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  Aerzen USAAerzen USA


Re:Vision Architecture
133 Grape Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127

General Description

Location: Coatesville, Pennsylvania
Date Bid: June 2006
Construction Period: Feb 2007 to Jan 2008 Total Square Feet: 40,000 Site: 6 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 40,000; total, 40,000 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 35’; total, 35’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Steel Frame.
Foundation: Cast-in-place. Exterior Walls: Curtainwall, metal siding, straw bale. Roof: Membrane, metal. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall. Projected and/or Modeled Energy Usage: KBTU/SF/yr: 34.4.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: O'Donnell & Nacarratto - 111 S. Independence Mall East, #950, Philadelphia, PA 19106
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Adams-Bickel Associates - 3770 Ridge Pike, Collegeville, PA 19426
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: AKF Engineering - 1500 Walnut Street, #1400, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Aerzen USA's headquarters creates a statement of possibility for light manufacturing facilities that are environmentally responsible, worker-friendly, cost competitive, and architecturally significant. The project includes a 8,000-square-foot office space and a 34,000-square-foot light manufacturing, shop, and storage areas. In the nexus that links the shop and the office is a wall-to-wall window that provides a visual reminder of the dual nature of the business. In the conference room, straw bale walls were selected for their unparalleled ability to insulate (R 42), minimal embodied energy, appropriateness for an organic design, and contribution to the local economy. In the shop, low-tech earth tubes naturally cool air by passing it underneath the building, while large fans draw hot air up and let it escape through operable clerestories. In the office, a ground source heat pump uses six 300-foot deep wells to exchange their temperature with the ground to provide efficient air conditioning as well as heating.

Key to the building's environmental response is its relationship to the path of the sun. With a 189 KW solar system soon to be installed, Aerzen will soon be producing 90% of the energy it uses. These facilities were completed to LEED Gold Standards and are modeled to use 50% less energy than a comparable building. The natural surroundings are not ignored, but instead celebrated through nature trails, as well as native meadows vegetated swales that account for 100% of infiltrated storm-water mitigation on site. Special attention not only to the work environment, but also to the workers, was given through the creation of daylit spaces to improve worker conditions, and through the inclusion of the entire company in a 5 day integrated design charrette to involve them in the design process.

Product Information
Building Envelope: Metl-Span
Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Windows: Pella
Membrane Roofing: Carlisle Syntec
Fans: Big Ass Fans
Drywall: National Gypsum Gold Bond® Flooring: Tandus Carpet

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