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Rice Fergus Miller Office & Studio
When Rice Fergus Miller Architecture & Planning outgrew their office space they decided to channel their collective design skills and commitment to environmental conservation into a new office space. The firm identified an abandoned building (formerly a Sears auto center) in downtown Bremerton, WA. Although the building had been sitting vacant for 24 years, Rice Fergus Miller recognized its value. The design team approached work within the constraints of a concrete box building with simple, common sense solutions that take advantage of the mild marine climate and modest budget. The resulting complete rehabilitation is a showcase of high performance sustainability, and a community asset. Key achievements include: 93% of existing building reused, 95% construction waste recycled, 70% reduced water consumption, and a projected energy use of only 21 kBtu/sqft! All of this was realized at a construction cost of only $105 per square foot.
"This former Sears Auto Center building was practically in ruins. It had been vacant 24 years and was rotting from the top down. Our budget needed to accomplish many things besides gaining LEED points – we needed to provide a weather-tight shell, all operating infrastructure (HVAC, M/E/P), major code compliance, street frontage improvements, and complete finishes for a habitable, attractive, not to mention high performing, office. Our sustainability charrette...arrived at a single goal: we wanted to design the most sustainable project that we could, given our finite financial resources." -Steve Rice
The design team of Rice Fergus Miller in partnership with mechanical and energy design firm Ecotope (lead project engineer: Shawn Oram, PE) implemented numerous efficiency measures. Some key features include:
Owner & Occupancy
The building includes an additional 3,300 sqft of tenant space, which is currently vacant, and a 9,200 sq.ft. parking level basement. The additional square footage is not included in the energy usage calculations.
Integrated team, Design charrette, Green framework, Simulation, Commissioning, Performance measurement and verification, Operations and maintenance, Water harvesting, Graywater, Insulation levels, Glazing, Airtightness, Passive solar, HVAC, Lighting control and daylight harvesting, Efficient lighting, On-site renewable electricity, Salvaged materials, Recycled materials, Local materials, Daylighting, Natural ventilation, Indoor air quality monitoring
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