In early summer of this year, the Honor Credit Union held an open house to commemorate the opening of its new 38,200-square-foot operations facility in Berrien Springs, Michigan. This facility has unified the organization’s support teams in one central location, encouraging collaboration, teamwork, and efficiency throughout the company.
As part of Collective Office’s design team, RTM Engineering Consultants provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection (MEP/FP) engineering services for this new building. The team collaborated with the client for more than a year to help determine a final design that would ensure the client’s vision came to life.
Some highlights of the project include:
Mechanical design provides open spaces and energy efficiency.
An HVAC system utilizes water source heat pumps to minimize the amount of roof-mounted equipment, high efficiency boilers and a closed-circuit cooling tower. Dedicated outdoor air units allow for small ductwork and open ceilings. Designing the building controls to create energy sharing throughout the facility results in high annual system efficiency and low energy consumption.
Electrical design minimized the cost of construction.
RTM took on the design of the full power distribution scheme, circuited all devices, while performing required energy calculations necessary to achieve maximum cost savings. Power systems were designed for extensive site lighting and domestic water well pump and septic systems servicing centrally located bathrooms, which helped minimize the cost of construction.
Convenient, on-site data center.
The team consulted on the layout and size of a small data center within the building and later designed power and grounding systems along with a dedicated, fully redundant critical cooling system for the space. An 80kVA generator is designated for backup power.
RTM recognizes the importance for employers to offer spaces that accommodate advances in technology, company growth, and trends that encourage employee productivity and retention. Our in-depth experience gives us the ability to creatively design systems for our clients’ current and future needs, while our proactive consulting approach delivers accurate and cost-effective solutions.
Image courtesy of Mike Schwartz Photography & Collective Office