Renewable Water Resources (ReWa) Administration Building
McMillan Pazdan Smith
200 East Broad Street, #300, Greenville, SC 29601
LEED® Certification Pending
Greenville, South Carolina
Date Bid: Feb 2007 Construction Period: May 2007 to May
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.
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."