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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CHARLES E. CHEEVER JR. ADMINISTRATION BUILDING
EARNS LEED® SILVER CERTIFICATION
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, August 20, 2012 – Broadway Bank is pleased to announce it has earned a Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED®) Silver designation from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its recently completed Charles E. Cheever Jr. Administration Building. The structure is part of a greater 10.4 acre headquarters campus that includes the corporate signature building located at N.E. Loop 410 and Nacogdoches.
“At the earliest stages of the construction plan, our commitment was to build a facility with the characteristics needed for energy efficiency, conservation and a LEED® Silver designation,” said Jim Goudge, chairman and CEO of Broadway Bank. “We are extremely proud of earning this distinguished designation and what it signifies to our community, employees and environment.”
The LEED® rating systems are a global standard used to evaluate a building's efficiency, cost-effectiveness and its overall benefits to the occupants and environment. In order to qualify for certification, projects must be well documented and points are earned in various categories according to type of construction. The USGBC awards the certification based on the facility's high-performance and sustainability with designations classified as certified, silver, gold, and platinum.
“During construction, we made every effort to salvage and maximize recyclable materials; both purchased and discarded,” said James Allen, group executive vice president and building project director of Broadway Bank. “At completion, our tracking records showed that almost ninety percent or 3,400 tons of all the construction waste materials were separated
The five-story, 80,000 square foot complex provides offices and meeting areas for approximately 250 employees in various administrative and support functions. Key features in the modern building that led to certification include open spaces, natural lighting and materials that do not contain volatile organic compounds. The indoor air quality is continuously monitored throughout the building, including the ventilation and air conditioning systems, and heating units, which include heat recovery technology. To encourage fuel efficiency and environment conservation, electric vehicle recharging stations will be installed in convenient spaces reserved for the high fuel-efficiency cars. Other conservation features include innovative energy saving elevators, landscaping with drought resistant plants, drip irrigation systems to conserve water, and the reduction 'heat islands' such as parking areas and roof tops by utilizing construction materials that minimize heat absorption.
The construction of the Cheever Administration Building was part of a greater $24.5 million campus redesign, which included the construction of the new mini-banking center, motor bank, and the rerouting of Cheever Blvd. The new campus won The San Antonio Business Journal’s “2011 Best in Commercial Real Estate – Best Office Development” award, and the 2011 Neighborhood Alliance Beautification award.
“Employee satisfaction is a huge part of Broadway Bank's culture. The new spacious surroundings have perked up morale with amenities such as an employee café, outdoor courtyard for eating and conversation, a mother's room, break rooms on every floor, and even a dry cleaning service. We've also designated a one-mile walking path around the campus, and recently installed gardening plots for employees so they can enjoy the outdoors and stretch their legs during their breaks,” added Goudge.
“Earlier this month, the U.S. Green Building Council formally notified us that we had achieved 35 points and LEED® Silver certification. We are very grateful to the various highly-respected San Antonio firms that played a significant role in the design and construction of this development, and in particular their contributions in helping us win this designation,” continued Allen.
The modern structure was designed by Garza Bomberger & Associates; Bartlett Cocke General Contractor served as the contractor; mechanical and electrical systems were provided by Goetting & Associates; landscaping was planned and installed by Cooper Lochte Landscape Architecture, and; the civil engineers on the project were Jaster-Quintanilla & Associates. Specializing in LEED® planning, Sustainable Perspectives Group (SPG) consulted on the development, and Project Control of Texas provided project management services. In addition, R-S-C-R Inc., a structural engineering company and Combs Consulting Group, an information technology and physical security company contributed to the project.
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