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  Musconetcong River Resource CenterMusconetcong River Resource Center


Re:Vision Architecture
133 Grape Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127

General Description

Location: Asbury, New Jersey
Date Bid: Mar 2008
Construction Period: May 2008 to Mar 2009
Total Square Feet: 2,034 Site: 110,730 square feet.
Number of Buildings: One.
LEED® Platinum
Building Size: Basement, 1,017; first floor, 1,017;
total, 2,034 square feet.
Building Height: Basement, 10’; first floor, 12’; total, 28’.
Basic Construction Type: Renovation.
Foundation: n/a. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick. Roof: n/a. Floors: Concrete, wood. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall, plaster.
Projected and/or modeled energy usage KBTU/SF/yr: 8.18 Kwh per square foot

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Ann Rothmann Structural Engineering LLC - 100 East Lancaster Avenue, #203, Wayne, PA 19087
General Contractor: CPPM - 347 Hackett Road, Hampton, NJ 08827
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: M&E Engineers, Inc. - 26 West High Street, Somerville, NJ 08876
Landscape Architect: Engineering & Land Planning - 54 Old Highway 22, #300, Clinton, NJ 08809

The River Resource Center in Asbury, N.J. transformed a graphite mill ruin into the thriving home for Musconetcong Watershed Association (MWA). The River Resource Center takes full advantage of its perch above the Musconetcong River with thoughtful views overlooking the river from MWA offices, community meeting spaces and exterior viewing platforms. A ground level kayak storage creates a direct link to the river for watershed members to enjoy their most vital natural resource and observe the ecosystem up close.

Central to the watershed association's mission is to protect the adjacent river from pollution. The gravel lane and riparian buffer around the building demonstrate beautiful strategies for managing water and creating habitat. With the idea that "it's all connected," MWA requested that the entire renovation serve as a replicable example of sustainable design and construction. The design team was charged with using technologies and local materials that could be easily and affordably acquired by typical homeowners and developers. To that end, the projects successful LEED Platinum Certification (the 25th highest ranking LEED NC Platinum building at the time of certification) illustrates that thoughtful design provides the best foundation for a cost-effective high performance building.

The success of the project can be attributed to the building design, with the architecture does the majority of the work in conditioning the space, using passive ventilation for cooling, solar gain for heating, and a super insulated envelope. The passive solar design works in tandem with energy efficient lighting and controls, a photovoltaic array, and an open-loop ground source heat pump in order to reduce energy consumption by 60% over a typical building.

Overall the project's biggest success is that it was built for a remarkably low square foot cost, proving that green design doesn't have to be at a cost premium and demonstrates that building re-use is a viable consideration for future projects.

LEED® Points Achieved        57 Total
Sustainable Sites                   9
Water Efficiency                   5
Energy & Atmosphere            16
Materials & Resources            9
Indoor Environmental Quality 13
Innovation & Design Process   5

Product Information
EPS Foam Insulation: Owens Corning
Interior: Homasote panels, USG.
Flooring: Forbo
Lighting: Lightolier, Spero Lighting
Valmont Windows: Jeld Wen
Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer

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