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  Mississippi Department of
Environmental Quality

Mississippi Department of Environmental QualityArchitect

Cooke Douglass Farr Lemons Architects & Engineers, PA
3100 North State Street, #200, Jackson, MS 39216

General Description

Location: Jackson, Mississippi
Date Bid: July 2007
Construction Period: Aug 2007 to Sept 2008
Total Square Feet: 121,170 Site: 1.59 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Garage, 7,212; first floor, 11,978; second thru fifth floor, 20,685; sixth floor, 19240; total, 121,170 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14’; second thru fifth floor, 11’1”; floor to floor, 11’1”; penthouse, 17’; total, 86’7”.
Basic Construction Type: Renovation/Concrete frame.
Foundation: Pier & grade beam, reinforced concrete.
Exterior Walls: CMU, curtainwall, insulated metal wall panels, porcelain tile. Roof: Built-up. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Spencer-Engineers, Inc. - P. O. Box 4328, Jackson, MS 39296
General Contractor: Evan Johnson & Sons Construction - 1165 Weems Street, Pearl, MS 39208
Electrical Engineer: Cooke Douglass Farr Lemons Architects & Engineers, PA - 3100 North State Street, #200, Jackson, MS 39216
Mechanical Engineer: Atherton Consulting Engineers, Inc. - 1900 Lakeland Drive, Jackson, MS 39216

Cooke Douglass Farr Lemons Architects and Engineers, PA was awarded a large renovation in late 2007 by the Mississippi Bureau of Building, Grounds and Real Property Management that presented the firm with many opportunities to employ environmentally sustainable techniques and materials. The CDFL team was charged with maximizing the indoor environmental quality of two buildings with failed exterior surfaces and ineffective mechanical systems. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality currently occupies both buildings.

The first structure that was renovated was a 6-story, 110,000 square-foot facility located at 515 East Amite Street which previously housed the LDDS WorldCom headquarters. Exterior renovations included removal of the ineffective Exterior Insulated Fenestration System (EIFS) building envelope, or "skin," that was replaced with a 2-inch insulated metal panel system with integrated windows providing a water-tight facade. All of the windows were replaced with insulated "Low-E" glass to keep out harmful ultra-violet light rays and solar heat gain further enhancing the new HVAC system and occupant comfort. The primary sub-contractor, F. L. Crane and Sons, recycled all existing aluminum window frames removed during the renovation.

Interior upgrades involved removing 8,500 yards of old carpet that was recycled through Mohawk Group's Recover Program. This was the largest quantity of carpet ever recycled not only in Mississippi but also in the surrounding states. CDFL's Interior Architecture department chose one of Mohawk's newest modular carpets for the renovation. Mohawk's products are created from recycled materials, such as plastic soda and water bottles, and specifically designed to meet the United States Green Building Council's (USGBC) stringent low-chemical emissivity standards to improve indoor air quality. Furthermore, all interior walls received low-VOC paints to minimize odor and the harmful Volatile Organic Compounds found in most paints. Evan Johnson & Sons Construction served as the general contractor for the project that was budgeted at $6,000,000.

The second phase of the project will focus on the 5-story, 62,670-square-foot building at 700 State Street where similar interior and mechanical renovations are necessary.


DIV. 7: Insulated Metal Panels: Formawall(R) Dimension Series by Centria; Built-Up Roof: Johns Manville.
DIV. 8: Curtainwall, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer.
DIV. 9: Carpet: Mohawk, Invision, Shaw; Tile: American Olean, Crossville.
DIV. 26: Light Fixtures: Visa, Omega, Daybrite, Kirlin.. 


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