River Resource Center|
133 Grape Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127
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.
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
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
Energy & Atmosphere
Materials & Resources
Indoor Environmental Quality 13
Innovation & Design Process 5
EPS Foam Insulation: Owens Corning
Interior: Homasote panels, USG.
Lighting: Lightolier, Spero Lighting
Valmont Windows: Jeld Wen
Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer