Wednesday, June 15, 2011

New Building Strikes Gold at Air Force Base

The new Pass and ID building/visitor's center at Oklahoma's Tinker Air Force Base is the site's first LEED-certified building - and it has achieved Gold status.

The U.S. Green Building Council recently awarded the 3,775-square-foot building LEED Gold. The new structure was part of a Garver/The Ross Group project to revitalize the base's front entrance. Numerous "green touches" were incorporated into the visitor's center:

Optimize Energy Performance
The visitor’s center is expected to cost 24 percent less to operate than a comparable code-compliant building due to energy saving design strategies involving the HVAC, water, and lighting systems.

Water Use Reduction
Installing low-flow fixtures helps reduce potable water usage by more than 40 percent.

Construction Waste Management
More than 90 percent of the construction waste was diverted away from landfills, allowing materials to be recovered, recycled and reused.

Recycled Content
More than 23 percent of construction materials contained recycled content.

Garver provided structural, mechanical, electrical, and civil design on this design/build project. This project is featured in greater detail in our newest edition of our IQ newsletter.

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