EXPANSION OF ADMINISTRATION FACILITIES (BWD-76)
Beaver Water District, Lowell, Arkansas
The new Beaver Water District Administration Center and 10-acre site plan was designed and constructed according to the U.S. Green Building Councils LEED guidelines and subsequently achieved the highest status as LEED GOLD.
MWY designers made tremendous effort to utilize sustainable materials that were produced within a 500 mile radius in-as-much as possible. Sustainable features include the use of natural lighting and installation of motion detectors for lighting control, a geo-thermal heating/cooling system, recycled materials throughout, water-saving fixtures and even a man-made water feature utilizing recycled water from the adjacent water plant.
The design provides functional and effective office space, gives employees a stimulating and healthy work environment and also serves as an educational facility for water resource conservation. The new Center sets an example of how aesthetically pleasing architecture, cost-effective methods, recycles material and sustainable design can make an immediate and long-term positive impact on the planet.
In addition to achieving LEED GOLD status, the structure was also recognized with the top award for 2010 by the Arkansas Council of Engineering Companies.
The Opinion of Probable Cost was $4,250,000 while the actual cost was $4,271,819. Start to completion was approximately 24 months from July 2007 to May 2009.
Among the many notable progressive features of the new administration building and site include:
• Infiltration/Biorention Basins eliminating stormwater runoff
• Pervious Concrete Parking and grass “paver” overflow parking
• Recycled Water Feature and water efficient landscaping
• Geothermal Heating and Cooling
• Use of natural light, motion sensors and sunshades
• LEED approved materials including recycled and sustainable building and landscaping materials