International Longshoreman’s Association, Employee’s Welfare Fund
Lott + Barber
110 East President Street, Savannah, GA 31410
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,
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.
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."