Park Place V, a five story office building situated in the heart of Burnside Industrial Park, Dartmouth, NS is not your typical standard project. Nestled among four brick office buildings and a brick hotel owned by the developer, Park Place V will be the first Architectural Precast / thinset brick clad building for the Armour Group. The increasing costs of brick along with the metal sub-structure required to support the brick combined with the benefits of Architectural Precast Concrete - such as speed, durability and low maintenance – to convince the were the major factors why the owner decided to move away from brick and buildgo with Precast instead of brick for their building envelope needs.
Park Place V will be the latest addition to the already successful Park Place Corporate Campus. Located in the City of Lakes Business Park, this 5 storey 125,000 square foot office complex will be built to the exacting standards set out by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and capable of acquiring LEED® (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design)certification under the LEED® for New Construction (NC) Program Version 1.0.
At this time, Park Place V is on target to be the fFirst and& lLargest multi- tenant office building built to LEED® standards in the region.
The Precast Contribution
The exterior cladding for the office building consists of a combination of an Architectural precast column covers, precast base, Cap and Architectural Precast / Thinset brick spandrels. The thinset brick used is a blend of three Brick colours schoolhouse red, courtyard and brownstone.
In order to get a true feel of the combined Architectural Precast / thinset spandrels Strescon Limited created an electronic full size sample for the owner and Architect to review. Once approved Strescon created a mock-up sample consisting of a full height section of the spandrel. With the mock-up sample approved the brick was ordered and production started in early January 2008 with the Architectural precast panels being installed in early May. It only took 5 days to install approximately 200 precast panels which would have taken brick layers months to cover the same area.
The warm tones of the Architectural precast in combination with the blended brick will add a rich and elegant look to the building created by architectural firm Fowler Bauld & Mitchell Ltd.
Other Environmental Aspects of Park Place V
Park Place V will deliver a 40 per cent reduction in energy needs when compared to the National Energy Code model. There is’s also a 40 per cent reduction in water usage, thanks to dual flush toilets, and ultra low flow urinals, showerheads and faucets. The pulse-fired natural gas boilers are extremely efficient, further reducing ongoing costs for the finished project.
Other environmentally-friendly aspects of the project include: minimal site disturbance with excavated rock crushed and reused on site; landscaping that makes use of native, drought resistant vegetation so no potable water is not required used to maintain it; changing rooms and showers for tenants that choose alternative transportation options for their commute; most construction and design materials were produced or sourced locally to reduce transportation costs; only low VOC emitting materials are used to help improve indoor air quality; the building utilizes 20 per cent recycled materials (in fact, flyash – a waste byproduct of coal-powered generating – is used to strengthen the concrete); the building has full humidification control and constantly monitors the air for CO2 build up so it can be vented to the outside as needed.
Testimonial: Fowler Bauld & Mitchell Ltd.
We believe organizations will see the value in leasing space in a building that protects the environment. We further believe that, by leasing in our building, oOrganizations will be able to convey the message of their commitment to environmental responsibility. Organizations around the world are adopting socially responsible polices in an effort to be cutting edge by caring about the issues that are important to society and the people they employ.
Projected occupancy, Jan 2009
Owner: Armour Group
Architect: Fowler Bauld & Mitchell Ltd.
Engineer: Campbell Comeau Engineering Limited
Precast Supplier: Strescon Limited