Two recent Flagstaff projects have been cited by Southwest Contractor in their Best of 2009 Awards for Top Design & Construction in Arizona:
Museum of Northern Arizona Easton Collection Center
Submitted by Kinney Construction Services and Roberts|Jones Associates
This 17,282-sq-ft, two-level sustainable repository provides a stable and protective environment for thousands of treasured objects that comprise the anthropological, biological and fine art collections of the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. On target for LEED platinum, the center encompasses an endless number of green building strategies, from photovoltaics to water conservation to appropriate solar orientation and thermal massing. As one judge says, “this project really hit on so many different levels.”
The 14,000-sq-ft living roof – the largest in the Southwest at the time of construction – consists of 5,500 coconut fiber trays filled with native soil and seedlings that will help insulate the structure and reduce stormwater runoff. The east side of the building is faced with native Coconino sandstone, steel panels and recycled Douglas fir salvaged from trestles out of the Great Salt Lake in Utah. The interior and exterior walls are covered with multiple layers of hydraulic lime plaster, which gives them an adobe-like feel and natural colors, while providing great strength. The exterior walls also have a 4-in. layer of rigid foam insulation. The interior lime plaster walls will absorb excess humidity in the main collections room and release it back into the room as the humidity level drops, helping create a stable humidity level. The floors are of integrated colored concrete with an in-floor radiant heating and cooling system.
Museum of Northern Arizona
Kinney Construction Services
Woodward Engineering; Ellison Grenier Engineering; AM Engineering; WLB Group; Mogollon Engineering; Schaafsma Design; Rana Creek Living Architecture; Environmental Hydro Systems; E.J. Engineering Group
*The Easton Collection Center was also recently named the top Green Building in the nation in McGraw-Hill Construction's 2009 Best of the Best Awards.
NAU Recreational Field Expansion
Submitted by Valley Rain Construction Corp.
This expansion project provides all-weather athletic fields for intra-mural and recreational use, nestled in a forested, hillside setting with spectacular views of the San Francisco Peaks. The new facilities include two synthetic turf, lighted sports fields, two sand volleyball courts and collegiate throwing areas. Supporting the fields are two round buildings housing restrooms and equipment storage split by a large covered shade ramada.
Seeking LEED gold, the project includes recycled content drainage material, regional materials, recycled insulation, sports lighting that complies with the dark skies ordinance, reclaimed water and re-use of natural and unnatural materials disturbed during construction.
Arizona Board of Regents, Northern Arizona University
CMX Sports Engineers
Valley Rain Construction Corp.
Ayers Saint Gross Architects and Planners; SWI Engineering; T. Barnabas Kane & Assoc.
Moreno Welding; Kimbrell Electric; Hellas Construction; Field Lining Systems
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