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Bartholomew County REMC, Columbus, Ind.

bartholomew countyThe 36,000-square-foot electrical cooperative's office/shop facility applies energy efficient and sustainable features based on U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Gold standards. Sitting on 10 acres, the facility consolidates the general office, customer service, engineering and operations departments. Previously, the different departments were split amongst two office buildings.

The building's open floor plan instills good circulation between departments and features movable glass-wall systems, modular office furniture systems, and minimal interior hardwall construction to preserve admission of daylight and views to the outside of the building. The building features Butler Manufacturing's metal building systems including Widespan and the MR-24 standing seam metal roof system.

Designed by David Force, AIA, head of Force Design Inc., the LEED-driven design criteria includes an R-20 rated insulated architectural metal sandwich panel from Metl-Span, tinted glazing, water-conserving plumbing, HVAC with an air-to-air heat recovery system with independent zone control, LED lighting fixtures controlled by occupancy sensors, individual work stations served by task lighting, air-quality monitoring systems, and low-VOC finishes. The utility includes a small solar array and wind energy units as demonstration systems.

Architect: Force Design Inc., Columbus

Design builder: Force Construction Co., Columbus

Metal building systems: Butler Manufacturing, Kansas City, Mo., www.butlermfg.com,

Insulated metal panels: Metl-Span, Lewisville, Texas, www.metl-span.com