ASHRAE Breaks Ground on New HQ Building
Industry & Regulatory News, Building Services Engineering, Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning (HVAC), Americas
ASHRAE is working on a new global headquarters renovation project that will transform a 66,700 square foot building into state-of-the-art facilities for 125 staff.
Construction work at 180 Technology Parkway in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, is scheduled for completion by late summer with personnel expected to relocate by October 2020.
The professional society for the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industries has created a highly visible building campaign to generate donor contributions with a wide array of benefits including prominent building displays, donor wall recognition, naming rights, features in national and international ASHRAE and industry publications and case studies, web presence, social media presence, and a special commemorative publication about the project. Separate donor recognition and public events will also be held throughout the course of the project, beginning with an initial donor recognition at the 2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference in Orlando, Florida, from 1-5 February.
Key features of the project include water-efficient plumbing and landscaping, energy efficient HVAC and lighting systems, and the ability to harness onsite energy production and operate as a net-zero-energy ready building, with specific requirements including:
- Operation and maintenance needs, featuring an easily maintainable and secure facility that has low operations and maintenance costs;
- Excellent indoor environmental quality requirements that facilitate occupants’ productivity by providing a comfortable environment, good HVAC system performance;
- Good space utilization, good acoustical qualities, unified interior style and high durability of finishes;
- Design criteria that meets and, in some cases, exceeds the requirements set forth in ASHRAE Standards 62, 90.1, and follows the guidelines as set forth in the new ASHRAE Advanced Energy Guideline for Office Buildings;
- A work environment that enhances the general health, fitness and wellbeing of the workforce;
- Sustainability which may be substantiated through available certification programs such as LEED®, Green Globes, Fitwell or WELL Building or Living Building Challenge.
Speaking at a groundbreaking event on Friday, 2019-20 ASHRAE President, Darryl K. Boyce, P.Eng, said:
"Our new headquarters project will showcase ASHRAE's best practices and help us achieve our vision of a healthy and sustainable environment for all.
"Because of the support of generous donors through ASHRAE’s building campaign, we are able to make this project a reality."
ASHRAE Building Ad Hoc Committee Chair, Ginger Scoggins, said:
"ASHRAE's new headquarters will serve as a model of how to successfully renovate an older, less-efficient building into a showcase example of a state-of-the-art energy-efficient office building.
"I am proud to serve on the ad hoc committee of this important project and even more proud of the powerful statement it will make regarding sustainable renovation of the existing building stock.
ASHRAE Technical Advisory Subcommittee Chair, Tim McGinn, added:
"The plans for this project incorporate some of ASHRAE’s most well-known indoor air quality and energy standards and the end result will be a building that will offer a cutting edge, tangible example of sustainability in action."
Representatives of Houser Walker Architecture and Integral Group (project design team) and of Collins Project Management, Skanska and Epsten Group who are project subcontractors, were also in attendance.
Visit ashrae.org/newhq to learn how yow your organisation can support the project.