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  Escambia County Central Office ComplexEscambia County Central Office Complex


Bay Design Associates Architects, PL
720 Bayfront Parkway, #200, Pensacola, FL 32502

General Description
Location: Pensacola, Florida
LEED® Gold
Date Bid: Nov 2008 Construction Period: Jan 2009 to Dec 2010
Total Square Feet: 74,630 Site: 10.95 acres.
Number of Buildings: One
Building Size: First floor, 39,630; second floor, 35,000;
total, 74,630 square feet. Building Height: First floor, 15’2”; second floor, 15’2”; floor to floor, 15’2”; parapet, 34’1”; atrium, 46’; total, 46’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Steel frame.
Foundation: Slab on grade. Exterior Walls: Gypsum board sheathing, metal panels. Roof: Garden roof, membrane, metal. Floors: Concrete, steel, access floor system. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.
Projected and/or modeled energy usage: KBTU/SF/YR: 53.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Berube Leonard LLC - 3101 North 12th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32503
General Contractor: A.E. New Jr., Inc. - 2424 Executive Plaza Road, Pensacola, FL 32504
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Schmidt Consulting Group - 40 S. Palafox Street, #300, Pensacola, FL 32502
Civil Engineer: Jehle-Halstead, Inc. - 5414 Highway 90, Milton, FL 32571
Interior Designer: Simpson Design Group, Inc. - 4217 W. Garden Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
Building Commissioning: Building Energy Sciences, LLC - P.O. Box 16167, Pensacola, FL 32607

The project consists of a new 79,000 square foot, 2 story, high-performance office building. The building was designed to consolidate many of the Owner's tenant agencies, previously located in different buildings throughout the area, into one complex. The project is a LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certified building and includes many innovative design features for which it received a $1.4 million grant from the State.

The design of the building was meant to reflect the type of activities that happened inside of the space. Departments including building inspections, engineering, transportation and planning/zoning are housed in the building, so the primary design was meant to have an industrial look, using raw, unfinished materials and a utilitarian form. The building was also designed to be sensitive to the surrounding industrial area.

The project was built to have open and flexible space to accommodate the Owner's future growth and changes with technology. The building contains office space for multiple departments with joint use workspace, meeting and conference rooms, a large training room, and a public lobby with a 2-story atrium that takes advantage of natural day-lighting. Combining spaces created an opportunity for the departments to work together in a more efficient manner, and has since proven to be an incredibly positive experience, both for the employees as well as the many public visitors.

As a LEED Gold-certified project, the Escambia County Central Office Complex exemplifies sustainable innovations that promote energy and water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, eco-friendly materials selection and alternative transit options as part of a healthier workplace. The building demonstrates the County's commitment to the growing green building movement and serves as an example for others to follow.

The complex has achieved points in all of the 6 possible LEED credits categories, including all possible points for the "Innovation & Design Process" category, demonstrating the Owner's efforts to stay ahead of the curve in design and technology. The building will use an estimated 32% less energy than the baseline building performance rating, and an estimated 38% less water than the baseline fixture performance requirements. In addition, 43% of the total building cost comes from materials containing recycled content, and 34% of the total building cost comes from materials containing regional materials. An incredible 96% of all construction waste was recycled, in large part by removing and recycling the entire asphalt parking lot of a "big box" store that sat on the original site.

The building also achieved Energy Star® certification after measuring the performance after one year of operation. The building proved to operate at a higher efficiency rate than expected from energy models.

Additional innovative features include the largest green roof system in the State of Florida and pervious concrete paving throughout the site, both of which were achieved through grant funding. The building includes a water quality testing lab for on-site water testing and research of such innovative storm-water systems.

Many other "green" features incorporated into the design, including high-performance glazing, the use of additional building insulation, highly reflective "Energy Star" roofing materials, low®energy light fixtures and low-VOC finishes.

LEED® Points Achieved        41 Total
Sustainable Sites                   12
Water Efficiency                   4
Energy & Atmosphere            4
Materials & Resources            6
Indoor Environmental Quality 10
Innovation & Design Process   5

Product Information
Exterior Metal Panels: Petersen Aluminum Green Roof: Carlisle Garden Roof System Metal Roof: Petersen
Access Flooring: Tate Carpet: Lees Windows, Entrances & Storefronts, Daylighting/Skylights: YKK AP Elevator: Continental

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