project, which cost more than a half-million dollars, utilizes a pre-engineered metal building by Metallic Building Co. with insulated standing-seam roof panels due to the superior weather tightness and R-values up to 39.5. The insulated ESP 250 wall panels by Insulated Panel Systems have an R-value of 19.9 and were applied for their flat architectural appearance. The IPS roof panels are a cool roof color, Bone White. A separate building for mechanical functions and fleet repair has a mezzanine with a roof and patio area with heat and summer misting system. The facility has been submitted for LEED Silver certification.


Builder: BSD Builders Inc., San Diego

Erector: H.E. Hammer, Yucaipa, Calif.

Architect: Yen & Associates, San Diego

Metal walls: Insulated Panel Systems, Stafford, Texas

Metal building: Metallic Building Co., Houston