New Woodneath Branch Library

Posted By bsapp – Mar 31 | 2011

The Woodneath Branch Library will be the newest addition to the Mid-Continent Library District’s collection of library facilities that cover the surrounding metropolitan areas of Kansas City spanning three counties. The new 35,000 square foot “destination” library will partially encompass the existing historic Elbridge Arnold “Woodneath” Homestead located at 8900 NE Flintlock Road in Kansas City, Clay County, Missouri. The original homestead, which is currently situated on a 33 acre site, was constructed circa 1855-1856 and is recorded with the local and federal historic registers.
The new library will include many amenities such as public meeting areas, an automated collection sorting system, a drive thru window, considerable computer resources, private study areas, and an area dedicated to food service. The collection areas will be divided into spaces that serve appropriate age groups with the individual areas separated by seating and reading areas. The children’s library will be themed in an agricultural setting to pay homage to the rich history of the homestead’s past. The new facility will be constructed using high efficiency mechanical and lighting systems along with a high performance building envelope and will strive to achieve a LEED Silver Certification.
SDA is currently in the design development phase, working hand in hand with MCPL thru the city of Kansas City MO planning process, of which the project recently received its Certificate of Appropriateness from the KCMO Landmarks Commission. This was a huge step in the process and we’re excited to have attained this accomplishment. Stay tuned for further updates as we continue to develop this exciting project!

New Associated Electric Cooperative Corporate Offices

Posted By bsapp – Mar 24 | 2011

Associated Electric Cooperative has recently completed a new office building tower to its existing campus to accommodate current and future needs.  This 50,000 s.f. 3-story facility includes a basement and will house Executive offices, Training rooms, Board of Directors Meeting Room, and Engineers workstations for Power Marketing and Power Production.  A variety of Conference rooms and meeting rooms are strategically placed on each floor to accommodate multiple departments.

Sustainable Design alternatives have been incorporated in order to obtain a USGBC LEEDGold Certification.  This will include a Geo-thermal mechanical system, high efficiency lighting, recycled building materials, locally manufactured materials, and a high thermal efficient rated building envelope.

The Geo-thermal mechanical system was one of the most significant decisions made during the design of the new AECI.  This HVAC system, also called ground source heat pumps, is among the most energy efficient systems available.   For this project, it is projected that operations of the building could achieve as much as 42% savings over a typical non geo-thermal forced air system.

So much of the energy consumed within a building is contributed to the lighting of thebuilding.  For this project, high efficient light fixtures were specified.  Appliances were specified with the ENERGY STAR label.    Cool roofing material was specified.  These light colored building materials reflect rather than absorb solar heat, thus avoiding the “heat up” of the building and eliminating the need to run the cooling equipment for as long.

The same approach was taken in choosing pavement.  Light colored concrete was used rather than asphalt to eliminate the “heat island effect”.  Dark asphalt pavements reflect heat into the atmosphere adjacent to building and can significantly increase the ambient temperature.  This puts greater demand on the building’s cooling systems driving the cost of energy consumption up.

One of the most effective ways to reduce the consumption of energy is to construction a building with outstanding thermal resistance.  This is called the R-value and SDA designed the roof and wall systems of the AECI building to maximize the r-value.  R-value for wall, by code, has to be R-13.  AECI exterior walls are R-37.  For the roof assembly, the code requires R-15 and we designed a system that is R-26.  Insulation is one of the cheapest ways to enhance thermal resistance.  Low-E and reflective coatings were used on the glass to maximize the window’s thermal performance.

Water conservation is an important element of “green” building.  To achieve a 20% reduction in water usage, high efficiency plumbing fixtures were specified.

The goal for this project was to divert 75% of trash that is generated to sources that will recycle the materials for other uses.  Trash was segregated on the job site and construction waste contracts arranged for their responsible removal.

The AECI building addition endeavored to specify as many building materials as possible that are regional (within 500 miles of the project), which decreased transportation costs and helped support the local economy.  The goal for the AECI project was to procure 20% of the building materials regionally.

To achieve a healthy work environment, the air quality must be maintained.  During construction, special care has been taken to assure ductwork is not contaminated while construction activities are going on.  Many materials give off harmful gases called volatile organic compounds, or VOC’s.  This is known to contribute to a “sick building syndrome”.  SDA specified the maximum amount of VOC’s allowed for items such as paints, sealants, adhesives, and carpets to insure healthy indoor air quality.


Mid-Continent Public Library Grand Opening

Posted By bsapp – Mar 11 | 2011

On Saturday, March 12th, the Mid-Continent Public Library celebrated the Grand Opening of their recently renovated North Independence Branch with a Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. SDA attended the event, along with several local patrons, state and local representatives, and MCPL past and present Board and staff members. The 45,000 sq. ft. project entailed a complete interior remodel along with some exterior enhancements. SDA worked closely with the MCPL staff and the Board of Trustees to develop a “destination library” concept for the facility. Construction for the renovation began in December of 2009 and took approximately 12 months to complete. Congratulations to MCPL and all those who worked on this successful and exciting venture.