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Achieving High-End Aesthetics on a Budget
September 8, 2009 - Windows & Exterior Walls
Designed to have an upscale-looking exterior, The Peninsula at Columbia Point condominium project originally called for thousands of square feet of precast material. The Peninsula is located in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston on the Boston Harbor Walk, a 32-mile landscaped bike and jog path that runs along the waterfront. Featuring 333 units between two buildings, The Peninsula was intended to enliven the Columbia Point area.
However, budget constraints put precast out of reach. An alternative with the desired characteristics was found in the Formawall Dimension Series factory foam-insulated architectural wall panel system with an applied Duracast textured finish in alternating neutral beige, white and grey tones. This permanent, non-absorbent acrylic and silica aggregate coating is applied over a polymer base coat on an exterior metal wall panel.
With 47,000 square feet of installed wall panels, this option offered the desired corrosion resistance, durability and aesthetics of precast, but with reduced structural requirements and installation costs.
Early in 2007, it became clear replacement was the only cure for several ailing roofs on the campus of Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco, Texas. It also was obvious site conditions would make replacing the roofs a challenge
Achieving LEED for Existing Buildings and LEED for New Construction certifications are very different processes, says Jim Nicolow, principal with architecture firm Lord, Aeck and Sargent. “With LEED-NC, you’re typically working with just the design team. But LEED-EB touches so many departments that you need an entire mission control of people to work together to achieve it.”
The 48-story, 1.25 million-square-foot office tower at 101 California in San Francisco first earned an Energy Star rating in 2003. Since then, the building has achieved more than $15 million in energy savings, and is now rated at 94 on the Energy Star scale. The multitenant building, owned and managed by Hines, also recently achieved a Certified rating with the LEED for Existing...