The 33,434 square foot building in Atlanta, last renovated in 1991, will serve as a “living laboratory” for energy efficiency and other sustainable strategies. Some 200 people gathered yesterday, October 23, for the dedication ceremony, which began with Bill Harrison, ASHRAE president performing the ribbon cutting just outside the front entrance. Attendees then moved inside into the newly constructed ASHRAE Learning Foundation (approximately 4,000 square feet) to hear about the project background and the various donors involved.
“None of this would have been possible without the hard work and commitment from many volunteers and staff involved in the renewal for the last three years,” said Harrison during his speech. “More importantly, generous donations by companies and firms have ensured that not only our building will be here for a long time to come but that ASHRAE can continue to provide the sustainable building technology guidance that we are known for.”
Among the guests at the event were industry partners who donated nearly $1.65 million in equipment and services for the $7.65 million renovation.
Major contributors include the ASHRAE Foundation, Carrier Corp., Automated Logic Corp./Automated Logic Georgia, ClimateMaster Inc., Daikin Industries Ltd., Southern Company/Georgia Power Company, and Trane.
Partners also include Aircuity Inc. and Interface FLOR. Also donating were Allsteel®/Ivan Allen; Mark H. Brandli/design principal for Richard Wittschiebe Hand; CxGBS; Dynamic Air Quality Solutions; EBTRON Inc.; GE Power; Bill and Margaret Harrison; Bruce Hunn, ASHRAE’s director of strategic technical programs; ITT/Bell & Gossett/James M. Pleasants Co.; NorthWrite Inc.; PolyCon Manufacturing; Thermal Gas Systems Inc.; U.S. Green Building Council; and VFA Inc.
“Not only is the renovation a technology and productivity showcase, it also exemplifies the incredible potential of determined ASHRAE members and the greater ASHRAE community working toward a common goal,” Jeff Littleton, ASHRAE executive vice president said. “This renovation represents the largest capital investment in ASHRAE history at $7.65 million.”
ASHRAE applied for LEED for New Construction (NC) Gold from the U.S. Green Building Council for the building, and certification is pending.
Information about the ASHRAE Headquarters Renewal can be found here…