GM IT Innovation Center

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General Motors IT Innovation Center

This three-story, 169,903 SF office building will house workers for General Motor’s new Arizona IT Innovation Center. The project was successfully fast-tracked in its design and construction which utilized tilt-up concrete panels. It was developer Mark IV’s commitment to green building and long-term vision as an owner that resulted in many green features being implemented including a chiller system and energy efficient shell with high-performance glazing and a reflective roof surface. General Motors continued the green building ethic incorporating many sustainable and high-performance interior features including energy efficient lighting, low-emitting finishes, water saving plumbing fixtures, and a CO2 monitoring system. Near the end of construction Mark IV added a 146 kW rated photovoltaic system over parking canopies that boosted the project from LEED Silver to LEED Gold level certification.

 

Sustainable Strategies

  • Sensors monitor ventilation rates and CO2 levels in meeting rooms to improve employee productivity

  • Parking near entrances is reserved for drivers of low-emitting, fuel efficient vehicles as an incentive to carpool and reduce emissions

  • Green cleaning with non-toxic products promotes improved indoor air quality and decreased environmental impact

  • Interior materials including paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants, carpeting, cabinets and furnishings have low or zero VOC’s

  • Occupancy sensors and permanent monitoring systems to minimize energy use

  • Enhanced commissioning, plus measurement and verification ensures that building systems continue to operate at peak performance

Project Results

  • LEED for New Construction GOLD level achieved

  • 41% reduction of potable water for domestic use

  • 44% energy cost savings above ASHRAE 90.1-2007 energy standard

  • 14% of the building’s power supplied by on-site photovoltaic system

  • 78% of new electronic equipment and appliances are ENERGY STAR rated

 

Project Team

  • Owner – Mark IV Capital

    Architect (Exterior) – Balmer Architectural Group

    Architect (Interior) – SmithgroupJJR

    Mechanical / Electrical / Plumbing Engineer – SmithgroupJJR

    General Contractor – Whiting-Turner

    Commissioning Agent – AGR Consultants

    LEED Consultant – Green Ideas Building Science Consultants

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