Banner Bank Building
The extraordinary significance of the Banner Bank Building isn't easily seen by everyday passersby. They may be intrigued by the translucent awnings on the 11-story multi-tenant building. They may also enjoy the hanging flower baskets, tree grates, flower pots and inviting benches. It's what they don't see, though, that distinguishes the LEED Platinum building from most other buildings: it was built for no more than a conventionally constructed building of similar size; it uses 50 percent less energy and 65 percent less potable water than a conventionally constructed building of similar size; and it incorporates hundreds of sustainable design features, which added no additional costs nor increased the time needed for construction.
The Banner Bank Building was built on a former brownfield site, offering new life to a downtown neighborhood. It features a plethora of design elements that add flexibility and convenience to the diverse tenants who will occupy the building during its anticipated 100-year life.
Building occupants benefit from the flexible underfloor air and power delivery system, demountable walls and doors, and lighting controls for each fixture. The long spans resulting from the building's unusual castellated steel beam structure eliminates all interior columns, thus reducing space requirements and making tenant reconfigurations easier. In addition, the integrated interior wall, floor, power/telecomm and lighting systems make tenant construction quiet, dust-free and 70 percent faster than standard drywall construction.
The Banner Bank Building was conceived and created by a design team governed by the principle of "efficient synergies" and driven by an owner who became immensely passionate about the economic and environmental benefits of sustainable design and building. This self-described "life-long capitalist who converted to sustainability" embraced the concepts of information-driven design and fostered a collaborative team environment beyond simply thinking outside of the box. Previously, only a few team members had worked on a high-performance building. Yet, by working together, the team conceived and created a cost-effective and beautiful building that respects the environment, and earned a coveted LEED Core and Shell Platinum rating.
- Sustainable Features: Brownfield Redevelopment, Construction IAQ Management Plan, Construction Waste Management, Daylighting & Views, Design Charrette, Energy Efficiency, Geothermal Energy, Innovative Wastewater Technologies, LEED Platinum, Local/Regional Materials, Low-Emitting Materials, Occupant Lighting Control, Occupant Thermal Control, Public Transportation Access, Recycled-content Materials, Stormwater Management, Water Efficient Landscaping, Water Use Reduction
- Type of Construction: New Construction
- Size: 190,000 SF
- Professional Services: Architecture, Sustainable Design Consulting
- Project Components: Conference Room, Lobby, Open Plan, Outdoor Gathering Space, Shelled Space, Social Space
- Project Type: Commercial Office Buildings
- Related Projects: Architecture, Commercial Office, Workplace
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