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Building Featuring Reclaimed Wood Targets LEED Gold
IMC Construction, a nationally-recognized, full-service construction company, has completed the new corporate headquarters for Equus Capital Partners, one of the nation's leading private equity fund real estate managers. The 42,000-square-foot building at Ellis Preserve in Newtown Square is targeted for LEED Gold certification and contains 36,000 square feet of reclaimed wood. Creativity, resourcefulness and good timing resulted in cost savings for the client and kept building materials out of the landfill.
“Equus wanted to create a headquarters building that recalled a Chester County barn,” said Ted Jeffries, corporate project director at IMC Construction. “At the time, we were about to start demolition on another Equus property and we suggested that we salvage the wood from one project and use it as reclaimed and recycled product in their headquarters. So, we gave the demolition contractors a list of the materials we needed to reuse from the old building. Because they had a long lead time, the demolition crew could take the wood-framed building apart carefully and salvage the pieces we wanted.
“The one thing we rarely have in construction is time. Everybody’s always in a rush to tear it down and build the next one. With this project, we were able to take the time to do it right.”
Nearly all of the lumber needed for the new Equus Headquarters was provided from the demolition at the Vanity Fair Outlet Center renovation site in Reading, PA. Materials salvaged include repurposed wood subflooring milled into roof decking and wood flooring planks, timber treads for stairways, wood beams that became conference and lunch room tables, sliding-track barn doors, exterior windows became inter-office screens, and millwork cabinets reused for storage in the new building. Additional sustainable features include daylighting controls with automatic shades, occupancy lighting sensors and high-performing building systems.
The design and construction team for the Equus Headquarters included general contractor IMC Construction; architect and interior designer D2 Groups; sustainability architect Sheward Partnership; MEP engineers Bala Consulting Engineers; and structural engineers O’Donnell Naccarato.
Other IMC Construction projects for Equus include the new 138-room Hilton Garden Inn, also in Ellis Preserve and the $85 million renovation of the Vanity Fair Outlet Center, currently under construction.