“Being good stewards of available resources is an important value for our organization. PWA certainly helped us incorporate environmental values into our building design.”
Location: Columbia, Missouri
Sq. ft.: 16,0000
- To maximize green areas and mitigate storm water runoff, parking for the building was laid out to drain inward to a “bio-retention” or rain garden area.
- The glass front entrance to the building faces south, which maximizes southern solar exposure.
- The exterior is landscaped with native plants and includes earthen berms to minimize exposure to north winds.
- Occupied office spaces are located on the exterior walls of the building to maximize views.
- Operable windows in offices open to the south to allow for prevailing summer breezes.
- Clerestory windows let natural daylight deep into the interior space of the building.
- Energy-efficient HVAC and lighting increases the overall efficiency of the building.
- Environmentally sensitive materials were specified including linoleum, a rapidly renewable resource, Forest Stewardship Council certified lumber and urea formaldehyde-free oriented strand board for the roof and wall sheathing.
- Flyash in the concrete reduced the amount of required Portland cement
- Recycled materials were selected for the counter tops and toilet partitions.
- The exterior roof cladding is standing seam metal manufactured with over 90 percent recycled content.