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Building a LEED Silver Facility at UW

Berg coordinated with ZGF Architects and electrical engineers AEI on the University of Washington facility’s Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) magnetic shielding that reduces electromagnetic interference from the electrical-room areas, Bergelectric contributed its expertise to this highly specialized area, which is essential to the extremely sensitive scientific measurements that will take place in the subterranean research laboratories. The ability to provide 3D Modeling and precise detailing coordination with both mechanical and electrical trades on wall penetrations for conduit was critical to achieving shielding goals for electromagnetic interference.

Berg’s role in the university’s pursuit of a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification, which included features such as natural ventilation and a “green” roof, was focused primarily on providing natural and energy-efficient lighting that cut future utility costs in the $36-million facility.  With the newly-formed institute of Molecular Engineering & Sciences’ energy challenge—”design efficient and cheap organic solar cells” to be offered to every home—costly conventional silicon photovoltaic devices may soon be a thing of the past.

Size
300,000-square feet

Electrical Construction Cost
$6.4 Million

Duration
June 2008 – May 2011

Delivery Method
Design-Bid-Build

LEED
Silver

Other Team Members
Hoffman Construction
ZGF Architects
Affiliated Engineers

Berg Regional Office
Portland

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