A modern interpretation of the Grange Movement in the United States has culminated into Jensen Architects’ SHED. The SHED is a 10,800 square foot building in Healdsburg, California that is working to transform the culture of this sustainable farming and wine-making community. The SHED is a café, retail, and event space that supports the artisan community by providing local products to customers and encouraging sustainable living.
The SHED is designed as a Butler building, which is a pre-engineered metal building that is very familiar in the agricultural landscape. This large metal building houses two stories of flexible space for artisan cafés, stores, and meeting spaces. The building’s structure and insulated metal panels were constructed off-site in order to be cost-effective and reduce construction waste. Jensen Architects and contractor Oliver & Company also used regional reclaimed Monterey cypress wood throughout the building.
Jensen Architects went beyond the use of a green building envelope – they also integrated sustainable systems to help make the SHED an efficient and educational resource for sustainable building. The design utilizes large garage doors for natural ventilation and daylighting. An energy-efficient HVAC system and photovoltaic panels were installed to keep energy costs down. The SHED overlooks a tributary to the Russian River, so the team designed a rain garden and catch basin to manage the flow and filter pollutants from rainwater runoff.