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Spinnakers Wins Green Building of the Year!

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Spinnakers Wins Green Building of the Year!

The Spinnaker Group is proud to announce that we won the Green Building of the Year Award at the USGBC Northeast Florida LEEDership Awards! The award event took place in Jacksonville at the Jesse Ball duPont Center on Thursday, February 8, 2018.

Our project, GSA Jacksonville is a Coast Guard and Customs and Border Patrol facility and achieved LEED Silver certification in LEED BD+C New Construction in 2016.

The Owner pledged to build and operate healthy environments for work and play. By pursuing certification through the LEED BD+C New Construction rating system, the Owner has committed the Team and the Project to “green” goals and enhanced sustainable performance.

The project is a 2-story building consisting of 56,250 sf; the building serves as office space and as a base of operations for special services that include having an armory, storage garage, fitness area, and locker rooms.

Sustainability Features/Credits:

Sustainable Sites

  • Located on a previously developed site, which reduces pressures on undeveloped land.
  • Encourages fuel-efficiency and reduced air-pollution by providing 26 preferred parking spaces for Low Emitting & Fuel-Efficient Vehicles and Carpoolers, as well as 11 bicycle racks and 6 shower/changing facilities.
  • Provides ample vegetated open space to promote biodiversity and reduce the urban heat island effect.
  • Has high albedo roof coating to reflect the sun’s heat, reduce heat island effect, and reduce energy costs associated with cooling the building

Water Efficiency

  • Individual sources of water consumption inside the building are tracked and measured for ongoing accountability and to optimize the building’s water efficiency over time.
  • High efficiency water closets, lavatory faucets, urinals, and shower fixtures have been installed to save over 35% in potable water use, reducing the burden on municipal water supply and waste-water systems.
  • Reduced potable water for landscaping by 50% using efficient irrigation techniques and drought resistant plants.

Energy and Atmosphere

  • Lighting, power, and comfort systems are designed to save energy consumption.
  • Enhanced Commissioning was used to verify that the project’s energy-related systems (HVAC, lighting, and hot water) are installed and calibrated to reduce energy use, lower operating costs, minimize contractor callbacks, and optimize maintenance procedures.
  • Refrigerant systems were designed and installed to reduce ozone depletion and support compliance with Montreal Protocol, while minimizing direct contributions to climate change.
  • Individual sources of energy consumption inside the building are tracked for ongoing accountability and to optimize the building’s energy efficiency over time.
  • All combustion products carefully selected to prevent airborne contaminant releases.
  • Green-E Energy was purchased to offset 35% of the building’s electricity.

Materials and Resources

  • Construction activities diverted over 90% of waste from the landfill.
  • Recycling containers are available in common areas and every room to collect cardboard, paper, plastic, glass, and metals.
  • 21% of the building materials (by cost) are sustainably sourced with high levels of recycled content
  • Over 35% of the building materials (by cost) are regionally manufactured and have been harvested in a sustainable manner.
  • More than 94% of the wood products have been sustainably sourced by FSC standards.

Indoor Environmental Quality

  • Smoking is prohibited in the building.
  • All adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, flooring systems, and composite wood products used are low emitting, eliminating indoor air contaminants that are odorous, irritating, and/or harmful to the comfort and well-being of occupants.
  • Lighting systems were designed and installed for individual comfort and for flexibility based on a variety of needs.
  • Green cleaning program are used to improve air quality and to reduce harmful toxins used inside the building.

We are proud to have worked on this project and to share in this award with such a great team!

Owner: General Capital Group

Architect: The Arcus Group, Inc.

Spinnaker Services Provided: LEED Consulting and Building Commissioning

Landscape Architect: Stantec

MEP: Powell & Hinkle Engineering

Civil Engineer: Prosser, Inc.

Construction: Duke Realty