The main objective for this office center was to construct the most “green” building possible while maintaining a short return on investment (ROI) of six years. It’s design incorporates daylighting, water conservation strategies, an underfloor air distribution system, and a ‘green wall’ filtration system in the winter garden to support LEED Gold certification; and these measures led to enough energy savings within just one year to power 260 homes and save 3.3 million gallons of water.
The office tower – containing office space, a 5,000 sf data center, retail space, and parking – was only one component of the superblock project. ESD provided stewardship and owner representation during the MEP design and construction process to support the coordination of all the facilities’ MEP systems. Specifically, the central utilities plant – located underneath the office tower – also serves the amenity center and Ritz Carlton hotel (for which ESD also provided commissioning services).
Along with a coordinated MEP design, ESD provided technology stewardship and designed a low voltage cabling system for the tower and common base building areas to support the building automation system, security systems, distributed antenna, and MATV.