Melissa Mirzaian, R. A.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
The Louisville District in-house design team takes this opportunity to thank Sota Construction Services, Inc. for a safely constructed, functional, appealing, energy efficient facility that stands out as a successful project for the Air Force Reserve...
— Melissa Hill, R.A.
Army Corps of Engineers
Contract Amount: $8.1m
Size: 28,300 s.f.
Type: New Construction
The Reserve Lodging Facility, located in Coraopolis, PA, on the 911th Airlift Wing, is a one-of-a-kind project constructed to rigorous quality assurance/quality control protocol closely monitored by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. It houses a total of fifty rooms and suites that accommodate military members as well as Department of Defense civilians and contractors.
Before construction on the new building could begin, two existing structures had to be demolished and removed in their entirety, while construction waste and recycled content were carefully monitored as part of the project's LEED efforts. Through meticulous planning and conscientious design, many green strategies were implemented during construction to improve energy savings, water efficiency, and indoor air quality, including: a high performance thermal envelope, energy-efficient lighting, a high-efficiency 4-pipe HVAC system, and even an eco-disc elevator. Although the project targeted a LEED Silver rating under v2.2 New Construction, it ended up receiving the even more exciting Gold rating, which was the first ever Gold rating for an Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District in-house design project. The end result is a beautiful new residential facility that embraces sustainability without sacrificing style.
The scope of work also included: concrete slab-on-grade; brick veneer on insulated concrete form thermal envelope; exterior insulation and finish system; standing seam metal roof; light gage roof trusses; steel joists with metal deck and concrete floors; gypsum and other interior finishes; and blast-resistant construction.
This project won a 2012 Award of Merit from the Associated Builders and Contractors of Western PA.