Dramatic Upswing in LEED Projects

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LEED Projects have experienced an upswing in Registrations!  Why?  Simply… students are demanding their educational leaders to provide environmentally responsible facilities, Healthcare patient satisfaction surveys are naturally focused on comfort (acoustics, temperature, Indoor Air Quality), citizens are asking their governments to save dollars and companies are seeing the value of increasing wellness for their employees – all aspects of the USGBC’s suite of LEED, WELL and other 3rd Party certification programs.  Thus the significant push across all markets to use the USGBC’s 3rd LEED and other certification programs to prove to the students, patients, citizens and employees, what they have asked for is verified to actually be delivered. 


Butler University Science Facilities

Heapy Engineering is designing the MEP systems for the $90 Million addition and renovation to the science facilities at Butler University.  The goal of the project is to create a combined facility that can support state-of-the-art teaching/research and enhance synergies within the sciences.

The project will consist of a new 40,000 GSF addition, approximately 120,000 GSF of renovations for Gallahue Hall, and approximately 60,000 GSF of renovations for the Holcomb building. Each building will receive all new MEP infrastructure and also a new fire protection system that meets current codes and standards.

A new atrium space will be created to serve as the central "hub" for the sciences and is envisioned to be a destination place for the new science center. The atrium will provide soft seating areas for informal and formal gatherings and will also incorporate multi-media technology areas for presentations or for displaying department classroom content. Visitors entering into the space will feel welcomed while gaining a sense of the value of the sciences at Butler.

The project will be phased over four years to allow for the facility to remain in operation during the transition from the existing facility to the new and renovated science center.

The total project is planned to be fully completed and operational in October 2020.


Marriott AC Hotel Cincinnati at the Banks

Heapy Engineering is designing the MEP systems and LEED Program Management for the new $35 million Marriott AC Hotel Cincinnati at the Banks. The 171-room full service hotel is in downtown Cincinnati at The Banks, adjacent to the Great American Ballpark, and Smale Park.  It will be seeking LEED New Construction certification.

The hotel design features clean, simple and crisp lines, marrying sophisticated European style with a distinctly modern feel. Features include the latest technology and social spaces that blend work and play with authentic local experiences.

Included at the hotel is a 900 SF meeting space and a 3,000 SF rooftop bar that overlooks the Ohio River and Downtown Cincinnati.

The project is set to be completed in the spring of 2017.


Peck Federal Building

Heapy Engineering is designing the MEP systems for the $35 million, 233,000 SF renovation of the 10-story Peck Federal Building in the heart of downtown Cincinnati that houses space for various federal agencies.

The Internal Revenue Service plans to reduce, collocate and consolidate by reconfiguring 115,000 SF of space to implement new workplace strategies.  Other agencies proposed to be housed in the renovated building include Department of Energy (80,000 SF), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (8,500 SF), Social Security Administration Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (21,000 SF) and the US Trustees (4,200 SF).

The project involves only the renovation of interior tenant spaces and will not provide improvements to any public areas, but an increased heat load on the building may require modifications to the HVAC system and rebalancing.  Improvements will include restacking the IRS within the building and renovating their current space, as well as renovating vacant space for the incoming tenants.  The HVAC, electrical and fire systems will be upgrades and will include energy efficient lighting.  The MEP upgrades amount to over $16,000,000.

The project is being designed to conform to requirements of the Facilities Standards for the Public Buildings Service and will implement strategies to meet the Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings.  This project has a minimum LEED Gold requirement and is being developed using the Building Information Modeling (BIM) System.

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