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  Clemson University – ICAR Collaboration 3
LEED® Core and Shell Gold

Clemson University – ICAR Collaboration 3, page 52

Construction Manager

Pazdan-Smith Group Architects
200 East Broad Street, #300, Greenville, SC 29601
www.pazdan-smith.com

General Description

Location: Greenville, South Carolina
Date Bid:
Jan 2006
Construction Period: Oct 2006 to Sep 2007
Total Square Feet: 117,643 Site: 3.5 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 72,961; second floor, 44,682, total, 117,643 square feet.
Building Height: Varies.
Basic Construction Type: New/Steel frame with concrete slabs. Foundation: Slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: Brick, curtainwall. Roof: Membrane.
Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural & Civil Engineer: Britt, Peters & Associates, Inc. - 550 South Main Street, #301, Greenville, SC 29601
General Contractor: Harper Corporation - 35 West Court Street, #400, Greenville, SC 29601
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Talbot & Associates Consulting Engineers, Inc. - 916 West Fifth Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
Landscape Architect: Innocenti & Webel - 188 Dug Hill Trail, Tryon, NC 28782


The CU-ICAR Campus will be Clemson University's center for automotive engineering research. Clemson has partnered with The Furman Co., a private-sector developer, to create several multi-tenant buildings on the site to house automotive industry professionals that are interested in collaboration with the Center. Pazdan-Smith Group provided design services for CU - ICAR Collaboration 3.

Clemson University charged the client to develop a multi-tenant office building that would be a secondary, non-dominate companion to support and house the multiplicity of automotive industry research that would take place in conjunction with the Carol Campbell Graduate Engineering Center. However, while being secondary to the main campus building, the building would also need to be an exceptional architectural design that would exhibit the characteristics of innovation and research at a highly visible location along Interstate 85. The building would need to provide students and automotive industry researchers with great opportunities for collaboration. By designing the building to include highly visible circulation routes and multiple opportunities for spontaneous contact between students and fellow researchers, the building encourages the phenomenon of "chance encounters," which have proven to be a key component to the success of a creative research environment.

The building's interior includes 72,961 square feet of laboratory space on the ground level, including a twenty foot clearance high-bay area with a 5 ton crane, combined with 44,682 square feet of class-A office space on the second level. Planning for the future, the building's structural and circulation systems were designed with flexibility to add two additional levels of multi-tenant office space for a total of four stories and 208,000 square feet.

In the spirit of engineering, the building was designed and built to be a model for efficiency and performance. The building was designed to greatly exceed present efficiency standards. To achieve this objective, a thorough and all-encompassing approach would be needed. In addition to using state-of-the-art mechanical equipment, components such as underfloor air distribution and engineered, exterior sunshading systems would need to be incorporated. Final energy modeling showed that Collaboration 3's energy efficiency is almost twenty percent better than ASHRAE 90.1 (2004) standards.

The exterior materials consist of various materials that include a high level of recycled material including aluminum storefront and curtainwall, glass, black closure size brick masonry units and steel paneling. The structural design is a steel frame with castellated beams and composite slabs. Final calculations show that the building was constructed with over a third of its material, by cost, made from post-consumer and pre-consumer recycled content.

The project team chose to make water efficiency an integral part of the building design. Outdoors, landscaping was designed to include low-water-demand native and indigenous plantings that would not require the installation of permanent irrigation systems. Indoors, by using high-efficiency fixtures, waterless urinals and occupant sensors, an expected water-use reduction of nearly 50% beyond standards set forth in the 1992 Energy Policy Act was attained.

The building has been certified LEED
® Core and Shell Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council, the first in the state.      

Manufacturers

DIV. 7: Metal Composite Wall Panels: Centria.
DIV. 8: Entrances & Storefronts: Vistawall; Glass: Guardian; Sun Screens: Armetco; Panels, Trim, Clips: Greenscreen.
DIV. 9: Access Floors: Tate.
DIV. 10: Elevators: Schlindler.
 

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