Breaking Ground at new ASHRAE headquarters
The Society is renovating a two-story, 66,700 sq. ft. building near Atlanta that will feature water efficient plumbing, energy efficient HVAC and lighting systems, as well as the ability to harness on site energy production and be a net-zero-energy ready building.
By Doug Picklyk
ASHRAE, the global professional society committed to advancing the arts and sciences of heating ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and their allied fields, held a groundbreaking event on Jan. 10, 2020, to celebrate the start of construction on its new global headquarters renovation.
As announced last year, the Society is renovating a two-story, 66,700 sq. ft. building, located at 180 Technology Parkway, Peachtree Corners, Georgia. The project is expected to be completed by late summer, with ASHRAE’s approximately 125 person staff scheduled to move into the new headquarters building by October 2020.
Features such as water efficient plumbing and landscape, energy efficient HVAC and lighting systems, as well as the ability to harness on site energy production and be a net-zero-energy ready building were clearly defined as project requirements.
Project requirements also include:
- 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.
In attendance at the groundbreaking event were members of ASHRAE’s Building Ad Hoc and Technical Advisory Subcommittee. Also present were representatives from Houser Walker Architecture and Integral Group, the design team working on the project, and representatives from Collins Project Management, Skanska (construction manager at risk) and Epsten Group (commissioning agent).