One of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, Dominion operates a natural gas storage facility that serves 11 states. The company also operates electric generation and transmission and has ventured into renewable energy projects such as hydro and wind power. Dominion constructed a new, more sustainable office facility at their Sabinsville, Pennsylvania location.
This project is a LEED® Gold Certified Green Building. It utilizes sustainable design and construction practices and technologies. LEED® is a registered trademark of the trademark of the U.S. Green Building Council. Studies have shown that LEED® buildings decrease turnover and absenteeism, while enhancing productivity by creating a healthier workplace.
The 12,000 square foot building features numerous sustainability measures, including the introduction of natural daylight with skylights, sun tunnels, and triple-pane operable windows. Cellulose insulation, made from recycled newspaper, increases energy efficiency. Plumbing fixtures lower the building’s water use by 46% over a conventional office building, while highly-efficient HVAC and lighting systems contribute to an energy savings of 32%. Low-VOC finishes provide an aesthetic comfort on the inside, while recycled stone veneer and siding beautify the exterior. Occupancy and daylighting sensors help to reduce electric use in the building, and a computer-based building management system controls and monitors the HVAC system. The facility’s site plan features native plant species which require no irrigation when fully established.
Our design team engaged a commissioning authority to provide enhanced commissioning for the building, which helped to ensure lighting and HVAC systems functioned properly before occupancy. Contractor TurnKey Construction, Inc., and LDG received the Associated Builders and Contractors Central PA Chapter’s Excellence in Construction Merit Award.