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  FC Gulf FreewayFC Gulf Freeway

General Contractor

Jacob White Construction Company
2000 West Parkwood, #100, Friendswood, TX 77546

General Description

Location: Houston, Texas
Negotiated Bid Date: Aug 2009
Construction Period: Aug 2009 to Apr 2010
Total Square Feet: 24,084 Site: 1.659 acres. Number of Buildings: One.
LEED® Platinum
Building Size: First floor, 12,042; second floor, 12,042; total, 24,084 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14’3”; second floor, 14’3”; total, 32’6”.
Basic Construction Type: New/Shell Only.
Foundation: Pier & grade beam, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, curtainwall. Roof: Membrane, living. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Architect: Webb Architects - 3701 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77098
Owner: Jacob White Development LLC - 2000 West Parkwood, #200, Friendswood, TX 77546
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: C.F. McDonald Electric, Inc. - 5044 Timber Creek, Houston, TX 77017

Jacob White Construction Company strives to exceed client expectations in all areas and did so with the FC Gulf Freeway, a state-of-the-art commercial building completed in April 2010. Strategically located at the entrance of the Metro Park and Ride near the corner of IH45 and Beltway 8, the FC Gulf Freeway building is easily accessible from the entire south and southeast regions of Houston, Texas.

Jacob White focused on Green technology in the design and completion of the 24,000-square-foot LEED® Platinum registered building. Green technology can reduce water consumption, electricity and waste that will improve efficiency, air quality, and increase the overall value of the building. Studies show that improved air quality and the use of materials that do not emit volatile organic compounds can increase productivity from five to 28 percent based on the type of business. Indoor Air Quality Standards (IAQ) were met using filtration, air stream purification, tobacco smoke control and CO2 monitoring with enhanced ventilation effectiveness.

Indoor climate controls were designed and distributed to allow both perimeter and non-perimeter spaces to be independently controlled with thermal comfort meeting the applicable ASHRAE standards; monitored on a real-time basis by the building's energy management system. Ninety percent of the spaces within the building have access to daylight and a view of the exterior. The building also includes the latest in "touch technologies," a developed anti-microbial surface shown to eliminate the threat of common colds and flu.

The building is home to Houston's largest living (green) roof, as well as many green features such as storing over 465,000 gallons of storm water runoff for irrigation and water closet use, illuminating the exterior with highly efficient LED lighting, and power supplied by 100% green power.

High efficiency, CFC free cooling equipment with electric heat was used in the building. It included MERV 13 filtration, CO2 monitoring and UV-C light air stream purification treatment. Equipment is monitored and controlled by an extensive energy management system.

The building has a calculated roof R-value of 61 (excluding the evaporative cooling effect of the green roof); wall R-values of 24+ and 1-inch insulated glazing with minimal UV transmittance and low emissivity coatings. The building is projected to use an average of 30,000 kWh per month of electrical power. Overall energy reduction techniques (equipment, construction and operation) resulted in an energy usage level of 55% less than a baseline building.

Upon completion of 12941 Gulf Freeway, Jacob White Construction now officially has four "LEED buildings" under its belt and is working on its own new 10,000 square foot headquarters being built to LEED Platinum certified standards. 

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