Validation of Enclosure, Responsible Design, Envelope Architecture
certified Minority Business Enterprise and Women-owned Business enterprise
Central PA Natatorium; Kimmel Bogrette Architects + Site Architect of Record; WUFI modeler, with DSS-Philly.
WUFI is a comprehensive moisture engineering software program developed initially by Fraunhofer IBP in Germany and adapted for use in the USA. Long-term exposure to high moisture conditions can cause damage in building components, and significant health problems can result from mold growth on surfaces that are exposed to high moisture conditions. The WUFI modeling of the combined, coupled effects of heat and moisture is called hygrothermal analysis. To properly perform the analysis, manufacturers perform a series of tests to develop a database of physical properties of their materials. Consultants such as Verde use this data to model the performance of proposed building facade (or roof) to determine the optimal construction to meet the thermal efficiency requirements of the owner without compromising the moisture control aspect of the design. Shown are excerpts from a WUFI report of a natatorium in central PA, starting with the model of one exterior wall, followed by a thermal analysis of one component of the wall. The next 2 shots are the output of the report, which predicts mold growth inside the building envelope. The page with the red traffic light in the upper left hand corner is the output when the vapor barrier is incorrectly specified, and the green traffic light shows the prediction of mold growth when the vapor barrier is correctly specified.
LEED Gold Interiors
AWeber, Chalfont, PA; Wulff Architects, Architect of Record, Halkin/Mason photography; LEED Administrator, with Wulff Architects.
AWeber, a rapidly growing Internet service company, built the “Office of the Future” by fostering a range of healthful behaviors, maximizing flexibility and epitomizing a team culture. The architecture both physically enables this philosophy and expressively symbolizes it.
Healthy Range of behaviors:
· Biophilia - A living wall, water feature, outdoor cafe/work area, and plants throughout space increase access to nature, enhanced by plentiful availability of daylight through generous glazing.
· Food –healthy lunches provided in on-site kitchen with organic ingredients, as well as a Brown Bag counter
· Active design – slides, gym memberships, and prominent stairs promote physical fitness.
· Fun – Understanding that creative individuals work best when play is interwoven with work, options for down time include a game area, two small movie theaters, and slides.
· Encouraging energy efficiency – measurement and verification includes predicting energy usage and comparing actual usage to predictions and delivering this information to a web platform.
· Energy efficiency is made visible through motorized shades and ballasts that dim light levels in daytime. Energy efficiency achieved through superior HVAC equipment and controls, intelligent data center design, energy efficient appliances in the commercial kitchen and highly efficient personal computing.
· Furniture- mobile workstations on casters can be parked at any electrified panel, allowing instant shifting of groups.
· Building Management System (BMS) upgraded. Measurement and Verification exceeds LEED standards.
· Team Rooms – Dedication of enclosed core areas to specific project teams should decrease deployment time by encouraging sharing of project information.
· Collaborative work- Low partitions and unenclosed workstations encourage collaboration.
· Flat hierarchy – lack of status locations or furniture.
· Group Breakout Areas – dedicated team areas for specific projects should decrease deployment time
· Jungle Room – seating, lighting and location near kitchen encourage casual conversation
· Privacy – private conversations in booths, and small quiet rooms for solitary work in core areas
Building Envelope Commissioning
Building Envelope Commissioning at the Fundamental Level for LEED certification.
Projects include Hackensack Memorial Hospital Emergency Room Addition. Stantec, Project Manager; Francis Cauffman, Architect; Precis Commissioning, Commissioning Agent. New, single story, approximately 30,800 square foot addition to house emergency department and renovation of first floor lobby and corridors.
Owners Project Requirements for 650 Park Ave, King of Prussia, PA. Brandywine Realty Trust, Owner; Coscia Moos, Architect of Record; Building Envelope Commissioner with DSS-Philly. 100,000sf, four-story, new construction, Core & Shell office and parking garage.
Hackensack Memorial Hospital Bayshore Emergency Dept Addition
Francis Cauffman Architect of Record. Precis Commissioning. Hackensack, NJ
650 Park Ave, King of Prussia, PA
Brandywine Development Trust, Owner
Coscia Moos Architect of Record
Fundamental Building Envelope Commissioning
LEED Gold New Construction
Colorcon Global Headquarters & Technology Center, Harleysville, PA; Wulff Architects, Architect, S Wolfe Photography; Programmer, Lab Designer and LEED Administrator, with Wulff Architects.
A new 94,000 gsf two-story steel frame structure, completed in 2009, houses a cutting-edge Data Center, Research and Development Labs, and Corporate Headquarters on a suburban site in Harleysville, PA, of approximately 24 acres, net development. Holistically designed through a team effort, Colorcon’s new Corporate Headquarters and Technology Center demonstrates that environmental, corporate and long-term financial benefits can go hand-in-hand through intelligent design strategies. Site strategies include development minimization, a multi-function berm, a re-forested buffer zone, a rain garden, environmentally sensitive site lighting, a vertical green wall and a roof terrace irrigated from roof water run-off. Energy efficiency drove the entire building design, which achieves 28% energy savings through architectural, mechanical and lighting systems. Decisions from the basic parti to the tiniest details capitalize on natural light and air, while intelligent measurement of demand reduces the loads and quality mechanical and electrical equipment increase efficiency. Designed from the inside out, inter-departmental communication is improved while exterior views are maximized. Innovative and environmentally responsible materials enhance the elegant expansiveness of the fit-out while careful attention to mechanical and architectural detail provides the highest indoor air quality. 48% less water is consumed for general building use due to waterless urinals, low-flow water fixtures, and dual-flush toilets. Construction Quality Control is ensured through commissioning, and an impressive 95% of construction waste is diverted from landfills. Environmental stewardship and responsible corporate management continues in the occupancy of the building through continuous performance improvements via Measurement and Verification reports from the Building Automation System, environmentally preferable cleaning, and policies and procedures which engage occupants in environmental stewardship.
Office 29,600 nsf
Conference Center 1,900 nsf
Data Center 14,800 nsf
Lab & Support 26,500 nsf
WELL feasibility study
650 Park Avenue, King of Prussia, PA; Brandywine Realty Trust, Owner, Coscia Moos Architect, Images courtesy of Coscia Moos; LEED Administrator and Building Envelope Commissioner at the Fundamental Level, with DSS-Philly.
The WELL building standard, developed by International WELL building Institute (IWBI), represents a new paradigm for supporting and advancing human health through better buildings. The WELL standard is the leading tool for advancing health and well-being in buildings globally through design, construction and occupancy practices and procedures. 650 Park Avenue, a 100,000sf, four-story, new construction, core and shell office and parking garage, was studied to determine if it could leverage WELL’s flexible framework for improving health and human experience in 7 major areas: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort and Mind.
LEED Silver Core & Shell and CI
420 Delaware Drive, King of Prussia, PA; Liberty Property Trust, Owner, LEED Core and Shell Pilot, Wulff Architects, Architect;McNeil Pharmaceuticals, LEED Interiors, Francis Cauffman, Architect of Record, S Wolfe Photography; LEED Administor, with Wulff Architects.
First LEED certified Core and Shell in Philadelphia suburbs.
Crushing the existing flooded building and using the rubble to build up the flood-plain also helped divert 89% of all waste from landfill. Sustainably sited and landscaped with native species, the total design minimized light pollution and enhanced views for 90% of occupants. An energy efficient wall section and integrated design enabled water and energy costs to be reduced by 41% and 15% respectively. Enhanced indoor air quality and material resource efficiency were achieved through low VOC products, FSC certified wood, increased ventilation, and high recycled content products, with over 35% of all materials regionally manufactured. Enhanced commissioning ensured quality control of design and construction.
As a Team member assisting the Contractor, Verde can assist with construction credits for Building Design + Construction and Interior Design + Construction projects. Past projects include work for The Norwood Company in Bethlehem, PA and New York state.
USM Tenant Fit-Out LEED Gold, Francis Cauffman, Interiors, Chris Cooper, Photographer;
LEED Administrator, with Wulff Architects
Norristown Centre is part of the redevelopment of an existing retail complex which was originally built in the 1960s within close proximity to the historic heart of Norristown, anchored by a three-story Sears department store. After Sears left the building, it created a hole in the urban fabric because nearby commercial, medical, educational and residential developments nearby no longer had a retail center.
The entire property was redeveloped by Develcom to invigorate the neighborhood with a re-established grocery store, new retail, first-class office space, new parking garage, and restaurants. The old Sears building was transformed into Norristown Centre, a showpiece of environmentally sensitive design in an infill setting. Stormwater management was improved, existing buildings were conserved and reused rather than being razed, and a green roof crowned the complex. Native landscaping was used to save water and re-establish habitat for local fauna. New skylights and generous windows give plentiful light to the occupants, who use cutting edge mechanical and plumbing systems to save energy and water. Light and heat pollution are reduced, and waste was reduced by 75% during the construction. Innovative, certified, green building products reduce environmental impacts throughout their life cycle, improve thermal performance, improve indoor air quality and stimulate the green economy. Surrounded by diverse medical, residential, educational and commercial uses within walking distance, Norristown Centre is a prime example of smart growth because it reinvigorates the heart of an area which is linked through public transportation to the entire Philadelphia area.
Greenage, Narberth, PA; Architect of Record
A Greenage is a green garage:
· The sun powers two cars and 70% of the house.
· Uses salvaged materials and cutting-edge products.
· FROG (furnished room over garage) for meditation room.
· Tesla Powerwall provides emergency service for critical loads.
LEED Gold Core & Shell
Floral Vale, Yardley, PA; BPG Development Group, Owner, Wulff Architects, Architect, S Wolfe photography; LEED Administrator, with Wulff Architects.
The tight integration of the mechanical and steel frame structural systems reduced floor to floor height of the 94,000sf, four-story office new construction, office Core &Shell while increasing the efficiency of the mechanical systems. Water and energy costs to be reduced by 40% and 33% respectively while minimizing light pollution and heat island effect. A Building Operations Center (BOC) utilizing fiber optics and integrated design to conserve over 80% of copper cabling when compared to conventional construction. The BOC can provide energy reporting to each tenant, as well as coordinating energy usage, security and maintenance.
LEED Silver Interiors
Hartford Funds Fit-Out, Wayne, PA; D2 Groups Architect of Record, Images courtesy of D2 Interiors; LEED Administrator, with DSS-Philly.
By creating a world-class Headquarters in the Philadelphia area, the Hartford Funds (HF) hopes to further the mission of human-centric investing. Naturally, such an approach aims to strengthen the human community which serves those investors. HF believes that creating a sustainable 75,000sf, three-story renovated office fit-out will strengthen the health of their people and their planet. The design optimizes daylight, encourages movement and promotes flexibility and collaboration while achieving reduced energy and water usage.
LEED CI Data Center
Extremely high security concerns drove renovation of 72,000sf, three-story office for Tier 1 Data Center. Interior Design + Construction v2009, Gold certification achieved despite high energy usage of data center. The project, completed in 2010, was used to help develop modification of rating system for Data Centers. Client goals met for a fault-tolerant data center which is concurrently maintainable.
High efficiency lighting, occupancy sensors and daylight harvesting devices reduce lighting loads. Careful location of exterior generators at grade near electrical rooms, along with medium voltage transformers and simplified power distribution systems improve efficiencies at lower loads. The UPS with Energy Saver Modes are estimated to save 15% of power usage at normal loads. Wet cell batteries allow reduced ventilation in those rooms, and energy recovery wheels pre-treat the outside air that is required. Water-side economizers increase free cooling for the DC. A computational fluid dynamics model of the DC helped optimize server and cooling equipment layout, while cutting edge controls and variable speed drives carefully match cooling required with cooling supplied. Most importantly, the highly efficient chilled water plant delivers medium temperature chilled water, which eliminates wasteful dehumidification and reheat for the precision cooling equipment.
Redundancy is provided for the chilled water plant and other critical mechanical equipment, including a 25,000 gallon water storage tank to provide make-up water for the cooling tower. Tier I electrical system redundancy is met, and generator power is provided for mechanical systems as well. In addition, two generators were provided, each with dual 36 hour, gravity equalized fuel tanks providing 72 hours of data center back-up for a single generator.
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