ATA Architects, LLC
323 East 14th Avenue, North Kansas City, MO 64116
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.
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
S.T.E.P. System by SYNTHEON, Inc.