H+B is the architect
and sustainable design consultant for the transformation
of this 50,000 sq. ft. former printing facility
into an intelligent “i-building” for
the Bick Group’s corporate headquarters.
The interior has been entirely remodeled into
26,000 sq. ft of office space and 24,000 sq. ft
of warehouse and shipping-receiving area. The
project was occupied on July 3, 2006. In October
2006 it was awarded a craftsmanship award by the
AIA-St. Louis/Construction Products Council for
its metal panel and metal sunshade systems.
The building is expected to save
approximately 35% more energy than the relatively
stringent ASHRAE 90.1 standard while also maintaining
high lighting quality and indoor air quality.
This will offer a significant return on investment
for energy savings and is expected to improve
productivity. Three large roof monitors were created
to help flood the interior spaces with daylighting.
The south façade has been open to daylighting
and views as have portions of the east and west
facades. Fixed horizontal sunshades and vertical
fins were utilized on the exterior, and interior
light shelves and adjustable shades are used on
the east and west facades to control the quantity
and quality of daylight. Interior and exterior
lighting levels are monitored and shades are automatically
adjusted. Most electric lighting is off during
operating hours. Overall electric lighting is
controlled by photocells. Occupants are able to
control their work station light levels with task
Finish materials were selected
to reduce harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
The entire office area utilizes a raised access
floor that allows conditioned fresh air to be
provided where the people are, and keeps the majority
of (already reduced) indoor pollutants away from
occupants. This floor system allows flexible control
of ventilation by occupants, and plug and play
data and power systems for enhanced flexibility
and significant cost savings in reconfiguration.
Energy use and indoor air quality is continually
monitored. The system notifies occupants when
outdoor conditions are appropriate to open windows.
The project is expected to achieve “Gold”
certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s
LEED-NC Green Building Rating System™.