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  Camden Friends Meeting House & Social HallCamden Friends Meeting House & Social Hall


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

General Description

Location: Camden, Delaware
Date Bid: May 2007
LEED® Platinum
Construction Period: Aug 2007 to Mar 2009 Total Square Feet: 3,122
Site: 33,841 square feet Number of Buildings: One social hall.
Building Size: First floor, 3,122; total, 3,122 square feet.
Building Height: Total, First floor, 25’8”; total, 25’8”.
Basic Construction Type: Historic Restoration
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, rain screen. Roof: Metal. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall, closed cell spray foam insulation.
Projected and/or modeled energy usage KBTU/SF/yr: 77,950 (Modeled Energy Use) Actual usage=11,691 Kwh during first year.

Construction Team

General Contractor: Boss Enterprises - 524 Greenhill Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19805
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: InPosse - 1500 Walnut Street, #1414, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Landscape Architect: Jonathan Alderson - P.O. Box 661, Wayne, PA 19087

This project includes the historic restoration of an 1805 Meeting House and construction of a social hall annex designed to complement the elegant simplicity and durability of the Meeting House.

Prior to design, Re:Vision Architecture's due diligence included an energy audit, structural analysis, and archaeological investigation of the existing site and historic Meeting House building. This information formed the basis for a master plan which Re:Vision Architecture then executed.

Through a collaborative green design charrette process, the building committee worked with Re:Vision Architecture to ensure the building reflected their core values of simplicity and environmental stewardship. The end result was a project that received LEED® Platinum Certification and has been recognized as a Zero-Net Energy building by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association.

Spaces within the newly constructed multi-functional annex include a large social hall, catering kitchen, archival display, bathrooms, and community meeting rooms. The newly constructed annex sits adjacent the historic meeting house, but through careful design acts as a backdrop to the rich context that the original building offers. In the social hall, south facing windows allow for passive heating while clerestory windows allow for passive cooling. A 12 kW photovoltaic array provides 150% of the new buildings energy needs leaving a surplus for the remainder of the complex. A year after occupancy, both the historic meeting house and new annex use only a lightbulb's worth of energy more than they generate. The project's alternative energy achievements lie in its closed-loop geothermal system, photovoltaic array, and use of passive solar and superior daylighting and insulation strategies. A 2,000 gallon cistern reuses rainwater for flushing toilets and watering gardens, while 100% of excess stormwater is filtrated on-site through low-maintenance vegetated swales.

As green buildings go this project is the cream of the crop, but what is most exciting is that the cost to build such a high performance building was comparable to a typical building of this quality. Also of importance in the success of this project was the contractor's knowledge of sustainability. Boss Enterprises worked with the architect from the beginning of the project to determine the most cost effective sustainable solutions and at the end of the project handed over a beautifully designed building that was built to endure.

LEED® Points Awarded 53 Total
Sustainable Sites                    9
Water Efficiency                   5
Energy & Atmosphere            16
Materials & Resources            7
Indoor Environmental Quality 11
Innovation & Design Process   5

Product Information
Building Envelope: BioBased Spray Foam, Southern Cypress
Wood Joists/Truss System: Weyerhaeuser, TimberStrand® LSL
Structural Insulated Panels: Murus Company
Curtainwall: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®
Casement Windows: Pella
Flooring: Forbo, Reclaimed Heart Pine
Interior Paints: Sherwin Williams
Water Heaters: Eemax Tank-Less
Photovoltaic System: GE Energy
Rainwater Cistern: Norwesko 1,700 Gallon Tank


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