Erected in 1973, the 12,000-sq-ft Oxnard Civic Center Professional Building in downtown Oxnard, CA, is operational 24/7/365, and its thirtysomething HVAC system was requiring constant repairs with bills often exceeding $10,000 annually. The building's owner, Oxnard Mayor Manuel Lopez, had endured complaints about the HVAC system for many years from the tenants. "Ever since I purchased this professional building in 1983, I have had persistent and frequent complaints from 13 very disgruntled retail tenants and one 23rd District Congresswoman Lois Capps, who has an office in my building. For nearly 20 years, the temperatures in each of their spaces always ran either too hot or too cold. It was never right or balanced," said the mayor.
The entire ground floor was home to a number of Oxnard merchants, including a print shop and optician. The entire second floor was dedicated to office space, including the office of the mayor himself.