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  SpawGlass Construction Corporation, Page 58LEED® SILVER
SpawGlass Construction Corporation

6909 Portwest Drive, Houston, TX 77024

Houston, Texas
Total Square Feet: 20,000
Construction Period: July 2002 to Feb 2003  

GENERAL CONTRACTOR: SpawGlass Construction Corp. - 13800 West Road, Houston, TX 77041
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Haynes Whaley Associates, Inc. - 2000 W. Sam Houston Parkway, South, #1800, Houston, TX 77042
ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: Hi-Tech Electric, Inc. - 11116 West Little York, Building 8, Houston, TX 77041
MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Straus Systems - P.O. Box 1189, Stafford, TX 77497
COST ESTIMATOR: SpawGlass Construction Corp. - 13800 West Road, Houston, TX 77041
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Kudela & Weinheimer - 7155 Old Katy Road, Houston, TX 77024

Originally intended as a basic design/build tilt-wall office building for SpawGlass Construction Corporation, the goals changed dramatically as a result of collaboration between the client and architect. Kirksey introduced the idea of a green building -- not just an "environmentally responsible" design, but an official LEED® Certified building. The goals then became project mission statements to improve efficiency, productivity, and overall employee satisfaction by providing a healthy, responsible, and enjoyable workplace (over and above a properly functioning building). The project would serve as a "living, breathing example of sustainable design, whereby educating clients, others within the industry, and members of the community on the process of building green and how it really is possible. And lastly, the mission was to build an office that would save money in annual utility costs, save resources, prevent unnecessary waste, and have minimal impact on the environment (in harmony with the environment).

The new single-story building is the first LEED-certified commercial office building in Houston. The building received the LEED Silver Certification in July 2004. The project team used local materials, constructed a white roof for reflectivity, used natural light effectively to reduce energy costs, and used low-E glass to reduce heat gain, glare, and energy loss. They were able to make minor adaptations to conventional design methods to accomplish the finished project -- the result of which was a straightforward, cost-effective, and energy-efficient design. Additionally, every workplace has access to natural light.

Energy efficiency was achieved by first utilizing basic design fundamentals -- building orientation, sun angles, and climatic conditions -- before incorporating secondary means such as insulated glass. (Energy saving measures decreased operating costs by 56%).

Public and private areas are separated to focus client activity and interaction in and around the central reception area, keeping work areas private. The work areas are arranged according to the specific teaming functions, and structural bays correspond to each aspect of the client's business.

The design is an architectural expression of the client's core business (construction) and materials are used in their natural states. The building reflects the company's evolving culture to move from a primarily closed office structure to a more open plan environment that encourages collaboration and socialization.

The site and building are a working unit. The unit prevents soil erosion, the building orientation maximizes efficiency and views, and the newly planted vegetation acts as a natural detention pond for a filtration system that removes water contaminants and minimizes offsite drainage. This reduced site water use by 52%. Efficient plumbing fixtures reduce interior water use by 37%. The construction waste recycling program salvaged 75% of construction debris and created a profit for the project.

DIV 07: Membrane: Johns Manville.
DIV 08: Curtainwall: Kawneer 1600; Low-E Glass: PPG Solarban® 60
DIV 09: Gypsum: United States Gypsum; Paint: Sherwin Williams; Acoustical Treatment: Armstrong; Gypsum Products: United States Gypsum; Metal Drywall & Lath Products: Dietrich; Insulation: Johns Manville.

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