County Central Office Complex|
Bay Design Associates Architects, PL
720 Bayfront Parkway, #200, Pensacola, FL 32502
Date Bid: Nov 2008 Construction Period: Jan 2009 to Dec
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’;
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.
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,
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
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
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
Energy & Atmosphere
Materials & Resources
Indoor Environmental Quality 10
Innovation & Design Process 5
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