Bristol, VA

Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center Energy Center

Scope of Services
Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) Engineering
LEED Fundamental Commissioning
 

The mission of the Energy Center is to enhance the visibility of clean energy research in southwest Virginia and to establish the region as a leader in clean coal and natural gas, carbon capture and storage, and renewable energy resources. The center has multiple bays and office spaces for rent and there are common break-rooms and conference rooms to serve the occupants.

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Services

2RW provided MEP planning and engineering services including:

  • High-efficiency electrical and plumbing systems featuring exterior and interior LED lighting and low-flow plumbing fixtures.
  • Geothermal heating and cooling system consisting of three 800-foot wells. Two wells extract water from the earth and circulate it through the building for heating and cooling; the third returns the water to the ground.
  • Solar power generation from 288 solar panels that supply the electrical needs of the building. Excess electricity is sold back to the grid.
  • Rainwater harvesting via two large cisterns which collect run-off from the roof. Two swales on the property collect run-off from the parking lot which then passes through multiple layers of sand, gravel, and silt screen before reentering the earth.

LEED fundamental commissioning was performed to ensure all systems were running to meet ASHRAE 90.1 requirements.

Results

The Energy Center was one of the first buildings in the region to create its own energy.

Scope of Services
Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) Engineering
LEED Fundamental Commissioning
 

OWNER: Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center

TIMEFRAME: 2012 – 2015

SIZE: 15,822 SF

COST: N/A


Certifications
LEED Gold