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Location: Austin, TX 78741
Project Square Footage: 173,600 square feet
Neighborhood: Pleasant Valley
Owner: Austin Energy
Construction Inspection: Public Works Department, City of Austin
Contract Management: Contract Management Department, City of Austin
Architect: Ellerbe Becket/AECOM
Construction Manager: DPR Construction
MEP Engineers: Ellerbe Becket/AECOM, Joshua Engineering Group
Structural Engineer: Jose I. Guerra
Civil Engineer: Raymond Chan & Associates
Landscape Architect: MWM Design Group
LEED Consultant: Office of Local Architecture
Commissioning Authority: ACR Engineering
The Austin Energy System Control Center (AE SCC) was commissioned to replace the Energy Control Center building in downtown Austin. Austin Energy, the project owner, required an advanced,24/7 mission critical facility. AE SCC houses a state-of the-art transmission and distribution control room, Corporate Security, IT including the Corporate Data Center, Real Estate Services and various support functions. A new building(MRAB), adjacent to the renovated main building houses the Maintenance and Restoration Group.
1.Thermal energy storage system enables the facility to shift peak electricity demand to the utility’s off-peak period, saving money and mitigating peak demand events.
2.Monitored data demonstrates that the 523.6 kW solar system can displace up to 60% of the total building power.
3.The project, which consists of a major renovation of an existing building and an addition, maintained over 95% of the existing structure and envelope.
4.The owner required rigorous commissioning of all building energy systems and the building envelope to ensure the building’s complex systems were properly installed and operate as intended.
5.Salvagedwood is featured extensively on the interior and exterior.
6.Themain building includes a large employee break area, fitness center, and patio shaded with a green screen, encouraging employee health and wellness.
Location: Austin, TX 78617
Building Area: 8,530sq.ft.
Neighborhood: Del Valle
Owner: City of Austin
Construction Manager: JE Dunn
MEP Engineers: Encotech
Structural Engineer: P.E. Structural Consultants
IT/AV/Security: Combs Consulting Group
Landscape Architect: Studio Balcones
Sustainability Consultant: Studio D
Architectural Services: Garza EMC
This City of Austin station, located near the Circuit of the Americas in Del Valle, houses both Austin–Travis County EMS 36 and Austin Fire Department 50. The project is the first of five new stations completed under a six–year initiative to improve response times to expanding parts of Austin.
The station is designed to meet the needs of modern fire and EMS crews. Unlike the large communal sleeping rooms of yore, this 21st century facility has individual dorm–style rooms with views to the outside, lockable storage and individual temperature and lighting controls. An addressable call alarm wakes only responders needed for a particular run, which helps keep crews well–rested, healthy and ready for their next call. The design also provides equal privacy for a diverse community of crew members.
1.Private sleeping quarters with individual climate control
2.On site fig grove, pecan trees and herb garden supported by a grant from the COA Urban Forestry program
3.Low–flow plumbing fixtures contribute to a 33% indoor water savings.
4.Comprehensive energy–saving strategy including variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems for heating and cooling, LED lighting and a high performance thermal envelope.
1.The building’s common areas include a large, bright day area and kitchen with locking cupboards that allow different shifts to store food. A window wall visually connects the space to the outdoors and to daylight. Daylighting controls seamlessly supplement natural illumination with all–LED fixtures. The efficient lighting, Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems for heating and cooling and a well–designed envelope contributed to the project’s modeled energy cost savings of 37.6% when compared to a code–compliant baseline.