This 20,000 sf concrete tilt-wall and stone facility houses the Texas Gulf Coast Regional Chapter of the American Heart Association. Occupying a two-acre site, the program includes a break area overlooking a central courtyard and the lobby flanked on either side by an open work environment and conference center. The AHA desired a facility that embraces the goals and objectives of their organization — the promotion of health and a healthy lifestyle. The building also needed to accommodate a multitude of conditions — daytime work, after-hours entertaining, combating a traditionally high turnover rate of fulltime employees and volunteers, and leveraging their facility as a local icon for their organization. Kirksey delivered a LEED® certified project for little increase in hard construction costs and modest soft costs that were justified by the long- and short-term savings.
Green building design features include native landscaping, storm water filtration and retention, automated lavatory faucets, waterless urinals, dual flush toilets, window shading, occupancy sensor lighting, light shelves, extensive daylighting, recycled content and local materials, rapidly renewable materials, and a construction waste management program that diverted 75% of construction waste from the landfill.