Building Team creates sustainable stimulus-funded public housing
Primarily funded by an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant, the Village Green public housing project for the Northwest Georgia Housing Authority is a 10-unit multifamily building located on a nearly 2.5-acre site in Rome, Ga., with space available to build additional apartments. The building includes eight 1,450-sf, two-story walk-up units and two 1,150-sf flats, as well as energy-efficient features such as solar thermal hot water heaters, roof monitors, and Energy Star-rated fixtures. Building Team members included the Atlanta office of Lord, Aeck & Sargent (architect); Alpharetta, Ga.-based Renaissance Builders (general contractor); and Atlanta-based Covalent Consulting (MEP engineering).
$35 million west Hollywood library shines gold in community revamp
The $35-million, 32,000-sf new West Hollywood Library is one of the few municipal buildings in California to have received LEED Gold certification, and is phase one of the West Hollywood Park Master Plan. Sustainable features include a photovoltaic system, use of low-emitting materials for paints, coating, and carpeting, and energy-efficient systems for lighting and HVAC. The project was designed by Johnson Favaro and built by W.E. O’Neil. Englekirk & Sabol served as engineer; Heery International was project manager.
Bridgestone center in Akron features the company’s building products
Located in Akron, Ohio, the new Americas Technical Center for Bridgestone Americas Inc. is a $100 million facility housing researchers who develop advanced tire technologies for the company. Built to LEED-NC Gold specifications, the center features products from Bridgestone’s building products division (Firestone Building Products), including the EPIC Chamber system, SunWave daylighting systems, SkyScape vegetative roofs, and more. The Building Team included Ohio-based firms Sol Harris/Day Architecture (architect), Ruhlin Co. (general contractor), and Environmental Design Group (civil engineering).
UC Berkeley’s Li Ka Shing center provides home for biomedical and health sciences research
The Li Ka Shing Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, houses 30 research laboratories, several lecture halls, the Henry H. Wheeler, Jr. Brain Imaging Center, and highly specialized containment areas for handling viruses and stem cell cultures. The five-story, 200-000-sf facility is designed to meet local seismic codes as well as a minimum of LEED Silver certification. The Building Team included Portland, Ore.-based ZGF Architects; the San Francisco office of McCarthy Building Cos.; and San Francisco-based engineering firm Rutherford & Chekene.