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Santa Monica Urban Runoff Recycling Facility

Date: 2000
Artist: Richard Turner
Engineer: CH2Mhill
Architect: Miralles Associates
Location: Appian Way at foot of Santa Monica Pier

The Santa Monica Urban Runoff Reclamation Facility (SMURRF) has established a new benchmark for integrating art in public works projects. The engineer, artist and architect collaborated on all the critical components of the design. This approach transformed a potentially unsightly water treatment facility into a major public destination. The SMRRF Project has been honored with the following awards: California Engineers and Land Surveyors of California Honor Award on January 22, 2001, American Consulting Engineers Council Grand Award on March 13, 2001 in Washington, DC, Western Council of Construction Consumers, and American Public Works Association - Southern California Chapter - Project of the Year Award on December 14, 2000.

Last updated: 1/20/2011
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To assist in the efforts of creating a sustainable city, Cultural Affairs not only recognizes the importance of incorporating the City’s sustainable design in its projects, but also values its role in creating a healthy work environment for staff that supports the City’s sustainability policies and models sustainable best practices for the office place.

Cultural Affairs is continuously working towards implementing sustainable practices that will provide staff with a greener and healthier workplace. We have implemented simple practices such as purchasing supplies that will have less impact on the environment, using less-toxic cleaning products, reducing waste, practicing water efficiency, and promoting green commuting by ride-sharing, walking and providing staff with a Bike@Work bicycle.

 Cultural Affairs' Green Office Certification is modeled after the Santa Monica Green Business Certification Program, a free program that provides sustainability consultation services to businesses that operate in Santa Monica.