In this episode, Cherise is joined by Maribel Barba, AIA, project architect and manager in the Seattle office of the global architecture and design firm MG2
. Maribel shares her experience working on Costco in Santa Fe, Mexico
. Built on a landfill, Costco Santa Fe is a 524,549 square foot building with its massive warehouse, parking structure, and loading bays, yet is almost completely hidden from public view.
This Costco, which also includes a large green roof with 10 varieties of native plants and grasses and 15 insect hotels, was designed to meld into the neighborhood and serve the community. A pedestrian bridge and walking/running path connect the newly finished sports fields and courts to the nearby Parque Mexicana, seamlessly integrating the new facility with the park’s urban green space.
This project has unique challenges and opportunities - the expansive green roof system that required multiple different waterproofing treatments, green screen were utilized to get fresh air into the building, the project incorporated an on-site water treatment plant and extensive water collection, leak detection, and purification systems, and much more.