SOURCE: RQ Construction, LLC

RQ Construction, LLC

May 31, 2011 11:15 ET

RQ's Child Development Center Is Awarded LEED Gold; First LEED Gold CDC in the United States Army

CARLSBAD, CA--(Marketwire - May 31, 2011) - RQ Construction recently announced that the Design-Build Child Development Center (CDC) at Fort Irwin, CA has been awarded LEED® Gold established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. LEED is the nation's preeminent program for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.

The new CDC is a 25,000 sqft single-story building with a 232 child capacity for children ages six weeks through five years. The project houses 16 classrooms, administrative areas with staff lounge and training room, a commercial kitchen, outdoor playgrounds, and activity areas for the children. This facility was designed and built by RQ Construction (as RQ-RBA JV) to strict U.S. Army Center of Standardization guidelines. The project has accomplished the milestone of being the first LEED Gold CDC in the entire Army, as well as the first certified LEED project at Fort Irwin. Although only required to meet Silver standards, RQ incorporated additional features to provide Gold at no additional cost.

The CDC achieved certification for energy use, lighting, water, and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, the CDC saves money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduces greenhouse gas emissions; and contributes to a healthier environment for residents, workers, and the community. Features include:

  • Highly efficient chilled/heating water system with central plant.

  • Irrigation system features an automatic controller with flow and rain sensing devices.

  • A 'cool' roofing system that can deliver high solar reflectance and high thermal emittance.

  • Photocell controlled light fixtures mounted on building exterior or poles are provided for parking, sidewalks, service yards, service drives, building entrances, and perimeter.

  • General area lighting is provided utilizing fixtures with energy efficient lamps. Light fixtures are controlled by wall switches and/or motion sensors.

  • Over 40% of the total materials used in the project are regional materials, meaning products are extracted, processed, and manufactured within a 500 mile radius. Wood products are FSC certified.

  • Over 96% of site and construction debris was recycled and diverted from landfills.

  • Dual-flush toilet fixtures and low-flow aerator faucets reduce water consumption by almost 52%.

  • Indoor building materials are low in harmful, odorous, and irritating Volatile Organic compounds.

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