J&S Construction Company, Inc.
1843 Foreman Drive, Cookeville, TN 38501
Location: Cookeville, Tennessee
Date Bid: Nov 2007 Construction Period: Nov 2007 to Nov
2008 Total Square Feet: 28,488 Site: 1.95 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 13,792; second floor, 13,650; attic,
1,046; total, 28,488.
Building Height: First floor, 14’; second floor, 12’; floor to
floor, 14’; penthouse/attic, 9’; total, 26’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Custom engineered metal building.
Foundation: Reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior
Walls: Brick, curtainwall, EIFS. Roof: Metal. Floors:
Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall. Projected
and/or modeled energy usage KBTU/SF/yr: 40.3.
Architect: C. Ross Architecture, LLC - 3807 Charlotte Avenue,
Nashville, TN 37209
Structural Engineer: Lamb Engineering, LLC - 113 Hazel Path, #2,
Hendersonville, TN 37075
Mechanical Engineer: CHC Mechanical Company, Inc. - 347 E.
Stevens Street, Cookeville, TN 38501
Electrical Engineer: Parson's Engineering - 210 12th Avenue
South, #209, Nashville, TN 37203
Headquartered in Cookeville, Tenn., J&S Construction specializes in
energy-efficient construction for business and church facilities
throughout the southeast. Founded in 1957, the business pioneered the
TEAM Design Build process in 1981 and built the first LEED-Gold and LEED-Silver
certified buildings in the Upper Cumberland area of Tennessee.
J&S built Freedom Plaza to demonstrate their capabilities and to provide
a hands-on teaching tool for clients and potential clients. "If a client
struggles with the nomenclature of the construction industry, I have the
ability to take them somewhere in this building and show them what we
are talking about," says CEO Johnny Stites. The dramatic infusion of new
products and technologies into the industry enforces the need for a
visual example which supports informed decision making.
One particularly innovative concept was a water source heat pump that
utilizes the fire suppression system rather than a separate additional
pipe configuration. This heating and cooling method, along with the
other energy conservation efforts, allowed the gas bill in this 28,000
square-foot building average less than $95 during the first winter of
operation. The utility bills for these four months are posted and often
shown to potential customers to demonstrate that construction methods
focused on energy efficiency do work, and do pay off.
Freedom Plaza was constructed using a Custom Engineered Metal Building
with exterior EIFS and Brick Veneer. The roof consists of a Standing
Seam Metal Roof which is a cool roof, essentially a roof constructed of
a material that has high reflectability. This reflectability allows the
heat of the sun to be reflected back out, rather than absorbed into the
The entrances into the main lobby, both rear and front entryways, have
an air-lock which reduces both air infiltration and the loss of
conditioned air. Depending upon the level of access granted to
individual users, the building also includes a security system which
controls access to the building and certain rooms and areas.
The Heritage plank wood wall in the lobby area, which is over 40-feet
tall, is black walnut and is reclaimed wood from the owners' farm. It is
over 30 years old and was given a natural teak oil finish to show off
its natural beauty.
The lobby and public restroom countertops use IceStone', which is made
from recycled materials, including glass and concrete. In addition, the
restrooms also use Toto® toilets, which are one of the most efficient
available, as well as meeting current low-flow water requirements.
The exterior walls are constructed using metal studs and filled with
Durafill® spray open-cell polyurethane foam.
The mechanical system previously mentioned is a water-source heat pump
that includes a closed loop system. It has a cooling tower and
individual heat pump units that hang within the ceiling area in
immediate proximity to the area they serve. The water for these heat
pumps circulates within the water sprinkler system, eliminating the need
for another water line to be installed just for this system. For winter
months, the heat pump has a gas boiler which provides heat to the water.
Lights in the building are mostly fluorescent and LEDs. Only a few low
voltage HID bulbs are used and no incandescent lighting is in use. All
offices, bathrooms, stair wells and most rooms utilize motion sensor
Carpet from recycled plastic bottles is the most predominate flooring.
The removable square tiles allow for easy replacement should a stain or
damage occur to an area. The baseboards come from recycled tires and
provide a finished look in several different styles. The Low emitting
VOC (Volitale Organic Compounds) adhesives, sealants, paints, and carpet
provide a healthier construction environment and work space to help
employees maintain health and productivity on a long-term basis.
The facility's windows have two layers of glass for better shading and
are low-E (low emissivity coating) which increases the insulative value
of the window.
With the first LEED-Silver (Times Square Shopping Center), LEED-Gold
(Freedom Plaza) projects in the Upper Cumberland area secured in 2009,
as well as a recent LEED-Platinum certification (GSA ® Census Bureau,
Cookeville), J&S Construction understands energy efficiency. One of J&S®
most recent completions, a $12 million project for Fort Campbell, Ky.,
will soon be submitted for LEED-Gold certification.
J&S Construction has a growing number of LEED Accredited Professionals,
Certified Church Consultant Training graduates (National Association of
Church Design Builders) and is a member of the MedCon Alliance Group
supporting construction for the medical industry.
Custom Engineered Building: American Building Company
Entrances & Storefronts, Curtainwall, Windows: Kawneer