What started as a very economical prefab concrete office building became a learning + teaching facility that demonstrates the company’s expertise in efficient HVAC systems + testing. The owner wanted us to LEED certify + then commission the building himself.
We calculated the maximum solar orientation + shaded the south windows, captured prevailing winds with operable windows, extended thermal lag with precast mass + ensured no drafts with spray foam insulation in every joint. We also reintroduced a native Iowa oak savanna landscape to the site.
The building’s simple form + proper scale mixes with the nearby residential neighborhood. The training room + exposed systems provide opportunity for demonstrations + training for staff, but only run for an hour twice a day. It became the first LEED-certified building (Silver) in Waukee.
"ge Wattier Architecture [Slingshot] has a very talented + knowledgeable staff that has provided valuable guidance in providing SMB with a new office that we will be proud to call home.”James E. Hall, PE, President, Systems Management & Balancing, Inc.