The 2015 ENR Top 100 Green Design Firms list has been released. Heapy Engineering continues to be ranked in the Top 100 Green Building Design Firms.
Highlights of recent “Green” projects from Heapy Engineering's portfolio include:
LIVING BUILDING CHALLENGE -
Cope Environmental Education Center
This facility is dedicated to environmental stewardship and pubic education about conservation of natural resources.
In support of this mission, Cope leadership is pursuing Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification for the facility. As part of LBC certification, the project will achieve Net Zero Energy and Water. Heapy Engineering provided MEP Systems Design and Commissioning services for the project and is proud to be partnered with Cope Environmental Center in helping them to achieve their educational mission. Some of the key design features of the exciting project are Onsite Water Supply and Treatment Systems, Optimized Orientation for Daylighting and Energy Performance, High Performance Building Envelope, Closed Loop Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems,Hydronic Radiant Slab Heating and Cooling Systems, Dedicated Outdoor Air System with Energy Recovery, LED Lighting Through-out and Onsite Photo-Voltaic Array When coupled together, the Passive and Active Design Strategies reduced the building Energy Utilization Intensity (EUI) to 31 kBtu/SF/Yr, which will be 100% offset by the onsite renewable energy to achieve net zero on a site energy basis. (A typical office building will use approximately 100 to 150 kBtu/SF/Yr).
HEALTH CARE “GREEN”
Memorial Hospital South Bend Indiana –
Heapy Engineering is designing the Mechanical-Electrical and Technology systems for the three-floor expansion atop the existing Hospital.
The Hospital also needed to replace its aging chillers and associated cooling towers. Heapy Engineering identified to the Hospital project team the facility is built on an underground aquifer. Heapy Engineering then developed the strategy of installing 3600 tons of chillers using the aquifer for heat rejection (versus using cooling towers). This innovative geothermal system alternative not only saves considerable energy and water and avoids chemical treatment, it also minimizes the Central Plant’s site impacts. This geothermal strategy produces an amazingly low 2.5 year payback for the Hospital.
The project will expand and vertically integrate the existing NICU, PICU, Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology Oncology services into newly constructed and renovation spaces. The NICU will consist of a 44 bed unit and related support space, located in approximately 39,000 SF of new construction. Other benefits include the elimination of potential cooling tower noise issues for the neighbors as well as issues that could be associated with the plume of water vapor from the cooling towers.