Client: Workers Compensation Fund Location: Sandy, Utah Size: 198,000 s. f. Date: 2010 Services: Mechanical Engineering
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About the Project
The Workers Compensation Building (WCF) is no ordinary space, it’s owners set out to build a structure which both satisfies the needs of short term cost, long term energy and maintenance costs, as well as provides optimum comfort for building occupants and the 198,000 square foot, six story, Workers Compensation Office building achieves just that.
VBFA participated as part of the team effort in designing and constructing the very best system which would integrate together for optimum performance and price. Given the unique and innovative approach, the WCF building presented design challenges and a fresh perspective to the office building world.
WCF has internal stair and atrium that connects three floors of their building. In the old facility, workers almost never connected unless required for business via an arranged meeting. With the Gathering Area for food preparation and dining and the internal stair, people meet, greet and work informally with better communication and less need for meetings. This is an important culture change that they wanted the building to bring about. Radiant panels wash the windows with gentle heat in the winter, and the shade from the panels reduces the heat from the sunlight in the summer.
Many key mechanical innovation elements were used when designing the building from the three stage cooling system pioneered years ago by VBFA, which involves a complex set of considerations and calculations to properly size to the placement of boilers and chillers in order to provide a noise and vibration free working environment.
This state of the art building includes at its core 95% efficient sealed combustion modulating gas condensing boilers, a variable speed drive water cooled chiller plant, a three-stage fan array central air handling system and VAV reheat terminals.
The owner’s charge from the project was to build a comfortable, energy efficient, and long lasting building with mechanical systems which balance both long and short term goals. These goals were readily met by VBFA and the building achieved a coveted LEED gold rating. This building is a testament to the good sense of installing mechanical systems which consider and properly balance first cost, long term efficiency and maintainability.