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new lab was designed to be »Thepercent more energy efficient 49 than a typical lab building. Institutional | TURNER FINCH CONSTRUCTION – UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY CENTER FOR APPLIED ENERGY RESEARCH Energized to Build T Turner Finch Construction – University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY IS EXPANDING ITS RENEWABLE ENERGY RESEARCH. BY JAMIE MORGAN wo years ago, the University of Kentucky set out to construct its things that would push the energy efficiency or renewable energy use of the building over current codes,” explains Rodney Andrews, CAER direcfirst LEED-certified laboratory. Those familiar with laboratories know they are notorious for consuming huge amounts of ener- tor. “We received another $3.5 million to do things that would move us from LEED-certified to something higher. We determined that we wantgy compared to the run-of-the-mill commercial building. ed to go for LEED Gold. We wanted to be ambitious in our effort, and it However, anyone familiar with Kentucky law also knows that any state looks like we will be on target achieve that.” building – state universities included – exceeding $5 million in conIt’s only fitting that a laboratory dedicated to renewable energy struction costs must also be LEED certified. The $19.8 million renewable sources would in itself be energy efficient. Courtney Fisk, the project energy laboratory at the University of Kentucky Center for Applied manager for this grant, explains that the building “was designed to be 49 Energy Research (CAER) definitely falls within this category. percent more efficient than the typical laboratory building.” The The building falls into several other categories, as well. As a project Lexington, Ky.-based architectural and engineering firms, Murphy + largely funded by two American Recovery Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Graves Architects and CMTA Engineering grants, there were a few other stipulations to Consultants, increased the envelope of the buildmeet. An $11.8 million ARRA grant from the ing to allow for more insulation. The building National Institute of Standards and also has an energy recovery wheel and highTechnology (NIST), and a $3.5 million ARRA capacity air exchange system to make sure the grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, structure is exhausting everything it should be. through the State Energy Partnership Also, the water utilities tie into the building’s geotadministered through the Kentucky • Project cost: $19.8 million hermal system allowing for a closed-loop system. Department of Energy Development and • Location: Lexington, Ky. Some areas of the lab use major amounts of water Independence, came with their own guideto cool the equipment. The building will recycle lines. NIST required CAER to use only madethat water into the geothermal system as opposed in-America materials in the construction, to expending thousands of gallons each day. while the Department of Energy “There are some other areas that allowed us to Development and Independence encouraged –Rodney Andrews, director move up the chain to reach LEED Gold,” Fisk says. CAER to reach even higher in its LEED goals. “We used a cool-roof for high solar reflectivity “The energy program grant wanted us to do “We determined that we wanted to go for LEED Gold. We wanted to be ambitious in our effort.” 44 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM MARCH 2012 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - March 2012
Best Practices
Construction Insurance
JC Beal Construction – Brod - erick Tower redevelopment
Harden Group
Pyramid Companies – Destiny USA
EllisDon – Yorkdale Shopping Center
HBD – Dierbags
Marous Brothers Construction
Roy Anderson Corp. – Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant
Foulger-Pratt Contracting LLC – Lorton Workhouse Arts Center
Penn Builders Inc.
Turner Finch Construction – University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research
Bouygues-Bird Joint Venture – Royal Canadian Mounted Police E Division Headquarters
Camden County Improvement Authority: Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Coreslab Structures (OKLA) Inc.
Hensel Phelps Construction Co. – City of San Antonio Public Safety Headquarters
Kjellstrom + Lee Inc. – UVA Barry & Bill Battle Building
Hensel Phelps – High-altitude Army Aviation Training Site
Texas A&M University – Northside Residence Hall
Milton J. Womack Inc./JE Dunn JV – Our Lady of the Lake Heart and Vascular Tower and Trauma Center Expansion
AvalonBay Communities Inc. – Avalon Park Crest
Powell Construction Services LLC
AvalonBay Communities Inc. – AVA H Street
Buckingham Companies
Fortune-Johnson General Contractors
Current Builders – The Residences at Lakehouse
Forino Co.
Mill Creek Residential Trust LLC
Black Hills Corp. – Pueblo Airport Generation Station
URS Corp./Alberici Constructors Inc. – Olmsted Dam Project
APEX Block Corp.
BMW Constructors Inc.
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