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  Freedom PlazaFreedom Plaza

General Contractor

J&S Construction Company, Inc.
1843 Foreman Drive, Cookeville, TN 38501

General Description

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.
LEED® Gold
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.

Construction Team

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 building.

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 light switches.

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. 

Product Information
Custom Engineered Building: American Building Company
Carpet: Shaw
Entrances & Storefronts, Curtainwall, Windows: Kawneer
Elevators: ThyssenKrupp

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