New York, NY, April 07, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Buro Happold announces that Five Crescent Drive, the newest commercial building to be developed by Liberty Property Trust/Synterra Partners in Philadelphia, received LEED Platinum certification for the core and shell. It is the highest rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, which administers the LEED program.
The four-story, 208,000-square-foot building is the new Philadelphia facility for the research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Robert A.M. Stern Architects is the design architect. Buro Happold provided MEP, fire, lighting, façade, and sustainability engineering services. The firm also provided computational analysis and energy modeling for the core and shell as well as energy modeling for the interiors.
“Buro Happold is very excited to be part of this project and to work with clients who want to push boundaries and lead by example,” said Denzil Gallagher, Principal-in-Charge of the project for Buro Happold.
“The fact that we achieved LEED Platinum certification is testament to the design team, Liberty Property Trust, and GSK working in unison from the start of the project. Using an interdisciplinary approach and sophisticated building analysis, we were able to focus on the key things that made the building Platinum – primarily, the façade and mechanical systems – and to make them as energy-efficient as possible to meet the goals.”
The engineers incorporated innovative systems to meet the rigorous standards required for a LEED Platinum rating:
• A high-performance façade that reduces heat loss, maximizes daylighting and solar gain in the winter, and is shade-oriented for cooling in the summer
• High-efficiency electric lighting
• High performance, variable speed chillers and cooling towers; the chillers utilize a series counterflow arrangement that helps reduce energy costs
• A ventilation heat recovery system using “Enthalpy Wheel” technology
• Displacement ventilation, and radiant floor heating and cooling systems for efficient energy consumption and air circulation in the main lobby area
• A smoke evacuation scheme to reduce exhaust air requirements by 50 percent and lessen the use of roof equipment
• A Building Management System (BMS) that integrates amenities with the tenant systems
• A measurement and verification strategy that tracks the building’s energy consumption
About Buro Happold
Buro Happold is an independent international practice of consulting engineers. Since 1976 we have grown in size and reach to serve public and private clients across a full range of sectors through an international network of 29 offices; our five North American offices are based in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. We draw on the multi-disciplinary skills, knowledge and experience of our local experts to design and deliver award winning building, infrastructure and environmental projects that excel for clients, engage with communities and enrich the lives of users. Sustainability, innovation and holistic consulting are at the heart of everything we do and we are committed to touching the earth lightly. We think harder and are dedicated to addressing the big challenges that face the planet – climate change, population growth and scarcity of natural resources. Current and recent projects include The Tower at PNC (Pittsburgh), Genzyme Headquarters (Boston), and the United States Institute of Peace (Washington, D.C.).