Burlington Rail and Commerce Building
The 1926 Burlington Rail and Commerce Building is a 4-story structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally the Burlington Mail Terminal, it was renovated for office and retail spaces, including an entire floor able to accommodate up to 90 businesses in a highly-collaborative incubator-type environment dubbed “Commerce Village,” which consists of workspaces, offices, and shared amenities. Challenged to implement optimum energy-efficient and sustainable building systems, Alvine Engineering carefully designed, sized, and located systems equipment and appropriate fixtures to match the original construction time frame while preserving the historical character.
- Variable refrigerant system capable of generating up to 54% of the domestic water load and reducing gas consumption by up to 54%.
- Circulation pumps with ECM motors that save up to 80% of the electrical energy consumption when compared to conventional pumps.
- Solar thermal system and hydro heat recovery system capable of offsetting 50% of the perimeter heating load and up to 50% of the gas usage.
- Photovoltaic panels designed to generate a maximum of 25 kW—enough to annually power a 2,000-square-foot house.
- Electrical systems performing 40% better than required by ASHRAE 90.1-2007 version.
- 100% of electricity costs will be offset by renewable energy credits in the first year.
- Facilitated multiple interactive planning sessions for the telecommunications, audiovisual, and security systems with Owner to determine the best suitable features and functionalities for each system.
- Designed telecommunications (voice/data) infrastructure to serve connectivity of various common spaces in the building.
- Telecommunications rooms build-out and pathways for flexibility of future tenants.
- Designed the security systems (electronic access control and video surveillance) for the building, parking garage, entry gate and future tenants. The security system was designed to allow tenants to utilize the parking garage and entry doors in coordination with their individual security systems.
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