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  Renewable Water Resources (ReWa) Administration Building

Renewable Water Resources (ReWa) Administration BuildingArchitect

McMillan Pazdan Smith
200 East Broad Street, #300, Greenville, SC 29601

General Description

LEED® Certification Pending
Greenville, South Carolina
Date Bid: Feb 2007 Construction Period: May 2007 to May 2008
Total Square Feet: 27,717 Site: 7.21 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 14,769; second floor, 12,948;
total, 27,717 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14’; second floor, 27’8” min to 43’6” max; floor to floor, 14’; total, 27’8” min to 43’6” max.
Basic Construction Type: New/Steel Frame (Type II-B, Sprinklered).
Foundation: Reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: Curtainwall, metal panels, stone veneer.
Roof: Metal. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Britt, Peters & Associates, Inc. - 550 S. Main Street, #301, Greenville, SC 29601
General Contractor: The Harper Corporation - 35 West Court Street, #400, Greenville, SC 29601
® Commissioning Agent: KLG Jones - 218 Trade Street, Greer, SC 29651

A new administrative building for ReWa consisted of demolishing and recycling the existing administration and engineering buildings and constructing a new two-story 27,700-square-foot Class A office building with associated parking. New construction was located within the existing building's footprints, resulting in minimal disturbance across the heavily wooded 7.21 acre site directly adjacent to the Reedy River.

Tasked with emulating the efficient, scientific processes of ReWa's water treatment processes, while engaging and respecting the existing pastoral riverside site, the Design Team created a building project to consolidate ReWa's corporate office functions as well as for community and educational events. This modern, organic aesthetic was created by utilizing simple, efficient forms, exposed structural steel framing, floor and roof-decking, along with exposed HVAC and other utilities, which also reflected the efficiency of ReWa's Treatment Process and created a showplace for their commitment to the community and sustainable development. Locally quarried stone was used minimally on the exterior, while metal paneling, curtainwall, roofing and sunshades dominated the facades and combined to reflect the modern organic nature of the development.

Intended programmatically to house departments which had been located in different buildings on and off the HQ site, the first floor houses the executive, human resources, customer service, finance and purchasing departments. A two-story glass atrium houses the Process Gallery, showcasing the water treatment process, which leads to an exterior patio area overlooking the scenic Reedy River. A board/multipurpose room expands into the Gallery (via) a custom wood pivoting wall system) for larger gatherings and also has a refreshment area for catered events. The second floor features the engineering and pretreatment departments, along with training/expansion space, seven conference rooms and an employee break room.

The entire project was intended to serve as a learning tool for the community about sustainability, which began with recycling the building materials of the existing Administration and Engineering buildings. Existing parking areas were reused, thereby maintaining the stands of mature white oak and pine trees. Free educational building tours and a custom graphics/signage system explains to visitors and occupants alike that the building's energy system utilizes daylighting, occupancy sensors and energy efficient light fixtures to minimize consumption, as well as a four-pipe HVAC system which results in energy efficiency over 20% percent better than ASHRAE 90.1 (2004 standards).

While 84% of non-hazardous materials were diverted from landfills, over 33% of the building materials (by cost) were made from post- and pre-consumer recycled content. Further reducing the Project's carbon footprint is that 45% of the building materials were extracted and manufactured regionally, within a 500-mile radius of Greenville, S.C.

A unique site irrigation system engineered by ReWa also uses the effluent water byproduct produced by a ReWa treatment plant located nearby, and plans are underway to partner with Greenville County to allow the "Greenville Greenways" system, a pedestrian/bicycle trails program, to cross the property along the banks of the Reedy River. The Owner and Design Team are currently pursuing LEED Certification for the project, which was also designed to serve as a "Bird Habitat." 


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