Corporate Environmental Values Drive Design It had been almost 40 years since Rockwell Collins had constructed a new building on their corporate campus in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. When the aviation communications and electronics company decided to build a new office/electrical laboratory, they set a number of goals to establish a new standard for future construction projects. One priority was to create a model for the company’s 15- to 20-year plan to renovate existing buildings and expand its campus. The other major goal was to build green in accordance with the company’s values.
LEED Successes Ryan, Rockwell Collins and OPN Architects partnered to plan, design and construct a 120,000 square-foot, LEED-certified, pre-engineered building. They delivered — a LEED gold building in 11 months and comfortably under $100 per square foot. The project team focused on energy and water efficiency, a small building footprint covering only 2.75 acres, recycled building material (16% of the shell was constructed with recycled content) and construction recycling (99.28% of construction waste diverted from the landfill).
The project was so successful, the team repeated their performance and constructed a similar building. An additional 30,000 square feet larger, Building 131 was completed in June 2008. Building 131 has performed as well as 130, and the team expects the building will achieve LEED certification at the silver level.