Posted: April 17, 2019 | Projects
The Lenoir City Utilities Board (LCUB) of Lenoir City, Tennessee, engaged Michael Brady Inc. (MBI) to provide design services for a new administration operations center and warehousing facility for the consolidation of their electric, gas, water, and wastewater services and operations. LCUB with its ever-expanding services and territory envisioned a new facility to better accommodate their operations and serve their customer’s needs.
Photo Courtesy of Michael Brady, Inc.
The East Tennessee vernacular is embodied by a contemporary, warm, traditional, and craftsman style design. The project’s intent was to pursue a modern touch with a “timeless” aesthetic that can carry the facility for the next 50-plus years. The exterior palette of the building features warm, neutral tones that transfer into the interior. The façade is articulated with a combination of arriscraft and brick. A visionary design feature that helps meet the latest energy codes is the electrochromic “SMART” windows, which were installed using self-tinting glazing that use computer programming in coordination with photo cells to track the sun’s path and mountain cloud coverage. This feature automatically darkens windows to match exterior lighting conditions reducing the amount of solar heat gain and glare within the building, as well as create a pleasant interior environment without obstructing views.
When entering the lobby, one is greeted with a 40-foot ceiling accented by wood beams and anchored by a nucraft reception desk. A commissioned 15 foot. by 12 foot. metal sculpture representing the utility’s service area and branches is positioned above the desk. The counties are layered for dimension with texture added to the edges. Each of the services (electric, water, wastewater, gas) is represented with a different color. The different counties are layered for dimension with texture added to the edges.
At the heart of the facility lies a state-of-the-art operations dispatch center including a data center with biometric security and other Tier III design features. From here, operations can monitor, control, and dispatch crews to handle utility outages, disruptions, cancellations and/or installations. Aided by 18 monitors panning a 30 ft. by 8 ft. area, operations can sync all screens to work as one or as 18 separate monitors. Two semi-circular stations are located at the front of the space allowing for multiple configurations with four support stations located behind and elevated above.
As part of LCUB’s need to remain fully operational as an essential facility, a hardened structure was included to house the critical operations. The structure is designed to withstand windspeeds of more than 200 mph and the rare Tennessee earthquake, and is fed from two independent electrical substations with generator back-ups.
Two conference rooms are located at the backside of the dispatch center to allow for collaborative meetings in conjunction with visibility and direct communication with the dispatch operators at times of important weather or service events.
Situated on 30 acres, building visibility to the public was key. The facility was designed to provide a large enough presence to allow the public to understand its significance from a distance but provide a comforting level of scale at the up-close personal viewpoint. The site serves as a customer service branch, a warehouse with bar-coding inventory control system, fully operational maintenance shop, and also contains 62 truck bays allowing all service trucks and equipment to be stored indoors.
Building Envelope: Towe Iron Works
Roofing: Dixie Roofing
Windows: Kawneer; Southern Glass Company
Overhead Doors: Overhead Door Company
Flooring: Tate, Mohawk, Shaw, Crossville, Roppe, Armstrong
Elevators: ThyssenKrupp, Verical Solutions, Inc.
Architect, Structural, Mechanical, Civil Engineers & Cost Estimator
Michael Brady, Inc.
299 N. Weisgarber Road
Knoxville, TN 37919
3107 Sutherland Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37919
10435 Dutchtown Road
Knoxville, TN 37932
GEO Services, Inc.
2561 Willow Point Way
Knoxville, TN 37931
Date Bid: Dec 2014
Construction Period: Jan 2015 to Dec 2017
Total Square Feet: 188,944
Site: 30 acres.
Number of Buildings: Two; office, warehouse.
Building Sizes: Garage, 114,509; Basement, 35,739; first floor, 31,506; second floor, 7,190; total, 188,944 square feet.
Building Height: Garage, 30’; basement, 16’; first floor, 29’; second floor, 29; total, 74’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Metal Building/Sprinklered.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtain wall.
Roof: Membrane, metal.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.