McCarthy Building Cos. Inc.’s award-winning project, NADEV Printing Facility, recently earned LEED-silver designation by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Institute.
The 335,660-sq-ft project, located in Fremont and the winner of a Best of California award for 2009 by California Construction Magazine, is the first printing facility of its kind in the U.S. and incorporated a number of sustainable design and construction elements to meet the LEED-silver certification standards set forth by the USGBC.
“At McCarthy, we are committed to building high performance facilities, and are thrilled to have achieved LEED-silver status on the NADEV project,” says Mike Lipton, project director. “We worked in tandem with all project partners to ensure that NADEV would meet the green design and construction requirements of the USGBC. Furthermore, nearly all of the project management team received their LEED accredited professional designations by the time this project wrapped up. It is gratifying to create a building that will have a positive impact on our environment.”
“With each new LEED-certified building, we get one step closer to USBGC’s vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation,” says Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USBGC. “As the newest member of the LEED family of green buildings, NADEV is an important addition to the growing strength of the green building movement.”
The environmental design elements of the NADEV facility included the incorporation of designated parking stalls for carpool and low-emission/fuel-efficient vehicles; 98,000 sq ft of bioswale; 43,000 gallon capacity retention pond; high-efficiency adjustable drip irrigation; low flow showers, kitchen and lavatory faucets; dual flush toilets; and ultra low flow urinals.
Other sustainable features included utilizing recycled materials for the exterior walls, such as precast concrete and composite metal skin panels, the installation of an Energy Star-rated siphonic roof drain system and a Dolphin non-chemical water treatment system. All of the building finish materials are industrial in character and, at the same time, demonstrates the progressive aspect of industrial design. McCarthy achieved Indoor Environmental Quality credits for the incorporation of low-emitting materials, including adhesives and sealants, paints and coatings, carpet systems, and composite wood and agrifiber products.
During the course of construction, McCarthy diverted more than 95% of total construction waste, and also achieved a number of credits for surpassing the requirements for using recycled content and materials. The facility’s energy efficiency resulted in 17% more energy savings than required by California State Title 24 and earned a rebate from the Savings by Design program.
The NADEV Printing Facility is owned by Canada-based Transcontinental Printing, Inc. and consists of a 97,275-sq-ft press hall and a 238,375-sq-ft mail room, as well as office space, high bay storage and mechanical equipment rooms. The facility houses the printing of the Bay Area’s primary daily newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, and is considered one of the most significant new construction projects in the Bay Area in the last year. Kwan Henmi Architecture/Planning, Inc. in San Francisco served as the architect.