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The Lovejoy Building (Lovejoy Building)
Photo credit: Courtesy of Opsis Architecture/Gene Faulkner
Originally built in 1910 as the stables for the Marshall-Wells Hardware Company, the Lovejoy Building is the home of Opsis Architects. The owner/architects purchased and renovated the historic building to house their growing business and to provide ground-floor office lease space and second-floor offices for their firm.
Opsis wanted to use the building to experience and demonstrate the technologies and practices it promotes with clients. Creating an open, comfortable and resource-efficient office space was a priority; incorporating upgraded efficiency features was considered an integral part of the normal project budget.
Opsis wanted to incorporate as many energy-efficient measures into the building as possible, and it was able to include almost everything it considered. Lighting controls, operable windows and night flush were some of the measures for which the owners were willing to pay more. Radiant concrete walls were studied but were determined to be cost-ineffective. Some significant features used are:
Owner & Occupancy
Integrated team, Green framework, Commissioning, Performance measurement and verification, Operations and maintenance, Transportation benefits, Massing and orientation, Glazing, Passive solar, HVAC, Lighting control and daylight harvesting, Efficient lighting, On-site renewable electricity, Connection to outdoors, Daylighting, Natural ventilation, Ventilation effectiveness, Thermal comfort, Indoor air quality monitoring
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