Built for a conservation advocate, this home is designed to be low maintenance and to last for generations. It serves as place to retreat from the city and connect with nature. The house sits on a 325 acre property that is now protected. It is built with rock harvested from the site to give the impression that it grew out of the beautiful rock formations, becoming part of the bluff it sits on. The house is set back from the bluff’s edge to conceal itself from the valley below and to protect and preserve the “Hole in the Wall” (revered locally as a sacred Native American site).
AGC Construction Project of the Year
TechTown is a new, technological and entrepreneurial learning center offering a space for children with all different skills and demographics to discover, learn, imagine and grow their imaginations. A build out of the existing Lifestyle center in downtown Chattanooga, TechTown’s footprint was 22,500 SF, 4,000 of which was non-existent at the beginning of the project. Non-existent in that the area was formerly an indoor swimming pool so the space had to be constructed inside with drilled piers, structural steel and concrete. This project had an accelerated schedule that could not exceed 90 days. Parks received the Fire Marshal acceptance letter on day 85.
CSI Collaborative Building Team
The Cabela’s store in Ringgold, Ga., is a 70,000 sq. ft. structural masonry exterior, steel and wood glue-laminate structure built on a 9-acre site that required site utilities hardscapes, paving, landscaping and adjacent parcel entry drives. Interior finishes include stained concrete flooring, extensive rough sawn millwork, a live aquarium, a mural painted gunite mountain, café area and finished office space. The exterior features a stone veneer, rough sawn lumber siding and painted split face block.
EMJ worked with the owner, architect and engineers to successfully complete the project in approximately 7 months from commencement in August of 2014 to substantial completion and turn over in early March of 2015. The project site presented unique challenges relative to this type of project. Specifically, the site delivery was the contractual responsibility of a private developer, while construction for the same scope was funded, procured and ultimately delivered by a local government entity. Due to numerous challenges, the site delivery was late and added significant delay to an already tight construction schedule. EMJ collaborated remotely with the owner in Sidney, Nebraska, with key subcontractors and with local utility companies to complete the project on time, despite the delayed start date.
Throughout the project, the team collaborated with the owner, architect and engineers through the use of biweekly video conferences, Cabela’s customized project collaboration software and consistent weekly reporting to all project stakeholders.
Sustainable Project of the Year
Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport
An airport is the gateway to a city that welcomes travelers and sets the tone for their impending experience. The Chattanooga Airport is one such gateway. It is the front door to the community and provides the first glimpse into a city that successfully strives to be modern, progressive, sustainable, and efficient. The Airport expanded in 1992 and remained unchanged until 2014 when it was completely renovated into a modern, warm, and welcoming space focused on customer comfort and a sense of community. The design team committed to achieving LEED Silver certification to underscore the sustainable efforts made by the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority. These efforts reach well beyond the LEED Silver certified main terminal; the first ever LEED Platinum General Aviation terminal, two LEED Gold hangars, and LEED Gold office complex were completed recently, and the CMAA is currently constructing a third LEED Gold hangar. With the recent dramatic increase of passengers flying in and out of Chattanooga, these green building practices are seen by thousands each and every day. By utilizing green building practices and standards, the Airport is moving ever closer to its ultimate goal of carbon neutrality. The gradual changes being made to reduce their carbon footprint continue to draw people from across the country to inquire what, why, and how to make such improvements so they too can move towards carbon neutrality. The positive effect the Chattanooga Airport Renovation made to both the local community and abroad is exponential and continues to grow.
Sustainability Professional of the Year
Elizabeth oversaw EPB’s downtown headquarters LEED certification for Existing Buildings, Operations and Maintenance. The certification focused on the long term, cultural and operational processes that occur within commercial building including following rigorous environmental guidelines in all areas of business, from energy use and recycling to cleaning methods and pest control to help protect our environment.
She also started the growing organization, Sustainability Professionals of Greater Chattanooga whose mission is to expand the field of sustainability mangers in the area.