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  International Longshoreman’s Association, Employee’s Welfare Fund Building

International Longshoreman’s Association, Employee’s Welfare Fund BuildingArchitect

Lott + Barber
110 East President Street, Savannah, GA 31410

General Description

LEED®-NC Certification Pending
Savannah, Georgia
Date Bid: Nov 2007 (Cost plus Guaranteed Maximum)
Construction Period: Dec 2007 to Jan 2009
Total Square Feet: 8,160 Site: 1.4 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 7,195; second floor, 965; total, 8,160 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 12’9”; second floor, 15’1”; total, 27’10”.
Basic Construction Type: New/Wood Frame.
Foundation: Slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtainwall. Roof: Metal. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall, CMU.
Projected and/or Modeled Energy Usuage KBTU/SF/yr: 39,897.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: W. Hunter Saussy, P.E. - 400E Johnny Mercer Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31410
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: J.T. Turner Construction - 2250 East Victory Drive, #104, Savannah, GA 31404
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Rosser International, Inc. - 109 Park of Commerce Drive, #6, Savannah, GA 31405

Award-winning commercial architecture firm Lott + Barber recently completed the new state-of-the-art International Longshoremen's Association Pension and Welfare Building at 10 Mersey Way in Savannah, Georgia. The office building, which features a dramatic covered arch over the front entrance, is currently pending LEED®-NC certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

This energy-efficient structure houses the benefits office for the local International Longshoremen's Association chapters and serves as a model of sustainable commercial architecture in coastal Georgia. In addition to developing the architectural design, Lott + Barber also assisted in site selection and the LEED
® certification application process for the handsome brick structure. J.T. Turner Construction of Savannah, Georgia served as the general contractor for the $2 million project.

"This new building incorporates a wide range of energy-efficient features that will reduce operating costs while minimizing the impact on the environment," said Lott + Barber principal Forrest R. Lott, FAIA, LEED AP. "We were delighted to work with the International Longshoremen's Association to design an office building that would meet the needs of the workers of today and tomorrow, while also incorporating key elements of sustainable design."

Lott + Barber used state-of-the-art Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology, which allows the project team to "construct" a virtual building before the actual construction process begins, to reduce overall construction costs and maximize the efficiency of the building design. The construction project features water-saving plumbing fixtures designed to reduce water usage by 55%, ultra-efficient spray insulation and 100% recycled drywall. The building, which was occupied by the International Longshoremen's Association in November of 2008, also incorporates low-VOC carpet.

A waste management plan helped divert 65% of construction waste from the local landfill, resulting in the recycling of more than 50 tons of material during the construction process. In another nod to sustainability, all the major building materials came from within a 500-mile radius. Lott + Barber elected to use Georgia pine for the framing, recycled drywall from Florida, recycled steel from around the Southeast and window frames manufactured in Dublin, Georgia in an effort to minimize transportation costs and resulting carbon emissions that can negatively impact the environment.

The International Longshoremen's Association Pension and Welfare Building uses natural daylight in 98% of its occupied spaces, reducing the building's energy needs. Plus, the structure has a reduced environmental footprint, which extends only 10 feet out from the building on all sides. All landscaping includes drought tolerant native plants eliminating the need for an irrigation system, saving over 600,000 gallons of drinking water each year.

Together, the building's sustainable features have reduced total energy use by approximately 18%. "This building serves as an ideal example of how smart planning can help reduce costs at every level, from the design through the construction phase and beyond," said Steven G. Stowers, AIA, LEED AP, of Lott + Barber. "The International Longshoremen's Association will continue to reap the benefits of this building's lower utility bills for many years to come." 


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