Associate Family Health Center.
The project, Associate Family Health Center, is a 25,143 square foot single story private medical office located adjacent the BMW Manufacturing, Co. campus in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The facility is owned by BMW and managed by Premise Health, a contract medical company to provide health services to associates and their families.
The project offers a sustainably-improved facility with minimal impact to cost, operations, aesthetics or comfort that has achieved LEED Silver certification. Opportunities for sustainability and efficiency were identified at the earliest stages of design. State-of-the-industry, over state-of-the-art, approaches to design and construction were implemented to support ease of operations and maintenance.
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5% of parking spaces have been reserved for low-emitting and fuel efficient vehicles. Vehicles with a 39+ ACEEE score meet this definition. Visit greenercars.org for a listing of cars with this rating. Most manufacturers have qualifying cars exclusive of hybrids. With the transportation sector consuming 28% of all energy, fuel economy is a key to CO2 reduction.
The storm water retention capability reduces the rate of water flow from the site. 90% of the Total Suspended Soils (TSS) are treated on-site via structural controls and a rain garden. A system to slow storm water runoff rates and protect downstream channels from excessive erosion has been designed and constructed.
Significant water savings are achieved through installation of high-efficiency plumbing fixtures. The fixtures include toilets, sink faucets, and a shower. By utilizing the higher-efficiency fixtures, it is projected to use 45% less water than it would if minimum code-compliant fixtures had been installed. This also saves operating costs.
Post-consumer and pre-consumer products represent 21% of the cost of products utilized in the construction of this facility. Creating a market for products with recycled content helps to reduce the impact resulting from extraction and processing of virgin materials. Drywall, carpet, ceiling grid and tiles, doors and insulation are just a few of the recycled-content material installed in the Associate Family Health Center building.
31% of materials have been manufactured and harvested, mined or recovered within 500 miles of this construction site and help reduce the transportation burden associated with new construction. Local employment is supported through the use of regional materials. Brick, concrete, steel, and carpet contain local materials and were manufactured within a 500 mile radius.
The Center aims to provide a safe environment for all employees and clients by offering a smoke-free environment. A Smoking Policy has been adopted to protect building occupants from exposure to secondhand smoke by declaring the building and campus a non-smoking facility. Smoking is prohibited in the building and on the site.
An indoor air quality plan was implemented during the construction of this project to reduce indoor air quality problems resulting from the construction process. Strategies to improve air quality include HVAC protection from dust, source control via the specification of materials with low VOC levels, pathway interruption, housekeeping, and scheduling. Porous materials were protected from exposure to moisture and stored in a dry area prior to installation.