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  No Frills SupermarketNo Frills Supermarket


ATA Architects, LLC
323 East 14th Avenue, North Kansas City, MO 64116

General Description

Location: Elkhorn, Nebraska
Date Bid: May 2009
Construction Period: Aug 2009 to May 2010
Total Square Feet: 61,000 Site: Approx. 8.25 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 61,000; total, 61,000 square feet.
Building Height: Varies 20'-27'; average ceiling height 17' 0".
Basic Construction Type: New
Foundation: Concrete. Exterior Walls: accel-E® panel system, CMU, brick, EIFS. Roof: TPO membrane, metal. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud/drywall.

Construction Team

General Contractor: Darland Construction Company - 4115 South 133rd Street, Omaha, NE 68137

ATA Architects, a full service firm offering architectural, interior design, programming, and construction management services was chosen by the owners of the new No Frills Supermarket in Elkhorn, Nebraska, to create a new design that would become their flagship look.

The architect developed a new design that gives the shopper a feeling that is fresh and friendly while meeting their needs. The 61,000 square foot store includes a Pharmacy, Deli, Bakery, Bank, Wine/Liquor, Meat and Produce department along with a sit down area to enjoy a meal picked up from the Deli.

The store site came with a challenge - a sloping site and utility easement. To overcome this challenge, ATA Architects used a variety of exterior wall treatments to accommodate the change in grade. "Key considerations were a step up in grade on one corner, and the need to maintain hard durable surfaces at lower levels where the back room of the grocery store is located," explained Alex E. Toye, AIA of ATA Architects. Toye used a combination of 25,000 square feet of pre-engineered accel-E® panels by SYNTHEON along with CMU, EIFS and brick to accommodate the sloping site.

Weather also played havoc with the winter construction schedule. Early snowstorms delayed construction. Other challenges besides the weather and the sloping site, the site also had some water drainage problems.

ATA Architects works with clients on a step-by-step basis to understand and develop their ideas and implement them into the project. Working with the Owners, Toye saw the benefit of using the accel-E® system. The system had a two-fold benefit for the owner. "The product was introduced in the local market about a year and a half ago, and once it was brought to my attention, I saw an opportunity in terms of what it could do because of the time savings on labor-intensive work," Toye said. Despite the early snowstorms that delayed construction, the 25,000 square feet of accel-E® panels were installed successfully, Toye said.

The owner also received a second benefit using the new system of energy savings. The accel-E Steel Thermal Efficient Panel (S.T.E.P.) is a wall system that combines the strength of cold-formed steel framing with the insulation properties of expanded polystyrene (EPS). "They did an energy audit calculation and the Owner earned some energy tax credits based on the insulated wall panels, along with the mechanical and roof systems designs," Toye said. "In addition, there are the long-term savings they'll be realizing. Since it's an owner-occupied building that will be of direct benefit to them."

In addition to the energy savings of the accel-E
® wall system, the project included additional insulation for the architectural features, heat re-claim from refrigeration units to provide additional heat during the winter, interior lighting (T-5 or T-8 ballast), and other mechanical efficiencies for building efficiency.

Completed in May 2010, the new No Frills Supermarket is meeting the needs of its customers and providing them an enriched shopping experience.

Product Information
Building Envelope: accel-E® S.T.E.P. System by SYNTHEON, Inc.

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