Rancho Mirage City Hall
The Rancho Mirage City Hall site improvement project was initiated by the city’s elected officials to improve the work environment and to set an example for high quality sustainable site development within the city.
Rancho Mirage, California
City of Rancho Mirage
6.8 Governmental Complex
The Rancho Mirage City Hall site improvement project was initiated by the city’s elected officials to improve the work environment and to set an example for high quality sustainable site development within the city. The design criteria and program emphasized compatibility with the local environment, sustainable practices, and improvements to the work environment for employees and for visitors to city hall. The program includes a drastic reduction in water usage, reduced maintenance and environmental impacts, introduction of adapted and indigenous plant specs and the elimination of spray irrigation and lawn areas. Also, included in the site work: debris reduction from walkways, machinery and areas where damage and maintenance are required due to inappropriate site and landscape materials, erosion prevention measures, aesthetic enhancements, additional shade for parking and people, site lighting with enhanced energy efficient fixtures, and public gathering spaces that take advantage of the immediate and surrounding environment for greater access to nature and improved well being.
Rancho Mirage is located in the heart of Coachella Valley in Southern California. It is in the Colorado Desert, protected from most prevailing weather systems off of the Pacific Ocean by Mt. San Gorgonio (the highest peak in Southern California) and Mt. San Jacinto (the second highest) . Average annual rainfall is just 3.38 inches and the sun usually shines 350 days of the year. The pass and the desert are responsible for the wind belt that at times rush through the valley. Maximum daily temperatures usually occur in the late afternoon and early evening in the Coachella Valley, creating a bigger difference in the air pressure and increasing wind sped as air funnels through the San Gorgonio Pass.
Rancho Mirage promotes energy efficiency and conservation in all areas of community development, including transportation, development planning, and public and private sector construction and operation, as well as in the full range of residential and non-residential projects. To encourage this the City’s elected officials decided to set an example of high quality sustainable site development while improving the work environment at the much used City Hall.