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Arizona Game & Fish Headquarters, Platinum Project

Latest Platinum Project In Arizona

Green Ideas Environmental Building Consultants announced their fourth Platinum LEED-certification – the highest available – for the Arizona Game & Fish Headquarters Building in Phoenix. Only three other Arizona facilities have received this prestigious recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council: the Arizona State University Biodesign Building B in Tempe; the Northern Arizona University Applied Research and Development facility in Flagstaff; and the Lee H. Brown Conservation Learning Center in Tucson.

“This milestone project is a significant accomplishment and we are extremely proud of the marked success for the state of Arizona and the Game & Fish Department,” says Charlie Popeck, president of Green Ideas.

The Game & Fish facility was designed as a full-service center to support research operations, vehicle maintenance, database management, public assemblies, educational instruction, department administration and customer service. The result is a state-of-the-art facility, built to exceed the department’s needs and support future growth, while aligning with then-Governor Janet Napolitano’s executive order to achieve LEED Silver certification as a state-operated building. The Arizona Game & Fish Headquarters Building project team, who contributed to making it one of the most sustainable buildings in the country, includes Green Ideas, architect Jeff Will, Sundt Construction and Lincoln Property Company.

Green Ideas worked with state officials and the design and construction team to develop a unique third-party ownership structure to install a large, 160 kilowatt, rooftop photovoltaic solar system. This system served as the foundation to achieve Platinum certification, supplying a significant portion of the project’s energy needs when leveraged in tandem with low-E glass that reduces solar heat gains inside the structure.

Green Ideas principal Mark Wilhelm says, “This building would not have been possible without a commitment by the design team to ensure an energy-efficient building design, maximized use of day lighting and the use of the APS Solutions for Business incentive program as a baseline for design.”

The design component of the building contributed to at least six of the LEED points earned, and focused on elements providing a direct return on investment. The design drastically reduced costs and simplified operations for the department by consolidating and centralizing many resources into a new, sustainable full-service facility.

Game & Fish Project Highlights:
* Low-emitting finishes and inert materials reduce occupant exposure to formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) commonly found in the atmosphere of new buildings.
* Exterior light shelves were tuned to the equinox to take better advantage of winter daylight, while mitigating solar heat gain in the summer.
* 282,500 SF of open space was preserved and dedicated as natural habitat on the southeast portion of the project.
* The use of native plants and drip irrigation as well as the installation of water efficient plumbing fixtures save valuable potable water.

Project Results:
* 43% of building materials were manufactured within a 500-mile radius
* 65% energy cost savings, greatly exceeding ASHRAE 90.1-1999 energy standards
* 42% building electricity supplied by 149 kilowatt photovoltaic solar system
* 73% reduction of water use for irrigation and a 42% reduction of indoor water use, for a projected savings of more than 403,257 gallons of potable water/year
* More than 680 cubic yards (57%) of construction waste was diverted from landfills and recycled

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About Green Ideas Environmental Building Consultants

Green Ideas, established in 2000, is a full-service green building consulting firm offering educational programs, product evaluation services and world-class LEED consulting services. Its clients are building owners, architects, engineers, contractors, utilities and green product manufacturers. With a vision as bold as the results they achieve, Green Ideas is dedicated to transforming the market by promoting buildings that are designed, built and operated in a manner that improves the health, well-being and productivity of people and the environment.Green Ideas is proud to be one of the leading companies specializing in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Consulting including charrette facilitation, programming assistance, LEED registration, documentation and certification services. Green Ideas develops and implements marketing programs that will enhance companies’ images and visibility in the green building marketplace with a positive return on investment. 



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States Logistics Services’ New Warehouse to Achieve LEED Silver Certification

Known by its customers as one of the best providers of third-party logistics services, States Logistics Services, Inc. has grown to accommodate more than 100 customers and over two million square feet of warehouse space company-wide.  Since the company’s inception, the vision to provide outstanding services to a wide variety of industries in Southern California and Arizona has expanded to include a significant focus on sustainability opportunities that reduce the impact of the company on the environment.  Their vision of sustainability is employed in daily operations and procedures, and has expanded to include environmentally-conscious building development.  The commitment to green building is showcased in their first LEED registered facility, which is anticipated to achieve Silver level certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Rating System for New Construction.

States Logistics Services’ new sustainable facility provides office and warehouse space to serve the growing warehousing, transportation, and packaging needs of Arizona.  The 417,000 square foot facility has multiple environmentally-responsible facets including design, construction, and operations. Green operations include an extensive corporate recycling program, buying regional products and materials to support local businesses. and raising sustainability consciousness within the staff.

As a major supplier of packaging services, States Logistics Services, Inc. recognizes the benefits of reducing waste sent to landfills and reducing transportation of products and materials.  This is one of the company values that led to the use of building products and materials with recycled content sourced from local providers.  Steel, a material having high post-consumer and pre-consumer recycled content, was used extensively for the skin and structure.  It enabled long roof spans which were needed for the open floor plan.  Additional specified materials having recycled content include miscellaneous metal frames and doors and acoustical ceiling tile made from old ceiling tiles and mineral fibers.

To reduce the amount of transportation energy required to deliver building materials and products, the new facility incorporates products sourced from local providers within 375 miles of the project site (LEED credit requires that they be within 500 miles of the project site).  The combination of locally-specified paving material, landscaping material, rebar and concrete represented over 45 percent of the project’s materials value.  This significant achievement exceeds the requirements of LEED by over 20 percent, and that allowed the project to apply for an Innovation and Design credit.  The company’s desire to reduce the negative impact of long-distance transport of building materials and products is a natural extension of their expertise in efficient transportation, which includes regional service areas and utilizing alternative fuel products.

The use of highly efficient energy systems to operate and maintain the new facility was a goal arising from the project’s simple program and energy use requirements.  As straightforward structures with low energy use relative to other building types, warehouses have the potential for unique opportunities in saving energy.  Lighting for the warehouse space includes efficient T-8 lamps aided by 156 skylights for an extremely efficient overall warehouse lighting power density of 0.6 W/sf.  Additional efficiency is also achieved through occupancy sensors that automatically turn off lights between pick rows when there is no activity.

The large roof area of the new facility provides an optimal, secure location for a photovoltaic (PV) system.   The clean, inexhaustible power from PV can offset significant amounts of a building’s energy use.  States Logistics has installed a 217 kW PV system that is expected to produce over 453,000 kWh per year – almost 30% of its annual power needs.  The system is easy to maintain, does not produce air pollution, and does not require the use of fuel or hazardous resources to operate.  The combination of a good lighting design and a substantial photovoltaic system is expected to produce an annual utility savings of $70,000 for the new facility and reduce nearly 95 tons each year in its carbon footprint.

During the process of preparing to submit their LEED project, States Logistics Services, Inc. exceeded their original environmental goals, not only by adding systems that increased the LEED point total but by providing education along the way.  Part of that process, which has continued into the occupancy phase, has been to raise awareness of environmentally-friendly building strategies and systems among the design and construction teams, the company staff and the greater community.

Strong corporate dedication plus design and construction expertise have resulted in a world-class sustainable warehouse building which is both built and operated in an environmentally-conscious manner.

 

 



About Green Ideas Environmental Building Consultants

Green Ideas, established in 2000, is a full-service green building consulting firm offering educational programs, product evaluation services and world-class LEED consulting services. Its clients are building owners, architects, engineers, contractors, utilities and green product manufacturers. With a vision as bold as the results they achieve, Green Ideas is dedicated to transforming the market by promoting buildings that are designed, built and operated in a manner that improves the health, well-being and productivity of people and the environment.Green Ideas is proud to be one of the leading companies specializing in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Consulting including charrette facilitation, programming assistance, LEED registration, documentation and certification services. Green Ideas develops and implements marketing programs that will enhance companies’ images and visibility in the green building marketplace with a positive return on investment.

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Greenbuild 2009

Greenbuild 2009 – What’s in store for the Arizona development community?

The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo will envelop the Phoenix Convention Center during the second week of November. At this conference, the Valley will host more than 25,000 attendees from 91 countries. In only its seventh year, Greenbuild has become the world’s largest green building conference and expo. Event delegates are expected to have a $30 million direct-spending impact on the local economy.

Greenbuild attendees will participate in more than 100 educational sessions and will tour 80 sustainable, LEED buildings throughout Arizona. They will also have access to more than 1,000 booths showcasing some of the best in sustainable products, materials and technologies available.

Mark Wilhelm, principal of Green Ideas, will chair the Greenbuild 2009 Host Committee, along with vice chair Sandy Werthman and executive director Beth Vershure, for the Arizona Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Making Green Ubiquitous

The biggest challenge is to leverage this 3-day event to help anchor sustainability throughout Arizona. To accomplish this, the committee will reach out to industry, political and financial leaders with compelling messages about the importance of sustainable development; showcase green building best practices to achieve quick payback and positive ROI; and help define road maps that lead to more sustainable design, construction and operations.

The Host Committee has partnered with local leaders to focus on “Community Conversations” that will happen before, during and after Greenbuild. These events will host experts and audiences to address the following:

  • Greening municipalities
  • Sustainable manufacturing
  • Leveraging solar resources
  • Conservation of water and energy resources

Some sustainable-minded organizations have stepped forward to support the Greenbuild Host Committee efforts, furthering the message of sustainability in Arizona.

  • APS, SRP, Intel, PetSmart, General Dynamics, Arizona State University, Adolfson & Peterson Construction, Sundt Construction, the Arizona Cement Association, GeOasis and Ramsey Community Services Foundation have committed funds to help leverage Greenbuild for the benefit of Arizona.
  • The cities of Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale and Flagstaff are taking green building to the streets by extending the reach of Greenbuild beyond the Convention Center. Each city will host a “Green Streets” party one night during Greenbuild week.
  • The University of Phoenix, the Pulliam Trust and Habitat for Humanity have funded specific Greenbuild Legacy Projects that will showcase sustainable development long after Greenbuild 2009 has left Arizona.

There also will be several noteworthy events that will run concurrently with Greenbuild:

  • The World Green Building Council International Congress will be held Tuesday, Nov. 10 at the Phoenix Convention Center. International experts in sustainable development will showcase projects from both developed and developing countries.
  • Former Vice President Al Gore will address thousands of Greenbuild attendees at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, as part of the Greenbuild Opening Keynote and Celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 11. He will be followed by Sheryl Crow in concert.
  • Greenbuild 2009 Residential Summit will be held on Nov. 12 and 13 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel. This summit will feature an opening general session with KB Home CEO Jeff Mezger, Bensonwood Homes company steward Tedd Benson and “Renovation Nation” host Steve Thomas.

For more information, visit www.greenbuildexpo.org, while there be sure to click on “Program by Market Sector” and “Commercial Sector” to see the specific educational sessions designed to appeal to corporations, building operators and developers.

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AZRE Magazine November/December 2009