The project that will forever give back
It is, simply put, a building of superlatives.
The most environmentally advanced education facility of its kind in the South.
The most ambitious project ever attempted at its scale in hot, humid weather.
And expected soon: Certification in 2021 by the Living Building Challenge, the top green building program in the world.
This is Georgia Tech’s Kendeda Building, a 47,000-square-foot facility that gives back more energy and water than it uses.
As a mechanical and plumbing partner during construction, Batchelor & Kimball was brought on to help develop the system of sending chilled and hot water through the floors — the primary means for heating and cooling the building.
But before any work began, an issue surfaced: The project was over budget.
“The team leading the project turned to us and said we had to find a way to cut $80,000 from the plumbing budget,” says Josh Trice, B&K’s project manager. “And we had to do it without forfeiting any of the system’s performance.” Complicating the challenge, he added, was the requirement that all of the plumbing in the structure had to be off the grid. “The project, after all, had to be the picture of sustainability,” Trice said.