Clayco Inc. Helps Pacific Marine Credit Union Save Green By Going Green
St. Louis, MO (February 2, 2009)
Clayco Inc. was recently named design-builder of a new main office and branch facility in Oceanside, Calif. for Pacific Marine Credit Union. The new facility will be built to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
“Pacific Marine Credit Union is committed to the long term investment in our local communities and the broader environment. Our new sustainable building will serve as an example of one way we choose to give back to the communities we serve,” said Dave Davis, President.
The 56,700-sqaure-foot, two-story financial facility will be built using materials with high recycled content, and is designed to be highly energy efficient over the long term. Plans also include the installation of exterior sun shades to reduce the solar heat impact within the building while allowing the maximum use of natural light. Similarly, the open design layout allows for ample views to the exterior. Many of the functional energy-efficient additions, such as the exterior sunshades, also offer bold visual effects. Construction on the tilt-up structure is expected to begin in May 2009 with an anticipated completion in spring 2010.
“As environmental responsibility and conservation go mainstream in almost every industry, one of the biggest barriers many companies currently face is uncertainty over the initial investment. That’s why this project was extraordinarily exciting for Clayco. It is an example within the credit union industry of how green initiatives can be relatively easy and inexpensive to implement during design and construction,” said Paul Todd Merrill, P.E., LEED AP, Director of Sustainable Construction with Clayco. “Pacific Marine’s new main office and branch facility will have over 26% better energy efficiency than the standard, resulting in continuing savings for the Credit Union.”
Clayco’s project team includes Paul Barrath, Business Unit Leader for Financial Facilities, and Tom Mooney, project director. The architect and interior designer is Forum Studio, a Clayco partner. Joining Clayco and Forum Studio on the project are bha Inc., civil engineer, Optimal Engineering Solutions Inc., structural engineer, and G & W Engineering Corporation, MEP engineer.
Clayco Inc. is a full-service real estate development, design and construction firm with annual revenues of $770 million, specializing in “the art and science of building.” With offices in St. Louis, Chicago and Detroit, Clayco provides design-build project delivery on a nationwide basis for the corporate, financial, industrial, institutional and residential markets.